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.
This weekend Norman Rockwell Museum will hold a special reunion for all former models of Norman Rockwell. To create his iconic works, the artist found help from both neighbors and family members, who posed as the subjects pictured in Rockwell's illustrations. In anticipation of our new exhibition, "Jarvis Rockwell: Maya, Illusion, and Us" (opening July 13), we thought it would be fun to look at some of the work that contemporary artist Jarvis Rockwell helped create as a model for his father.
Distinguished Illustrator Series May 11 through June 30, 2013 A celebrated artist, R.O. Blechman is well known for his memorable advertisements for Alka-Seltzer and Capezio, among others, and for his witty illustrations for The New Yorker and The Huffington Post. Blechman’s imagery for magazines, illustrated books, advertisements, and animations will be on view.
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Forums series of town hall meetings returns on Thursday, April 25, starting at 5:30 p.m., with a look at the topic of gun violence. The forum will address the role of guns in our society, including gun rights and gun control. Featured speakers will include Richard B. Wilcox, Chief of Police, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Community conversation at the Four Freedoms Forums is free and open to the public.
Political Illustrator Steve Brodner To Speak at Four Freedoms Forum on Art and Freedom of Expression
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Forum series returns on Thursday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m., with a look at the timely issue of visual imagery and freedom of expression. The public forum will explore the role of the artist as social commentator and the relationship of imagery to the issue of free speech. Featured speakers will include: Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director/CEO, Norman Rockwell Museum; James Arpante, attorney and Professor of government, history, and business at Berkshire Community College; Steve Brodner, political illustrator; and Kevin Moran, regional vice president of news for New England Newspapers, Inc. Community conversation at the Four Freedoms Forums is free and open to the public.
Award-Winning Illustrators To Present “50 Markets of Illustration” Workshop at Norman Rockwell Museum
Norman Rockwell Museum will present "50 Markets of Illustration," an afternoon workshop and book launch on Saturday, January 31, from 1 to 5 p.m. Explore opportunities in the field of illustration with artist/author John Roman, whose recently released e-book, "50 Markets of Illustration" provides insight into finding the right market for your artist talents to flourish. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., join Roman and such award-winning illustrators as Dennis Dittrich, Lynn Pauley, Irena Roman, and Mario Zucca, for a panel discussion on making it in the illustration field, with portfolio reviews available.
Brought to you by the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce, the town of Stockbridge, made famous by Norman Rockwell’s painting of the village during the holidays, becomes a magical New England setting decorated with holiday wreaths and festive lights, as the town celebrates the 25th annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas, December 5-7, 2014. Click here for more information. Enjoy the festivities in town […]
In conjunction with its newest exhibition, “Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure,” Norman Rockwell Museum will present an adventure-filled family festival day on Saturday, November 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Starting at 1 p.m., meet acclaimed illustrator/historical artist, Mort Künstler, who will discuss his work, with a book and print-signing to follow.
November 9, 2013 through May 26, 2014 Take a journey through history, from sea to shining sea, through the art of Wendell Minor, our nation’s premier historical picture book illustrator. The artist’s many acclaimed children’s books reflect his love of America’s varied landscape and a deep respect for the environment. His travels have taken him from the tropical Everglades of Florida to Barrow Alaska in the Arctic Circle; from his native Midwest to the Grand Canyon in the Southwest; and throughout the United States to research, draw and paint on location, and immerse himself in the subject at hand.
This Tuesday, November 11, Norman Rockwell Museum celebrates Veterans Day by offering free admission to all veterans and active military personnel. Enjoy rare "Willie Gillis" paintings now on loan, and such inspiring World War II-era paintings as "Thanksgiving: Mother and Son Peeling Potatoes" and "The Four Freedoms;" and feel the excitement of Civil War paintings by acclaimed illustrator/historical artist Mort Künstler, the subject of our newest exhibition.
In conjunction with its newest exhibition, "Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure," Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Imagining History,” an evening for educators with artist Mort Künstler on Friday, November 14, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
This fall, Norman Rockwell Museum will debut the latest in its Distinguished Illustrator Series—an exhibition that explores Mort Künstler’s vast and highly-regarded body of work as an illustrator and historical painter—”Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure” will be on view at the Museum from November 8, 2014 through March 8, 2015.
Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, is one of the times that harmful spirits are said to be active. In the U.S., we take that concept to mean that witches, among other spirits, are out that night seeing what mischief they can get into. Since we link witches and Halloween together, it is not uncommon to see Halloween cover illustrations for popular magazines that show a witch out riding her broom...
November 2013 through May 31, 2014 Delightful excerpts from the Museum’s landmark exhibition first shown in Stockbridge in 2009, are now on view after touring the nation.
