Illustration Exhibitions

This listing includes exhibits at Rockwell Center’s partner institutions and illustration exhibits institutions around the country.


Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure

Norman Rockwell Museum

November 8, 2014 through March 8, 2015

Known for his meticulously researched historical paintings, Mort Künstler is also a prolific illustrator who has worked on a broad spectrum of assignments for more than sixty years―from paperback book jackets and men’s adventure magazine illustrations to movie posters, model kit boxes, and advertisements for prominent corporations. His dramatic, beautifully-crafted images, conceived in every possible genre throughout his outstanding career, will be the focus of this exhibition, which draws from the artist’s vast and highly-regarded body of work. His romance, war, and sporting illustrations for True, Argosy, The Saturday Evening Post, Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, American Weekly, Men’s Story among others, and his contemporary historical paintings that capture the heroes and battles of the American Civil War, will be on view. This exhibition is generously supported by a grant from the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.

4 TEnchanted Castles and Noble Knights

Brandywine Museum

November 28 through January 4

Unforgettable, iconic paintings and drawings that bring to life the romance and the daring stories of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and other tales of quests and chivalry will be on view this holiday season. This exhibition will feature over 35 works of art by Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish and others. The display will include Andrew Wyeth’s model medieval castle, made for him in 1927 by his brother Nathaniel and painted by their father N.C. Wyeth. The exhibition is supported by the Davenport Family Foundation Fund for Exhibitions.


 Edward Hopper: Art for Commerce

Norman Rockwell Museum
June 7, 2014 through October 26, 2014


Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967); [Men Seated at Café Table], (1906). Transparent and opaque watercolor, pen and ink, brush and ink, and graphite pencil on paper; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Josephine N. Hopper Bequest 70.1348 © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by Whitney Museum of American Art Digital Image © Whitney Museum of American Art

Many noted American modernists have successfully traversed the worlds of fine art and illustration, embracing innovation while satisfying in unique and personal ways the needs and wants of a broad popular audience. Edward Hopper, American Illustrator presents a unique and comprehensive study of the little-known twenty year illustration career of the realist master. Attitudes toward art and the crosscurrents of contemporary commercial society during the early to mid twentieth century will be explored in this exhibition, which seeks to provide an integrated understanding of Hopper’s published and personal art.


Celebrate the Walt Reed Illustration Archive

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, at Washington Universtiy in St. Louis

Exhibit opens November 20, 2013W

Washington University Libraries and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts invite you to an exhibition opening and talk on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, to unveil selections from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. This distinguished resource includes original illustrations, periodicals, books, and magazine tear sheets from the 1860s-1970s,and was recently acquired by Washington University’s Modern Graphic History Library.


Jessie Gillespie (1888-1972), illustration for Life Magazine, ca. 1912.

Illustrating Our Landmarks

Museum of the Society of Illustrators

June 3 through August 16, 2014

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law, and in collaboration with the Landmarks50 Advisory Alliance,the Society of Illustrators is excited to launch the groundbreaking exhibition, Illustrating Our Landmarks, curated  by Leslie Cober-Gentry.

Members of the Society are asked to create their visual interpretations of one of NYC’s landmarks, which include more than 30,000 buildings and sites, including 1,318 individual landmarks, 115 interior landmarks, 10 scenic landmarks, 109 historic districts and 18 historic district extensions in all five boroughs of New York City.

Icons of Animation: William Joyce, Peter de Sève, Carlos Nine, and Bill Plympton

Museum of the Society of Illustrators

June 4 through August 16, 2014

The Society celebrates the work of four iconic illustrators- Peter de Sève, William Joyce, Carlos Nine, and Bill Plympton – with an exhibit featuring the original illustrations from numerous movies and shorts

Comic and Cartoon Art Annual–Short Form and Special Format Categories

Museum of the Society of Illustrators

June 24 through July 19, 2014

The second part of the three-part annual Comic and Cartoon Art Exhibition features work in the Short Form and Special Format categories.  This juried competition showcases the most outstanding works selected by a prestigious group of professional peers including publishers, artists, and editors.

