Portfolio Newsletter Archive2017-03-01T11:37:17+00:00

PORTFOLIO NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE

Portfolio, the members’ newsletter of the Norman Rockwell Museum, has been published regularly since 1984. The newsletters contain informative and entertaining articles about Norman Rockwell, American illustration, exhibitions and museum happenings. Articles are written by authoritative sources including Norman Rockwell Museum curators and outside scholars. Illustrators whose work has been detailed inPortfolio include Rockwell Kent, Charles Schultz, Winslow Homer and J.C. Leyendecker.

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Autumn ’13 – Winter ’14

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Autumn '13 - Winter '14 Award-winning illustrator Wendell Minor drew his way through childhood in Aurora, Illinois, inspired by America’s heartland and the richly–illustrated magazines that were so much a part of life at the [...]

Autumn ’13 – Winter ’14

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Autumn '13 - Winter '14 Award-winning illustrator Wendell Minor drew his way through childhood in Aurora, Illinois, inspired by America’s heartland and the richly–illustrated magazines that were so much a part of life at the [...]

Summer – Autumn 13

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Summer - Autumn 13 On December 21, 1937, visionary American animator Walt Disney enchanted audiences and made movie history when he premiered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Carthay Circle Theater in [...]

Spring – Summer 13

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Spring - Summer 13 Istvan Banyai is mad. Not angry nor despondent, but mad in the transcendent sense. He is perpetually in a state of creative lunacy that only a gifted artist can achieve [...]

Autumn 12 – Winter 13

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Autumn 12 - Winter 13 Inside theaters around the world this past summer, costumed-crusaders and perfectly-chiseled muscle men dominated the big screen: The Avengers; The Amazing Spider-Man; and Batman: The Dark Knight Rises all [...]

Winter-Spring 2010 To Rockwell With Love: Fan Mail and The Saturday Evening Post, by Jessika Drmacich

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Winter-Spring 2010 To Rockwell With Love: Fan Mail and The Saturday Evening Post, by Jessika Drmacich Historical records are filled with references to well known people. Not until the 19th century, however, did the concept [...]

Winter 2009 And the Winner Is … America’s Highest Humanities Honor Bestowed on Norman Rockwell Museum

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Winter 2009 And the Winner Is … America’s Highest Humanities Honor Bestowed on Norman Rockwell Museum It was a day for rejoicing. On November 17, Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director/CEO, stepped up onto a platform at [...]

Summer 2008 Capturing Stockbridge, by Linda Szekely Pero

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Summer 2008 Capturing Stockbridge, by Linda Szekely Pero Without deliberately intending to do so, Norman Rockwell spent the last 25 years of his life chronicling the people and places of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. When Rockwell moved [...]

Summer 2007 Ephemeral Beauty: Al Parker and the American Women’s Magazine, 1940-1960, by Stephanie Haboush Plunkett

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Summer 2007 Ephemeral Beauty: Al Parker and the American Women’s Magazine, 1940-1960, by Stephanie Haboush Plunkett A founder of the modern glamour aesthetic, Alfred Charles Parker (1906-1985), defined the progressive look and feel of published [...]

Winter-Spring 2006 From the Director, Laurie Norton Moffatt

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Winter-Spring 2006 From the Director, Laurie Norton Moffatt It gives me enormous pleasure to announce the launch of a major new project at the Norman Rockwell Museum that will transform the accessibility of our Museum [...]

Autumn 2004 Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay A Conversation with the Artist, by Stephanie Haboush Plunkett

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Autumn 2004 Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay A Conversation with the Artist, by Stephanie Haboush Plunkett An author and artist who has helped us to understand the working and origins of everything from [...]

  • 2009 photo of the old covered bridge located down the street from Norman Rockwell's West Arlington, Vermont, home. Photo by Norman Rockwell Museum. All rights reserved.

Summer 2003 Norman Rockwell, Year by Year: 1942, by Linda Pero

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Summer 2003 Norman Rockwell, Year by Year: 1942, by Linda Pero Vermont living, aside from an occasional Grange Hall square dance or town meeting, provided few distractions for a work-centered artist such as Norn1an Rockwell. [...]

Spring 2003 Norman Rockwell, Year by Year: 1912, by Linda Pero

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Spring 2003 Norman Rockwell, Year by Year: 1912, by Linda Pero 1912 was full of change and new beginnings for Norman Rockwell. Tackling his assignments with the dedication that earned him the nickname “the Deacon,” [...]

Winter 2001 A Closer Look: The Making of James Gurney’s World of Dinosaurs Stamps, by Stephanie Plunkett

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Winter 2001 A Closer Look: The Making of James Gurney’s World of Dinosaurs Stamps, by Stephanie Plunkett Mysterious and awe-inspiring, the first dinosaurs appeared around 236 million years ago in the Late Triassic period at [...]

Autumn 2000 Pushing the Envelope: The Art of the Postage Stamp, by Stephanie Plunkett

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Autumn 2000 Pushing the Envelope: The Art of the Postage Stamp, by Stephanie Plunkett Despite their small scale and relatively discreet placement on the letters and packages that move throughout lives each day, postage stamps [...]