Norman Rockwell Museum To Present Lecture on Illustrator Robert McCloskey, Creator of “Make Way for Ducklings,” This Saturday
Norman Rockwell Museum will present the lecture, “American Dreamer: Robert McCloskey and the Art of the Picture Book” on Saturday, September 13, starting at 2 p.m. Noted author/children’s book historian Leonard S. Marcus will look at the career of Robert McCloskey (1914-2003), famous for his Caldecott Medal-winning book, “Make Way for Ducklings” (1942). Marcus will discuss McCloskey within the context of mid-twentieth century American culture, drawing comparisons to Norman Rockwell, Aaron Copland, Jackson Pollock, and other celebrated figures.
Norman Rockwell Museum To Host Annual United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony on September 6
For the third year, Norman Rockwell Museum is partnering with the Berkshire Immigrant Center to host a naturalization ceremony, to be held in the Museum’s galleries on Saturday, September 6, 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.
Join us this Thursday, August 14, starting at 5:30 p.m., as our "Edward Hopper's World" lecture series explores Edward Hopper's time in the nearby state of Vermont. Bonnie Tocher Clause, author of Edward Hopper in Vermont(2012) will discuss the artist's visits to "The Green Mountain State," where he and his wife Jo discovered the area's scenic beauty. Ms. Tocher Clause will also look at some two dozen paintings that Edward Hopper created during this period—including watercolors that are among the most distinctive of his regional works. A reception with the author will follow.
Wendell Minor To Debut New Edward Hopper Picture Book During Museum's Family Festival Day on Saturday, August 16 Illustrator Wendell Minor will debut his latest picture book, “Edward Hopper Paints His World,” during a special family festival day to be held at Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, August 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. Minor and collaborator/author Robert Burleigh will sign copies of the book, which shares Hopper’s remarkable journey to become one of America’s most admired artists.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening of music with the Catskill High Peaks Festival Orchestra on Monday, August 18, starting at 5:30 p.m. Comprised of renowned faculty and international young artists from the world's top conservatories, the orchestra will present Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, plus selections from Arvo Pärt, Johannes Brahms, and Antonio Vivaldi. A reception will follow the performance, which is free with regular Museum admission.
Picture Book Illustrator Ruth Sanderson To Present Intensive Oil Painting Workshop at Norman Rockwell Museum
Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Beautiful Simplicity," a two-day oil painting workshop with acclaimed picture book illustrator Ruth Sanderson, on Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ms. Sanderson will lead students in a look at the use of mood, composition, and narrative in the oil painting medium.
Our "Edward Hopper's World" talk and performance series continues this Thursday, August 7, starting at 5:30 p.m., with "Sentimental Journey," a look at clothes during the early period of Hopper's art. Join clothing historian Lynda Meyer for a look at the historical, technological, and political influences on fashion in the early twentieth century, a time when both Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell were just starting out, and creating illustrations for various periodicals and advertisers.
In conjunction with its current exhibition, “The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator,” Norman Rockwell Museum will present the lecture, “Inside Hopper’s World: A Contemporary Painter’s View,” on Thursday, July 31, starting at 5:30 p.m. Painter Philip Koch will discuss Edward Hopper’s life on Cape Cod and take a comparative look at the artist’s paintings and illustrations. Koch is a Senior Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art and, since 1983, has had repeated residencies at Hopper’s studio in Truro, Massachusetts, where the realist master worked for thirty years.
Gail Levin, Ph.D., the acknowledged authority on American realist painter Edward Hopper, will present a talk about the artist at Norman Rockwell Museum on Thursday, July 24, starting at 5:30 p.m. The evening lecture is presented as part of the series, “Impossible Craft: The Artist’s Biography,” to be held at the Museum during the month of July.
Norman Rockwell Museum To Present Talk About The Drawings of Edward Hopper, with Whitney Museum Curator Carter E. Foster
In conjunction with its current exhibition, “The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator,” Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening talk about Edward Hopper’s drawings, with Whitney Museum of American Art curator Carter E. Foster on Saturday, July 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. Foster, the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing at the Whitney, will examine how Hopper used drawing to develop his paintings, recording his direct observations of the world as well as his imaginative transformations.
Cecilia Beaux: A Modern Painter in a Gilded Age
An evening with Cecilia Beaux biographer Alice Carter
Thursday, July 17
Impossible Craft: The Artist’s Biography
Thursdays July 17, 24, 31
So much more than a written account of the series of events that make up a person’s life, a biography is an […]
Don't miss this exciting mixed media intensive with with artist Lisa Cyr, this Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Author Laura Claridge Presents Talk About Biography, “Norman Rockwell: A Life,” on Thursday, July 10
Noted author Laura Claridge will present a talk about her 2001 biography, "Norman Rockwell: A Life," at Norman Rockwell Museum on Thursday, July 10, starting at 5:30 p.m. The talk is being presented as part of the lecture series, “Impossible Craft: The Artist’s Biography,” to be held Thursday evenings at the Museum during the month of July.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Illustration Boot Camp: A Hands-On Immersion” with illustrator Lynn Pauley during the week of July 9 through 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ms. Pauley will lead students in direct drawing and painting from life and experimenting with color, materials and various techniques.
In honor of Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11, Norman Rockwell Museum is offering free admission for all Moms with a single paid admission (either a youth or adult ticket).
