Before the winter solstice, as the days grow shorter, people of every culture long for the return of light. This fall/winter season Norman Rockwell Museum will explore the commonality and distinctiveness of people through the art and stories found in children’s holiday picture books created by six award-winning illustrators. Cultural Traditions: A Holiday Celebration is on view at the Museum from November 17, 2018 through February 10, 2019.
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This fall and winter, the Norman Rockwell Museum takes visitors on a journey through this imaginative tale with the exhibition Gregory Manchess: Above the Timberline. With 30 paintings, as well as props, archival materials, photographs, and behind-the-scenes videos exploring the artist’s process, the exhibition explores the art and ideas that inform this vivid tale. Life-sized sculptures of characters (including polar bears) will also be on display.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present an afternoon workshop on the art of memoir on Sunday, November 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. Author and educator Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D. will share her insights on the importance and helpfulness of keeping a written account of one’s memory.
Norman Rockwell Museum will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms with the musical performance Paintings in Song, to be held at the Museum on Saturday, November 24, starting at 5:30 p.m. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s art, Paintings in Song is being performed by choral ensemble Crescendo, led by artistic director Christine Gevert and Berkshire-based composer John Myers.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present a screening of Jarvis Rockwell, a recently completed documentary about Norman Rockwell’s eldest son, on Friday, November 9, starting at 5:30 p.m. Produced by Massachusetts filmmakers Rachel Victor and Loren S. Miller, the film traces the artistic journey of Jarvis Rockwell, exploring his complicated family life and passion for action figures, which have become essential symbolic elements in his work.
This fall and winter, the Norman Rockwell Museum explores the art of adventure through the work of celebrated illustrator Frank E. Schoonover (1877–1972). With more than 80 original works, Frank E. Schoonover: American Visions will trace the creative journey and eventful life of this influential Golden Age illustrator, one whose vivid, dynamic work was deeply informed by his own numerous wilderness voyages, undertaken to fulfill his belief that artists should live what they paint—an adage often repeated by his noted teacher, acclaimed illustrator Howard Pyle (1853–1911).
As part of its "Inspired By Rockwell" lecture series, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a talk with illustrator Mark Romanoski on Saturday, November 10, starting at 5 p.m. A renowned fantasy illustrator, Ramonoski has created artworks for such high-profile clients as Magic: The Gathering, The World of War-Craft, and the World Wrestling Federation.
Whether you're a Red Sox or Dodgers fan, we've got you covered during this World Series weekend. Visit our exhibition of all 323 of Norman Rockwell's Saturday Evening Post covers, and look classic Rockwell baseball illustrations.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present a walking history tour of Stockbridge Cemetery on Thursday, October 25, starting at 5 p.m. The Museum’s Curator of Education Tom Daly will lead the tour, which looks at the burial sites of such luminaries as Norman Rockwell, Elizabeth Freeman, the Sedgwick Family, and other notable town residents.
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies and the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, announce a call for proposals for "Illustration Across Media: Nineteenth Century to Now," a symposium to be held at Washington University from March 21 through 23, 2019. The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2018.
As part of its “Inspired By Rockwell” lecture series, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a talk with illustrator Bri Hermanson on Saturday, October 20, starting at 5 p.m. A renowned scratchboard illustrator, Hermanson’s work can be seen in the Museum’s current traveling exhibition Reimagining The Four Freedoms.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present a digital painting workshop on Saturday, October 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. Gaming artist and Museum educator Patrick O’Donnell will explore the step-by-step process used in creating digital artworks in Adobe Photoshop.
Norman Rockwell Museum has been selected to participate in the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative. A partnership between two Boston-based foundations - Barr and The Klarman Family Foundation – the initiative is a $25 million, six-year investment in 29 arts and cultural organizations from across Massachusetts. Norman Rockwell Museum’s engagement in the initiative involves grants totaling $612,000 over the next three years.
Forbes Magazine has recently highlighted the work that Norman Rockwell Museum is doing to promote neurodiversity. Often defined as the idea that neurological differences such as autism and ADHD are to be recognized and respected as normal human variation, the article looks at the Museum's partnership with the College Internship Program.
Our current exhibition Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition continues to attract praise from both visitors and the media. This week USA Today included the show in their list of "the best American museum exhibits this fall."
Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Narrative Arts Matters," an art talk with the Museum’s President, illustrator Alice A. Carter on Saturday, September 22, starting at 1:30 p.m. The talk will elaborate on the centuries-old tradition of visual storytelling, the primary focus in the Museum’s current exhibition Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition.
Norman Rockwell Museum was proud to once again partner with the Berkshire Immigrant Center and host our seventh annual United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony at the Museum on August 10, 2018. 23 men and women, originally from 16 countries, took the oath and were sworn in against the welcoming backdrop of Norman Rockwell's artwork.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present Moving Pictures, a lecture looking at the history of hand-drawn animation from 1912 to 1990, on Saturday, August 18, starting at 1:30 p.m. Norman Rockwell Museum Curator of Exhibitions Jesse Kowalski will discuss how animated film has evolved from its earliest stages—from experimental films to cartoon shorts from the 1930s through 1950s.
Norman Rockwell Museum’s The Narrative Tradition Series Continues with Art Talks and Musical Performance
On Thursday, August 23, the Museum will welcome back local a cappella group Quintessential for an evening of art music. The group, which includes tenors Al Thorp, Jay Wise and Jim McMenamy, and bass/baritone David Anderegg, will perform songs that tell stories and complement the themes of the Keepers of the Flame exhibition.
The Berkshire Eagle recently included Norman Rockwell Museum in a feature about accessibility initiatives here in the Berkshire County. Specifically, the article highlights our work with Riverbrook Residence for women with disabilities.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening with contemporary artists whose work is featured in "Reimagining the Four Freedoms," a Museum exhibition currently on view at Hunter College’s Casa Lally in New York, on Thursday, August 9 starting at 5:30 p.m. Artists Bri Hermanson, Jane Feldman, Peter O. Zeirlein, and Pops Peterson, will share their perspectives on the shape of freedom today, as reflected in their work.
Norman Rockwell Museum will partner with the Berkshire Immigrant Center to host their annual United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, August 10th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Now in its seventh year of being held at the Museum, the ceremony is for residents of Western Massachusetts who have immigrated to the United States from around the world.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening with Professor Dr. Donald B. Giddon on Thursday, August 2 starting at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Giddon will examine the visual and emotional aspects of painted and drawn portraits, discussing the art of Norman Rockwell and other artists.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening with author and Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies Fellow, Barbara Tepa Lupack, Ph.D. on Thursday, August 30, starting at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Lupak will explore the role of magazine illustration and editorial/political cartoons in defining and popularizing the notion of the "New Woman" of the turn of the twentieth century.
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings, Norman Rockwell Museum will host a special Four Freedoms Festival Day on Saturday, September 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. The celebration will include related talks, tours, and performances.
Norman Rockwell Museum will honor the heroism and sacrifice of those who served in World War I, on Saturday, July 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. This special event will explore the experiences of those affected by the war through poetry, performance, and Rockwell’s art.
Norman Rockwell Museum will host a special beer tasting with Collective Arts Brewing on Monday, August 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Based in Ontario, Canada, Collective Arts Brewing commissions artists to adorn their cans and curates music to accompany each craft beer. There will be music, hors d’oeuvres and Collective Arts beverages served on the Museum Terrace.
Norman Rockwell Museum will hold an outdoor painting event, inspired by the Museum’s bucolic 36-acre estate, on Saturday, September 15, from 12 to 4 p.m. Artist Dan Howe will present plein air painting demonstrations, and then guide participants in the creation of their own artworks.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present a lecture on the working methods of artist Maxfield Parrish on Thursday, July 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. Ann Lawless, Executive Director of the American Precision Museum, will reflect on the many interesting facets of Parrish’s career. The event is free for Museum members or included with Museum admission.
In conjunction with Norman Rockwell Museum’s new exhibition, Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition, the Museum will hold a discussion that examines artistic influences. Roots of Inspiration: Contemporary Artists Speak will pay tribute to the artists, peers and mentors that inspired accomplished illustrator/educators Doug Andersen, C.F. Payne and Bill Thomson. The event will start at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, providing visitors with an abundance of advice, meaningful stories and inspiration.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening with journalist and author Pamela Paul on Thursday, July 26 starting at 5:30 p.m. Ms. Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, will discuss the power of published imagery and the narratives that are derived at the intersection of images and words.
Norman Rockwell Museum will celebrate the 75th anniversary of one of Norman Rockwell’s most enduring works during its Rosie the Riveter Day, to be held at the Museum on Saturday, May 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. Published on the cover of "The Saturday Evening Post" in May of 1943, the iconic painting will be the theme for talks, workshops, music, and dance performances throughout the afternoon.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present a family day with artist Tony DiTerlizzi on Sunday, May 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. to celebrate the final weekend of its current exhibition of the illustrator’s work. The special closing event will feature drawing demonstrations, exhibition tours, readings, and a talk and book signing by the artist.
Norman Rockwell Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffatt today announced that Shuffleton’s Barbershop, Rockwell’s acclaimed 1950 painting recently acquired by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, will go on view at the Rockwell Museum beginning June 9. The painting, acknowledged by many as a masterpiece, joins the Museum’s landmark exhibition Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell, and the Narrative Tradition, on view from June 9 through October 28, 2018.
To help launch Norman Rockwell Museum's upcoming traveling exhibition, "Rockwell, Roosevelt & The Four Freedoms," Turner Classic Movies will be presenting a night of movies related to the subject on Monday, May 21.
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents “Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition”
This summer, the Norman Rockwell Museum presents the first comprehensive exhibition to look at the work of master illustrators Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, and Norman Rockwell in relation to the history of Western art. Opening June 9, Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell, and the Narrative Tradition will reveal the lineage connecting American illustration to some 500 years of European painting through the long line of teachers who have passed along their wisdom, knowledge, and techniques to generations of creators.
The Norman Rockwell Museum today announced the appointment of Mary A. Berle, a Harvard-trained educator, who is the current Principal of Muddy Brook Elementary School, in Great Barrington, MA, as the Rockwell Museum’s new Chief Educator. Ms. Berle will officially join the Museum on September 1, 2018, assuming a newly created senior-level position to lead the Museum’s education vision at a pivotal time of growth.
Illustrator Katie Atkinson To Present Art, Mindfulness, and Self-Reflection Workshops at Norman Rockwell Museum
Norman Rockwell Museum will present a series of art and wellness workshops to be held on Saturdays, May 5 and June 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. Katie Atkinson, an illustrator who focuses on themes of wellness, personal growth, and transformation, will guide participants in an exploration of art as a means for achieving a state of flow, mindfulness, and self-reflection.
As part of its Picturing The Fantastical series, Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening lecture with illustrator Peter de Sève on Saturday, May 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. An artist celebrated for his work for The New Yorker, picture books, and character designs for such animated films as Finding Nemo, Robots, and the Ice Age series, Peter de Sève has been inspired by masters of fantasy illustration throughout his career.