Winter 2000 In Rockwell We Trust, by Linda Szekely

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Winter 2000 In Rockwell We Trust, by Linda Szekely Michael Jordan gobbles down Ball Park franks, Paul Hogan drives his Subaru Outback over rough terrain, Jerry Seinfeld charges with American Express and country singer Alan [...]

Autumn 1999 The People’s Painter, by Laurie Norton Moffatt

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Autumn 1999 The People’s Painter, by Laurie Norton Moffatt Norman Rockwell was the people’s artist. The public adored the work of this skilled storyteller. Rockwell received bagfuls of fan mail that applauded his finely honed [...]

Summer 1999 Drew Struzan – Hollywood’s Illustrator, by Cris Raymond

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Summer 1999 Drew Struzan – Hollywood’s Illustrator, by Cris Raymond Illustration art encompasses many formats. Books, advertisements, corporate logos, limited edition prints, CD covers and many other visual displays impress images on the minds of [...]

Spring 1999 Hooray for Rockwell’s Hollywood, by Linda Szekely

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Spring 1999 Hooray for Rockwell’s Hollywood, by Linda Szekely Since Norman Rockwell was best-known for his magazine covers, people are surprised to hear that he also illustrated movie posters. Jarvis Rockwell’s World, by Cris Raymond [...]

Autumn 1998 Footlights and Fireflies Summer Theater as Seen by Hirschfeld, by David Leopold

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Autumn 1998 Footlights and Fireflies Summer Theater as Seen by Hirschfeld, by David Leopold Long after the curtain has fallen and the last ovation has subsided, the lasting image of the performance is often the [...]

Summer 1998 Winslow Homer: Artist & Illustrator, by Wendy Lutz

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Summer 1998 Winslow Homer: Artist & Illustrator, by Wendy Lutz Winslow Homer occupies a coveted place in the pantheon of American art. A prolific artist of remarkable versatility, Homer’s work spans over half a century. [...]

Winter 1998-99 From Idea to Illustration, by Cris Raymond

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Winter 1998-99 From Idea to Illustration, by Cris Raymond The exhibition Visual Solutions is an exciting and informative look into the working process of seven illustrators. It demonstrates the process from the moment a commission [...]

Summer 1997 Family Ties: Rockwell’s Art for Family, Friends and Fun, by Maureen Hart Hennessey

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Summer 1997 Family Ties: Rockwell’s Art for Family, Friends and Fun, by Maureen Hart Hennessey During a career that spanned seven decades, Norman Rockwell was extremely prolific, creating over 2,600 published illustrations and the many [...]

Autumn 1996 The International Reach of Norman Rockwell, by Laurie Norton Moffatt

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Autumn 1996 The International Reach of Norman Rockwell, by Laurie Norton Moffatt Norman Rockwell may be America’s most beloved illustrator, but his reputation is spreading around the globe. The widespread interest in and the appreciation [...]

Summer 1996 A Magazine and Its Covers, by Jan Cohn

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Summer 1996 A Magazine and Its Covers, by Jan Cohn For over six decades, the Saturday Evening Post was one of America’s most popular magazines. Even today, older readers recall favorite writers, stories, and characters. [...]

Autumn 1995 The Art of Enchantment, by Stephanie H. Plunkett

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Autumn 1995 The Art of Enchantment, by Stephanie H. Plunkett “Now the great thing about illustrating a classic is that it is alive. When you read it the scenes-character, setting, mood-jump right off the page, [...]

Summer 1995 Building an Art Collection, by Laurie Norton Moffatt

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Summer 1995 Building an Art Collection, by Laurie Norton Moffatt One of the most exciting moments for a museum director is adding more art to the collection! Museums celebrate the arrival of new paintings, objects, [...]

Spring 1995 Molly Punderson Rockwell, by Linda Szekely

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Spring 1995 Molly Punderson Rockwell, by Linda Szekely Mary (Molly) Punderson was born in Stockbridge in 1896. She graduated from Williams High School and Radcliffe College, and, in 1921, joined Milton Academy where she taught [...]

  • Story Musgrave

Spring 1994 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennesey

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Spring 1994 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennesey Norman Rockwell considered the development of an idea for a cover story as probably the most important element of an illustration, and coming up with fresh ideas [...]

Summer 1994 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennesey

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Summer 1994 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennesey On January 24, 1994, The James Beard Foundation presented the Portrait of Felipe Rojas-Lombardi to The Norman Rockwell Museum. Although Norman Rockwell did not consider himself a [...]

Autumn 1994 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennesey

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Autumn 1994 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennesey While Norman Rockwell is best known for his magazine cover illustrations, advertising and other commercial art comprise the largest category of illustration work Rockwell created. During his [...]

Autumn 1993 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennesey

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Autumn 1993 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennesey Norman Rockwell’s process for creating an illustration included a number of steps as he progressed from getting the initial idea to sending the final oil painting to [...]

Summer 1993 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennesey

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Summer 1993 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennesey Peter Rockwell, Norman Rockwell’s youngest son, is an internationally-known sculptor and teacher who lives in Rome, Italy. His work, both cast in bronze and carved in stone, [...]

