Making Meaning of Illustration

American illustration is an exciting and popular field with tremendous cultural significance, yet paradoxically, one with an image problem. “Illustration,” defined broadly, lacks the centrality and heuristic coherence that the related field of fine art painting has. Partly because of this fact, the endeavor has had difficulty acquiring legitimacy.

Making Meaning of Illustration2018-10-11T11:19:56-04:00

Thoughts on Illustration from the Rockwell Center Society of Fellows

Thoughts on Illustration from the Rockwell Center Society of Fellows

A Blog Series Introduction

Featured weekly in this month, a series of blog posts by Rockwell Center Society of Fellows scholars offer insights into illustration from vantage points meaningful within the diverse scope of their academic interests.

Rockwell Society of Fellows, left to right: Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director/CEO; Michele Bogart; Erika Doss; Christopher Lukasik; D.B. Dowd

Making Meaning of […]

Thoughts on Illustration from the Rockwell Center Society of Fellows2018-10-10T13:07:49-04:00

Forbes Recognizes Norman Rockwell Museum’s Education Program

Forbes Magazine has recently highlighted the work that Norman Rockwell Museum is doing to promote neurodiversity. Often defined as the idea that neurological differences such as autism and ADHD are to be recognized and respected as normal human variation, the article looks at the Museum's partnership with the College Internship Program.

Forbes Recognizes Norman Rockwell Museum’s Education Program2018-09-24T09:37:09-04:00

USA Today Names “Keepers of the Flame” to List of Best Fall Exhibitions

Our current exhibition Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition continues to attract praise from both visitors and the media. This week USA Today included the show in their list of "the best American museum exhibits this fall."

USA Today Names “Keepers of the Flame” to List of Best Fall Exhibitions2018-09-12T11:30:50-04:00

Museum Welcomes New U.S. Citizens

Norman Rockwell Museum was proud to once again partner with the Berkshire Immigrant Center and host our seventh annual United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony at the Museum on August 10, 2018. 23 men and women, originally from 16 countries, took the oath and were sworn in against the welcoming backdrop of Norman Rockwell's artwork.

Museum Welcomes New U.S. Citizens2018-08-20T13:48:43-04:00

Museum Celebrates Berkshires Dance For The Arts Collaborative

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.

Museum Celebrates Berkshires Dance For The Arts Collaborative2017-08-30T12:30:42-04:00

Norman Rockwell Museum Announces Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & The Four Freedoms

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.

Norman Rockwell Museum Announces Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & The Four Freedoms2018-04-09T11:39:05-04:00

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.

Norman Rockwell Museum and Google Arts & Culture Present “Norman Rockwell: Presidential Elections Illustrated”2017-03-01T11:37:43-04:00

Celebrating Mad Style

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."

Celebrating Mad Style2017-03-01T11:38:16-04:00

New York City Honors Norman Rockwell’s Childhood Home

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.”

New York City Honors Norman Rockwell’s Childhood Home2017-03-01T11:38:18-04:00

A Creative Force

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.

A Creative Force2017-03-01T11:38:24-04:00

Honoring “The Golden Rule”

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.

Honoring “The Golden Rule”2017-09-07T16:51:55-04:00

Pope Francis views Rockwell’s Golden Rule

Press Release – September 25, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Latest developments in Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. All times local:

8:55 a.m.

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 […]

Pope Francis views Rockwell’s Golden Rule2017-09-07T16:49:20-04:00

Museum Celebrates 70th Anniversary of The United Nations

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."

Museum Celebrates 70th Anniversary of The United Nations2017-09-07T16:53:16-04:00

Museum Launches New Online Illustration History Resource

Illustration History websiteOn 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 […]

Museum Launches New Online Illustration History Resource2017-03-01T11:38:32-04:00

Norman Rockwell Global Citizen: Painting “The Big Idea”

Press Release – June 30, 2015

We The Peoples: Norman Rockwell's United Nations We The Peoples: Norman Rockwell’s United Nations

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 Global Citizen: Painting “The Big Idea”2017-09-07T16:34:54-04:00

Live Webcast Planned for “Norman Rockwell’s United Nations”

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.