To celebrate the 9th annual Art Museum Day, Norman Rockwell Museum announced today that it will offer free admission on Friday, May 18, 2018. An initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Art Museum Day gathers hundreds of institutions from across North America to recognize the arts and the important role that art museums play in their communities.
In connection with its current exhibition Gloria Stoll Karn: Pulp Romance, Norman Rockwell Museum will hold an evening lecture on Gloria Stoll Karn and other female pulp fiction artists from the 1940s on Saturday, June 2, starting at 5 p.m. The talk will be presented by author and illustration historian David Saunders, the son of pulp fiction artist Norman Saunders.
Norman Rockwell Museum will host a series of art workshops this summer with illustrator Dan Howe. A contemporary realist painter and teacher, Howe will present a workshop of portraiture on Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as a weeklong art workshop on painting like the Golden Age masters of illustration from Monday, July 30 through Friday, August 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms, Norman Rockwell Museum is once again teaming up with New York’s Capital Area Art Supervisors to present an exhibition of student artwork, exploring what freedom means for a new generation. Reimagining The Four Freedoms is on view at the Museum from March 16 through April 8, 2018.
As part of its Picturing The Fantastical series, Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening lecture with illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi on Saturday, April 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Known for his successful book series The Spiderwick Chronicles, DiTerlizzi is the subject of Norman Rockwell Museum's current exhibition Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening lecture with illustrator Donato Giancola on Saturday, April 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. A painter of fantasy themes, known for his work for Magic: The Gathering, Giancola will discuss the background, education, and milestones that have advanced his fan-to-professional career, and offer observations about life as an in-demand working illustrator today.
Illustrator Lisa Cyr to Present Journaling Workshop for Artists and Writers at Norman Rockwell Museum
Norman Rockwell Museum will present the workshop Just Imagine: Creative Storytelling in Journals and Sketchbooks at Norman Rockwell on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lead by award-winning illustrator Lisa Cyr, this hands-on workshop will focus on the development of personal content through journaling and sketching in handmade and custom-altered books.
The Norman Rockwell Museum today announced the appointment of Ellen Spear, currently President/CEO of Heritage Museums & Gardens, in Sandwich, Massachusetts, as the Rockwell Museum's new Chief Philanthropy Officer. Ms. Spear will officially join Norman Rockwell Museum over the summer, assuming a newly created senior-level position to lead the Museum's development efforts at a pivotal time of growth.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Norman Rockwell Museum will team up with Berkshire Magazine to present an evening with award-winning photographer Susan Copich on Thursday, March 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Copich is an award-winning photographer known for her 2014 conceptual series "Domestic Bliss," which gave voice to an inner "darkness" while examining family life in a humorous context.
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the nation’s first research institute dedicated to American illustration, announces its new Society of Fellows.
- Norman Rockwell Museum and First Congregational Church, UCC, Stockbridge, Announce Agreement to Explore Feasibility for Adaptive Reuse of Old Stockbridge Town Hall
Norman Rockwell Museum and First Congregational Church, UCC, Stockbridge, Announce Agreement to Explore Feasibility for Adaptive Reuse of Old Stockbridge Town Hall
Norman Rockwell Museum and First Congregational Church, UCC, Stockbridge, Announce Agreement to Explore Feasibility for Adaptive Reuse of Old Stockbridge Town Hall
Norman Rockwell Museum and the First Congregational Church, UCC announced Tuesday, February 13, that they have entered into an agreement that allows the Museum to conduct due diligence and explore the feasibility of acquiring the old Stockbridge Town Hall building for future Museum expansion.
In celebration of Norman Rockwell’s birthday and the creativity of youth, Norman Rockwell Museum is proud to present the 32nd anniversary of the Berkshire County High School Art Show, with a special exhibition opening to be held at the Museum on Saturday, February 3, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Norman Rockwell Museum presents Gloria Stoll Karn: Pulp Romance, an exhibition of works by Ms. Stoll Karn, one of just a few female illustrators working during the heyday of popular romance and dime store magazines of the 1940s. On view at the Museum from February 10 through June 10, 2018, the exhibition will look at the artistic contributions that Stoll Karn made to the pulp fiction industry, and her unexpected journey in a world previously assigned to male artists.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present Distant Lands: Literary Fiction in the Classroom, a symposium for educators, on Saturday, January 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Educators are invited to learn about creative approaches to bringing literary fiction into the classroom for elementary and middle school students during this day of lectures, workshops, and readings. Award-winning illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi and Newbery Honor author Holly Black will discuss their collaboration on the popular book series, The Spiderwick Chronicles.
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Forum series returns on Thursday, February 8, at 5:30 p.m., with a look at the history and power of protest. The town hall-style conversation will explore whether group demonstrations impact policy and affect change.
Norman Rockwell Museum will look at the career of Prince Valiant cartoonist John Cullen Murphy during a special talk to be held at the Museum on Saturday, December 9, starting at 2 p.m. Author Cullen Murphy, whose new book "Cartoon County" looks at the artistic career of his father, will talk about the many illustrators and cartoonists who resided in the southwestern corner of Connecticut.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present a special Thanksgiving weekend family day on Saturday, November 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. in celebration of two new books for young readers, "Norman Rockwell’s A Day in the Life of a Girl" and "Norman Rockwell’s A Day in the Life of a Boy."
I share with you the passing of Susan LeRoy Merrill, artist, author, vibrant spirit, and mother of trustee Daisy Rockwell. Susan is also survived and cherished by son Ruslan and daughter Elena, beloved husband Carl Sprague, son-in-law Aaron, granddaughter Serafina, and Rockwell family members.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening of poetry to honor the memory of Berkshire poet and author Michelle Gillett on Saturday, October 28, starting at 5:30 p.m. A gifted writer and friend to the local arts community, Ms. Gillett’s books of poetry and prose continue to bring joy.
Norman Rockwell Museum will honor the work of first responders from the local community, during a special family day event to be held at the Museum on Saturday, October 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This summer and fall, Norman Rockwell Museum will present the first exhibition to examine the artistic and cultural influence of Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol and the continued influence of their indelible legacies—Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol is on view at Norman Rockwell Museum from June 10 through October 29, 2017.
Norman Rockwell Museum welcomed new members to its Board of Trustees and National Council during the Museum’s annual meeting held on September 15, 2017. Douglas Clark, Audrey Friedner, Ramelle Pulitzer, and Ron Walter were elected as new trustees, starting this fall.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present In Plein Air: An On-Site Painting Event on Saturday, September 16, from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors are invited to join illustrator Dan Howe for an outdoor painting event inspired by the Museum’s scenic 36 acre site, which includes views of the Berkshire Hills, Housatonic River, and Norman Rockwell’s studio.
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Rockwell Center Lecture On Newspaper Career of Ashcan School Artist John Sloan
Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies Fellow Heather Campbell Coyle, Ph.D. will present a lecture on artist John Sloan’s career as a newspaper illustrator, at Norman Rockwell Museum on Friday, September 15, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Norman Rockwell Museum To Host Annual United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony on September 9
In partnership with Berkshire Immigrant Center, Norman Rockwell Museum will once again host a naturalization ceremony inside its galleries on Saturday, September 9, starting at 10 a.m. Berkshire County residents who immigrated to the country from around the world will be sworn-in as new naturalized United States citizens during a special ceremony to be held against the backdrop of Norman Rockwell’s iconic Four Freedoms paintings.
This summer Norman Rockwell Museum has been proud to take part in #DanceForTheArts, a unique collaboration between cultural organizations here in the Berkshires. On Thursday, August 31, the collaborative will conclude with a final Summer Wrap Party from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Barn at The Egremont Village. Proceeds will benefit Mass Creative, a state-wide advocacy organization that supports the efforts of our creative sector.
Concluding its summer lecture and performance series, Inventing America: Art and Cultural Connections, Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Art Music: An A cappella Evening with Quintessential" on Thursday, August 31, starting at 5:30 p.m.
As part of its summer lecture and performance series, Inventing America: Art and Cultural Connections, Norman Rockwell Museum will present the talk "Norman Rockwell and the American Ideal: A European Viewpoint" on Thursday, August 17, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present the lecture "Coming of Age: American Portraits from Copley to Warhol" with art historian Maureen Hickey on Thursday, August 10, starting at 5:30 p.m. Ms. Hickey will explore the ways in which portraits have revealed the political, religious, and social status of their sitters, as well as the aesthetic preferences of their era.
Established in 1948, the Famous Artists School, in Westport, Connecticut, became a household name during the mid-twentieth century. This summer, a special exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum will explore the artworks and creative methods featured in the program, during the 1940s and 1950s. Titled Learning from the Masters: The Famous Artists School, it will remain on view from July 8 through October 29, 2017.
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Talk on Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, and the Sedgwicks of Stockbridge
In conjunction with its new exhibition, Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol, Norman Rockwell will present a talk on Andy Warhol, his muse/actress Edie Sedgwick, and the Sedgwicks of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on Thursday, August 3, starting at 5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with its new exhibition, James Warhola: Uncle Andy and Other Stories, Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening with illustrator James Warhola on Thursday, July 27, starting at 5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with its new exhibition, Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a panel discussion looking at the enduring legacy of the two twentieth century artists, Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol, on Saturday, July 15, starting at 5:30 p.m. The talk will explore the art and impact of the two American image-makers, and discuss evolving and sometimes controversial perceptions of their work.
In conjunction with its new exhibitions, James Warhola: Uncle Andy and Other Stories and Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol, Norman Rockwell Museum will present Uncle Andy’s Cats and Other Pet Stories, a special family day on Saturday, August 5, from 1 to 4 p.m.
In celebration of summer and "America’s favorite pastime," Norman Rockwell Museum will present Home Run! An All American Baseball Day on Saturday, July 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. The family festival will pay tribute to the sport and artists, including Norman Rockwell, who captured the excitement of the game.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present the talk "Painting America’s Portrait: How Illustrators Created America" on Saturday, June 17, starting at 2 p.m. Author James C. Thompson will explore the ways that America’s visual storytellers capitalized on three decades of advances in corporate advertising and image reproduction technology to create highly dramatic and colorful images that envisioned the American dream.
Norman Rockwell Museum Receives Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund Award for Capital Investments
Norman Rockwell Museum is receiving a grant of $125,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund Program (CFF) towards capital improvements.
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Forum Looks at Freedom of the Press and American Journalism Today
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Forum returns on Thursday, May 25, at 5:30 p.m., with a look at freedom of the press in today’s journalism.
In conjunction with its current exhibition Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning, Norman Rockwell Museum will present an afternoon with Hanna-Barbera writer Glenn Leopold on Sunday, May, 14, starting at 2 p.m.
Norman Rockwell Museum received a contribution earlier this month from an unexpected source: Chubb Insurance presented the Museum with a $15,000 check that was the returned claims payment resulting from the discovery and return of a stolen Norman Rockwell painting.
In conjunction with its current exhibition "Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning,' Norman Rockwell Museum will present “The Flintstones: Anatomy of a Pop Culture Classic” on Saturday, April 22, starting at 5:30 p.m.
