Norman Rockwell Museum is pleased to congratulate beloved picture book illustrator Jerry Pinkney on his historic receipt of two lifetime achievement awards in a single day—as announced by the American Library Association (ALA) today, January 11, 2016, at their Mid-Winter Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Norman Rockwell captured the likenesses of many national figures during his career, and in 1960, he was commissioned by The Saturday Evening Post to paint portraits of Presidential candidates Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon. To prepare for the painting of Kennedy, Rockwell arranged to pose and photograph Kennedy at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
Recently, award-winning illustrator Tim O’Brien was invited to take inspiration from Norman Rockwell’s 1960 Triple Self Portrait by Smithsonian art director Maria Keehan, to highlight several stories in the October issue of the magazine. Among them is an article titled The Real Norman Rockwell by author/art historian Deborah Solomon, whose upcoming book, American Mirror: The Life and Art of […]
This spring, Norman Rockwell Museum staff enjoyed the pleasure of a visit from Dr. Susan Birns, Professor of Sociology/Anthropology/Social Work, and the enthusiastic young schoars in her American Family class at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA). The group joined Curator of Education Tom Daly and Deputy Director/Chief Curator to explore the power of published art and the messages about gender roles and family life reflected in the illustration art of the mid-twentieth century. After their visit, the class took inspiration from the works on view to complete an assignment from Dr. Birns, who invited them to analyze Rockwell's art within the context of their studies. We appreciate the opportunity to share the thoughts of five of Dr. Birns outstanding students, including Lindsay Roy, Gregory James, Mary Ferrara, Brittany Galipeau, and Meghan Maguire. We know you'll enjoy their comments too.
A exciting new feature on our website, New Perspectives on Illustration, written by emerging scholars, will offer fresh perspectives on published art. The outstanding analysis here by MICA graduate illustration student Kevin Valente was inspired by illustrator Barry Blitt's "Bromance," an August 2012 cover for The New Yorker. This fall, the Norman Rockwell Museum continues its educational collaboration with Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Stephanie Plunkett, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, and Joyce K. Schiller, Ph.D., curator of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, teach a Critical Seminar course at MICA for an outstanding group of students in the Master of Fine Arts Illustration Practice Program, chaired by award-winning illustrator Whitney Sherman. Enjoy Kevin Valente's piece, and look for more compelling commentary on the art of illustration soon.
A Festival of Comics Saturday, November 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate the art of comics during this exciting afternoon of artist talks and demonstrations, workshops, signings, and comic book appraisals inspired by our current exhibition, Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross. Come dressed as you favorite superhero and get $2 off admission. Artists Howard Cruse, Marek Bennett, Lynn Pauley, Jerry Craft, Sean Wan, Greg Ruth and others will be with us. See more for the complete schedule of events.
Time travelers stashed their loot and took off for the Norman Rockwell Museum today, where an accomplished young artist "captured" seafarer Bob Chandler in this amazing pencil portrait. A member of Free Men of the Sea, Pirate Bob was joined by Neal Kirk, Donna Kirk, and Allyson Chandler in celebration of Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered and the spirit of adventure that his art personified.
A New View of Norman Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With" By Devan Casey, Museum Intern When you walk into the main gallery at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts you see a collection of Rockwell’s world famous and carefree illustrations depicting small town America. For me one wall in this gallery does not seem to fit in with the light hearted theme. The two paintings have a serious tone case upon them−not Mr. Rockwell’s usual style. I found myself face to face with murder, hate, and Norman Rockwell’s more controversial paintings. These two images are Murder in Mississippi (1965) and The Problem We All Live With (1964).
Recently, we enjoyed the pleasure of a visit from Dr. Susan Birns and the bright, inquisitive Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) students in her American Family class. The group joined Curator of Education Tom Daly, Dr. Birns, and I in conversation about the power of published art in mid twentieth century America, and the messages about established gender roles in family life as reflected in the illustration art of the era. After their visit, the class was presented with a print of Norman Rockwell's 1955 Saturday Evening Post cover, Marriage License, as well as an assignment from Dr. Birns, who invited them to analyze the piece within the context of their studies. We appreciate the opportunity to showcase the astute observations of six of Dr. Birns students, including Marissa Mahoney, Stephanie Esposito, Amanda Burnham, Samantha Burke, and Julia Ashton, and we know you will enjoy them too.
Recently, Curator of Archival Collections Corry Kanzenberg and I had the pleasure of spending the day with Thomas Cardone, the talented art director of the recently released animated blockbuster, Rio, which opened just last month to popular and critical acclaim. Seen here at the offices of Blue Sky Studios in Greenwich, Connecticut, Tom took some time out from his busy schedule to help us curate a selection of drawings that trace the development of the film's main characters, from the heroic blue Macaw named Blu to Linda, his devoted caretaker.