Work featured in the Short Form Category includes art created for zines, comic books, work that has been published in anthologies and books that are shorter than 40 pages.  A Gold medal is awarded to Adrian Tomine for Optic Nerve 13 (Drawn and Quarterly).  Silver Medals go to Maelle Doliveux for Four Fables (Seven Stories Press, “The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature”), Hayley Gold for Nervosa, and Tayla Modlin for Blimpakind: Drinking Buddies.

The Special Format Category features short-form work that is design-driven and created with special attention to production values, including limited edition, small press, hand-made and artist’s books. A Gold medal goes to Ten Steps In The City created by the self publishing label Teiera (artists include Carla Besora, Cristina Portolano, Cristina Spanò, Giulia Sagramola, Margherita Urbani, Néstor F., Paolo Bacilieri, Pete Gamlen, Sarah Mazzetti, Tomi Um).  A Silver medal goes to Omer Hoffman for Two Years In New York City.


Comic and Cartoon Art Annual–Single Image and Digital Media Categories

Museum of the Society of Illustrators

July 22 through August 16, 2014

The third part of the annual Comic and Cartoon Art Exhibition features work in the Single Image and Digital Media categories.  This juried competition showcases the most outstanding works selected by a prestigious group of professional peers including publishers, artists, and editors.

Work in the Single Category includes art featuring a self-contained narrative with or without a caption such as gag cartoons, political cartoons, and single-panel cartoons.  A Gold medal is awarded to Keith Bendis for Little Red Riding Hood’s Wardrobe.  Silver Medals go to Liam Walsh for Land of the Blind, and André Carrilho and Luís Lázaro for Mandela.

The Digital Media Category features short-form work that is native to a digital format and includes web comics, online comic strips, and other digitally driven works. A Gold medal goes Anne Emond for Comiques. A Silver medal goes to Leela Corman for Yahrzeit (Table Magazine), Ben Duncan for Blane Throttle: Part 1, and DingDing Hu for Peeling Inspiration.


Walter H. Everett: American Illustrator

Napa Valley Museum

June through August, 2014

As a child, Walter Hunt Everett (1880-1946) was preoccupied with drawing and painting. He rode a bicycle from New Jersey to Philadelphia daily in order to take classes with the illustrator Howard Pyle at Drexel Institute (now Drexel University). He continued studying with Pyle in Wilmington, Delaware and in the Brandywine Valley in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. By his early 20s, Everett was working as an illustrator for a variety of magazines and publications.

Everett was a dedicated artist and craftsman, devoting hours to cutting and reshaping his paint brushes, and even designing his own easel (which he imported from France). Working with many famous illustrators such as Norman Rockwell and N. C. Wyeth, Everett’s most recognized works are those he created for The Saturday Evening Post, The Ladies’ Home Journal, and for Colliers magazine.

Walter EverettAt the peak of his career, in a bitter mood, Everett burned many of his illustrations. Fortunately, some of his illustrations were in the hands of his publishers and collectors. His work may be found in the collections of The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware, and in the collections of Illustration House in New York and at the Brandywine Museum, Drexel University, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. After his death, Everett’s son Oliver discovered a forgotten stockpile of work torn from its frames and stashed in the back of the family’s New Jersey barn. These illustrations, the largest known collection of Walter Everett’s work are held as the Everett Family Trust and housed in Napa, California.





Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

In 2006, comic book and pop culture collector and entrepreneur Stephen A. Geppi, CEO of Diamond Comic Distributors, opened a museum dedicated to the celebration of American pop culture and entertainment. Now GEM has turned its sights to the very city it calls home by establishing a Hall of Fame in its “Pioneer Spirit” room. This galleryhad its grand opening on March 26, 2011, and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum wants visitors, pop culture collectors and fans to be a part of the excitement – and let us know who they’d like to see included in later updates.

This unique exhibition includes personal items donated by inductees and other memorabilia, all focused on celebrating the cultural contributions of “Charm City.”


The Art of Eric Carle & Friends: What’s Your Favorite Animal?