As part of its Art for a Civil Society series of talks, Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Cell Block Visions: Making and Teaching Art in Prison" on Saturday, April 8, starting at 5:30 p.m. Artist/educator Phyllis Kornfeld will describe the compelling alternative art world that exists within the prison system.
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Norman Rockwell Museum will celebrate April school vacation week with Draw! Draw! Draw!, a series of drop-in drawing activities and demonstrations to be held Monday through Friday, April 17 through 21, from 1 to 4 p.m.
We are deeply saddened to share news of the recent death of former Norman Rockwell Museum Board President, Dan Cain. Dan was an ardent supporter and champion of the Museum. He was a member of the Board from 1998-2010, serving as president from 2006-2010. His zest for life, powerful personality, and smile lit up a room.
Norman Rockwell Museum will offer free admission on Thursday, May 18, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD) Art Museum Day.
Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning is the first museum exhibition on the world’s most successful animation partnership.
At a press briefing held Wednesday, March 29, at New York City's historic Roosevelt House, Norman Rockwell Museum announced details of the first internationally touring exhibition devoted to Rockwell’s iconic depictions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms.
Artist Setsuko Sato Winchester will present a talk about The Yellow Bowl Project, her new conceptual work exploring freedom, at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, March 25, starting at 5:30 p.m.
For the second year, Norman Rockwell Museum is teaming up with New York’s Capital Area Art Supervisors to present a unique exhibition of student artwork exploring what freedom means in the 21st century—Reimagining The Four Freedoms is on view at Norman Rockwell Museum from March 18 through April 9, 2017.
In conjunction with its current exhibition Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a talk with former Hanna-Barbera president Fred Seibert on Saturday, March 11, starting at 5:30 p.m. This event will be live streamed on Facebook
As part of its new Berkshire County Student Passport Program, Norman Rockwell Museum will host a special day for families of Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School students, who recently completed the education outreach program, on Saturday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend and colleague Elaine Gunn. Elaine worked with Norman Rockwell Museum as both gallery guide and school program guide for over 18 years, and served on our Board from 1996 to 2002. She and her family also knew Norman Rockwell personally.
Norman Rockwell Museum calls on artists working in all media to reimagine the four essential freedoms enunciated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear, and to consider their relevance today.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present Norman Rockwell: Paintings in Song, a panel discussion and documentary screening, on Saturday, March 18, starting at 5:30 p.m. Berkshire-based composer John Myers, Crescendo artistic director Christine Gevert, and documentary producer Rich Bradway, will discuss "Paintings in Song," nine musical works inspired by Rockwell’s artwork that will be performed in April.
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Forum series returns on Thursday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m., with a look at today’s refugee crisis. As borders tighten around the world, millions of people from impoverished and war-torn nations seek a safe place to restart their lives.
Happy New Year! Norman Rockwell Museum has been receiving some great press lately, and we thought we'd take a moment to share it with you.
The Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show returns for its 31st year at Norman Rockwell Museum with a special exhibition opening to be held on Saturday, February 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. Celebrate the creative talent on display from Berkshire County high schools.
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Toon In: Cartooning and Animation with Illustrator Scott Lincoln
Stockbridge, MA, December 22, 2016—In conjunction with its new exhibition, Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning, Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Toon In,” cartooning and animation drop-in art programs during school vacation week, December 26 through 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. Join educator, cartoonist, and animator Scott Lincoln for daily workshops exploring the creation of simple character designs to storyboarding […]
Hanna-Barbera was an animation powerhouse and its bountiful creativity is beloved to this day. Norman Rockwell Museum will pay tribute to the art of the award-winning studio with the new exhibition "Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning," on view November 12, 2016 through May 29, 2017.
Norman Rockwell Museum To Present Winter Break Art Workshops for College Students and Adults (Updated 12/31/2016)
Norman Rockwell Museum will start 2017 with a series of winter break art workshops, intended for college students and adults, during the month of January. Students of all skill levels are welcome, and will have the opportunity to advance their work and strengthen their portfolio.
In conjunction with its new exhibition, "Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning," Norman Rockwell Museum will present animated talks and screenings on Saturday, January 14.
Norman Rockwell Museum announces the Berkshire County Student Passport Program, part of a comprehensive effort to reach out and engage many more young people in the region with the Museum, and to introduce them to Norman Rockwell, who lived the last 25 years of his life in Berkshire County.
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Friday Night at the Movies: A Rockwellian Film Series continues on Friday, December 9, at 5:30 p.m. with a screening of the 1970 animated feature "Santa and the Three Bears. Written and directed by veteran Hanna-Barbera writer Tony Benedict, this Christmas classic presents the story of a park ranger who teaches a group of bear cubs about Santa Claus and the true meaning of Christmas.
Norman Rockwell Museum Celebrates Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of the Holidays
Stockbridge, MA, November 23, 2016—In celebration of the season, Norman Rockwell Museum presents the exhibition Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of the Holidays, and a weekend of holiday programming on December 3 and 4.
On Saturday, December 3, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., join illustrator Dan Howe for a narrated painting demonstration. Through his live presentation, Howe will show the step-by-step technique that Norman Rockwell used to create some […]
Norman Rockwell Museum announces the promotion of Martin Mahoney to the Museum’s newly created position Director of Curatorial Operations. Mr. Mahoney has most recently served as Director of Collections and Exhibitions at Norman Rockwell Museum, since joining the Museum in 2005 as the Museum’s registrar.
Norman Rockwell Museum will celebrate the 75th anniversary of private Willie Gillis, one of Norman Rockwell’s most beloved characters, with an afternoon festival to be held on Saturday, November 19, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Norman Rockwell Museum will honor those who have served with a special afternoon of Veterans Day programming on Friday, November 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.
In celebration of Thanksgiving Weekend, Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Norman Rockwell: Paintings in Song,” a special music program, on Friday, November 25, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Painting Like Rockwell," an ongoing series of narrated painting demonstrations with illustrator Dan Howe, starting Saturday, November 5, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Howe will demonstrate Norman Rockwell’s process for creating a painting image during this live event, bringing the step-by-step technique of the beloved American illustrator to light.
The "Luminaries: Exploring Stockbridge Cemetery" event has been moved to Thursday, November 3 due to inclement weather Learn more...
Norman Rockwell Museum, the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of art and archival materials relating to Norman Rockwell’s life and work, announced today that it is assessing possibilities for expansion and has initiated feasibility studies to examine various options for meeting its pressing need for more space.
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Friday Night at the Movies: A Rockwellian Film Series continues on Friday, October 7, at 5:30 p.m. with a screening of 1936’s "My Man Godfrey." "Thin Man" star William Powell is Godfrey, a homeless man who becomes butler to an eccentric rich family, including a spoiled Carole Lombard, in this comedy directed by Gregory La Cava.
Norman Rockwell Museum today announced it has received a $1.5 million grant from the George Lucas Family Foundation to strengthen the Museum’s Digital Learning and Engagement Division. The grant will enable the Museum to create a range of robust multi-media experiences for visitors on site and online as well as for the Museum’s traveling exhibitions.
Norman Rockwell Museum welcomed new members to its Board of Trustees and National Council during the Museum’s annual meeting held on September 16, 2016. Robert Babcock, Peter Blum, Terry Burman, Marian Raser, and David Schwartz were elected as new trustees, starting this fall. New members for the National Council are Elizabeth Bender and William Zavarello, Douglas Clark and Ruth Ann McNeese, and Tucker Reed.
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Forum series returns on Thursday, September 22, at 5:30 p.m., asking the question, “what’s in our water?” The forum will explore current challenges to our environment, their effects and potential risks to our health, and ways in which information is disseminated.
Please note access to galleries will be limited during this event. We expect the ceremony to conclude around 11:30am. Seating is given to new citizens and their families; Museum visitors are welcome to observe the ceremony based on space availability.
In partnership with Berkshire Immigrant Center, Norman Rockwell Museum will host a naturalization ceremony for the fifth year on Saturday, September 10, at 10 a.m. Berkshire County residents who immigrated to the country from around the world will be sworn-in as new naturalized United States citizens during a special ceremony to be held against the backdrop of Norman Rockwell’s iconic Four Freedoms paintings.
Norman Rockwell Museum is saddened by the news of the recent passing of Nancy Goessel, wife of Bill Goessel, who served on our Board from 1988-1995. Nancy was a wonderful friend of Norman Rockwell Museum.
Our Friday Night at the Movies series continues this Friday, September 2, starting at 5:30 p.m., with a screening of Norman Rockwell fan/collector George Lucas’ 1973 film, "American Graffiti." As written in the catalogue for the 2010 exhibition, "Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg," Lucas’ breakthrough film could be seen as the “last pure, unmediated, non-revisionist ‘Rockwell film’ ever made.”
Norman Rockwell Museum announces the unveiling of a unique civic exhibition of Norman Rockwell artwork starting this fall at three United States District Courts in Massachusetts. With the assistance of Robert Farrell, Clerk of Court, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, high-quality canvas reproductions of Rockwell’s "The Four Freedoms" (1943) and "Golden Rule" (1961) paintings will be on view in the courthouses of Boston, Worcester, and Springfield.
Norman Rockwell Museum will once again celebrate Free Fun Friday, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, offering free admission to all visitors on Friday, August 6. Join us inside and outside of our galleries for family fun and world-class exhibitions.
Inspired by its newest exhibition, "Rockwell and Realism in the Abstract World," Norman Rockwell Museum will present "The Visual Narrative: Three Perspectives" on Thursday, August 25, starting at 5:30 p.m. Meet Marshall Arisman, Anita Kunz, and Thomas Woodruff, three award-winning illustrators who also create personal works that have their own story to tell.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the opening of our new exhibition, "Mac Conner: A New York Life." In addition to many stylish Mad Men (and Women), it was an honor to welcome Mac Conner himself. The 103-year-old artist seemed to have a grand time, and took time to meet with our many members and friends in attendance. In his words, "Norman Rockwell was a great inspiration for me."
This year, Norman Rockwell Museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of Norman Rockwell’s first "Post" cover, "Boy with Baby Carriage" (May 20, 1916) through a special series of events and installations. On view May 14 through October 30, 2016, the contemporary sculpture exhibition "Build a Better Baby Carriage" will feature original three-dimensional artworks inspired by the subject of Rockwell’s first "Post" cover. Artists working in all media are invited to submit proposals for the juried exhibition, which will be displayed outdoors on the Museum’s 36-acre site overlooking the Housatonic River. Commendations will be awarded for "Best in Show," "Most Inventive," "Most Artistic," and "People’s Choice (Children and Adults)." The deadline for applications is March 28. For more information, please contact the Museum at 413.931.2278 or ImageServices@nrm.org
This spring Norman Rockwell Museum explores the work of one of illustration’s original "Mad Men," whose work helped shape the popular image of postwar America—Mac Conner: A New York Life is on view at the Museum from March 19 through June 5, 2016. Organized by the Museum of the City of New York, Mac Conner: A New York Life is the first exhibition of more than 70 original works by the New York City-based artist whose advertising and editorial illustrations graced the pages of such leading publications as Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and The Saturday Evening Post. Presented as part of Norman Rockwell Museum’s Distinguished Illustrator Series, the exhibition is co-sponsored by The Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University in St. Louis and the Museum’s Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies.