Norman Rockwell Museum wishes you a happy start of the spring season. The Museum will be open for extended hours this week (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for school vacation week. We love company—stop by to view our new illustration exhibitions, enjoy related programs, and take part in art workshops for the entire family.
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Hearsay to Heresy: An Evening of Satire, Balladeering, and Political Unrest – This Saturday
In conjunction with its current exhibition, "Wendell Minor’s America," Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Hearsay to Heresy,” an evening of satire and balladeering, on Saturday, April 19, starting at 5 p.m. Join poet/author Nathan Smith for his one-man, three-act play that travels the 19th century, exploring humanity’s interactions with nature.
In conjunction with its current exhibition, “Wendell Minor’s America,” Norman Rockwell Museum will present an afternoon with author Mary Higgins Clark and illustrator Wendell Minor on Saturday, May 10, starting at 1 p.m. Ms. Higgins Clark and Mr. Minor will talk about their long-running friendship and collaboration on two illustrated children’s books: “The Magical Christmas Horse” and “Ghost Ship.”
Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Murray Tinkelman: The Inspired Line,” a talk with artist Murray Tinkelman on Saturday, April 5, starting at 2 p.m. The award-winning illustrator, whose work is currently on exhibit at the Museum, will reflect on his six decade career as an artist, educator, and renowned illustration historian. Admission to the art talk is free with general Museum admission.
It's that time of year again! Norman Rockwell's April Fools illustrations were a popular tradition on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. Rockwell created three successful (and hilarious) paintings for the series, which kept Post readers busy searching for the artist's intentional mistakes (the answers were printed in the following week's edition).
Norman Rockwell Museum presents “Hats Off!,” an illustrated lecture to be held at the Museum on Sunday, March 30, starting at 2 p.m. Museum curator of education, Tom Daly will look at the illustrated covers of “The Saturday Evening Post” to explore how hats of all kinds were an essential aspect of dress for both men and women during much of the twentieth century.
Founded by Ann Lee at the end of the eighteenth century, the Shaker communities were some of the most successful utopian communities in America. This Saturday, March 15, 5 p.m., we welcome author/historian Sharon Koomler, who will as explore the cultural contributions of the Shakers—from the 1700s to the present day. The talk is being presented as part of our "Great Americans" series, bringing historical figures and themes from the exhibition, Wendell Minor's America to life.
In conjunction with its current exhibition, “Wendell Minor’s America,” Norman Rockwell Museum will present “The Shakers: Culture and Community,” an evening lecture to be held on Saturday, March 15, starting at 5 p.m. Join author/historian Sharon Koomler as she explores the cultural contributions of the Shakers—from the 1700s to the present day.
March 10 through May 28, 2012 Highly-regarded as a prominent American portraitist, Everett Raymond Kinstler began his career as a comic book artist and illustrator working for the popular publications of his day. The artist’s original illustrations and portraits of noted celebrities—from John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn, Tony Bennett, and Tom Wolfe to artists James Montgomery Flagg, Alexander Calder, and Will Barnett will be on view in a lively installation that explores the process of capturing likenesses of his subjects for posterity.
Rockwell admirers and scholars take note! On view in our galleries now and throughout the year will be several rare Norman Rockwell drawings and studies (executed between 1953 – 1975) that have not been seen by the public before. Although part of the large collection Rockwell entrusted to the Museum in 1976, these drawings were so damaged or compromised that they needed to be restored first […]
Norman Rockwell Museum presents "Clothes Make the Man (and Woman)," a tea and talk to be held at the Museum on Sunday, February 23, starting at 2 p.m. Dr. Joyce K. Schiller, Curator of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, will explore the illustrated covers of "The Saturday Evening Post" to look at changing fashion trends found throughout the twentieth century.
Norman Rockwell Museum will be open extended hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) during school vacation week, February 18 through 24, 2013. Stop by for a final look at Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross, closing February 24. Drop in for daily art workshops and the opportunity to meet your favorite superhero (Monday through Saturday).
During this Presidents Week, we look back at presidential illustrations—between them, artists Norman Rockwell and Wendell Minor have painted their fair share.
This Saturday, February 15, at 5 p.m., meet Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President and favorite subject of Norman Rockwell and Wendell Minor. Actor Phil Jessen, a life member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, will bring Honest Abe to life during an entertaining and informative evening presentation.
Due to road conditions, Norman Rockwell Museum will open after a one hour delay on Thursday, February 5. Our hours today will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch this space for updates, or call the Museum at 413.298.4100.
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “Stockbridge Mainstreet at Christmas (Home for Christmas)” (detail), 1967. Oil on canvas, 26 ½” x 95 ½”. “McCalls,” December 1967. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©Norman Rockwell Family Agency. All rights reserved.
Due to weather and road conditions, Norman Rockwell Museum will be closed on Monday, February 2. Check back here for more details as the […]
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Painting Workshop with Illustrator Ruth Sanderson This Saturday, February 1
Norman Rockwell Museum will present “The Art of Fantasy,” a painting workshop with illustrator Ruth Sanderson, on Saturday, February 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore mood, composition, and narrative in oil painting with the acclaimed picture book artist, whose work is currently on view in the Museum’s exhibition, “Dancing Princesses: The Fairy Tale Art of Ruth Sanderson.”
