February 14/15,  2013




January 6, 2013 marked the conclusion of NMAI's Norman Rockwell's America exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) in Alabama, which debuted September 16, 2012.  Providing an in-depth look at the life and work of America's most beloved illustrator, the exhibition included 52 original artworks, and all 323 vintage Saturday Evening Post covers Rockwell created between 1916 and 1963 (above: exhibition Main Entrance).

NMAI Chairman Laurence Cutler said of the exhibition, "We were thrilled with how well the exhibition was received by huge crowds in Alabama. The BMA staff outdid themselves in showcasing Norman Rockwell's America, their installation for the show was amongst the best we've seen for any art exhibition."


The exhibition was accompanied by Norman Rockwell's  first paint box, used by the artist from age 16 through his 30's. His name is clearly stenciled on the cover in a fashion similar to his later most famous signature - which appears  like a stenciled font. Experts have opined that his stencil-like manner of signing paintings was derived from this stenciled version. Staring at the cover while deciding which color to use next apparently imbedded that stenciled form of his signature in his mind's eye.









The NMAI's Vernon Court mansion survived Blizzard Nemo unscathed, but the same cannot be said for many of the trees on the property. Eleven trees were destroyed during the storm. We are not sure how many other trees may die due to damage incurred. We hope our readers all made it through Nemo safely, and that Spring comes soon. NC Wyeth's depiction (above) of a New England blizzard, Snowbound, appeared much earlier, in 1928.

Above: View of Sunken Garden and Japonica Andromeda and Robert Adam finial urns

Above: (l) Vernon Court from Olmsted Park. (r) Vernon Court Carriage House & Neptune Fountain

Above: Vernon Court Rose Garden Fountain & 5 damaged trees

Above: View of Entry Court to NMAI w/lost tree in foreground





The NMAI has begun accepting applications for  Interns and Gallery Attendants for the coming  2013 Summer Season. Applicants must have a flexible schedule,  available for a minimum of 18-24 hours each week including weekends, and have a strong enthusiasm for illustration artwork. Interested persons should contact our Intern Coordinator at the NMAI's general email address, Art@AmericanIllustration.org, for further details.


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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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