In conjunction with its current exhibition "Mac Conner: A New York Life," Norman Rockwell Museum will present the lecture "Mid-Century Modern: Home Furnishings in the Post-War Era" on Saturday, April 16, starting at 5 p.m. Henry Ford Museum Curator of Decorative Arts, Charles Sable will discuss the hallmarks of domestic style in the Post-War 1940s and 1950s, which are featured prominently in Mac Conner’s artwork. The program is free for Museum members, or with Museum admission. Reservations encouraged by calling: 413.931.2221.
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s "Four Freedoms" speech, Norman Rockwell Museum is teaming up with New York’s Capital Area Art Supervisors to present a unique exhibition that looks at the concept of the four freedoms, famously painted by artist Norman Rockwell, from the perspective of a new generation. "Reimagining The Four Freedoms" is on view at the Museum from March 11 through April 3, 2016.
Photo of Norman Rockwell Museum intern, Mindy (Yuhui) Ma with her work on display in the 30th Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show. Photo by Jeremy Clowe. ©Norman Rockwell Museum. All rights reserved.
As we celebrate many great education initiatives this year, we want to be sure to give a final word of praise for the […]
Last Thursday, February 25, representatives from Norman Rockwell Museum joined students from Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School at New York’s City Hall for a special ceremony recognizing their efforts to rename the street where Norman Rockwell grew up, in the artist’s honor. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation into law to co-name 39 new and amend 3 previously co-named thoroughfares and public spaces, including “Norman Rockwell Place.”
Two weeks ago, New York’s City Council voted to officially rename the corner of West 103 Street and Amsterdam Avenue “Norman Rockwell Place.” A special signing ceremony will be held at New York’s City Hall on Thursday, February 25, starting at 11 a.m., officiated by Mayor Bill de Blasio, and attended by New York high school students who campaigned for over a year to initiate the change. A street-renaming ceremony during which the new street sign will be affixed will take place on June 9. The idea originated from a class project led by students from Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School, an alternative school located around the corner from where Rockwell was born. After researching the life of the artist and visiting the Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the students began creating materials as part of a committee they formed to rename the corner. On Election Day, November 4, 2014, they canvassed voters at their school, a polling location, and picked up 300 signatures in support of the idea.
In celebration of the creativity of youth, Norman Rockwell Museum is proud to present the 30th anniversary of the Berkshire County High School Art Show, on view at the Museum from February 6 through March 6, 2016. A diverse exhibition of original works, this annual display teaches Berkshire County high school art students how to prepare their work for a gallery show, and acquire a personal understanding of the exhibition process. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Berkshire Bank.
A dear friend has departed our Museum family and community, leaving a sparkling trail of love, tears, poetry, laughter and enlightenment. Since its founding, Norman Rockwell Museum has been blessed with great and caring leaders. It is inevitable that generational turning must happen, but for some of our family it comes too soon.
The Board of Trustees and staff of Norman Rockwell Museum mourn the passing of Museum Trustee Murray Tinkelman (1933-2016), an exceptional illustrator and educator, who worked diligently for almost 25 years to advance the Museum’s illustration art mission. Mr. Tinkelman died on January 30, just two weeks after the passing of his beloved wife Carol, who shared his dedication to scholarship related to American illustration. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Murray and Carol," notes Norman Rockwell Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt. "They were both so important to the Museum. One of the best ways we can honor them is to continue to share all they have taught us about the vital role that illustration art plays in society."
In celebration of Black History Month, Norman Rockwell Museum has partnered with Google to share artworks and artifacts from its permanent collection, that illustrate Norman Rockwell’s dedication to civil rights. Available through the Google Cultural Institute website, "Norman Rockwell In The Age of the Civil Rights Movement" presents Rockwell’s paintings, rarely seen studies, reference photos, and correspondence relating to his important works created during the period; the online exhibition joins over 4000 new items –including 80 exhibits and three expeditions—that document different moments throughout African American history.
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech, Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Forum series returns on Thursday, February 18, at 5:30 p.m., with a look at the current state of presidential politics. The evening’s forum will address the ins and outs of the 2016 American presidential election cycle, its colorful candidates, and what it means for the future of the nation. Featured speakers will include: William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives; Stacy L. Wallach, attorney and professor; and Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com. The program is being sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Steven Lomazow. Community conversation at the Four Freedoms Forums is free and open to the public.
In celebration of Presidents Week, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a talk with political illustrator, Steve Brodner, on Friday, February 19, starting at 2 p.m. Brodner will provide a look at the American Presidency during his afternoon lecture; he is currently working on "Presidents," a new book that will explore the significant events of the administration of President William McKinley through the commander-in-chief to come. A reception will follow the lecture, which is free with regular Museum admission. Steve Brodner is an award-winning artist, whose cartoons and caricatures have appeared in such prominent publications as The New York Times, National Lampoon, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Spy, Esquire, The Progressive, The Washington Post, The Nation, and Village Voice, among others. Brodner has also documented seven national political conventions in visual essay form—the result of days or weeks spent with the candidates on the campaign trail. His work was on view at Norman Rockwell Museum in advance of the 2008 presidential election in the exhibition, Raw Nerve! The Political Art of Steve Brodner.
As part of its "Meet the Artists" performance series, Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Vincent van Gogh: A Portrait by the Postman Roulin" on Saturday, March 12, starting at 5:30 p.m. Actor Ted Zalewski will capture the spirit of the post-impressionist painter through the voice of the Postman Roulin. As van Gogh’s loyal friend, Roulin relates van Gogh’s personal and artistic journey from his native Holland to the south of France. Based on extensive research into van Gogh’s life and letters, Zalewski’s performance is filled with humor, passion, and joie de vivre; refreshments will follow the program. Admission to the event costs $12 for adults, $5 for children, and $8 for Museum members.
Celebrating the final week of its exhibition, "Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students," Norman Rockwell Museum will present an art talk on "The Teachings of Harvey Dunn," on Saturday, March 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. Join George Fernandez, Associate Professor and Visual Communications Chair at SUNY Farmingdale, for a look at the life and teachings of Dunn (1884-1952), an influential Golden Age illustrator. The artist realized his full potential after practically applying the ideals taught to him by acclaimed illustrator Howard Pyle (1853-1911), which became the bedrock of Dunn’s own teachings. The careers of Dunn’s most famous protégé, including Mead Schaeffer, Dean Cornwell, Harold Von Schmidt, and others, will be explored. Admission to the event is free for Musuem members, or with regular Museum admission.
Norman Rockwell Museum is sad to learn of the passing of Ann Fitzpatrick Brown, a long-time friend and supporter of the Museum. Ann was a member of an entrepreneurial family involved in mail order, retail, and the hotel business, which included The Red Lion Inn and Country Curtains, based in Stockbridge. The Fitzpatrick family also had close ties to Norman Rockwell, were proud to be models for several of his works, and were instrumental in fulfilling the vision of a museum to preserve his legacy—Ann served as a trustee of Norman Rockwell Museum from 1998-2008.
Norman Rockwell Museum will celebrate the Presidents and Valentines Day weekend with "Politics and Romance? Norman Rockwell’s Presidents and Valentines," a talk and brunch to be held on Sunday, February 14, starting at 11 a.m. Tom Daly, the Museum’s Curator of Education, will examine the noted political figures whom Rockwell intersected with (including Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon), and the artist’s many illustrations by love, including Boy and Girl Gazing at Moon (Puppy Love) (1926), and Marriage License (1955). The talk is being presented as part of the Museum’s "Food for Thought: Curatorial Perspectives" series, and will include a continental brunch. Admission to the event costs $20, $15 for Museum members, and includes Museum admission.
As part of its "Meet the Artists" performance series, Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Georgia O’Keeffe: Portrait of the Artist," on Saturday, February 13, starting at 5:30 p.m. In a living history interpretation, actress Colleen Webster will bring to life Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), the twentieth century painter known for her significant contributions to American Modernism. Projected paintings and photographs will accompany this interactive performance, and showcase the American master’s work, known for its depictions of flowers, cityscapes, landscapes, and images of the stark desert of New Mexico. Webster will take questions during and after the performance, and refreshments will follow the program. Admission to the event costs $12 for adults, $5 for children, and $8 for Museum members.
Come in from the cold and enjoy our new group of themed galleries of Norman Rockwell's work. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Rockwell's first "Saturday Evening Post" cover, "Boy with Baby Carriage" (May 20, 1916); all year long we will be celebrating this and other milestones in the artist's career.
We are sad to learn of the passing of yet another guiding light for our Museum. Carol Tinkelman was a friend, member of the Museum’s board, and beloved wife of illustrator Murray Tinkelman.
“Carol was a driving force behind Norman Rockwell Museum’s illustration collecting mission, and her passion was to help the Museum build […]
Norman Rockwell Museum will present "The Pullman Porter: Norman Rockwell’s Boy in Dining Car," a talk and brunch to be held on Sunday, January 17, starting at 11 a.m. Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, the Museum’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator, will take an in-depth look at Norman Rockwell’s 1946 "Saturday Evening Post" cover, "Boy in Dining Car," in time for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. For more than a century, African American Pullman porters were a part of American train travel. Ms. Plunkett will explore the history of the Pullman porter, and look behind the scenes at Rockwell’s process behind one of his most iconic works. The talk is being presented as part of the Museum’s "Food for Thought: Curatorial Perspectives" series, and will include a continental brunch. Admission to the event costs $20, $15 for Museum members, and includes Museum admission.
Norman Rockwell Museum is partnering with the WordXWord Festival to present the Rockwell Project, a visual and performing arts contribution to the annual 10x10 Festival being held at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Friday, February 12, at 7 p.m. Admission to the Whitney Center for the Arts event is free, with parental guidance suggested. Leading up to the February event, WordXWord has challenged 11 poets to create ten original performance pieces in response to Norman Rockwell’s illustrations. Each poet’s images will be chosen by lottery, and created onsite at Norman Rockwell Museum on Sunday, January 10.
Norman Rockwell Museum is sad to learn and report of the passing of Joyce. K. Schiller, the Museum's first curator of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. Schiller was a passionate and consummate scholar of illustration art, having devoted a lifetime of study to the genre. She joined Norman Rockwell Museum in 2009 from the Delaware Art Museum, and for five years built the foundational work of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, establishing a firm base of scholarship around the Museum’s central mission. She retired from her position as Rockwell Center Curator in August 2014 to devote more time to be with her husband, Lewis Schiller, and her own research.
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of The Four Freedoms, Norman Rockwell Museum will present an afternoon talk and performance on Wednesday, January 6, that pays tribute to President Roosevelt’s speech and Rockwell’s paintings, which are on view and part of the Museum’s permanent collection. Starting at 1 p.m., join members of the Berkshire Music School for a performance of patriotic music from the World War II era. Following the music, the Museum’s Curator of Education Tom Daly will offer historical insight into both Roosevelt’s words and Rockwell’s paintings. The event is free with regular Museum admission.