Norman Rockwell Museum To Hold Educators’ Symposium On Using Non-Fiction Children’s Books in the Classroom, This Saturday, January 25
In conjunction with its latest exhibitions, Norman Rockwell Museum will present the educators’ symposium, “True Stories: Non-Fiction Children’s Books in the Classroom,” on Saturday, January 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The symposium will explore the world of non-fiction picture books and the wide range of Common Core-ready resources that are available to help educators lay a solid foundation for their students, across grade levels and disciplines. Featured speakers will include illustrator Wendell Minor, his wife/author Florence Minor, illustrator David Macaulay, and picture book historian/author Leonard Marcus, who will all offer curriculum connections to non-fiction children’s literature
Join us this Saturday, January 28, from 10 to 3, as artist Deborah Hanson Greene leads "Watercolor Whimsy," an afternoon art workshop inspired by our current exhibition Curious George Saves The Day. Greene will demonstrate how to paint whimsical watercolor paintings using everyday art, props and costumes.
Can we talk, really? What will it take to inspire collegiality and joint decision-making for the public good? Share your thoughts in a stimulating discussion with a compelling panel of experienced commentators.
To launch our discussion, brief presentations will be made by:
Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Paint whimsical watercolors inspired by the art, props, and costumes portrayed in our special exhibition, Curious George Saves the Day! with accomplished artist Deborah Hanson Greene. Unique hats, costumes, stuffed treasures, and memorabilia will provide a rich sampling of colors and textures. The artist’s work has been exhibited regionally and beyond. $20, $15 members.
Exhibition Opening: Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered Saturday, June 9 Art Talks: Norman Rockwell: Humorous Tales and Little Known Facts June 8, 2:30 p.m.
Kids Create! Wednesday, May 30, 10:30 a.m. Meet Rockwell's Models: Claire Williams Friday, June 1, 2:30 p.m. Current Exhibitions: A Day in the Life: Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio Curator’s Choice: Recent Gifts to the Permanent Collection Norman Rockwell’s 323 "Saturday Evening Post" Covers
Current Exhibitions: Everett Raymond Kinstler: Pulps to Portraits LAST CHANCE: through May 28, 2012 Norman Rockwell’s Willie Was Different LAST CHANCE: through May 28, 2012 Curator’s Choice: Recent Gifts to the Permanent Collection Norman Rockwell’s 323 Saturday Evening Post Covers A Day in the Life: Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio
New Exhibitions: A Day In The Life: Norman Rockwell's Stockbridge Studio Opening May 1 Norman Rockwell's Willie Was Different Programs: Seeing Is Believing: Adventures in Visual Narration Thursday, May 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Meet Rockwell's Models Friday, May 4, 2:30 p.m.
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents “Our Town: Can the Local Economy Flourish Despite the National Downturn?”
Norman Rockwell Museum presents “Our Town: Can the Local Economy Flourish Despite the National Downturn?,” the latest in its ongoing Four Freedoms Forums, on Thursday, April 26, starting at 5:30 p.m. The community conversation will reflect on the economic challenges that we face today, as well as creative solutions for bringing prosperity back in a new age.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present “We Can Do It: Shaping Popular Opinion During World War II,“ a special talk and brunch, on Sunday, April 22, starting at 11 a.m. Joyce K. Schiller, Ph.D., curator of the Museum’s Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, will look at some of the posters made to support the World War II effort, and at the stimulus for some of the period’s memorable illustrations.
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK ART WORKSHOPS Hold that Pose! Portraiture for Children Monday through Friday April 16 to 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM/OLLI LECTURE SERIES Seeing is Believing: Adventures in Visual Narration Thursday, April 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m. AMERICAN ICONS: ADVENTURES IN ILLUSTRATION SERIES We Can Do It: Shaping Popular Opinion During World War II Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m.
21st Century Teens: Resources for Challenging Times March 29, 5:30 p.m. A realistic look at the challenges that teens face, both at home and in the virtual world, and a look at how families and communities can support their ongoing health and well-being. Free and open to the public. Reception will follow. RSVP's encouraged.
Everett Raymond Kinstler: Pulps to Portraits Curator's Choice: Recent Acquisitions from the Norman Rockwell Museum Collection Kids Create! Wednesday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. Four Freedoms Forum: 21st Century Teens: Resources for Challenging Times Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m. Portrait Academy: A Portrait Society of America Weekend Friday, March 30, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Artist Everett Raymond Kinstler has painted the portraits of many noted figures over the past five decades—now you can join the list! Bid on our special benefit auction, for the chance to have your own personally-created, original artwork created by the artist, whose work is currently featured in our new exhibition.
Meet Rockwell's Models: Kevin and Belita O'Hara ("Spirit of America") Friday, March 2, 2:30 p.m. The Artful Pop-Up: Workshops and Readings Saturday, March 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday Sketchbook: Drawing in the Galleries Sunday, March 4, 1 to 3 p.m.