Eric Carle has partnered with fourteen leading illustrators to answer the enduring question, “What’s your favorite animal?” in a new book published by Henry Holt and Company. Contributions range from meticulously rendered artwork to quick, funny sketches with equally varied commentaries. The book, and this complementary exhibition, is a colorful, varied, and engaging omnibus that offers real insight into the lives and personalities of the artists. Contributors are Nick Bruel, Eric Carle, Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sis, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells, and Mo Willems. All royalties from the sale of the book benefit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Norman Rockwell and His Contemporaries

National Museum of American Illustration

May 22 through August 31, 2014


Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) is best known as the premier Artist-Illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post, the most popular magazine of its time. As a result, Rockwell’s name became synonymous with  aspects of our American lifestyle. Soon thereafter, the adjective “Rockwellian” entered the English language for it best described what this artist characterized so emblematically. Today, Rockwell’s depictions of everyday American lifestyles speak to audiences on a global scale due to many travelling exhibitions first organized by our Museum Director Judy Goffman Cutler, across the USA and more recently throughout Europe and Asia.


‘Norman Rockwell and his Contemporaries’ is a thematic exploration of artworks by Rockwell and his peers: those influenced by Rockwell and those who influenced the Master himself. The most noted artist-illustrators of his time were colleagues, classmates, and friends who lived and worked in nearby artist communities: New Rochelle, Greenwich Village, and Westport. Their common purpose was to portray our nation visually and meet its ever-rising demands for more images as publishing was in a transformative phase, with 4 color printing, and new distribution systems expanding capabilities and reaching wider audiences. The illustrators reflected and molded American society by depicting prototypical themes and mores still held dear today. Featured alongside Rockwell are: John Clymer, Steven Dohanos, John Falter, George Hughes, J.F. Kernan, J.C. Leyendecker,  Norman Price, and more.



Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty

Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy turns fifty in 2014. To celebrate this golden anniversary, The Carle is organizing an exhibition of original drawings from the book. Initially, Harriet & Co. will return to New York City, premiering at The Forbes Galleries from March 7 to May 3, 2014. Subsequently, these drawings will be joined by those from the sequel, The Long Secret, and be on view from May 20 until November 30, 2014. Random House is publishing a 50th-anniversary commemorative edition with appreciations from, among others, Judy Blume and Lois Lowry.

Support for Harriet The Spy Turns Fifty has been generously provided by Random House Children’s Books

Simms Taback: Art by Design

To celebrate the gift of a significant part of Simms Taback’s archive, the museum is mounting an exhibition, Simms Taback: Art by Design. It will be on view from June 27 until October 19, 2014. The exhibition will survey Simms’s eight major books, including his Caldecott Medal Book, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, and his Honor Book, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Taback’s irrepressible humor shines through in his colorful, beautifully crafted compositions, and important messages abound. This show is the second in an ongoing series highlighting the permanent collection and it will be accompanied by a sixteen-page illustrated brochure with an essay by Chief Curator, Nick Clark. The exhibition is made possible with the generous support of Penguin.

Mort Kunstler: The Art of Adventure

Norman Rockwell Museum
November 9, 2014 through March 8, 2015



Mort Kunstler; Out on a Ledge, 1959; illustration for “British Girl”; gouache; Mort Kunstler, Inc.


Known today for his meticulously researched historical paintings, Mort Künstler is also a prolific illustrator who has worked on a broad spectrum of assignments for more than fifty years―from paperback book jackets and men’s adventure magazine illustrations to movie posters, model kit boxes, and advertisements for prominent corporations. His dramatic, beautifully-crafted images, conceived in every possible genre throughout his outstanding career, will be the focus of this exhibition, which draws from the artist’s vast and highly-regarded body of work.

Enchanted Castles and Noble Knights

Brandywine River Museum of Art

November 28, 2014 through January 4, 2015


N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945); “They fought with him on foot more than three hours, both before him and behind him” (detail), 1917; oil on canvas; Private collection.