Norman Rockwell Museum is saddened to learn of the passing of Sol Schwartz, a local artist and member of the Museum’s National Council. A part-time resident of the Berkshires, Mr. Schwartz became known for […]
As part of its Living Arts History Series, Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening in the classroom with "illustrator Harvey Dunn," as portrayed by painter/interpreter Dane Howe, on Saturday, January 16, starting at 5:30 p.m. Dunn was a larger-than-life artist and teacher, known for depicting the harsh realities of World War I and the comforting landscape of the prairie; Howe will share the master illustrator's philosophy and belief in the benefits of a life in art. Refreshments will follow the program. Admission to the event costs $12 for adults, $5 for children, and $8 for Museum members.
Today seems like a perfect day to honor two modern visual storytellers, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, who happened to cite Norman Rockwell as an important influence. Happy Birthday to Mr. Spielberg, Norman Rockwell Museum Trustee Emeritus, who turns 69 today. The filmmaker has shown his love of Norman Rockwell's work by going so far as recreating the artist's Freedom From Fear for his 1987 film, Empire of the Sun. Last month, he followed in Rockwell's footsteps by receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. His latest film, Bridge of Spies opened in October to rave reviews.
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas weekend is here- be sure to check out all the events (and exhibitions) happening at Norman Rockwell Museum and in the town of Stockbridge. While you’re visiting the Museum, take time to admire the Main Street at Christmas train set we have displayed once again. It has become an annual tradition, and it certainly draws you in (like Rockwell’s paintings). We look forward to seeing you this […]
The 26th annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas weekend takes place December 4 through 6. In celebration of the season, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a number of family-friendly events during the month of December; as well as the exhibition, Norman Rockwell’s "Spirit of the Holidays," which features many of the artist’s works that have become synonymous with the holidays. Many of Rockwell’s depictions of Christmas are inspired by the work of Charles Dickens, which he read as a child with his family. Indeed, Dickens’ impact on Rockwell’s paintings of carolers and revelers is evident in the flourish of the Old English Merrie Christmas (1938) and most obvious in Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit (1934). In addition to these Christmas covers from "The Saturday Evening Post" and other periodicals of the day, family gatherings were forever frozen in time in the artist’s many advertisements and Hallmark greeting cards. On view through January 8, 2016, Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of the Holidays shows how the artist’s paintings and drawings inspired feelings of warmth and good cheer for generations to come; the exhibition is sponsored by Duncan and Christen Pollock.
Illustrator Marc Rosenthal will debut his new children’s book, "Big Bot Small Bot: A Book of Robot Opposites," during a family art workshop to be held at Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, December 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. Explore Rosenthal’s interactive picture book, which introduces a group of friendly, colorful, retro-futuristic robots who demonstrate the concept of opposites; the book’s lift-the-flap gatefolds transform each illustration in a creative way. After Rosenthal’s talk, visitors will be invited to create lift-the-flap books of their own, or purchase their own copy of the illustrator’s book for the holidays. The afternoon event, sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, is free for Museum members or with regular admission.
As part of its new Food for Thought series of talks, Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Coming of Age: Rockwell’s Children Grow Up," on Sunday, December 13, starting at 11 a.m. The term "Rockwellian" has been used to denote a world replete with harmony in familial relationships, patriotism, optimism, and a general feeling that all is well. In Norman Rockwell’s world, children grow up before our eyes—still disobeying rules, grappling with social pressures, and struggling with their evolution to adulthood. Jesse Kowalski, the Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions, will look at the many children in Rockwell’s work, who are portrayed as dimensional beings in all stages of life. A continental brunch will be served. Admission to the talk costs $20, $15 for Museum members, and includes Museum admission. For more information or to make reservations, please contact the Museum at 413.931.2221.
Norman Rockwell Museum Partners with Berkshire Bank to Pay Tribute to U.S. Military Through Exhibition, Veterans Day Event, and Free Admission for Veterans. The sacrifices made by our nation’s military are many, and often the emotional scars continue long after these soldiers have left the battlefield. A new exhibition offers artist commentary on the military, patriotism, and the struggles that many veterans face upon their re-entry into civilian life. "Love a Vet: Honoring Our Veterans" is on view at Norman Rockwell Museum from November 7, 2015 through January 5, 2016. The Museum has partnered with Berkshire Bank to provide free admission for U.S. veterans and active military through the run of the exhibition; tickets are available at Berkshire Bank locations throughout the region.
The Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust awarded Norman Rockwell Museum a grant of $75,000 in August 2015 towards designing and building a new front stone entranceway to the Museum. The grant contributes to a much larger funding effort for the project. Built more than 22 years ago, the 1,400 square-foot bluestone terrace serves as the public gateway to the Museum and its galleries. More than three million visitors have used the terrace entry since the Museum opened its new campus in 1993, and today it needs to be replaced. "We are immensely grateful to the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust for their generosity in helping us build a new front stone entranceway plaza," notes Norman Rockwell Museum Director/CEO, Laurie Norton Moffatt. "Jane and Jack were dear friends of Norman Rockwell; they loved and helped found this Museum. The large outdoor foyer serves as a natural gathering place for our visitors, who enjoy our beautiful campus gardens, trees, and greenways as much as our art. The continuing generosity of the Fitzpatrick family will ensure that this new gateway plaza is made to welcome hundreds of thousands more visitors in the future."
In conjunction with its newest exhibition, "Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students," Norman Rockwell Museum will present an art talk on Harvey Dunn and other Golden Age illustrators on Saturday, November 21, starting at 5:30 p.m. Elizabeth Alberding, curator and collections manager of The Kelly Collection of American Illustration Art (which loaned many of the works on view in the exhibition), will discuss the process of building a world-class illustration collection, and explore the lives and art of the field’s most celebrated practitioners. The event is free for Museum members, or with regular Museum admission. The Kelly Collection of American Illustration is a private collection dedicated to the acquisition, preservation, research and exhibition of Golden Age American illustration. The Collection consists of several hundred original painting and drawings by significant American illustrators from 1890-1935 as well as an extensive reference library of related books and magazines. The Kelly Collection embraces its role in the preservation of this area of American visual culture for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. Learn more at: thekellycollection.org
Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG) will celebrate its 12th annual Arborists Day through a day of outdoor service at Norman Rockwell Museum on Wednesday, November 4. A group of 23 area arborists and related staff from BBG will help to preserve several of the trees in need of repair on the Museum’s 36-acre campus. Arborist Day started in 2004 when a group of arborists from Southern Berkshires began collaborating with Berkshire Botanical Garden to maintain the trees at its Stockbridge campus. The annual event is modeled on similar days of service throughout the country. After three seasons, the team moved its outreach to other local venues, including The Mount, Monument Mountain Regional High School, Hebert Arboretum, The Bidwell House, and Construct's Pine Woods condominiums.
Norman Rockwell Museum Goes “Back In Time” with Family Festival To Celebrate 30th Anniversary of “Back To The Future”
Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Back in Time," a family cruise-in festival on Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Inspired by the 30th anniversary of the film "Back To The Future," the event will feature a classic car show (including a DeLorean, and original car used in the movies); music from the 1950s to 1980s; talks on the movie series, locally-produced Ride Film, automobiles, and the art of both Norman Rockwell and Drew Struzan (who designed the movie series' iconic posters); seasonal art activities; vintage costumes; and a screening of "Back in Time," a new documentary that examines the cultural phenomenon of the time-travel trilogy. Support for the event has been made possible by the Pittsfield Piston Poppers; and R.W.’s Inc., offering full service towing, repairs, and car rentals in the Berkshires.
Award-Winning Illustrators Ted and Betsy Lewin Headline Thanksgiving Weekend Event at Norman Rockwell Museum
In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a special family day event with award-winning artists and world travelers, Ted and Betsy Lewin on Saturday, November 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. Children’s book authors and illustrators, the Lewins have lived lives of adventure that have taken them to every corner of the world and inspired their art. Starting at 1:30 p.m., the couple will provide a behind-the-scenes look at their new memoir, "How To Babysit a Leopard: And Other True Stories from Our Travels Across Six Continents," with original art and artifacts on view; a book signing will follow the talk, offering a pre-holiday gift opportunity. At 3 p.m., visitors are invited to read and draw along with Ted and Betsy Lewin, who will share passages from their favorite books and demonstrate how they bring stories to life. Throughout the day, illustrator Pat O’Donnell will be on hand to lead drop-in art activities, offering families the opportunity to design an exotic critter of their own to take home. Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, the event is free with Museum admission.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Luminaries: Exploring Stockbridge Cemetery,” on Thursday, October 29, starting at 5 p.m. Curator of Education Tom Daly will lead a pre-Halloween walking tour of the Stockbridge Cemetery, which boasts the burial sites of such luminaries as Norman Rockwell, Elizabeth Freeman, the Sedgwick Family, and other notable town residents. A cider and donut reception will precede the tour, which will meet at the former town hall’s bell tower parking area. Admission to the event is $5, free for members and children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended by calling 413.931.2221 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Our acclaimed exhibition, "We The Peoples: Norman Rockwell’s United Nations" officially closed on September 15, yet the United Nations Headquarters in New York continues to experience unique “Norman Rockwell” moments. This past Friday, September 25, the United Nations welcomed His Holiness Pope Francis, during his first-ever visit to the United States. Prior to addressing the UN’s General Assembly, Pope Francis took time out to admire Norman Rockwell’s Golden Rule, which remains on temporary loan to the UN from the Museum’s collection. Rockwell’s painting, in fact, served as the perfect backdrop for the pontiff’s visit, where he had referenced the concept of “the golden rule” during his historic address to Congress just the day before. Pope Francis can be seen signing the UN’s guestbook in the same room where Rockwell’s welcoming artwork is currently displayed.
Stockbridge, MA, September 24, 2015—Norman Rockwell Museum welcomed new members to its Board of Trustees during the Museum’s annual meeting held on September 18, 2015. David Glodt, Deborah Hoover, Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Marion Simon, and Michael Wynn were elected to new terms, starting this fall. “We are extremely pleased to welcome such a talented group of new board members to Norman Rockwell Museum,” says Board Chairman Robert T. Horvath. “Their diverse talents and networks will help us continue to reach new audiences and advance the legacy of Norman Rockwell and American illustration art.” New Trustees
Norman Rockwell Museum Galleries Reinterpreted with “Norman Rockwell: Heroes, Humor, and Growing Up”
In conjunction with its current exhibition, "Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs," which also celebrates family, life’s humorous moments, and standing up to adversity, Norman Rockwell Museum will reinstall its main galleries to focus on these thematic elements, and offer an in-depth look at the artist’s process. "Norman Rockwell: Heroes, Humor, and Growing Up" will be on view at the Museum through October 18, 2015.
Pauline Adams (lower right) and family pose for Norman Rockwell’s “United Nations,” early 1950s. Photo by Gene Pelham. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©Norman Rockwell Family Agency. All rights reserved.