Now Showing: Everett Raymond Kinstler: Pulps to Portraits
Moving Pictures: The Art of Animation
Wednesdays, March 14 through April 11, 3:15 to 5 p.m. Berkshire Festival of Women: Karaoke Confession
Friday, March 16, 2:30 p.m. Uncle Sam Wants You! Illustrators Mobilize America During The Great War
Sunday, March 18, 11 a.m. Sunday Sketchbook: Drawing in the Galleries
Sunday, March 18, 1 to 3 p.m.
Norman Rockwell: Humorous Tales and Little Known Facts Friday, March 9, 2:30 p.m. "Everett Raymond Kinstler: Pulps to Portraits" Exhibition Opening Saturday, March 10, 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday Sketchbook: Drawing in the Galleries Sunday, March 11, 1 to 3 p.m.
Sustainable/Renewable Energy Thursday, May 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Norman Rockwell Museum's Four Freedoms Forum series returns with a community dialogue about the timely topic of renewable and sustainable energy. Inspired by Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms, community conversation at the Four Freedoms Forums is free and open to the public.
Presidents Day, Monday, February 20, 2012 As America’s favorite illustrator, Norman Rockwell got “presidential” on several occasions, painting portraits of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan (the artist was also fond of illustrating scenes referencing Lincoln). He also illustrated presidential themes, including Kennedy’s Peace Corps, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms.
Lots of activities and exhibtions for the whole family. Special Holiday hours, Gallery Tours, children's art making workshops and public discussion forums...
Valentine's Day is on the horizon! Looking for romantic inspiration? Ready to pop the question? Norman Rockwell Museum can help!
Due to the winter storm and poor road conditions, Norman Rockwell Museum is closed today, Monday Febuary 9, 2015. Please check back here or call 413-298-4100 for updates and re-opening notices.
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On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Norman Rockwell Museum celebrates the 200th birthday of Rockwell’s literary hero, Charles Dickens. Throughout his life, Norman Rockwell would cite the influence of Dickens on his art. Not only did the author provide a lexicon of human experience and personality types for Rockwell to explore, he also inspired the artist’s portrayal of Dickensian characters throughout his career.
Saturday, March 10, 2012, 5 to 7 p.m. Join us for a special evening with Everett Raymond Kinstler, the prominent American portraitist who began his career as a comic book artist and illustrator working for the popular publications of his day. Reception will follow with refreshments and a cash bar. $20, members free. RSVP 413.931.2221, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, August 6, 11 to 3 p.m. Celebrate the “dog days of summer” and the new exhibition It’s a Dog’s Life: Norman Rockwell Paints Man’s Best Friend. Featured guests include: Scooby Doo, Eric Letendre from Bay State Dog Training, who will share tricks of the trade; puppeteer Roy Drew; the United States Post Office; the Good Dog Foundation; and Berkshire Humane Society, with lovable canines in tow. Bring along your own dog, and join us for a costume parade, art activities, or a photo with your pooch! Free with Museum admission. Sponsored in part by Time Warner Cable.
Monday through Friday February 20-24 from, 1 to 4 p.m. (February School Vacation Week) Take a lively interactive look at the art on view and design exciting 3D creations that reach beyond the frame!
Through January 31, 2011 Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Learn about Norman Rockwell's classic 1963 painting The Problem We All Live With , through preliminary art, reference photographs, and reactionary letters from the public.
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Saturday, October 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. Thinking of a career in animation? Enjoy this inside look at animation today with the talented artists of Blue Sky Studios, creators of such acclaimed feature length films as Robots, Ice Age, Rio, and more. Outstanding professionals will discuss the narrative, artistic, and technical skills that make 21st century animation possible, and explore the range of opportunities available to aspiring creators. Talks and exhibition tours will provide a rare chance to connect with an accomplished team of artists working in diverse aspects of the field. Free with Museum admission.
Press images available upon request
Norman Rockwell Museum will present Stranger than Truth: Write Your Life into Fiction, an adult writing workshop, on Saturday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join writer/editor Vivian Dorsel to discover how your own experiences can inspire and inform your fiction writing. Participants are encouraged to bring mementos that will stimulate memories of the people, places, and events that have been important in their lives. Through examples and exercises, […]
On view through October 31, 2010 A new exhibition explores the breadth of this true American master's inspired career, from his earliest New Yorker cartoons to his buoyant magazine covers and brilliantly funny reflections on love and life, beautifully juxtaposed with the artistry of Jeanne Steig.
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Boy Scouts of America, this thorough installation offers a look at Norman Rockwell's vast body of work created for the Scouts, spanning sixty-four years.
