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Riverbank, Autumn, MP

Above: Riverbank, Autumn, by Maxfield Parrish, 1938

While the  Norman Rockwell: American Imagist exhibition at the NMAI has concluded, we continue in our endeavor to share with and enlighten the public  by loaning culturally significant illustration works to other museums. We previously loaned the exhibition to the Naples Art Museum last Spring, and it summered at home in Newport.  Subsequently, this exhibition has traveled to the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York, and will open there on September 25, 2009. Don't miss visiting it if you are close by, for this exhibition has shattered attendance records at previous venues.  Additionally, the NMAI will be participating in Smithsonian Magazine's Fifth Annual Museum Day on September 26th, and will also host  on a special exhibit with the Boy Scouts of America - Narragansett Council displaying Norman Rockwell works done for the Boy Scouts. The dates for this unusual and very brief special exhibition at the NMAI will be between October 16th and October 23rd - a very limited engagement for these rarely viewed original Rockwells.

Saturday, September 26, 2009, the NMAI will participate in the fifth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine.  The Museum will open from 10:00am to 4:30pm, closing at 5:00pm. A celebration of culture, learning, and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian's Museum Day reflects the spirit of both the magazine and the NMAI. Doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and visitors to the NMAI and other museums and cultural institutions worldwide. Regular admission rates apply for all other visitors.


Above: Autumn Drive, by William F. Soare, 1935

Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry. Visit to download your Museum Day Admission Card, or find it in the September 2009 issue of Smithsonian. Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household.

1901 Medal

Starting on October 16th, the NMAI will open its doors to host a special exhibition organized by the Boy Scouts of America featuring works by Norman Rockwell, Joseph Csatari, and a number of other illustrators for the Boy Scout publications The Museum will be open for  guided tours  only on October 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23rd at 2:00pm sharp, and we are also open on a General Admissions basis from 10:30am to 4:30pm, closing at 5:00pm, on October 17th and 18th.

Simply the name "Norman Rockwell" evokes the very image of Americana. Almost everyone can recall his famous illustrations that graced the covers of the Saturday Evening Post. Very few are aware, however, of this famous illustrator's 64-year affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America. Rockwell held his first and only salaried position from 1913 to 1916 with the BSA, as the art editor for Boys' Life magazine. Even after he left that position, he continued his association with the scouting organization. Rockwell's Brown & Bigelow calendar paintings are among his most familiar Boy Scouts of America illustrations.

Growth of a Leader, NR 1966Character Counts, Joe Csatari, 1994 

Above (l-r): Character Counts, by Joseph Csatari, 1994 and Growth of a Leader, by Norman Rockwell, 1966

Continuing in the tradition of Norman Rockwell, Joseph Csatari has been painting scouting magazine covers and calendar illustrations for 33 years. Since taking over the annual calendar commission from the retiring Rockwell in 1976, Csatari has combined his talents with his personal knowledge of the organization to create dozens of paintings for the Scouts. His actual career with the BSA began in 1953, when he was hired as a layout artist for the Supply Division's advertising department. In 1973, he formally became art director of Boys' Life magazine. Since 1976, Csatari has continued to share his wonderful talents by creating a Boy Scout painting with a different theme every single year.

Labor Day Weekend concluded our 2009 normal Season. We will not be open on a regular General Admissions basis until next Season.  The Museum will continue to be open for Guided Tours on Fridays at 2:00pm sharp, as well as offering Guided Group Tours by advance reservation year-round. Additionally, we will be open for the above-mentioned Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day (Sept. 26th) and 'Norman Rockwell's Boy Scouts' exhibition (Oct. 16th-18th, 20th-23rd, see hours in previous section).

Visitors in NMAI Tiffany Loggia
Above: Four Ages of Love - Fall, by Norman Rockwell, 1955

In early January 2010, we will again  be open for the New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend.  Further details will be available on our website as these dates draw closer.

We look forward to your visit!

The Museum is open year-round for visitors and Group Tours by advance reservation.
Tickets: $18;  Seniors (60+), and Military w/id: $16; Students w/id: $12; Children ages 5 to 12: $8. Children ages 5 to 12 are permitted, only if they are vouchsafed by parents or guardians as being 'well-behaved.'

For Reservations/Press Contact:
Eric Brocklehurst
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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 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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