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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.

2020-11-24T09:55:43-05:00November 24th, 2020|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Embedded: Illustrators and the Armed Forces

Despite the growing efficiency of cameras in the nineteenth century, photography on the battlefield was difficult due to long exposures and cumbersome equipment. Because of this, Civil War illustrator reporters like Winslow Homer, Alfred Waud and Edwin Forbes were engaged to capture events that photography at the time could not. In the twentieth century, wartime illustrators remained in demand⸺as skillful practitioners they were able to prioritize in chaotic situations and assemble compelling visual evidence that communicated to viewers in a visceral way.

2020-11-04T12:54:51-05:00November 4th, 2020|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

The Expressive Face

How did artists like Norman Rockwell, Austin Briggs, Jon Whitcomb, and others create the believable unique faces that can tell a whole story by themselves? In a magazine cover, like those by Rockwell and Stevan Dohanos, the image, with its setting and, most of all, its characters, must convey an anecdote without any help from words. So each face must be carefully crafted to do its part in creating the drama⸺or comedy.

2020-08-19T14:34:07-04:00August 19th, 2020|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Al Parker: Illustrating the “Stopper”

In How I Make a Picture by Al Parker, he wrote about his creative process for magazine story assignments. The artist’s first step was to read the manuscript while keeping the target audience in mind. As characters entered into the tale, he jotted down their descriptions – hair color, eyes, age, type of clothing, disposition, etc. He also searched the narrative for a passage that would catch the reader’s attention; he termed this the “stopper”. Parker’s final tip on successful illustrations was understanding the mood of the piece. Is it romantic, humorous, suspenseful, or tragic?

2020-07-29T20:10:38-04:00July 29th, 2020|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Drawing as a way of seeing

If you want to observe an artist at work, a good place to start is with his or her sketchbooks. Here are ideas, techniques, observations, memories – all the underpinnings of the finished work. Often the contents are so free and spontaneous that they draw us in, wanting and needing nothing more than these simple lines on paper.

2020-07-14T14:35:42-04:00July 7th, 2020|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

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:

Watch the Symposium

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
2020-05-20T13:08:56-04:00December 4th, 2019|News|0 Comments

SYMPOSIUM: Illustration Across Media: Nineteenth Century to Now

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

LOCATION: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri,
DATE: March 21-23, 2019

CONVENED BY: The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and the D. B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

2020-02-19T11:37:10-05:00December 1st, 2019|News|0 Comments

A Night at the Norman Rockwell Museum with Fred Seibert

Contributed by: Marisa Losciale
Fred Seibert is a name that may not be automatically recognized (although it should), but the companies Seibert has worked for and the projects he has approved are well-known by people of all ages, all over the world. The PowerPuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow and Chicken and Adventure Time are a few of the many iconic cartoons green-lit by Seibert. On the evening of March 11, Seibert held an interview and Q&A at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts discussing his career and how he got to be such a success.

2011 Rockwell Center Scholar, Michael Lobel Awarded the 28th Annual Eldredge Prize for His Book John Sloan: Drawing on Illustration

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art to Michael Lobel for his book John Sloan: Drawing on Illustration (Yale University Press, 2014). The jurors cited the meticulous research and exceptionally high quality of prose of the book. Sloan’s early work in illustration has frequently

2016-11-14T10:19:04-05:00April 22nd, 2016|News, Rockwell Center Fellowships|0 Comments

Remembering Joyce K. Schiller

Photo of Joyce K. Schiller, inaugural curator of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, Norman Rockwell Museum. 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

2016-11-14T10:19:04-05:00January 5th, 2016|News|0 Comments

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





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






Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183
Stockbridge, MA 01262

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