Supply + Demand / painted mural with wood crate constructions 20 feet h. x 50 feet w. / 2019-2020 ONLINE SYMPOSIUM:
Picturing Freedom: A Century of Illustration
January 15-16, 2021
SYMPOSIUM:
Illustration and Its Histories:
New Resources, New Voices, New Directions

WELCOME TO THE ROCKWELL CENTER FOR AMERICAN VISUAL STUDIES

The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is a national research institute dedicated to American illustration art. Here you can find information about the center, connect to programs, and learn more about our partners as we work together to build awareness and scholarship about American Illustration and the role it plays in our society, culture, and history.

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SYMPOSIUM: Picturing Freedom: A Century of Illustration

Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16, 2021
For designers, cartoonists, and illustrators, many questions arise when creating art that takes up socially significant, sometimes controversial themes. Some choose the D.I.Y. route, working independently with a free hand, without access to the large scale distribution that comes with a recognizable masthead. Others work with leading news organizations and magazines, agreeing to collaborate in exchange for access to audiences. Popular art has always involved such choices. What are the tradeoffs? What are the rewards?

This timely symposium will explore historical and contemporary notions of freedom as well as the role of illustration as a force in shaping public perception. How has published imagery affected decision-making, public policy, and cultural understanding? Prominent authors, illustrators, and scholars will offer perspectives. Share your observations by participating in all or some of these compelling conversations.

This program is supported in part by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

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December 18th, 2020|Categories: News|

SKETCHATORIAN: A Contemporary Twist on Classic Illustration

“Drawing You into History, One Illustration at a Time”


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Join arts and cultural historian Skylar Smith for this series of snappy virtual art experiences exploring the social, cultural, and material underpinnings of classic illustrations, which are re-contextualized for today’s times. The continuity and evolution of American identity, branding, politics, women’s rights, and gender identity is explored with humor, wit, and a deep dive into the history and cultural context of the moment.
May 6th, 2020|Categories: News|

Santa in Illustration

Back in the 1800’s, the image of Santa Claus was not portrayed as the round, jolly, bearded man that we know today. Throughout the latter half of the 19th century, Santa morphed through a variety of different looks. He was initially depicted as a thin elf-like man dressed in green, who was focused on protecting children and sailors. At other times, he appeared skinny and gaunt, with a scraggly beard and, while he may have worn a red coat, he sometimes wore a different colored hat, trimmed in black.

December 21st, 2020|Categories: Essays on Illustration|

We Eat First with Our Eyes

Food, an essential for man’s survival, is a common theme in art throughout the ages. Today, some epicureans consider food as an art form with its unique power to engage all the senses, not only vision. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, this blog looks at some of the mouthwatering imagery found in the Norman Rockwell Museum Collection.

November 24th, 2020|Categories: Essays on Illustration|

Essays on Illustration

This section is devoted to scholarly essays on illustration - including articles on individual illustrators, the history of illustration, and illustration collections and important movements in history.
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Rockwell Center Fellowships

The Rockwell Center Fellowship is open to senior scholars and museum professionals choosing to pursue research or projects in or relating to the subject field of American illustration art and visual studies.
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Illustration Partnership Network

The Rockwell Center is a network of prominent museums, distinguished collections, institutional partners, and scholarly resources, whose common interest is American illustration art and visual studies.
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Norman Rockwell Museum

 

Hours

Norman Rockwell Museum is Open 7 days a week year-round

May – October and holidays:

open daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (July/August 2015)
Rockwell’s Studio open May through October.

November – April: open daily:

Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Weekends and holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Closings:

The Museum is Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

 

 

 

Admission

Members: FREE
Adults: $18.00
Seniors (65+): $17.00
College students with ID: $10.00
Children/teens 6 — 18: $6.00
Children 5 and under: FREE

Official Museum Website

www.nrm.org

 

 

 

Directions

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183
Stockbridge, MA 01262

413-298-4100 x 221

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