As I write, an enthusiastic group of teen artists is working away in the Museum's classroom, immersed in the creation of unique hand made books of all sizes, shapes, and designs with gifted director of education, Melinda Georgeson. This is just one of the first in a series of upcoming workshops designed to connect teens with the world of art this spring and summer, from traditional media to cutting edge digital animation. We hope that you'll join us for these upcoming art workshops. Our talented, nurturing educators will spark creativity and imagination, and help teens of all ages to advance their artistic abilities.
Last week, Curator of Archival Collections Corry Kanzenberg and I had the pleasure of visiting with award-winning illustrator Peter de Sève in preparation for our upcoming exhibition, "'Ice Age' to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios," which will open with a bang at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, June 11, 2011. Pictured here in his parlor under a vibrant, colorful likeness of the artist by Philip Burke, de Sève is an outstanding draftsman and the lead character designer for the blockbuster animated film, "Ice Age," and its popular sequels, "The Meltdown" and "Dawn of the Dinosaurs." Scrat, Sid, Manny, Diego, and Ellie are just a few of the many "Ice Age" characters that have been imagined in his fluid, emotive drawings, as has Rodney, the beloved protagonist in "Robots," another film by Blue Sky/20th Century Fox, directed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha.
During the past several months, curatorial staff have had the pleasure of visiting with Elwood H. Smith, the one-of-a-kind creator of high-grade humorous illustrations, in preparation for his upcoming exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum. The first in the Museum's new Distinguished Illustrator exhibition series celebrating the contributions of noted contemporary illustrators, "Elwood's World: The Art and Animations of Elwood H. Smith" will take a lively look back at this inventive image-maker's forty year career through artworks that have made their way into the hearts and minds of an ever-appreciative public.
November 13, 2010 through May 30, 2011 Experience the art of Jerry Pinkney, a master of the American picturebook whose unforgettable visual narratives reflect deeply felt personal and cultural themes, bearing witness to the African-American experience, the wonders of classic literature, and the wisdom in well-loved folk tales.
This week, we had the privilege of visiting with veteran illustrator Ed Vebell, whose extraordinary career as a combat, editorial, and historical illustrator has spanned seven decades. We are fortunate to feature one of Ed's original illustrations in the Norman Rockwell Museum's permanent collection, a generous gift of the artist depicting the dramatic nineteenth century meeting of the East and West Railroads at Promontory Point, Utah.
July 3 through October 31, 2010 Explore Norman Rockwell's art for the movies: featuring original paintings, vintage posters, lobby cards, and original portraits of movie stars drawn form the Museum's Art and Archival Collections, and private collections of Rockwell’s art.
Thursday, August 5, 5:30 p.m. Join us for a fascinating look at the little known world of the contemporary combat artist. Chief Warrant Officer Michael Fay, one of two official combat artists currently serving in the Marine Corps, will share stories of his experiences in the field through powerful artworks reflecting personal observations of military life in Iraq and Afghanistan.
New Exhibition Opens Saturday, March 6 Learn about Norman Rockwell's life and career through rarely viewed collections from the artist.
The enthusiastic stewards of the world's largest, most significant collection of original artworks by Norman Rockwell, the Norman Rockwell Museum is also fortunate to hold a growing collection of illustration art highlighting the contributions of historic and contemporary masters. Many important artworks have come to us through the generosity of caring donors who seek to find an appropriate home for their treasured collections. This is the first among several upcoming posts sharing stories of the art that have been entrusted to us, and the individuals whose passion has, most fortunately, led them to our door.
Last week curator Joyce K. Schiller and I had the pleasure of visiting with illustrator Jerry Pinkney, a gifted narrative artist who is truly a legend in the field. We are honored to be working with him on Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, an exhibition that will preview at the Norman Rockwell Museum in November 2010, celebrating an extraordinary artistic journey that has […]
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The largest and most significant public collection of original works by celebrated twentieth century illustrator, Norman Rockwell, the Norman Rockwell Museum exhibits a comprehensive array of paintings, drawings, studies, photographs, and artifacts that reflect the evolution of the artist’s life and career. Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings (1943), iconic images inspired by Franklin Delano […]
September 25, 2009 through February 7, 2010
Norman Rockwell Museum holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of original artworks by legendary American illustrator, Norman Rockwell. First assembled by the artist himself and placed in trust to the Museum in 1973, the Museum’s collections have continued to grow to include the artist’s Stockbridge studio, its contents, and an archive of over two hundred thousand […]
January 16, 2009 through May 16, 2010
Step back in time to explore Rockwell’s imagery for The Saturday Evening Post, which prompted an outpouring of reader reaction during the artist’s forty-seven year tenure with the magazine. Shifting American values, reform and the New Deal, World War II and the rise of national identity, the Baby Boom and the rise of the middle class, and the […]