On Friday, October 2, we welcome Pauline Adams Grimes, one of the original models for Norman Rockwell’s 1953 “United Nations” drawing to speak at the Museum, as part of our Meet Rockwell’s Models program, starting at […]
In conjunction with its latest exhibition, Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs, Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Aging in America: Attitudes and Access," the latest in its Four Freedoms Forum series on Thursday, September 24, starting at 5:30 p.m. The public forum will explore the dynamic increase of life expectancy in the U.S. and other developed nations, and the challenges and increased needs it places on access to differentiated care. Inspired by the themes in artist Roz Chast’s award-winning graphic memoir, "Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" which examines her relationship with her aging parents, the program will feature commentary by experts in the field and encourage community discourse. A reception will follow.
This past Saturday, September 12, 25 Western Massachusetts residents, originally from around the world, became U.S. citizens during an emotional naturalization ceremony, held for the fourth straight year at Norman Rockwell Museum. The Honorable Daniel A. Ford, Massachusetts Superior Court Justice, administered the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens against the backdrop of Norman Rockwell's iconic "Four Freedoms" paintings.
Norman Rockwell Museum To Host Annual United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony on September 12
In partnership with Berkshire Immigrant Center, Norman Rockwell Museum will host a naturalization ceremony inside its galleries on Saturday, September 12, starting at 10 a.m. Berkshire County residents who immigrated to the country from around the world will be sworn-in as new naturalized United States citizens during a special ceremony to be held against the backdrop of Norman Rockwell’s iconic Four Freedoms paintings. "Hosting the citizenship naturalization ceremonies has been one of my most rewarding moments during all my years with the Museum," notes Norman Rockwell Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt. "As reflected in his art, Norman Rockwell celebrated all the world’s cultures and peoples—I hope our new citizens will always feel at home here at the Museum, and hold a special memory of this ceremony."
Visitors to Norman Rockwell Museum continue to be fascinated by Norman Rockwell's models. In addition to playing an integral part in the development of the Rockwell’s work, these individuals have also offered many fascinating anecdotes about the artist over the years. This Friday, September 4, 2:30 p.m. our Meet Rockwell’s Models program returns, and last week a very special visitor paid a visit to our United Nations exhibition to see her modeling efforts for the first time.
A special reception was held at the United Nations Headquarters on the evening of Monday, June 30, to celebrate the opening of "We The Peoples: Norman Rockwell's United Nations." The exhibition, organized by Norman Rockwell Museum, is on view at the UN's New York City Visitor Centre, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the peacekeeping organization. Speaking during the evening's opening remarks, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said that, "We are so honored to now host the original Golden Rule as well as the United Nations drawing for the entire summer of our 70th anniversary year."
On view through October 12, 2015
Join us this summer for a redesign of our galleries, using themes prevalent throughout Norman Rockwell's career in illustration: heroes, humor, and growing up. We also detail step-by-step the process Rockwell used to create some of his most famous paintings, including "The Gossips" and "Art Critic." Props, photographs of models, studies, sketches, and the final paintings and related "Saturday Evening Post" covers are on display.
On August 15, Norman Rockwell Museum officially launched a new, comprehensive, online resource dedicated to the illustration arts. IllustrationHistory.org will serve as an evolving site, provide greater access to information about the field in which Norman Rockwell played a seminal role.
Illustration History is possible, in part, by a generous grant from The National Endowment for the Arts’ ART WORKS program, and an anonymous donor in […]
It's summer... and the Berkshires are beautiful. This week is the perfect time for a road trip to Norman Rockwell Museum, where we will be keeping things cool with a celebration of the art of storytelling. Join us this Thursday, August 6, 5:30 p.m. as we welcome three award-winning storytellers for a Story Slam. Tony Toledo, Norah Dooley, and Ben Cunningham will lead interactive exercises, followed by a chance for the audience to share their own stories at an open mic. Co-presented by MassMouth, the premier Greater Boston-based organization dedicated to the fine art of storytelling, the event is free for members or with Museum admission.
This Thursday, August 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., learn how objects are appraised, and bring your special piece in for comment and an informal appraisal from Charlie Flint of Charles Flint Antiques in Lenox. Reservations are recommended by calling 413.931.2221.
Norman Rockwell Museum To Host StorySlam This Thursday
As part of its Summer Evenings with Art series, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a StorySlam with members from massmouth on Thursday, August 6, starting at 5:30 p.m. A StorySlam is a live storytelling competition in the vein of poetry […]
As part of its Summer Evenings with Art series, Norman Rockwell Museum will present "What’s In Your Closet?" an art and antiques appraisal on Thursday, August 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. Charles Flint of Charles Flint Antiques in Lenox, Massachusetts, will talk about the unique qualities of art and objects that make them collectible and of value, and how they are then appraised. Visitors are invited to bring their own collected artworks and artifacts for an informal evaluation, provided by Flint (limit up to three objects per individual). Admission to the event is free for Museum members or with regular Museum admission. Reservations are recommended by contacting the Museum at 413.931.2221 or email@example.com.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present a talk with artist Maurice "Pops" Peterson about his "Reinventing Rockwell" series of artworks on Thursday, July 30, starting at 5:30 p.m. Recently honored at the Northeast Regional Conference on Fair Housing and Civil Rights, Peterson will detail how his work reimagined the art of Norman Rockwell to reflect the realities and diversity of today’s American scene. Peterson, who describes the talk as a "true story of ghosts and miracles, presented with nearly scores of illustrations," will also discuss his artistic journey—from graphic designer and writer to the world of fine art. Sponsored by Ungar Foundation, the event is presented as part of the Museum’s summer series of talks and performances held on Thursday evenings; admission is free for Museum members or with regular Museum admission. Reservations are recommended by contacting the Museum at 413.931.2221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norman Rockwell Museum announces a series of intensive art workshops for adults this summer, to be held at the Museum during the month of July. Drawing and Painting the Figure with Painter/Illustrator Dan Howe: July 20-24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; The Figure in the Environment: A Painting Workshop with Illustrator William Low: July 27-31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance registration is required by contacting the Museum at 413.931.2221, or email@example.com. A complete materials list available upon request.
Norman Rockwell Museum is pleased to welcome long-time “New Yorker” cartoonist, Liza Donnelly to the Museum for an evening lecture to be held Thursday, June 16, starting at 5:30 p.m. The talk is part of the Museum’s “Comic Relief” series of events being held Thursday nights through August, in conjunction with its latest exhibition, "Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs.” The artist will offer a back story on life as a "New Yorker" cartoonist, and as an author and contributor for numerous, national periodicals. Donnelly is also a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. State Department, traveling around the world speaking about freedom of speech, cartoons, and women’s rights. The lecture is free for Museum members or with general admission. Reservations are recommending by contacting the Museum at 413.931.2221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In conjunction with its new exhibition, "Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs," Norman Rockwell Museum will present Creative Cartooning, a weeklong art workshop for children and young adults, to be held Monday, July 13 through 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Illustrator and animator Scott Lincoln will show participants how to develop their own cartoons, by learning the techniques of character design, storyboarding, and sequential image making in order to create a unique, visual narrative. Students should bring their own lunch; art materials will be provided. Admission for ages 10 and up costs $175; $150 for Museum members. An extended program will also be offered daily from 3 to 5 p.m. for an additional $50 a week. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Museum at 413.931.2221 or email@example.com.
Norman Rockwell Museum Commemorates 70th Anniversary of United Nations Through Exhibition of Rockwell’s Humanitarian Works
This summer, Norman Rockwell Museum will honor the 70th anniversary of the United Nations with an unprecedented exhibition at the United Nations. "We The Peoples: Norman Rockwell's United Nations" will be on view from June 20 through September 15, 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters/Visitors Centre in New York City. The exhibition will feature Rockwell’s 1953 "United Nations" drawing, 1961's "Golden Rule" painting, and other works that reflect the artist’s personal beliefs in universal commonalities of mankind as a “citizen of the world.”
Norman Rockwell Museum will be holding a press conference about its new exhibition, "We The Peoples: Norman Rockwell's United Nations" this Monday, June 29, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. The press conference will be streamed, and those interested can tune into the conference and evening remarks via the UN's website. The press conference, held at the UN Headquarters in New York City, is expected to include remarks from Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, who was instrumental in the planning of this unique exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the UN.
Norman Rockwell Museum honored three of its longtime leaders during a special tribute held during its Summer Gala on Saturday, June 6. The Museum honored Anne H. Morgan, Thomas L. Pulling, and Mark Selkowitz, whose vision and dedication through the years, has helped guide the institution into the digital age. Awards were presented to the three honorees during the Museum’s sold-out Summer Gala, which also served as an opening for its newest exhibition, "Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs," on view through October 26, 2015.
We’re excited to announce that our newest exhibition, Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs opens this Saturday, June 6. In addition to a fun display of Chast’s humorous cartoons for "The New Yorker," the exhibition will feature the first thorough look at her award-winning graphic memoir, "Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" which shares the bittersweet experiences of caring for her aging parents.
Students from NYC’s Edward A. Reynolds High School learn more about Norman Rockwell during a recent visit to Norman Rockwell Museum on May 28, 2015. Photo ©Norman Rockwell Museum. All rights reserved.
Our educational outreach continues at Norman Rockwell Museum.
This past May, Norman Rockwell Museum welcomed back students from New York City’s Edward A. Reynolds West Side High […]
Over the past 37 years, readers of "The New Yorker" have been enjoying cartoonist Roz Chast’s signature style and wit. This summer, a new exhibit showcases the cartoonist’s gift; "Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs" will be on view at Norman Rockwell Museum from June 6 through October 26, 2015.
Stockbridge, MA, May 14, 2015—Norman Rockwell Museum announced today the hiring of Rich Bradway as the Museum’s new Director of Digital Learning and Engagement. Funding for the position was made possible through a grant from the George Lucas Family Foundation to expand and re-imagine the Museum’s educational programming with 21st century learning […]
It is a beautiful week to visit Norman Rockwell Museum. The magnolias and other spring flowers are in full bloom on our 36-acre campus, and we have equally interesting sights and sounds in our galleries. This Saturday, May 9, starting at 5:30 p.m. "The Jazz Age" will be an evening of music by Dr. John Myers, a professor of music at Bard College at Simon's Rock, who performs regularly as a jazz and classical guitarist. Inspired by Leyendecker's art deco styled works, the jazz music performance is free for members or with regular Museum admission.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present Home Run! An All American Baseball Day on Saturday, May 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. Celebrate the start of summer with a tribute to our national pastime, which has also inspired America’s most popular illustrators.
Thank you for all the kind letters and tributes pouring in regarding Mary Doyle Keefe (Rosie The Riveter), who passed away last week. A reminder that we hold "Meet the Models" lectures every first Friday. On May 1, 2:30 p.m., we welcome back Ed Locke and Claire Williams.
Norman Rockwell Museum is saddened to learn of the passing of Mary Doyle Keefe, the original model for Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Rosie The Riveter” painting, at age 92.
