Illustration and Its Histories:
New Resources, New Voices, New Directions


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.


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|

Moving Pictures: A Conversation with Pixar Animation Artist Tim Evatt

I first met Tim Evatt three years ago. Tim greeted me in the cavernous lobby of the main building at Pixar, which is named after Apple Computer’s founder, the late Steve Jobs. We walked through the public hallways of the studio looking at the work of all the artists on staff who had contributed to the film Coco, which was in theaters at the time. We looked at storyboard art, pencil and color studies, set designs, and 3D maquettes. I was like a kid in the candy store. However, equally impressive was learning how much Tim Evatt was and is a true student of “golden age” illustrators like Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker, and Dean Cornwell. This past week, I decided to capture one of my conversations with Tim in anticipation of a virtual program that the Museum is planning to hold on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7pm.

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

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|

ONLINE SYMPOSIUM: Illustration and Its Histories: New Resources, New Voices, New Directions

The Society of Fellows at the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies announces a seminal conference:

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CONVENED BY: The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and Professor Michael Lobel, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
December 4th, 2019|Categories: News|

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



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





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

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Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183
Stockbridge, MA 01262

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