Smithsonian Curator to Talk About Norman Rockwell Art from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg During Evening Lecture at Norman Rockwell Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum Senior Curator Virginia Mecklenburg will present a talk about original Norman Rockwell art owned by filmmakers George Lucas and Steve Spielberg, during an evening lecture to be held at Norman Rockwell Museum on Thursday, August 26, starting at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Mecklenburg has organized “Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg,” the first […]
Art Museum Day Friday, May 18, 2012, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Springtime Main St in Stockbridge Walking Tour Saturday, May 19, 2012, 1 to 3 p.m. Current Exhibitions: A Day in the Life: Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio Norman Rockwell’s "Willie was Different" Curator’s Choice: Recent Gifts to the Permanent Collection Everett Raymond Kinstler: Pulps to Portraits Norman Rockwell’s 323 "Saturday Evening Post" Covers
The reopening of Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge studio sets the stage for an exciting series of programs and events this May at Norman Rockwell Museum, including the second annual World Rhythms Community Day, an evening lecture with Vanity Fair contributing editor David Kamp, and the opening of a new exhibition […]
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.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present a talk with Chief Warrant Officer and combat artist Michael Fay on Thursday, August 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. One of two combat artists currently employed by the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Fay will share stories of his experiences in the field through artwork which reflects his personal observations […]
Sunday, July 11, 11 a.m.; brunch included. Experience the outpouring of reader reaction to Rockwell's work during his 47 years creating illustrations for "The Post." Jeffrey Borak, arts and entertainment editor for "The Berkshire Eagle," and actress/designer Hope Aaron will perform readings of many of the heartfelt letters the artist received from around the world.
Acclaimed Photography Exhibition Continues at Norman Rockwell Museum with Extended Series of Programs and Events
THIS SUNDAY, MAY 2 Norman Rockwell Museum will celebrate the reopening of Norman Rockwell's Stockbridge studio with the second annual World Rhythms Community Day, to be held Sunday, May 2, from 12 to 4 p.m.
February 6 through March 7, 2010 The 24th annual showcase of artwork from Berkshire County's talented youth. Enjoy vibrant works from the region's next generation of artists. Sponsored by Legacy Banks and The Massachusetts Cultural Council. Special Opening Saturday, February 6, 1 to 5 p.m.
Astronaut Stephanie Wilson to Present Norman Rockwell Photo Returned from Space, at Norman Rockwell Museum, Friday, June 4
Norman Rockwell Museum will welcome home NASA astronaut/Berkshire native Stephanie Wilson, with a special public program to be held at the Museum on Friday, June 4, starting at 11 a.m. Ms. Wilson will be returning a reproduction of a 1964 photo of Norman Rockwell and astronauts John W. Young and Virgil I (Gus) Grissom, which she took with her into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
Saturday, July 24, 1 to 4 p.m. Celebrate the work of artists William and Jeanne Steig during this afternoon of family fun! Join us for a trash-to-treasures art workshop, and enjoy dramatic readings of William Steig’s classic children’s books.
Thursday, August 18, 5:30 p.m. Meet Blue Sky Studios’ Lighting Supervisor Jim Gettinger, who will discuss lighting and lighting design as it pertains to the overall aesthetic of the studio’s latest animated hit, Rio. Explore Gettinger's developmental work for the movie, through such stages as concept art, pre-visualization, master lighting, and compositing. Free for Museum members, or with regular Museum admission.
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24th Annual […]
Sunday, May 2, 12 to 4 p.m.
Norman Rockwell’s 1960 painting Golden Rule provides the inspiration for an afternoon of family fun with an international flavor, featuring multicultural music from A Beautiful Future; traditional kamishibai Japanese storytelling with Diane Clouet; ethnic displays from BRIDGE of Great Barrington, and The Literacy Network; art-making opportunities; a display of classic 1960s automobiles by the Piston Poppers; a Runaway-inspired diner replica created by Lt. Thomas McNulty; and more. Norman Rockwell’s […]
Friday, July 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Norman Rockwell Museum, Time Warner, and Cartoon Network are teaming up to bring the brand new MOVE IT MOVEMENT tour to Stockbridge. The all-day family program will feature multiple themed activity and learning stations, including a skate park challenge, martial arts, basketball, and soccer shootout challenge.
Wednesdays, July 7 and August 4 at 3 p.m.
Find out what it was like to pose for America’s favorite illustrator from Rockwell’s own models, who share their personal experiences. Free with museum admission.
Historic Property Tour
Tuesdays and Thursdays, July and August
Explore the rich history of the region and Linwood, our 1859 Berkshire cottage, with Curator of Education, Tom Daly during an invigorating walk and talk on the Museum’s bucolic grounds. Free with Museum admission.
July 7, 14, 21, 28, and August 4, 11, 18, 25
from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
For parents and children ages 4 and up
Children and their parents/guardians are invited to explore the galleries together during this interactive art experience. A lively look at the works on view will inspire personal artworks created with a variety of materials and techniques. Take one class or take them all! $6 per person, $4 members.
William Steig: Love & Laughter Saturday, June 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. The special exhibition opening will feature commentary from Jeanne Steig, the artist's wife and creative collaborator, who will have several of her three-dimensional assemblages on display. Live dance music, and scrumptious hors d'ouevres to follow!
Wednesdays, July 14, 21, 28 and August , 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy these inspired short performances of American music by the gifted singers of the Berkshire Choral Festival. Free with Museum admission.
