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 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.
On January 6, 1941, 77 years ago tomorrow, President Franklin Roosevelt (pictured above in 1934) proclaimed the need to defend four essential freedoms—Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear—as a reason for the U.S. to enter World War II. Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, a major exhibition organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum and opening at the New-York Historical Society on May 25, 2018, tells the story of how the Four Freedoms, as expressed by Rockwell, brought the country together in defense of universal human rights. It is a story for our time.
Berkshire Museum (located in Pittsfield, MA) plans to sell 40 works of art, including two Norman Rockwell paintings, which were originally gifted to the Berkshire Museum directly by Norman Rockwell for the education and enjoyment of the community. Norman Rockwell Museum is not involved with the planned sale.
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.
The Norman Rockwell Museum announces Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi, an exhibition of works by the #1 New York Times bestselling author/illustrator that will be on view at the Museum from November 11, 2017 through May 28, 2018.
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.
Check out the changing scene here at Norman Rockwell Museum. There's nothing like fall in the Berkshires.
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.
Norman Rockwell Museum Announces First Retrospective Exhibition of Legendary Comic Book Artist Frank Miller
Opening Summer 2019, Out of the Darkness: The Art of Frank Miller is the first comprehensive museum exhibition devoted to renowned comic book artist Frank Miller, whose award-winning work helped to transform the comic book industry and redefine the look and feel of today’s superhero films.
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.
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.
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.
What Would Rockwell Say?
And by say, I mean paint.
With all of the rancor, discord, and divisiveness that is now so pervasive, there are a myriad of topics to choose from. Rockwell was not political. He painted presidents, both Republican and Democratic, but if you asked him, he likely would not say whom he voted for. However, Rockwell did have opinions. Most admirers of his work really did not […]
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.
Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms is the first comprehensive traveling exhibition devoted to Norman Rockwell’s iconic depictions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
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.
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Remembering Marge Blair and Steve Gershoff, devoted members of Norman Rockwell Museum.
The special connection our staff make with our visitors, and the personal association many of them had with Norman Rockwell as his neighbors, friends, or models, are what makes Norman Rockwell Museum so special. Over and over again, we hear how visitors love the stories associated with Norman Rockwell’s images, and the anecdotes our docents share in the galleries.
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.
A Champion has been crowned!
Congratulations to Scooby-Doo! After a 31-day competition, Scooby was the clear winner against 31 of his peers! Make sure to visit our exhibition HANNA-BARBERA: The Architects of Saturday Morning to see Scooby and the entire cast of characters!
Election Weary? Norman Rockwell Museum offers Post-Election Recovery Day featuring special programs to soothe the soul
Weary of the 24-hour cycle of election coverage? Are you experiencing opposing views among friends and family? Have you thought about how you will feel and behave if your candidate does not win the election? Norman Rockwell Museum is offering respite.
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...
Post a picture, meme, video, or even an audio clip of your favorite Saturday morning cartoon memory to your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page with the hashtag #saturdaymorningcartoonsNRM between Monday, October 24, 2016 through April 30, 2017 11:59 p.m. to enter the Norman Rockwell Museum’s Saturday Morning Cartoons Sweepstakes.
Event Added: Illustrated Propaganda Posters of World War I – A Special Art Talk by Illustrator Dennis Dittrich
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2PM.
Illustrator Dennis Dittrich will discuss the powerful propaganda posters of World War I, including imagery circulated by both the Allied and Central Powers. Stylistic approaches to graphic communication will be explored, as will the influence of these materials on the German propaganda campaign of the era.
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.
REPRESENTING AMERICA This past Saturday, September 10, was a busy day at Norman Rockwell Museum, as opened our newest exhibition and hosted our fifth annual United States naturalization ceremony.
17 new American citizens became naturalized during this year’s ceremony, held in partnership with Berkshire Immigrant Center. Set against the backdrop on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings, the candidates took the oath of allegiance, as administered by the Honorable Joan McMenemy, First Justice, Berkshire County […]
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 Presents “Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast”
\Norman Rockwell Museum examines the impact that one of the nation’s greatest image-makers had over its politics. "Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast" will be on view at the Museum from September 10 through December 4. An exhibition opening event will be held on Saturday, September 10, starting at 5:30 p.m., with remarks from contemporary political cartoonist Steve Brodner.
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.
Norman Rockwell Museum and Google Arts & Culture Present “Norman Rockwell: Presidential Elections Illustrated”
In recognition of this significant presidential election year in the United States, Norman Rockwell Museum has partnered with Google to share artworks and artifacts from its permanent collection that illustrate Norman Rockwell’s many commissioned presidential portraits. "Norman Rockwell: Presidential Elections Illustrated" presents Rockwell’s paintings, rarely seen studies, reference photos, and correspondence relating to presidential campaigns during the 1950s and 1960s.