Ms. Keefe was a […]
March 11, 2016 through April 3, 2016 * In celebration of the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech, enjoy this exhibition of original artworks re-imagining the concept and Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings. Works from Region 6 Capital Eastern District high school students from Schoharie, Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties will be on view.
It’s that time of year. Spring is finally in the air, and this weekend finds families celebrating both the Easter and Passover holidays. Norman Rockwell Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the weekend, and we welcome you and yours […]
With our two current exhibitions featuring the art of "The Saturday Evening Post," it seems like the perfect time to look at a popular recurring feature that Norman Rockwell created for the venerable publication. Can you find all 57 “errors” in Rockwell's "Girl with Shopkeeper," from the April 3, 1948 cover of the "Post?"
Stockbridge, MA, April 21, 2015—Norman Rockwell Museum presents “How To Draw With Your Funny Bone,” an afternoon art workshop and book launch with illustrator Elwood H. Smith, to be held on Saturday, May 2. From 11 a.m. to 4 […]
J.C. Leyendecker (1874-1951), cover illustration for “The Saturday Evening Post,” March 30, 1929. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections, gift of William Hargreaves. ©SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN
J.C. Leyendecker, the Golden Age illustrator and hero to Norman Rockwell, was born on this date back in 1874. Visitors helped us celebrate by joining us for the opening of our new exhibition, J.C. Leyendecker and The Saturday […]
Norman Rockwell Museum is saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Walt Reed (1917-2015). An artist, author, and art historian, Reed had a lifelong commitment to scholarship relating to the art of illustration. In June 2012, the Museum awarded the Illustration House founder with its first Distiguished Scholar Award in recognition of his many achievements.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Those interested in a preview of our new exhibition, "J.C. Leyendecker and The Saturday Evening Post" are in luck: you can now view examples of all "Post" covers the artist created for the magazine, including 1922's "Irish Liberty" (pictured here). The full exhibition, including original works created by the acclaimed illustrator and hero to Norman Rockwell, opens this Saturday, March 21, with a special opening talk and reception to be held from 4 to 6 p.m.
Congratulations to "New Yorker" cartoonist Roz Chast, whose recent memoir has won “Best Autobiography” from the National Book Critics Circle. Members of our staff met up with Chast at her home in Connecticut last week, to prepare for our upcoming exhibition of the artist’s work, which will be on view at Norman Rockwell Museum from June 6 through October 26, 2015. We had a fun, behind-the-scenes tour, and also conducted a videotaped interview with Chast about her life and career. Make your reservations now to attend our gala exhibition opening on Saturday, June 6, and meet this talented cartoonist, whose work has kept us smiling for years.
Admired by Norman Rockwell and acknowledged as one of America’s preeminent twentieth century illustration masters, J.C. Leyendecker (1894-1951) rose to fame as the creator of elegant artworks for mass publication. This spring, a new exhibition will offer a rare glimpse of each of Leyendecker’s "Saturday Evening Post" cover designs, along with original artwork that showcases the artist’s unique and capable hand—"J.C. Leyendecker and The Saturday Evening Post" is on view March 21 through June 14, 2015 at Norman Rockwell Museum.
Norman Rockwell Museum announced today the hiring of Jesse Kowalski as the Museum’s new Curator of Exhibitions. Kowalski began work at the Museum on March 2. Mr. Kowalski is the former Director of Exhibitions at The Andy Warhol Museum, where he was employed for 18 of the Museum’s 20 years.
Norman Rockwell Museum today announced its 2015 season, presenting the enduring legacy of Rockwell and highlighting the tremendous contributions of America’s illustration masters.
Norman Rockwell Museum announces the recent acquisition of Norman Rockwell’s 1926 painting, "Boy and Girl Gazing at Moon (Puppy Love)" to its permanent collection. One of Rockwell’s most iconic images, the painting was donated to the Museum as a gift from Bill, Casey, Maggie, Jenny, and Jesse Millis, "in honor of Norman Rockwell, an incredible American."
This past week Norman Rockwell Museum announced the recent acquisition of Norman Rockwell’s 1926 painting, "Boy and Girl Gazing at Moon (Puppy Love)" with a public unveiling of the original work on February 13, in the Museum's galleries.
What happens when an illustrated character comes to life? This past Saturday, Rockwell Center Fellow, James J. Kimble, Ph,D. looked at three fictional characters, created by commercial artists, who had a very real impact on the public imagination during World War II and beyond:
This Tuesday, February 3rd marks Norman Rockwell's 121st birthday, and he's more popular than ever! Join us at Norman Rockwell Museum on Tuesday as we celebrate the artist's life and work—our Curator of Education, Tom Daly will discuss highlights from each decade of Rockwell's legendary career, with birthday cake to follow.
Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies Lecture To Examine Illustrative Characters of World War II
Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Visual Obsessions," part of its ongoing Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies lectures, on Saturday, February 28, starting at 5:30 p.m. Rockwell Center Fellow, James J. Kimble, Ph.D. will talk about print media characters who had a very real impact on the public imagination during World War II and beyond, including: Willie Gillis, the fictional private created by Norman Rockwell, who appeared on the cover of eleven "Saturday Evening Post" covers during the 1940s; "the Kid in Upper 4," an advertisement created by copywriter Nelson Metcalf, Jr., voicing the thoughts of a lonely G.I. on his way to war; and the "Mother and Daughter" cover girls created by illustrator Al Parker to represent the “ deal" family during war time. During his talk, Kimble will examine the narrative connections of these popular illustrative characters; refreshments will be served. The evening lecture is free for Museum members or with regular Museum admission, or $10 for the program only.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Picturing History," a conversation with renowned historical artist Mort Künstler on Saturday, February 21, starting at 5:30 p.m. Künstler will offer insight into the creative and technical process of visualizing historical subjects. Admission to the talk is $10, or free with Museum admission; members free.
The Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show returns for its 29th year at Norman Rockwell Museum with a special exhibition opening to be held on Saturday, February 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. Celebrate the creative talent on display from Berkshire County high schools, and meet the artists behind the works on view. At 2:30 p.m., enjoy a lecture from internationally published illustrator Marc Rosenthal, who will offer insight and encouragement to future art professionals.
As we start 2015, we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who contributed to Norman Rockwell Museum's annual appeal last year. For every gift we received through mid-December, our friends at Price Chopper Supermarkets donated a canned good to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. In total, 274 donations were received and delivered to our local Food Bank agency, the People’s Pantry in Great Barrington.
It is with great sadness and gratitude for his life, that we mark the passing of former Board President Lee A. Williams, at the too young age of 69. Lee led the Museum board from 2000 – 2004, and served as a museum trustee from 1994 – 2010 and trustee emeritus from 2010 – 2015. He chaired the marketing committee for many years while president of Country Curtains, the homemaking and curtain company founded by Museum founders Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick prior to serving as board president.
In conjunction with its current exhibition, "Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure," Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Nine Months at Gettysburg," an evening lecture to be held on Saturday, January 17, starting at 5:30 p.m. Vermont historian Howard Coffin will focus on 1863, the year of the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Battle of Gettysburg, and explain how Vermont’s Second Brigade changed the tide of the American Civil War. *Please note: the previously scheduled speaker and topic for this Saturday’s lecture have been changed— we apologize for any inconvenience.
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Forum series returns on Thursday, January 15, at 5:30 p.m., with a look at the cultural legacy of war. The public forum will explore whether war has become an accepted response to conflict, and what cultural circumstances have established a climate for armed engagement. Community conversation at the Four Freedoms Forums is free and open to the public.
Norman Rockwell’s name has become synonymous with the holidays. "The Saturday Evening Post" published a Rockwell Christmas cover every year from 1919 through 1942, and its appearance on America’s newsstands was an annual tradition. The artist’s twenty-nine Christmas covers comprise a major chapter in his career. Norman Rockwell’s classic holiday images were also published by Hallmark Cards between 1948 and 1957.
Norman Rockwell Museum welcomed new officers and members to its Board of Trustees during the Museum’s annual meetings held on September 19 and December 5, 2014. During the September meeting, Robert T. Horvath was elected to the office of Chairman of the Board of Trustees, assuming the office previously held by Anne H. Morgan; and Alice A. Carter was elected to the office of Museum President, and Jamie Williamson was elected First Vice President. During the December meeting, new trustee members Magdalen Livesey and Carol Konner were elected to three-year terms on the Museum’s Board of Trustees. Off-going Trustees include Peter D’Ambrosio and Peter de Sève.
In conjunction with its current exhibition, “Norman Rockwell: Home for the Holidays,” Norman Rockwell Museum will present a series of programs inspired by the Victorian era and Rockwell’s love for the writings of Charles Dickens, starting on Saturday, December 27.
November 22, 2014 through February 8, 2015
During the holiday season, Norman Rockwell's anxiously awaited illustrations brought good cheer to millions of Americans who encountered his images on the covers and pages of their favorite magazines, and on holiday cards that brought the spirit of the holidays home. His memorable, enduring images, which reflected the best in us, are on view in this special holiday installation of original artworks and objects. Original drawings for Hallmark cards, paintings inspired by Charles Dickens' classic story, A Christmas Carol, a point-of-purchase Coca-Cola Santa, and costumes and props featured in Rockwell's artwork will be on view.
In May of 1914, a young Norman Rockwell entered artwork in his first exhibition: a group show at the New Rochelle Public Library in New Rochelle, New York. He was 20 years old. One hundred years later, a traveling exhibition of some of Rockwell’s most iconic original works is making its European debut. Organized by Norman Rockwell Museum, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell will be on view at the Fondazione Roma-Arte-Musei in Rome, Italy, from November 11, 2014 through February 8, 2015.
Norman Rockwell Museum announces the new accessibility of tens of thousands of digitized black-and-white photographs from its Norman Rockwell Photographic Print Collection—the largest single collection in the Norman Rockwell Archive. Digital images are now freely viewable on the Museum’s website under “View the Collections,” and by appointment through the Stockbridge museum’s Reference Center, which has a computer workstation to accommodate its many visiting researchers.
As the seasons change, so do the displays at Norman Rockwell Museum. While we are busy preparing American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell for its European debut in Rome, Italy, we are also pleased to present a collection of rare and unique works by America’s favorite illustrator, right here in Stockbridge.
October is shaping up to be a colorful month here at Norman Rockwell Museum--inside and out! Outside, there's the beautifully vivid fall foliage... Inside, enjoy colorful new loans and donations; the final weeks of American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell (through October 13); The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator (through October 26); and Rockwell's Stockbridge Studio. If that wasn't enough, we're back on Jeopardy! TV's favorite game show, on Thursday, October 9.
Illustration art has certainly been in the news lately. In addition to stories about the upcoming George Lucas narrative art museum and ongoing interest in Norman Rockwell's work, this week Daniel Grant of The Huffington Post asks the question, "Everyone Loves Illustration Art, But Where Does One See It?"
What kind of person volunteers at a museum? Art lovers, and people lovers. Carlton Dodge has been volunteering at Norman Rockwell Museum for 17 years. He is a wonderful example of the value that volunteers add to an organization like Norman Rockwell Museum.