Norman Rockwell Museum Director to Attend International Four Freedoms Award Ceremonies in Netherlands
Norman Rockwell Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt has been invited by the Roosevelt Institute of New York City, New York, to join the American delegation to the 2010 International Four Freedoms Award ceremonies, to be held in Amsterdam and Middelburg, The Netherlands, from May 26 through 29, 2010. Ms. Norton Moffatt was selected to participate in recognition of the important contributions made by Norman Rockwell through his iconic "Four Freedoms" paintings...
It’s “summertime, and the living is easy…” the perfect time of year to relax, and spend some quality time both inside and outside at Norman Rockwell Museum.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll (or picnic) across the Museum’s bucolic grounds, followed by a delicious lunch on the terrace; to cool off, head inside to view memorable favorites from Norman Rockwell and other masters in the field of illustration (William Steig: Love and Laughter opens Saturday, June 12!). Complete […]
Thursday, January 6, 2:30 p.m. In his January 6, 1941 address to Congress, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt articulated his vision for a postwar world founded on four basic human freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. Curator of Education Tom Daly will offer historical insights and discuss Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings, which were inspired by FDR’s words.
The Making of Rio! With Blue Sky Studios Animation Director Carlos Saldanha Saturday, October 15, 1 p.m. Meet renowned animation director Carlos Saldanha, who will share a rare behind-the-scenes look at the making of Rio, the acclaimed feature length film that has received rave reviews since its worldwide release this spring. This lively look at the complex process of creating a 3D animated film is sure to delight! Carlos Saldanha is also the director of Robots and the beloved Ice Age series. Art activities and a reception with the director will follow. Free with Museum admission.
Saturday, June 11
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Don’t miss this anamazing exhibition opening celebrating the art of animation! This exciting installation exploring animation in the digital age takes a lively look behind the scenes at Blue Sky Studios, where their unique creative and technical process brings imaginative characters and stories to life.
Critically acclaimed for such feature length animated films as Ice Age and […]
Ice Age to the Digital Age: The 3-D Animation Art of Blue Sky StudiosDHeck2017-03-01T11:41:18-04:00
Norman Rockwell exhibitions garner widespread national press coverage
It’s been an exciting week for Norman Rockwell Museum. After opening Behind the Camera exhibition at the Museum last weekend I headed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the opening of American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.
Arriving on Veteran’s Day I was reunited with our Museum’s wonderful Portrait of A Coal Miner which commemorates the hard work of citizens in […]
Saturday, November 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Claudia Nahson, Curator at the Jewish Museum, delves into the remarkable lives and works of Margret and H. A. Rey, who in 1940, fled Paris with a Curious George manuscript in their suitcase. Art and documentation related to their escape from Nazi-occupied Europe, and the parallels between the obstacles the couple faced and the drawings that may have saved their lives will be explored. Claudia Nahson is the curator of Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey. A festive reception will follow. $15, members free.
Pop-Up! The Magical World of Movable Books: Exhibitions OpeningJClowe2017-03-01T11:41:21-04:00
Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a rare opportunity to tour historic Linwood House, the 19th century Berkshire cottage located on the Museum's campus. The former home of New York attorney Charles E. Butler, Linwood's interior will be dressed up for the holidays. $2, Museum members free.
Second Friday of each month from December through April December 9, January 13, February 10, March 9, and April 13, 2:30 p.m. Celebrate Norman Rockwell’s unique brand of humor during this engaging, enlightening series exploring the artist’s adventures in illustration, with Curator of Education Tom Daly. Free with Museum admission, members free.
Norman Rockwell Museum announces a festive series of events planned for the month of November, including the opening of “Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera” (November 7), a groundbreaking exhibition made possible by ProjectNORMAN, the Museum’s long-term digitization preservation project, which looks at Rockwell’s reference photography as art in it’s own right. Other highlights include an installation and book-signing with illustrator Peter de Sève, an illustration workshop for educators and artists, a lecture on Brandywine artist […]
I really wanted to be like Norman Rockwell—not work like him but be a well-known illustrator. Maybe it comes from primal insecurity. I was shy in school and drew in my books all the time. I felt it was the one thing I could do well.
“Doctor and Boy Looking at Thermometer”, Norman Rockwell 1954 Display advertisement for The Upjohn Company Oil on canvas Collection of Pfizer Inc Licensed by Norman Rockwell Licensing , Niles, IL
An exhibition organized
by the Norman Rockwell Museum
Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich, MA May 5 – September 3, 2012
The Norman Rockwell Museum has organized an exhibition of original paintings from the collection of Pfizer Inc by legendary […]
Author and artist David Macaulay has demystified the workings and origins of everything from simple gadgets to elaborate architectural structures. A favorite with readers of all ages, this Caldecott Medal-winning artist is the subject of this exciting exhibition that takes an in-depth look at Macaulay’s artistic process and extensive body of work, including The Way Things Work, Castle, Cathedral, City, Mill, Ship, and Mosque.