Unforgettable, iconic paintings and drawings that illustrate the romantic and daring stories of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and other tales of quests and chivalry will be on view this holiday season at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.  These legends were immensely popular in the late 19th century, and artists of America’s Golden Age of Illustration (1880-1930) took up brush and pen to create art as dramatic as the stories. This exhibition will include a selection of Howard Pyle’s intricate, compelling pen drawings depicting Arthurian legends, and N. C. Wyeth’s gorgeously colored, romantic paintings for the illustrated editions of The Boy’s King Arthur and The White Company, as well as work by Walter Crane, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Maxfield Parrish, Louis Rhead, Frank Schoonover and other will be on view. Over 35 works of art are drawn from private collections and from the rich holdings of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. The exhibition will feature a model medieval castle owned by Andrew Wyeth. Made for him in 1927 by his brother Nathaniel and painted by their father N. C. Wyeth, the castle reminds us that such tales did indeed spark imaginations. The exhibition is supported by the Davenport Family Foundation Fund for Exhibitions.

Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
November 15, 2014 – February 22, 2015

To mark the anniversary of everyone’s favorite schoolgirl, Madeline, this exhibition celebrates Ludwig Bemelmans’s legacy. Drawings from each of the six Madeline books will be on view, plus a generous cross-section of his other artwork for children and adults. A Bemelmans bar brought back from Paris, delightful fabric designs, and memorabilia like the Bad Hat’s original hat are just a few of the treasures that will be on view.

From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick

The Delaware Art Museum
October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015




Brian Selznick (born 1966); Illustration for The Invention of Hugo Cabret; Pencil on watercolor paper; © Brian Selznick. National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.


This exhibition presents over 100 paintings and drawings by this award-winning children’s author and illustrator. Selznick’s world includes images of characters as diverse as magician Harry Houdini, poet Walt Whitman, singer Marian Anderson, and the fictional Hugo Cabret—an orphan who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, portrayed inThe Invention of Hugo Cabret, written and illustrated by Selznick.  The exhibition encompasses works from Hugo and 18 of  Selznick’s other books, among them The Houdini Box, Walt Whitman: Words for America, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and Frindle. The illustrations are accompanied by the books, allowing visitors to put each image into the context of the story. Selznick received a 2002 Caldecott Honor for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and was awarded the 2008 Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was made into the Oscar award-winning film Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese.

A Genteel Tradition: The Art of Alice Bolam Preston

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
December 16, 2014 – May 3, 2015

The Carle is pleased to announce an exhibition of the work of Alice Bolam Preston (1888-1958) taken from the museum’s holdings which are the generous gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel. The exhibition will be on view in the central gallery from December 16, 2014 through May 3, 2015. Preston was an illustrator, designer, and craftsperson who lived in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. She was especially known for children’s book illustration and worked primarily for Houghton Mifflin in the teens and twenties—at the end of what is often considered the “golden age” of illustration. Among the books she illustrated were Adventures in Mother Goose Land (1920), Peggy in Her Blue Frock (1921), The Little Man with One Shoe (1921), Humpty Dumpty House (1921), The Valley of Color Days (1924), and Whistle for Good Fortune (1940). Her work reflects a strong interest in fairies and resonates with some of the premier British artists working at the time, including Henry Ford, Harry Clarke, Charles Robinson, and Jessie Marion King; closer to home, she worked in the orbit of Jessie Willcox Smith. Preston also did occasional magazine cover illustration for House Beautiful between 1925 and 1958.


Tall Tales, Short Tales, and Tales from Around the World: The Art of Uri Shulevitz

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
March 17 – June 7, 2015

The Carle is pleased to announce Tall Tales, Short Tales, and Tales from Around the World: The Art of Uri Shulevitz, a retrospective of the work of the acknowledged master Uri Shulevitz in celebration of his 80th year. The exhibition will open in mid-March of 2015 and close in early June. Organized by Chief Curator, Nick Clark, the exhibition will comprise approximately 90 works surveying Shulevitz’s career as a picture-book artists and will include a selection of his independent art. Shulevitz garnered the Caldecott medal for his Fool of the World and the Flying Ship in 1969 and won Caldecott honors in 1979, 1999, and 2009—most recently for his How I Learned Geography, a poignant memoir of the trials of his early life and how a map fueled his curiosity and imagination. Working in a wide variety of media, the artist demonstrates remarkable versatility, as he interprets an equally wide range of literature. A profusely illustrated catalogue with an essay by Clark will accompany the exhibition.