Live Webcast Planned for “Norman Rockwell’s United Nations”2017-03-01T11:38:37-04:00

Taking It To The Streets

NYC Edward A. Reynolds HS visit NRM, May 2015 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 […]

Taking It To The Streets2017-03-01T11:38:39-04:00

Remembering Rosie The Riveter

Mary Doyle Keefe, NRM, August 2012 Photo of Mary Doyle Keefe (the model for Norman Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter”) visiting Norman Rockwell Museum, August 2012. Photo by Jeremy Clowe for Norman Rockwell Museum. All rights reserved.

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 […]

Remembering Rosie The Riveter2017-03-01T11:38:41-04:00

Walt Reed (1917-2015)

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.

Walt Reed (1917-2015)2017-03-01T11:38:47-04:00

Cartoonist Roz Chast Brings It Home

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.

Cartoonist Roz Chast Brings It Home2017-03-01T11:38:48-04:00

Norman Rockwell Museum Featured on CBS Evening News, May 22

We had baseball on the mind after a visit last week from Norman Rockwell's original "Rookie," model Sherm Safford. The subject of Rockwell's 1957 painting joined us to take part in the filming of a segment for CBS Evening News, to be broadcast around the occasion of Christie's auction of the original painting on May 22, 2014. Read all about the filming in last week's Berkshire Eagle, and tune into the segment, scheduled to air the evening of Thursday, May 22.

Norman Rockwell Museum Featured on CBS Evening News, May 222017-03-01T11:39:14-04:00

In The News: Famous Artists School Archives

Recently announced, our major gift from the Famous Artists School has been garnering quite a bit of press lately. This Sunday's New York Times reported on the substantial art and archives donation, made possible by Robert and Magdalen Livesey of Cortina Learning International, which still runs a version of the popular art correspondence course to this day.

In The News: Famous Artists School Archives2017-03-01T11:39:15-04:00

“Snow White” in the Press

The news is in: Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic is a hit. Here is a sampling of some of the recent press regarding our new exhibition.

“Snow White” in the Press2017-03-01T11:39:39-04:00

Museum Intern’s Work Featured in High School Art Show

Visitors stopping by Norman Rockwell Museum to see this year's Berkshire County High School Art Show will view over one hundred outstanding works, created in a variety of different medium. One of the highlights is a painted self-portrait that was, in fact, created by one of the Museum's newest interns.

Museum Intern’s Work Featured in High School Art Show2017-03-01T11:39:52-04:00

Press Celebrate Norman Rockwell’s Birthday

This past Sunday, February 3, 2013, was Norman Rockwell's 119th birthday, and both press and public reminded us how relevant the artist's work continues to be.

Press Celebrate Norman Rockwell’s Birthday2017-03-01T11:39:53-04:00

Naturalization Ceremony in the News

Norman Rockwell Museum and the Berkshire Immigration Center welcomed 23 new United States citizens on September 8, 2012, during a naturalization ceremony held in the Museum’s galleries. The Berkshire County residents from 16 different countries were sworn in as citizens in front of Norman Rockwell’s iconic "Four Freedoms" paintings.

Naturalization Ceremony in the News2017-03-01T11:39:59-04:00

Norman Rockwell Museum Artist Laureate David Macaulay Covers This Week’s New Yorker

Acclaimed Illustrator and Norman Rockwell Museum Artist Laureate David Macaulay has created the cover for this week's "New Yorker." Known for his many architectural books and helping us to learn "the way things work," Macaulay tackles the timely issue of the United States Postal Service and its uncertain future. The artist will receive the Artist Laureate award during a special awards ceremony to be held at the Museum on Saturday, September 24, 2011, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Norman Rockwell Museum Artist Laureate David Macaulay Covers This Week’s New Yorker2017-03-01T11:40:25-04:00

Norman Rockwell Museum in “Print Magazine”

This year Norman Rockwell Museum's Deputy Director/Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett was interviewed by "Print" magazine regarding the Museum's past, present and future. Her thoughts appear in the August issue of the time-honored publication (on sale now).