Contents: Approximately 125 […]
Norman Rockwell Museum To Hold Book Release Celebration for “The Unknown Rockwell: A Portrait of Two American Families” on October 8
Posted on September 16, 2009
Norman Rockwell Museum is celebrating the release of a new memoir that offers a deeply personal view of Norman Rockwell, and brings vividly to life the place and people of rural New England in the 1940s. “The Unknown Rockwell: A Portrait of Two American Families” tells the story of the Edgerton and Rockwell families, next-door neighbors for 10 years in West Arlington, Vermont. Different in many respects- the Edgertons were […]
Posted on September 16, 2009
Norman Rockwell Museum announces a lively series of events planned for the month of October, including the last chance to view three of its popular 40th anniversary exhibitions- “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell” (through October 12); “The Fantastical Faces of Peter Rockwell: A Sculptor’s Retrospective” (through October 25); and “A Day in the Life: Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio” (through November 1). Other highlights include a book release celebration […]
September 25 through November 14, 2009
Women & Madness, Barbara Nessim. 1972. ©1972 Barbara Nessim. All rights reserved. Book jacket illustration for Women & Madness by Phyllis Chesler. From the permanent […]
Bing Stanford in Washington, DC
October 19, 2009 through February 15, 2010
Author and artist David Macaulay has demystified the workings and origins of everything from simple gadgets to elaborate architectural structures. A favorite with readers of all ages, this Caldecott Medal-winning artist is the subject of this exciting exhibition that takes an in-depth look at Macaulay’s artistic process and extensive body […]
For nearly fifty years, millions of Americans brought Norman Rockwell’s art into their homes, enjoying the artist’s Saturday Evening Post covers while seated in their favorite chairs, surrounded by their belongings in the company of their families. This intimate connection with Rockwell’s art made his images a part of the fabric of American […]
The Norman Rockwell Museum has organized an exhibition of original paintings from the collection of Pfizer Inc by legendary American illustrator, Norman Rockwell. Created for use in advertising campaigns for three pharmaceutical companies and an optical company between 1929 and 1961, these outstanding works celebrate the doctor/patient relationship and portray the physician […]
Pop Up Books and Cards: The Art of Paper Engineering Saturday, November 26, 1 to 4 p.m. Learn about the art of paper engineering during this fun-filled afternoon of workshops, tours, and talks exploring the world of mechanical books and cards. Design your own holiday gifts to share! Free with Museum admission, members free.
Saturday, May 29, 5:30 p.m. Join author David Kamp, contributing editor to "Vanity Fair," for a conversation on the renewed interest in Norman Rockwell. Kamp's commentary on "Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera" appared in the magazine's November 2009 issue. A reception with the author will follow.
An Evening with David KampDHeck2017-03-01T11:41:47-04:00
Exhibition Taps the Museum's Newly Digitized Photographic Archive
With narrative illustration . . . each picture is a link in a chain, and they all exist in counterpoint with the text. And although you want each picture to have impact, just like a jacket, book illustration can be much more subtle. It can be pondered and savored over a period of time.
Fred Marcellino was a gifted visual communicator whose memorable images have been […]
Please join us at Illustration House in New York City, Wednesday evening, November 16, 2011 at 6 p.m. for a special lecture by Dr. Joyce K. Schiller, Curator of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Dr. Schiller will discuss American illustration art, its context, and some of the motivations for its production. Some of the illustrators and cartoonists to be discussed will include, Wladyslaw Benda, Harrison Fisher, William E. Hill, George Herriman, Mead Schaeffer, Haddon Sundblom, John Clymer, Gyo Fujikawa, and Bernie Fuchs.
Saturday, January 16, 2010 2pm to 6pm
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. From 2 to 4 p.m., create an illustrated appreciation for a friend. At 4:30 p.m., The Fierce Fashionistas, featuring WSBS’s dynamic Mimi Rosenblatt & Hope Aaron, will perform a dramatic reading […]
Saturday, February 5 1 to 5 p.m. Meet the region's talented young artists during the opening of this spirited installation featuring original work created in a variety of media. At 2 p.m., commentary will be provided by acclaimed picture book illustrator Ruth Sanderson; refreshments will be served.
Sunday, November 14, 1 to 4 p.m. Meet Caldecott-winning artist Jerry Pinkney during this fun-filled family day featuring art making, dramatic readings, tours, and special presentation and book signing by the artist!
"The show is sheer joy. It includes many examples of Steig’s work for 'The New Yorker,' cover illustrations as well as cartoons. But it also presents examples of his many illustrations for children’s books... work that took up more and more of his time as he got older, as well as a section devoted to the three-dimensional sculptures made by his fourth and final wife and creative collaborator, Jeanne Steig.
An exhibition organized
by the Norman Rockwell Museum
Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute; Utica, New York
March 3, 2012 through April 29, 2012
A comprehensive analysis of a significant emerging artistic and literary genre, LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel will examine the use of sequential art as a significant form of visual communication, and place specific emphasis on the art of the contemporary graphic novel. Published in book […]