Spring 1993 A Dream Come True, by Laurie Norton Moffatt

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Spring 1993 A Dream Come True, by Laurie Norton Moffatt On April 3, 1993, a decade-long dream comes true when the new Norman Rockwell museum opens. With the opening of the doors, the museum will [...]

Autumn 1992 Artyfacts, by Kim Conley

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Autumn 1992 Artyfacts, by Kim Conley The proliferation of tales with a medieval theme is one example of legendary storytelling which resonates throughout Western literature. Norman Rockwell was not unaffected by medieval archetypes. Rockwell’s Political [...]

Summer 1992 Museum Gathers Rockwell Recollections As Part Of Homecoming Year Celebration

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Summer 1992 Museum Gathers Rockwell Recollections As Part Of Homecoming Year Celebration Over the past nine months, museum staff gathered firsthand remembrances from people who knew Norman Rockwell. Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennessey One [...]

Spring 1992 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennessey

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Spring 1992 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennessey Norman Rockwell’s process for creating an illustration followed several steps, from the development of an idea through the final painting. One important component was the final charcoal [...]

Autumn 1991 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennessey

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Autumn 1991 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennessey As a chronicler of American history, Norman Rockwell is best known for his illustrations of ordinary people in everyday situations. At the same time, he was in [...]

Summer 1991 Macaulay on Rockwell

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Summer 1991 Macaulay on Rockwell When David Macaulay was a young lad, he dreamed of being an artist. Sometimes, after looking at a Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover or two, he even experimented with the [...]

Spring 1991 Curator’s Corner, by Linda Szekely

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Spring 1991 Curator’s Corner, by Linda Szekely Norman Rockwell’s painting for The Magic Foot-Ball, a children’s story by Ralph Henry Barbour, appeared in St. Nicholas magazine in 1914.

Autumn 1990 Fitzpatricks Donate $250,000 to Museum

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Autumn 1990 Fitzpatricks Donate $250,000 to Museum The board of trustees of The Norman Rockwell Museum is pleased to announce that a gallery in the new museum will be named for Senator and Mrs.John H. [...]

Spring 1990 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennessey

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Spring 1990 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennessey American museums have relied, throughout this century, on the generosity of individual and corporate donors who have supported a variety of programs-from exhibitions, to capital drives, to [...]

Winter 1989 Hallmark Loans Holiday Pieces for Special Exhibition

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Winter 1989 Hallmark Loans Holiday Pieces for Special Exhibition Season’s Greetings From Norman Rockwell: Holiday Images from Hallmark Cards, a special exhibition of 11 original Rockwell paintings and two preliminary works commissioned by Hallmark Cards [...]

  • Boy Scout paintings on view at Norman Rockwell Museum

Summer 1989 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennessey

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Summer 1989 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennessey Norman Rockwell’s 64-year association with the Boy Scouts of America resulted in some of his best-known illustrations – those of young Scouts in action, done for the [...]

Spring 1989 Museum Exhibition Focuses on Rockwell Images of Blacks

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Spring 1989 Museum Exhibition Focuses on Rockwell Images of Blacks One Nation Indivisible? Images of Black Americans: 1934-1967 By Norman Rockwell, an exhibition of Rockwell paintings, studies, tear sheets, and photographs that focus on the [...]

Winter 1989 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennessey

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Winter 1989 Curator’s Corner, by Maureen Hart Hennessey Norman Rockwell’s paintings and drawings show the artistry and technical skill of Rockwell the illustrator. But, sometimes, Rockwell’s art allows us a glimpse of Norman Rockwell the [...]

Spring 1988 Robert A. M. Stern Wins Museum Gallery Competition

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Spring 1988 Robert A. M. Stern Wins Museum Gallery Competition the firm of Robert A. M. Stern Architects of New York is the winner of the limited invitational competition conducted by the Museum to select [...]

Summer 1987 Rockwell’s Private Collection on Exhibit

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Summer 1987 Rockwell’s Private Collection on Exhibit A significant portion of Norman Rockwell’s private art collection, never before seen by the public, is on exhibit at the Museum. Curator’s Corner: Aunt Ella Takes a Trip, [...]

Winter 1987 Curator’s Corner, by Laurie Norton Moffatt

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Winter 1987 Curator’s Corner, by Laurie Norton Moffatt Norman Rockwell touched the lives of the ordinary and the famous, and, though famous in his own right, was not immune to a case of the jitters [...]

Summer 1986 Curator’s Corner, by Laurie Norton Moffatt

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Summer 1986 Curator’s Corner, by Laurie Norton Moffatt Norman Rockwell’s early advertisements reveal not only a younger artist at work, but also a younger age in advertising than we know today.

Winter 1986 Curator’s Corner, by Laurie Norton Moffatt

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Winter 1986 Curator’s Corner, by Laurie Norton Moffatt The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge continued to build its strong collection of original works with several exciting acquisitions in 1985.

Summer 1985 “Lost” Rockwell Painting Returns

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Summer 1985 “Lost” Rockwell Painting Returns Recently the William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, received as a bequest a Rockwell painting which this Museum quickly identified as an oil, it is [...]

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