October 26, 2011


Gentlepersons and Supporters:
Since its founding in 1998, the NMAI has been fulfilling its mission to share the greatest collection of illustration art and enlighten the global public to this unique American art form. We can now proclaim our mission initiative has progressed to where illustration is now considered “the most American of American art,” and the NMAI is recognized widely as a national treasure of art and architecture. Without the NMAI and its supporters—the first and largest museum devoted primarily to the Golden Age of American Illustration, with over 150 of the greatest illustrators in our American Imagist Collection—this would not have been possible.



At the NMAI, illustrators’ artworks are exhibited amongst those of their colleagues, teachers, competitors, and mentors. Such juxtapositions place the artworks into a more meaningful context which enriches the visitor experience. By this exposure, the NMAI visitor views illustration in ways other museums have not been able to offer the public. In addition to permanent collection offerings, our five new galleries showcase changing exhibitions with different artists, themes, premises, and historical periods covering the entire illustration art spectrum.



For the NMAI to continue in our unique manner, we need your help with our culturally vital mission and all that it entails. We undertake national and global traveling exhibitions and we publish scholarly works which are universally sought after as historical and academic resources. Your annual gifts are our primary source of support for exhibitions, general and administrative expenses, and the Endowment Fund. As with most museums, we have an ongoing need for help with operating expenses. Attendance income does not cover these expenses, despite attendance rising exponentially and Trip Advisor naming us the “Number One Attraction” in Newport this past year.




We ask you to give generously to our American Civilization Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which operates and administers the NMAI. Donations and gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Naming opportunities of galleries and major gifts are appropriately recognized in perpetuity, while other gifts are recognized on our Donor Recognition Honor Roll.

We solicit your generous help which will allow us to continue bringing American images to the World on this meritorious path.


To make a donation by credit card, phone the Museum at 401.851.8949 ext. 29 or  click the Paypal logo below. To mail a donation, please click on the NMAI logo below to download a donation form.


Most Gratefully,

Judy Goffman Cutler, Museum Director and Co-Founder
2011 Annual Appeal Chairperson





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National Museum of American Illustration

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The Museum is open Fridays for a guided tour only at 3pm sharp, and year-round for visitors and Group Tours by advance reservations. Open for General Admissions weekends 11am to 5pm from May 28 through September 4. 



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The National Museum of American Illustration is a nonprofit, independent, educational and aesthetic organization. It is located in Newport, RI, on Bellevue Avenue at Vernon Court (1898), a Carrére and Hastings designed Beaux-Arts adaptation of an 18th century French chateau. It is the first national museum devoted exclusively to American illustration art. Illustration consists of original artwork created to be reproduced in books, magazines, newspapers, and advertisements. 'Golden Age' paintings by such luminaries as Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, NC Wyeth, JC Leyendecker, and 150 others are displayed in 'Gilded Age' architecture, creating a unique union of architecture and art - a national treasure. The Museum is administered by the American Civilization Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the goal to present the best possible venue for appreciating the greatest collection of illustration art - the most American of American art.



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