The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) was founded in 1998 by Judy Goffman Cutler and Laurence S. Cutler to house their art collection primarily from the 'Golden Age of American Illustration,' yet the museum exhibits American illustration from all periods, styles and kinds. The Museum venue is Vernon Court (1898), an interpretation of an 18th century French chateau from the 'Gilded Age of Architecture,' designed by Carrére & Hastings, architects for many notable landmark buildings such as the NY Public Library, the US Senate and House Office Buildings, Lord Duveen's New York Galleries, Ronald Lauder's Neue Gallery, The Flagler Museum, and The Frick Collection. The three-acre grounds were inspired by King Henry VIII's gardens created for his ill-fated Queen Anne Boleyn at Hampton Court Palace. The adjacent three acres originally known as Stoneacre (1884) was designed by the first American landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. This property has been restored and revitalized into The Frederick Law Olmsted Park, the first park named in honor of the nation's first landscape architect. In the future, a Memorial Arch designed by and in honor of Louis I. Kahn, America's greatest architect of the last half of the 20th century, will be erected in the Frederick Law Olmstead Park. The Arch is currently 'on hold' as our non-profit organization seeks sponsors and donors who will support this effort.
Vision: The NMAI, a private, nonprofit organization, is an independent, educational, and aesthetic organization with the goal to present the best venue for the public to appreciate the greatest collection of American illustration art in perpetuity.
American Imagist Collection: The NMAI restores, conserves, researches provenance, exhibits and interprets its unique collection of original art works in order to preserve this rich and significant part of our heritage. These art works include many milestone pieces created by artist/illustrators such as Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Charles Dana Gibson, Howard Pyle ('Father of American Illustration'), NC Wyeth, Jessie Willcox Smith, JC Leyendecker, Violet Oakley, and over 150 other luminaries. These art works were originally created to be reproduced in magazines and newspapers, as posters, advertisements, on products (fine art prints, greeting cards, and the like), and in books. Because of their technical execution, the creativity they exude, the context in which they were created, and the purpose of their commission, they remain a poignant bookmark of our shared history, our American civilization. With illustration art now accepted as a meaningful part of the fine arts spectrum, these works have earned a lofty role in art history to the point where they are considered "the most American of American art." Over the years, the NMAI has organized, curated and toured over seventy exhibitions worldwide, including the Norman Rockwell's America in England... exhibit at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, the oldest art museum in England on the occasion of their 200th Anniversary (1811-2011).
Giving Opportunities: Gifts to the Museum may be made in cash, securities, art, real estate, and other forms of personal property. Naming and memorial giving opportunities are available. Gifts may be made as unrestricted or alternatively, they may be directed to specific needs of the Museum or to satisfy the goals of the donor. Additionally, deferred giving options are available which may provide significant income and tax benefits to donor(s).
Gifting Options: Donors may underwrite exhibitions, name public spaces and/or exhibition galleries, they may contribute to the NMAI Endowment Fund or they may endow staff positions, sponsor openings, underwrite and support educational programming or sponsor special events. The National Museum of American Illustration hosts high profile exhibitions featuring Norman Rockwell: American Imagist, Maxfield Parrish's Magnum Opus, and Rockwell and his Mentor, JC Leyendecker-all of which are milestones of the art world.
For more information on gifting to the Museum vist our donations page.
Future Goals: To expose American illustration internationally at major Museum venues to enlighten the world community to the significance of these artist/illustrators who so meaningfully contributed to American culture.