Historic Day in Vermont Following the renaming of Norman Rockwell’s New York City homesite (now “Norman Rockwell Place”) this past June, the artist’s West Arlington, Vermont home was officially declared a historic site for the state during this year’s Rockwell Models Reunion held on August 6, 2016. In addition to original models, former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas was present to make the declaration. Thanks to our friends/former Vermont neighbors Don Trachte, Jr. and Jim Edgerton (whose family […]
Norman Rockwell Museum To Present Talk on Corporate Art Collecting in the United States
The Connoisseur, 1961. Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, January 13, 1962.
Private collection. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved.
Stockbridge, MA, August 12, 2016—Norman Rockwell Museum will present the talk “From Atchison, Topeka To Altoids: Corporate Art Collecting in the United States” on Thursday, August 18, starting at 5:30 p.m. During […]
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Screening of “Just Pals” This Friday Stockbridge, MA, August 8, 2016—Norman Rockwell Museum’s Friday Night at the Movies: A Rockwellian Film Series continues on Friday, August 12, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a screening of 1920’s Just Pals. One of director John Ford’s earliest surviving films,Just Pals features Western star Buck Jones as an out of work drifter who befriends an orphaned boy and follows their journey through a series […]
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents “Uncle Andy’s Cats” and Other Pet Stories with Illustrator James Warhola
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents “Uncle Andy’s Cats” and Other Pet Stories with Illustrator James Warhola
Cover illustration for “Uncle Andy’s Cats,” James Warhola. ©James Warhola. All rights reserved.
Stockbridge, MA, August 8, 2016—Norman Rockwell Museum will present a family day with illustrator James Warhola, nephew of artist Andy Warhol, on Saturday, August 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. Warhola, the illustrator of such children’s picture books as […]
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents A Tribute to Elvis Presley and Early Rock and Roll Stockbridge, MA, July 28, 2016—As part of its “Real or Imagined? Adventures in Visual Cultural” lecture and performance series, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a tribute to Elvis Presley and early rock and roll on Thursday, August 11, starting at 5:30 p.m. Meet Elvis impersonator Joe Borelli and his band, who will bring beloved songs by the “King of Rock […]
Norman Rockwell Museum To Present Talk on Art and Civil Rights with Maurice “Pops” Peterson
Pops Peterson, “Freedom From Fear,” 2014.
Courtesy Pops Peterson. All rights reserved.
Stockbridge, MA, August 2, 2016—Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Van Der Zee to Rockwell and Beyond: Art and Civil Rights,” an evening with artist Maurice “”Pops” Peterson, on Saturday, August 6, starting at 5 p.m. Explore the relationship between art and the civil […]
Artist John Roman To Present Panoramic Drawing Workshop at Norman Rockwell Museum
Stockbridge, MA, July 28, 2016—Artist and educator John Roman will present a workshop on panoramic drawing at Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will learn the secrets and history of panoramic drawing—wide-angle images that span 180 degrees—from the Renaissance to IMAX movies; Roman will demonstrate a simple method for creating your own panoramic […]
Albany Berkshire Ballet To Perform Rockwell Suite at Norman Rockwell Museum Stockbridge, MA, July 28, 2016—As part of its “Real or Imagined? Adventures in Visual Cultural” lecture and performance series, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a performance of the “Rockwell Suite” by Albany Berkshire Ballet on Thursday, August 4, starting at 5:30 p.m. Choreographed by Albany Berkshire Ballet Founder and Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo, the “Rockwell Suite” bring Norman Rockwell’s art to life […]
Norman Rockwell Museum Host Rockwell Models Reunion Stockbridge, MA, July 11, 2016—Throughout Norman Rockwell’s career, models played an important part in the development of his artwork. In 1916’s Boy with Baby Carriage, Rockwell’s first painting for The Saturday Evening Post, model Billy Paine was called on to portray all three boys in the humorous illustration and went on to pose for several additional covers during the artist’s early […]
Norman Rockwell Museum Celebrates The Opening of Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World Stockbridge, MA, July 5, 2016—Norman Rockwell Museum will celebrate the opening of its newest exhibition Rockwell and Realism in the Abstract World,with a series of artist talks during the month of July.
