Special Events 2018-05-10T06:21:49+00:00

SPECIAL EVENTS

Proceeds of the Summer Celebration & Auction go to support the Museum’s Education Programs

2018 Summer Celebration

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Honoring 2018-2019 Artist Laureate

Wendell Minor

With guest speakers & presenters
David McCullough
Award-winning author and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

Honorary Chair: Jerry Pinkney
2016-2017 Artist Laureate

Co-Chairs: Robert & Lynne Horvath

Featuring:

Wendell MinorWendell Minor is a renowned illustrator whose home and studio are located in Washington, Connecticut. In 2010 Wendell received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Connecticut, and in November 2013 “Wendell Minor’s America” an exhibition of 25 years of Wendell’s children’s book art, was on display through the spring of 2014 at Norman Rockwell Museum. All illustrations from his 2008 book, Abraham Lincoln Comes Home, his 2011 book Night Flight, and his 2014 book Edward Hopper Paints His World, written by Robert Burleigh, are part of the permanent collection at the Museum. His more recently produced books are Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue also by Robert Burleigh, and his own Daylight Starlight Wildlife, both of which are on the Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2016 edition.

David McCulloughDavid McCullough has been acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.” He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

His most recent book, The American Spirit: Who We are What We Stand For, a collection of his speeches and a New York Times bestseller, has been praised as “powerful,” “clarifying and uplifting,” “brilliant,” and a book “every citizen of the Republic ought to read.”

His widely praised The Wright Brothers, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and remained on the list for more than a year. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, also a #1 bestseller, has been called “dazzling,” “history to be savored.” His 1776, has been acclaimed “a classic,” while John Adams, published in 2001, remains one of the most praised and widely read American biographies of all time. It is now in its 48th printing.

In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale, “As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character.”

Mr. McCullough’s other books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions, and Truman. His books have been published in 19 languages. As may be said of few writers, none of his books has ever been out of print.

David McCullough is as well twice winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, and for his work overall he has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal and the Gold Medal for Biography given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has received 55 honorary degrees.

In 2013, in his honor, the city of Pittsburgh, his hometown, renamed its landmark 16th Street Bridge over the Allegheny River the David McCullough Bridge. More recently, in September 2014, he was named an Officer of the Legion of Honor by decree of the President of the Republic of France.

In a crowded, productive career, he has been an editor, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television — as host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and narrator of numerous documentaries including Ken Burns’s The Civil War. John Adams, the seven-part mini-series on HBO produced by Tom Hanks, was one of the most acclaimed television events of recent years.

Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, he was educated there and at Yale. He has enjoyed a lifelong interest in art and architecture and is as well a devoted painter. He and his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough have five children and nineteen grandchildren.

Brian AlbergBrian Alberg, Vice-President of Culinary Development, oversees all aspects of culinary operations for Main Street Hospitality. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, he is a member of Chefs Collaborative and Boston Chefs, serves on the board of the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Railroad Street Youth Project and is the founding chair of Berkshire Farm & Table. Brian curates Berkshire regional dinners annually at the James Beard House and has been the selected chef for Outstanding in the Field every year since 2011. Brian is a staunch supporter of the local food movement in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley.

Elyse LurayElyse Luray is a member of Heritage Auctions’ Trusts & Estates and Business Development.

She served as the Vice President, Auctioneer and department head of Collectibles for Christie’s for more than 10 years after earning a degree in art history from New Orleans’ Tulane University. Since then she has collaborated and consulted with a number of specialty auction houses, handling high-profile auctions ranging from antique toys to sports collectibles and fine wine.

His widely praised The Wright Brothers, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and remained on the list for more than a year. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, also a #1 bestseller, has been called “dazzling,” “history to be savored.” His 1776, has been acclaimed “a classic,” while John Adams, published in 2001, remains one of the most praised and widely read American biographies of all time. It is now in its 48th printing.

In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale, “As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character.”

Mr. McCullough’s other books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions, and Truman. His books have been published in 19 languages. As may be said of few writers, none of his books has ever been out of print.

David McCullough is as well twice winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, and for his work overall he has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal and the Gold Medal for Biography given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has received 55 honorary degrees.

In 2013, in his honor, the city of Pittsburgh, his hometown, renamed its landmark 16th Street Bridge over the Allegheny River the David McCullough Bridge. More recently, in September 2014, he was named an Officer of the Legion of Honor by decree of the President of the Republic of France.

In a crowded, productive career, he has been an editor, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television — as host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and narrator of numerous documentaries including Ken Burns’s The Civil War. John Adams, the seven-part mini-series on HBO produced by Tom Hanks, was one of the most acclaimed television events of recent years.

     Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, he was educated there and at Yale. He has enjoyed a lifelong interest in art and architecture and is as well a devoted painter. He and his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough have five children and nineteen grandchildren.

Event Sponsors:

Enjoy a cocktail reception; a special preview tour of the Museum’s summer exhibition, Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition; a delicious dinner on the Terrace catered by Brian Alberg, Executive Chef for Main Street Hospitality; the Artist Laureate Award presentation; and a live auction to benefit the Museum’s educational programs.

RSVP by June 1, 2018
Reserve tickets below,
or call 413-931-2264


Benefactor: $10,000 | Table for 10
• Personal tour of the Museum archives;
• Reserved table on the Terrace for 10 guests;
• Recognition in promotional materials and website;
• Acknowledgement at the event and in the program;
• Recognition in Portfolio magazine and the invitation;
• Signed book.


Patron: $5,000 | Table for 8
• Reserved table on the Terrace for 8 guests;
• Recognition in promotional materials and website;
• Acknowledgement at the event and in the program;
• Recognition in Portfolio magazine and the invitation;
• Signed book.


Supporter: $2,500 | Seating for 6
• Reserved seating on the Terrace for 6 guests;
• Recognition in promotional materials and website;
• Acknowledgement at the event and in the program;
• Recognition in Portfolio magazine and the invitation.


Contributor: $1,000* | Seating for 2
• Reserved seating on the Terrace for 2 guests;
• Acknowledgement in the event program;
• Recognition in Portfolio magazine and the invitation.

(*Individual Contributor tickets are $500)

Gold Star: $275 | Seating for 1
• Reserved seating on the Terrace for 1;
• Acknowledgment in the event program.