Harvey Dunn and His Students

Norman Rockwell Museum
November 7, 2015 through May 30, 2016

An exceptional and prolific illustrator of America’s Golden Age, Harvey Dunn (1884-1952) was a prodigy of legendary artist Howard Pyle who became an admired teacher in his own right. Born in a claim shanty in Manchester, South Dakota, he took classes at the Chicago Art Institute before studying with Pyle and opening his own studio in Wilmington, Delaware. This first major exhibition of Dunn’s art, organized in conjunction with the South Dakota Museum of Art, South Dakota State University, will feature his stunning painterly illustrations for the prominent periodicals of his day, including Scribner’s, Harper’s, Collier’s Weekly, Century, Outing, and The Saturday Evening Post.

Norman Rockwell and the Art of Scouting

National Scouting Museum opens January 7, 2012
“My experience on Boys’ Life helped me build some confidence in myself at a time when I needed courage, needed to believe in myself.” —Norman Rockwell
At the age of nineteen, Norman Rockwell was appointed art editor of Boys’ Life magazine. Over the course of sixty-four years, the artist produced numerous Scouting illustrations for use on calendars, magazines, handbooks, and posters. Part of a long tradition of artists who helped to shape and define the image of the Boy Scouts of America, Rockwell imbued his Scouting subjects with a sense of higher purpose inspired by the organization’s principles and practice.
For more than a century, the Boy Scouts have relied on illustrators to translate Scouting life into striking visual narratives. Featuring the work of Norman Rockwell, Joseph Christian Leyendecker, Walt Disney Studios, Howard Chandler Christy, Dean Cornwell, and Joseph Csatari, this new permanent installation takes a closer look at the artists behind America’s largest youth organization.

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

Fondazione Museum, Rome, Italy
November 2014 – February 2015

Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida
March 7 through  May 31, 2015

Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, Utah
November 19, 2015 through February 13, 2016

One of the most popular American artists of the past century, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was a keen observer of human nature and a gifted storyteller. For nearly seven decades, while history was in the making all around him, Rockwell chronicled our changing society in the small details and nuanced scenes of ordinary people in everyday life, providing a personalized interpretation—albeit often an idealized one—of American identity. His depictions offered a reassuring visual haven during a time of momentous transformation as our country evolved into a complex, modern society. Rockwell’s contributions to our visual legacy, many of them now icons of American culture, have found a permanent place in our national psyche.

Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney

Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, Connecticut
February 1, 2015 – June 20, 2015

Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time James Gurney’s Dinotopia bring the worlds of science and the imagination to life by chronicling Arthur and Will Denison’s remarkable experiences on a lost island in vibrant color and meticulous detail. Recounted in words and pictures in the best-selling book series, Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time (1992), Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995), and Dinotopia: First Flight (1999), the artist’s compelling tale has engaged and enchanted readers by inviting them to explore the far reaches of a mysterious destination. Waterfall City, the island’s center of learning, The Hatchery, birthplace of many of Dinotopia’s prehistoric inhabitants, and The Forbidden Mountains, where dinosaurs dare not venture, are just a few of the places described in Arthur Denison’s fictional journal and in the outstanding works on view.

Inspired by a deep and abiding interest in archaeology, lost civilizations, and the art of illustration, James Gurney invites viewers to enter a fantastical world in which dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side. His luminous paintings, beautifully crafted drawings and hand-made models, which are featured in this exhibition, explore the wonders of the distant past through the lens of the imagination. The artist’s original New York Times bestseller, Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, appears in eighteen languages with over two million copies sold. Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, is the next installment in the series.

Norman Rockwell’s 323 Saturday Evening Post Covers

In the minds of many people, The Saturday Evening Post and Norman Rockwell are synonymous. Americans, who lived through the rapid growth and change of the twentieth century, view the Rockwell covers as an identifiable and comfortable image of their life in the United States.

At the start of his career, Norman Rockwell’s secret ambition was to have his work published on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. He viewed the Post as the greatest show window in America for an illustrator. Rockwell’s career with the Post lasted 47 years.

Center for Historic American Visual Culture

Although AAS has no physical exhibition spaces, it has created several online   exhibitions in recent years. Check out for various online vitual exhibitions.

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