On Sunday, July 10, starting at 5 p.m., the Museum will present “American Realist,” an evening with painter Bo Bartlett, whose work is featured in the exhibition. An American realist with […]
Norman Rockwell Museum’s “Friday Night at the Movies” Debuts with The Grapes of Wrath Stockbridge, MA, July 6, 2016—This summer Norman Rockwell Museum will debut its new Friday Night at the Movies: A Rockwellian Film Series. Visitors are invited to this monthly series of classic films, which explore themes featured in Norman Rockwell’s paintings. Norman Rockwell Museum Curator Jesse Kowalski will introduce the films, providing context, followed by an audience Q&A. Refreshments will be […]
Illustrator Dan Howe To Present Painting Workshop July 25 through 29 at Norman Rockwell Museum
Stockbridge, MA, July 21, 2016—Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Methods of the Golden Age Masters,” a week long art workshop with painter/illustrator Dan Howe, from Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Howe, whose work is featured in the Museum’s new […]
Norman Rockwell Museum To Present Talk on Diversity, Perception, and Responsibility in Illustration Stockbridge, MA, July 1, 2016—Inspired by its newest exhibition, Rockwell and Realism in the Abstract World, Norman Rockwell Museum will present the talk “Diversity, Perception, and Responsibility in Illustration” on Thursday, July 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. Robyn Phillips-Pendleton, Associate Professor of Visual Communication at the University of Delaware, will examine blatant, subtle, or perceived racial stereotypes created by illustrators, sanctioned […]
Artists Robert Cottingham and Eric Forstmann, and Artists’ Representative Jane Eckert To Give Talk on Realism
Artists Robert Cottingham and Eric Forstmann, and Artists’ Representative Jane Eckert To Give Talk on Realism Stockbridge, MA, July 18, 2016—Inspired by its newest exhibition, Rockwell and Realism in the Abstract World, Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Realism and the Persistence of Memory,” a talk with painters Robert Cottingham and Eric Forstmann, and artists’ representative Jane Eckert, author, art historian, and founder of Eckert Fine Art, on Thursday, July 21, starting at 5:30 p.m. Featured […]
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Home Run! An All-American Baseball Day Stockbridge, MA, June 28, 2016—Norman Rockwell Museum will celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with Home Run! An All-American Baseball Day on Saturday, July 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. Pay tribute to our national pastime and the artists who captured the excitement of the game during this afternoon family festival.
Starting at 1 p.m., meet former Major League Baseball pitcher Jonah Bayliss, current general […]
Norman Rockwell Museum Looks at Jackson Pollock and the Rise of Abstract Expressionism
Norman Rockwell painting Conneseur.
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Stockbridge, MA, July 22, 2016—In conjunction with its newest exhibitionRockwell and Realism in an Abstract World, Norman Rockwell Museum will present talks on the abstract expressionist movement during the week of July 24.
On Monday, July 25, starting at 5:30 p.m., the Museum will examine the work […]
Award-Winning Illustrator David Macaulay To Give Talk at Norman Rockwell Museum
Stockbridge, MA, July 19, 2016—Norman Rockwell Museum will present a special talk and print signing with award-winning author and illustrator David Macaulay on Saturday, July 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. A Caldecott Medalist and recipient of a prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, Macaulay is celebrated for such international best sellers as Cathedral and The Way Things Work, which help us understand […]
THURSDAY EVENING LECTURE AND PERFORMANCE SERIES
Enjoy this engaging series of talks and performances inspired by Rockwell and Realism in and Abstract World, and the pervasive power of visual imagery in its many forms. Free for Museum members, or included with museum admission.
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Norman Rockwell Museum and Google Arts & Culture Present Norman Rockwell: Presidential Elections Illustrated
Norman Rockwell Museum and Google Arts & Culture Present Norman Rockwell: Presidential Elections Illustrated Exhibition Celebrates American Democracy Through
The Artist’s Many Portraits of Presidential Candidates
Stockbridge, MA, July 12, 2016—In recognition of this current presidential election year in the United States, Norman Rockwell Museum has partnered with Google to share artworks and artifacts from its permanent collection that illustrate Norman Rockwell’s many commissioned presidential portraits. Norman Rockwell: […]
Remembering Ann Fitzpatrick Brown
Norman Rockwell Museum has lost a dear friend with the passing of Ann Fitzpatrick Brown, a long-time trustee and supporter of the Museum. Ann was a member of an entrepreneurial Fitzpatrick […]
“Norman Rockwell Place” Unveiled During Special Ceremony in New York City on June 9
Students and faculty from Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School outside Norman Rockwell’s studio, during a recent visit to Norman Rockwell Museum. Photo ©Norman Rockwell Museum. All rights reserved.
UPDATED: Stockbridge, MA, June 14, 2016—Artist Norman Rockwell’s New York City roots were celebrated during a special ceremony […]
Norman Rockwell Museum To Present Artist Laureate Honorary Lecture with Illustrator Jerry Pinkney Stockbridge, MA, June 7, 2016—Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Imaginings,” an afternoon with Jerry Pinkney, the Museum’s newest Artist Laureate, on Saturday, June 18, starting at 1 p.m. An award-winning illustrator, Pinkney will present a special talk about his picture books, which reflect his love of literature, history, and personal identity. His books include The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and […]
Former First Lady Laura Bush To Present Award To Illustrator Jerry Pinkney at Norman Rockwell Museum
Former First Lady Laura Bush To Present Award To Illustrator Jerry Pinkney at Norman Rockwell Museum
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Stockbridge, MA, June 7, 2016—Norman Rockwell Museum will […]
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents “Phoning It In: Staying Connected in a Pre-Digital Age”
Stockbridge, MA, May 26, 2016—In conjunction with its current exhibition, […]
CBS News observes 100th anniversary of Rockwell’s first Post cover STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — One hundred years ago this month, the first of more than 300 Norman Rockwell covers appeared in the “Saturday Evening Post.”