Norman Rockwell Museum Awarded Prestigious “Museums of America” Grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services
Norman Rockwell Museum received a competitive grant of $150,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the federal agency’s Museums for America Program. The grant supports a new project called “Norman Rockwell’s World—Interactive Multimedia Experiences that Engage Audiences with Norman Rockwell Museum’s Digital Collections.”
Norman Rockwell Museum sends “Happy Birthday” wishes to Ruby Bridges Hall, who turns 60 today. A member of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, Ms. Bridges Hall inspired Norman Rockwell to create his classic Civil Rights-era painting, The Problem We All Live With in 1963. The painting is one of the artist’s most significant works to be found the Museum’s permanent collection.
Norman Rockwell Museum announces the receipt of a two-year, $500,000 grant from the George Lucas Family Foundation to expand and re-imagine the Museum’s educational programming with 21st century learning tools.
August 22, 2014 through January 11, 2015 Enjoy this installation featuring recently acquired artworks and archival materials, relating to Norman Rockwell Museum's growing collection of original illustration art.
Our exhibition, The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator, has been a big hit this summer, and we continue to offer a lively series of programs that explores the life and art of this realist master, and his little-known career as a commercial artist. On Saturday, September 20, starting at 5 p.m., join us for a lecture on Hopper House, the historic home in Nyack, New York, where Edward Hopper spent his formative years. The following week, Saturday, September 27, come aboard for a bus trip to Edward Hopper's boyhood home in the charming riverfront village of Nyack.
Anne Morgan, Chair of the Norman Rockwell Museum Board of Trustees, uncovered an interesting piece of Rockwell history during a recent visit to Asheville, North Carolina.
There has been much to celebrate lately (including our own 45th anniversary), but we would be remiss in not paying tribute to Norman Rockwell model, Claire Williams, who this year celebrates her 30th year of working at Norman Rockwell Museum.
Whether you’re the "stay at home" or "adventurous" type, there's nothing like a visit to Norman Rockwell Museum, where there's always something new to see!
On this date back in 1882, Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882-May 15, 1967) was born in Nyack, New York. Don't miss Norman Rockwell Museum's current exhibition, "The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator," which explores this little-known aspect of the realist master's career; a gallery tour of the exhibition is planned for Tuesday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m., and an evening lecture with Hopper scholar, Gail Levin, Ph.D., will be held on Thursday, July 24, starting at 5:30 p.m.
I am very excited to be joining a dedicated and enthusiastic group of volunteers at Norman Rockwell Museum. Anyone reading this blog already knows what a special place this is; the museum building gives the visitor a comfortable and pleasant way to experience Norman Rockwell's works, and also to see whatever special exhibitions the museum offers.
In his 1960 autobiography, My Adventures as an Illustrator, Norman Rockwell provides a revealing chapter that documents his process of creating the iconic painting, Family Tree (1959). Keeping with the family theme, the artist asked his son/writer Tom Rockwell to help with the book. Learn more about the challenges of this time-honored craft during Norman Rockwell Museum’s new Thursday night lecture series, “Impossible Craft: The Artist’s Biography.” Next up: a look at the life of American realist master, Edward Hopper, with biographer, Gail Levin, Ph.D. on Thursday, July 24, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 21, marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 slaying of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney in Philadelphia, Mississippi—a pivotal moment in America’s Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. In the beginning of 1965, Norman Rockwell embarked on an intensive five-week session to illustrate the tragic news story that took place during 1964’s Freedom Summer, ignoring other commissions in the process—the result was one of his most intense works.
Norman Rockwell Museum announces the honoring of illustrator Murray Tinkelman as its 2014 Artist Laureate. Mr. Tinkelman is an award-winning artist and illustration historian, whose work was recently on view at the Museum in the exhibition, “Baseball, Rodeos and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman.” The award was presented to the illustrator during a special ceremony at the Museum on Saturday, June 14.
Special Exhibition To Focus on Little-Known Period of The Realist Master’s Career In December 2013, artwork by Norman Rockwell and Edward Hopper set the all-time sales records for American paintings at auction, confirming the enduring popularity of these two artists from the twentieth century. This summer, Norman Rockwell Museum will present the early work of these two remarkable artists side by side, offering a rare glimpse into their formative years before they embarked on divergent paths as painters. “The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator” will be on view at Norman Rockwell Museum from June 7 through October 26, 2014.
Rockwellian. Hopperesque. You know you have made it when your name becomes an adjective. Although highly regarded for their painting and storytelling skills, most people are unaware that both Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell started their careers in a similar fashion, before traveling on a very different course.
We had baseball on the mind after a visit last week from Norman Rockwell's original "Rookie," model Sherm Safford. The subject of Rockwell's 1957 painting joined us to take part in the filming of a segment for CBS Evening News, to be broadcast around the occasion of Christie's auction of the original painting on May 22, 2014. Read all about the filming in last week's Berkshire Eagle, and tune into the segment, scheduled to air the evening of Thursday, May 22.
Norman Rockwell Museum announces today new appointments to its executive leadership team, with the hiring of Michelle Clarkin as chief advancement officer, and Jill Gellert as the Museum’s chief operating officer. Ms. Clarkin commences her role immediately, filling a vacancy in the Museum’s lead fundraising post, and Ms. Gellert assumes her role on July 1, upon the retirement of Terry Smith, who has served as COO since 2004.
It's hard to believe, but this year marks the 45th anniversary of Norman Rockwell Museum. In 1969 we first opened our doors in the Old Corner House, a historic building in the center of Stockbridge, with help from Norman and Molly Rockwell.
Photo of Jeopardy! producers and Clue Crew presenter, Sarah Whitcomb Foss, recording a segment in Norman Rockwell's studio at Norman Rockwell Museum, December 2013. Photo by Jeremy Clowe for Norman Rockwell Museum. All rights reserved. Celebrating its 45th anniversary, Norman Rockwell Museum was featured on the April 30 episode of the popular, nationally-syndicated TV game show, Jeopardy! A category titled “The Art of Norman Rockwell Museum” included clues that were filmed in the Museum’s galleries last December.
Recently announced, our major gift from the Famous Artists School has been garnering quite a bit of press lately. This Sunday's New York Times reported on the substantial art and archives donation, made possible by Robert and Magdalen Livesey of Cortina Learning International, which still runs a version of the popular art correspondence course to this day.
On view March 29 through June 15, 2014 Norman Rockwell Museum is proud to present the latest in its Distinguished Illustrator Series of exhibitions. “Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles” celebrates 60 years of artistic creation by Murray Tinkelman, one of the nation’s most prominent illustrators, educators, and illustration historians.
Norman Rockwell Museum announces the 2014 recipients of its Rockwell Center Fellowships. Awarded through the Museum’s Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the yearlong fellowships are awarded to senior scholars and museum professionals pursuing research or projects in or relating to the subject of American illustration art and visual studies.
February 8 through March 9, 2014 A lively and diverse exhibition of original works by Berkshire County high school art students celebrating the region’s talented youth will be on view.
Spring begins—and not a moment too soon. You can already feel the warmth in our Museum galleries, courtesy of the recent donation of Norman Rockwell’s 1947 painting First Signs of Spring, which is currently on view.
A transformational outcome of a collections development initiative launched five years ago, Norman Rockwell Museum today announced the acquisition of the art and archives from the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut, nearly doubling the Museum’s collections. This major gift comprises more than 5,000 un-catalogued artworks, including several original works created by Norman Rockwell, plus an archive of hundreds of thousands of items.
”The Gossips,” one of Norman Rockwell’s most popular paintings, has returned to Norman Rockwell Museum to be displayed for a limited time. The loan is made possible through the generosity of the artwork’s new owner.
This week the United Nations rededicated a large mosaic of Norman Rockwell's "Golden Rule," which hangs in their New York City Headquarters. Read more about the development on Norman Rockwell's iconic 1961 painting, which is part of the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum.
Happy Birthday Norman Rockwell! America's favorite illustrator was born 120 years ago today. To celebrate, this week our curatorial staff will be posting some fun birthday cards that Rockwell received throughout his career from some of his youngest fans.
Later in life, Norman Rockwell would say that he just wanted to break out and do something important. Unbeknownst to him, Rockwell had already done something very important in the living legacy of the hundreds of black students whose only access to art instruction was and still is the studying and copying of his work. Many would say that Norman Rockwell gave them their careers and their livelihoods. Robin Jordan affirms that, for her, the gift was even greater: “Norman Rockwell saved my life."
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Forum series returns on Thursday, January 23, at 5:30 p.m., with a look at divisions in American politics, and how to get past the impasse. Featured speakers will include James A. Arpante, Professor of Business, History and Government at Berkshire Community College; Jim Bronson, Chairman of the Berkshire County Republican Association; Dr. Alan Chartock, President and CEO of WAMC Northeast Public Radio; and Sheila Murray, Chairwoman for The Berkshire Brigades. Community conversation at the Four Freedoms Forums is free and open to the public.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present an afternoon tea and talk with author Jane Allen Petrick, author of “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell’s America,” on Saturday, January 18, starting at 2 p.m. Ms. Petrick’s book explores in-depth, for the first time, the stories of Asian, African, and Native Americans who modeled for and appeared in Rockwell’s artwork. The author will discuss her intensive research, partially conducted at Norman Rockwell Museum, that has made her publication possible.
Happy New Year from Norman Rockwell Museum. We start 2014 with an exciting list of exhibitions and programs for the whole family, including "Dance," a family day inspired by the art of Ruth Sanderson (January 11); a lecture by Jane Allen Petrick, author of "Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America" (January 18); and a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20. Programs are free with regular Museum admission.
The Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show returns for its 28th year at Norman Rockwell Museum with a special exhibition opening to be held on Saturday, February 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon in celebration of the talented young artists from Berkshire County high schools, and meet the creators of the works on view; at 2:30 p.m. enjoy a lecture about professional opportunities for artists by illustrator John Roman.
Celebrate the season at Norman Rockwell Museum. Join us during school vacation week, December 23 through 28, and learn about the art of the picture book. On select days, visitors will also have a chance to meet artists Wendell Minor and Ruth Sanderson, and get their photo with a prince and princess. The Museum will be closed Christmas Day, but we wish you and your family a very joyous holiday.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Dance!” a family day inspired by the art of illustrator Ruth Sanderson, on Saturday, January 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. Join dancers from Berkshire Ballroom as they demonstrate their technique and teach basic ballroom steps. Professional dancer and archivist Eugenia Kim will also offer an illustrated look at dance as it relates to the exhibition, “Dancing Princesses: The Fairy Tale Art of Ruth Sanderson." The family afternoon will also include tours of the exhibition, readings, and art making for all.
A renowned fantasy artist and illustrator of children’s literature, Ruth Sanderson has created imagery for more than 75 picture books, many of which bring classic fairy tales to life. Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Dancing Princesses: The Picture Book Art of Ruth Sanderson" from December 7, 2013 through March 18, 2014.
This year, Norman Rockwell Museum has a unique opportunity to broaden physical access throughout our beautiful campus in Stockbridge, and around the world with digital access – and we need your help.