Norman Rockwell Museum in “Print Magazine”2017-03-01T11:40:30-04:00

Q&A with Top Illustrator Elwood Smith

February 2011 Roll magazine interview with Elwood H. Smith: In the field of illustration this guy is a rock star, with his work featured regularly in Time, Newsweek, Forbes, New York Magazine... His signature style has enhanced the advertising campaigns of Sony, GE Cellular One, Blue Shield/BlueCross of Texas, Pizza Hut... as well as numerous children’s books. He’s even played guitar, written songs, and made records with local guitar hero John Platania (Van Morrison). But you can be forgiven if you’ve not heard of Elwood H. Smith. More often than not great illustrators don’t quite get the publicity that great cartoonists and comic artists do. And those folks don’t get a heck of a lot as it is...

Q&A with Top Illustrator Elwood Smith2017-03-01T11:40:45-04:00

Rockwell goes digital

After a decade of planning, scanning and digitizing, The Norman Rockwell Museum is launching ProjectNORMAN -- the preservation, archiving and creation of a digital catalogue of Rockwell's work -- today for public use. Now researchers, students and art enthusiasts alike will have online access to the museum's art and archival collection with the click of a mouse.

Rockwell goes digital2017-03-01T11:40:50-04:00

Students Meet Award-Winning Illustrator Jerry Pinkney

The Caldecott-winning illustrator shared the secret of his inspirations with nearly 40 art students from Lenox Middle School on Wednesday at the Norman Rockwell Museum. The museum is showing a retrospective of his work and later that afternoon held a party to mark the Philadelphia native's 71st birthday.

Students Meet Award-Winning Illustrator Jerry Pinkney2017-03-01T11:40:52-04:00

Norman Rockwell Museum celebrates ‘Home for the Holidays’

America’s most beloved illustrator, Norman Rockwell, is as synonymous with the holidays as Santa Claus himself. Not only did he create dozens of illustrations of the jolly ol’ elf in the red suit, Rockwell is known for depicting endless scenes that capture the essence of American holiday traditions from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s, including his classic “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.”

Norman Rockwell Museum celebrates ‘Home for the Holidays’2017-03-01T11:40:52-04:00

Free Speech Personified – The Wall Street Journal

©1943 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN From the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum

This article ran on October 10th in The Wall Street Journal.
To read the complete article, please follow this link.
Norman Rockwell’s inspiring and enduring painting

By BRUCE COLE
A hundred thousand people came to see them in Washington and New York, a million more in other major cities across the […]

Free Speech Personified – The Wall Street Journal2017-03-01T11:41:24-04:00

Rockwell Museum names artist laureate – Berkshire Eagle Online

Monday, Sept. 28
STOCKBRIDGE — “She has a beautiful sense of line,” went the compliment, which is not your average, everyday compliment.

But Barbara Nessim is not your average, everyday artist. Nessim’s work has been shown in galleries from SoHo to Tokyo, and her illustrations have graced the covers of Rolling Stone, Time and The New York Times Magazine.

Nessim, a native New Yorker, is now making a big impression in the Berkshires, where she has […]

Rockwell Museum names artist laureate – Berkshire Eagle Online2017-03-01T11:41:30-04:00

WAMC broadcast July 9, 2009

Norman Rockwell Museum’s 40th anniversary:
WAMC Northeast Public Radio live broadcast from Norman Rockwell Museum July 9, 2009
July 20, 2009. Listen.

WAMC broadcast July 9, 20092017-03-01T11:41:31-04:00