But there’s a little-known story about those portraits: between concept and canvas, there was camera.
Photography was a technique Rockwell started using in the early 1930’s to streamline his painting process.
“He really couldn’t have somebody stand there for hours, it was just too […]
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Family Day To Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Norman Rockwell’s First Post Cover
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Family Day To Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Norman Rockwell’s First Post Cover
Highlights Include Opening of “Build a Better Baby Carriage,” The Museum’s New Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Stockbridge, MA, May 5, 2016—In celebration of the 100th anniversary of […]
2011 Rockwell Center Scholar, Michael Lobel Awarded the 28th Annual Eldredge Prize for His Book John Sloan: Drawing on Illustration
2011 Rockwell Center Scholar, Michael Lobel Awarded the 28th Annual Eldredge Prize for His Book John Sloan: Drawing on Illustration The Smithsonian American Art Museum has awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art to Michael Lobel for his book John Sloan: Drawing on Illustration (Yale University Press, 2014). The jurors cited the meticulous research and exceptionally high quality of prose of the book. Sloan’s early work in illustration […]
Stockbridge, MA, May 11, 2016—In conjunction with its current exhibition, Mac Conner: A New York Life, Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Tastemakers: […]
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."
Norman Rockwell Museum Presents “Swing Time: Music from the Golden Age of Jazz” This Saturday
Stockbridge, MA, May 3, 2016—In conjunction with its current exhibition, Mac Conner: A New York Life, Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening of music from the […]
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 email@example.com
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.
EXHIBITION OPENING EVENT:
29th Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show
2 – 4 p.m.
Remarks at 2:30 p.m. by Marc Rosenthal
Discover the region’s talented young artists with this diverse exhibition of exemplary original works by Berkshire Count high school art students. Enjoy meeting the students and teachers during the reception. Marc Rosenthal, the internationally published illustrator offers insight and encouragement to future art professionals.
Sponsored by Berkshire Bank
Marc’s website: http://www.marc-rosenthal.com/mr_site/portfolio/
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 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.
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.
Press Release – September 25, 2015
Pope Francis has signed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visitors’ book as he visits the world body’s headquarters.
The pontiff took a white card from his pocket and copied a lengthy message into the thick, bound book in the secretary-general’s conference room.
The secretary-general also showed the […]
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.
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 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.
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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.
Press Release – June 30, 2015
With war raging around the globe, in 1941 when Norman Rockwell responded to the United States government’s call to artists to depict President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedom ideals, he turned to the subject matter he knew best: ordinary people. The resulting images became some of the most […]
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 […]
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 […]
Beginning in April, the front entry to Norman Rockwell Museum will be undergoing improvements thanks to support from the Jane & Jack Fitzpatrick Trust and The Feigenbaum Foundation. Designed by Okerstrom Lang, the refreshed entrance features a new granite terrace, with engineered water management, heating controls for snow and ice, additional benches, and a more gradual sloped path from the sidewalk.
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.
This Saturday, April 18, enjoy an evening of wine, watercolor, and conversation! Artist Deborah Hanson Greene will guide you through the process of creating a luminous watercolor painting, from simple thumbnail sketches to a finished painting.
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."
Annual Summer Gala Set for Saturday, June 6, 2015 This year’s Summer Gala is shaping up to be a truly special evening, as it coincides with the exhibition premiere of Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs, and celebrates three remarkable members of the Museum leadership.
Advanced sponsorships are still available. Invite your colleagues, family, and friends to join you at your table for a special evening while supporting the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.
The Gala will begin at 6 p.m. with […]
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:
Norman Rockwell had three wives over the course of his lifetime. Below is a timeline of their lives:
1891 First wife, Irene O’Connor born.
1894 Norman Rockwell born on February 3, 1894.
1896 Third wife, Molly Punderson born on September 15, 1896.
1908 Second wife, Mary Barstow born.
1916 Wedding of Norman Rockwell and Irene O’Connor on July 1, 1916.
1930 Divorce of Norman Rockwell and […]
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.
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “Boy in Dining Car,” 1946. Oil on canvas. Painting for “The Saturday Evening Post” cover, December 7, 1946. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN
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“The Pullman Porter: Norman Rockwell’s Boy in Dining Car”
Sunday, January 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present “The Pullman […]
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’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.