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February 11, 2009
Laurence&JudyCutlerThe National Museum of American Illustration is pleased to announce that its founders, Judy and Laurence Cutler, will be giving a lecture entitled Norman Rockwell: American Imagist at the Naples Museum of Art in Naples Florida, February 11, 2009.  The lecture has been sold out for several months. This lecture is part of an ongoing exhibition organized by the NMAI which began on January 2nd and will continue to be exhibited in Naples through April 11th, 2009. A traveling exhibition, it will continue to other venues thereafter, and will return to the NMAI for an opening scheduled on May 31, 2009.

right: NMAI founders Judy & Laurence Cutler at ArtExpo 2008 for Parrish book signing

Norman RockwellNorman Rockwell: American Imagist offers an informative look at America's quintessential 20th-Century artist. Indeed, Rockwell's work, with its idealized depictions of American life, is so synonymous with classic Americana that the phrase "As American as Norman Rockwell" perfectly fits alongside "It's as American as baseball and apple pie." The Cutlers' lecture will bring Rockwell's work into  sharper focus as an integral and important part of the fine art spectrum.  They examine it, decade-by-decade, against the backdrop of the trends and events which dominated the national consciousness over a sixty year period.

left: Norman Rockwell, c.1930

The Norman Rockwell: American Imagist  exhibition features  original paintings and studies, as well as all 323 vintage Saturday Evening Post covers created by the artist. The Naples Museum of Art is located at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples, Florida, and the exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and from noon until 4 pm on Sunday.

The following is a selection of Rockwell paintings which appear in the exhibition.

April Fools

above:  April Fools, oil on canvas, 1948

J.C. Leyendecker cover for the <I>Post</I> 1926, New Year;s Baby

above: The Runaway - Boy and Clown, oil on canvas, 1922

J.C. Leyendecker cover for the <I>Post</I> 1926, New Year;s Baby

above: Fact and Fiction, oil on canvas, 1917

J.C. Leyendecker cover for the <I>Post</I> 1926, New Year;s Baby

above: Young Valedictorian, oil on canvas, c. 1928

Threading the Needle

above: Threading the Needle, oil on canvas, 1922

We hope you get the opportunity to visit the Rockwell Exhibition in Naples!

The Museum is open year-round for visitors and group tours by advance reservation.
Tickets: $25. Group Tours, Seniors (60+), and Military w/id: $22. Students w/id: $15. Children ages 5 to 12: $10. Children ages 5 to 12 are permitted, only if they are vouchsafed by parents or guardians as being 'well-behaved.'
NMAI Marble Hall Entrance Table
For Reservations:

nmai logoEric Brocklehurst
National Museum of American Illustration
492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
T: 401-851-8949 ext.18. F: 401-851-8974,

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 Carreré 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 75 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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