Norman Rockwell Museum announces the receipt of a two-year, $500,000 grant from the George Lucas Family Foundation to expand and re-imagine the Museum’s educational programming with 21st century learning tools.
This fall, Norman Rockwell Museum will debut the latest in its Distinguished Illustrator Series—an exhibition that explores Mort Künstler’s vast and highly-regarded body of work as an illustrator and historical painter—”Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure” will be on view at the Museum from November 8, 2014 through March 8, 2015.
Illustration art has certainly been in the news lately. In addition to stories about the upcoming George Lucas narrative art museum and ongoing interest in Norman Rockwell's work, this week Daniel Grant of The Huffington Post asks the question, "Everyone Loves Illustration Art, But Where Does One See It?"
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present Rhythms of the Earth, a musical family festival to be held on Saturday, August 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will also serve as a CD release party for singer/songwriter JoAnne Spies' new album, "Ecstatic Dances." At 2 p.m., join Ms. Spies for an interactive performance, celebrating the elements of earth, water, fire and air. The concert will begin near the Museum’s historic Linwood House, with a view of the nearby Housatonic River and Berkshire Hills.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 […]
March 11, 2016 through April 3, 2016 * In celebration of the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech, enjoy this exhibition of original artworks re-imagining the concept and Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings. Works from Region 6 Capital Eastern District high school students from Schoharie, Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties will be on view.
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.
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.
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
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."
Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning is the first museum exhibition on the world’s most successful animation partnership.
Drawing is a tool for seeing—an integral aspect of artistic expression that captures the fleeting essence of ideas and refines developing picture concepts. Using Norman Rockwell’s methods as inspiration, illustrator/game designer Patrick O’Donnell will explore creative, technical, and narrative approaches to drawing that train the eye and the hand and allow the mind to roam free. The program also includes computer drawing demonstrations that transition traditional ways of working into today’s technology.
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, 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 will honor those who have served with a special afternoon of Veterans Day programming on Friday, November 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.
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 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.
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 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 […]
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Learn what freedom means to today’s younger generation, and meet the artists behind this exhibition of original artworks created by New York Capital Region students.
Organized by New York’s Capital Area Art Supervisors, Reimagining The Four Freedoms will feature works from students enrolled in Studio in Art classes […]
Take a closer look at Rockwell’s work that depicts life in the military—from the American Revolution to the Vietnam Era—see how Americas’ favorite illustrator captured the feelings of a nation. Free for Members or included with regular Museum admission.
Enjoy a look at Norman Rockwell’s work that relates to fatherhood, and the work of Norman Rockwell’s three sons. This informative talk will give you a glimpse at some of Norman Rockwell’s work that highlights the important everyday experience of being a Dad. Free for members, or included with regular Museum admission.
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.
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.
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.
Norman Rockwell Museum will offer free admission on Thursday, May 18, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD) Art Museum Day.
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.
In celebration of summer and "America’s favorite pastime," Norman Rockwell Museum will present Home Run! An All American Baseball Day on Saturday, July 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. The family festival will pay tribute to the sport and artists, including Norman Rockwell, who captured the excitement of the game.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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."
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.