|GREAT AMERICAN ILLUSTRATORS-
A Television Series Featuring the NMAI
Series will focus on Golden Age Illustrators in our American Imagist Collection
The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is pleased to announce its collaboration with Daybreak Productions for their upcoming Great American Illustrators
television series. This will be the first television series
examining both the lives and artworks of luminary artists from the
Golden Age of American Illustration.
National Museum of American Illustration, the first and largest museum
to be dedicated solely to Illustration artwork, has allowed Daybreak
Productions exclusive access to film the NMAI's American Imagist
Collection to be featured in the Great American Illustrators
series. The footage from this filming, done in High Definition
(HD) video, will reveal the delicate brush strokes, luminous surfaces,
saturated colors, and dramatic imagery from the paintings in the
collection with exquisite detail.
Above Right: HD camera being prepared to film the study for Maxfield Parrish's Daybreak.
was founded in 2006 by Executive Producer Brian Leonard and
Director/Editor Gary Meyers to produce the highest quality video for
film and television in order to
educate the public about important but sometimes overlooked or
forgotten individuals who have contributed significantly to the
artistic culture of the United States.
Both cofounders of Daybreak Productions have extensive backgrounds working in film and television. Executive producer Brian Leonard's documentary VIETNAM POWs: Stories of Survival, which aired on the Discovery Channel, received a 1998 Emmy for
outstanding non-fiction primetime special. His other documentary
credits include Military Channel's Battlefield Diaries, ESPN's award-winning investigative series Outside the Lines , and Discovery's On The Inside series, The Washington Monument: It Stands for All and Kennedy Women: Passion and Politics. Brian was the executive producer of Conquering Space: The Moon & Beyond for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. He co-created and was co-executive producer of America's Most Wanted: FINAL JUSTICE, and spent three years as supervising producer of the Fox series, MANHUNTER
Above Left: Daybreak Productions photographer John Cavanaugh prepares to film Maxfield Parrish's Florentine Fete, while a well-behaved young visitor to the museum and her mother look on.
Director/Editor Gary Meyers' editing credits include such recent documentaries as National Geographic Explorer's The Secret Jesus and Ultimate Shark , and Discovery's The Washington Monument: It Stands For All and Kennedy Women: Passion and Politics.
In addition to National Geographic and Discovery, Gary's clients
include TLC and New Dominion Pictures, for which he directed and edited FBI Files, New Detectives, Prosecutors, and Navy Seals. For America's Most Wanted,
Gary has edited over 1000 of the filmed crime reenactments and
produced, directed and edited nearly 50 episodes. His motion picture
credits include Love To Kill, starring Tony Danza, Louise Fletcher and Michael Madsen, and Bram Stoker's The Mummy, starring Lou Gosset Jr.
Above: Director/Editor Gary Meyers interviews NMAI advisory board member and Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg.
|The first series by Daybreak Productions, Great American Illustrators,
will detail the stories of amazing artist-illustrators such as Howard
Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, JC Leyendecker, The Red Rose Girls, NC Wyeth,
Norman Rockwell, Charles Dana Gibson, and many other illustrators whose work can be found on display in the Museum's collection.
The series traces their careers as they rose from obscure artists to
internationally renowned illustrators, while in the process fashioning
the social symbols of American life we now take for granted. The
starting point of the series will be a 90-minute program on the life
and career of Maxfield Parrish, which includes a rare audio interview
with the reclusive artist.
series will also feature interviews with NMAI co- founders Laurence and
Judy Cutler, noted Hollywood celebrity and illustration collector
Whoopi Goldberg, Joanna Maxfield Parrish (Maxfield Parrish's granddaughter), and
Above: NMAI Director Judy Cutler (far left)
looks on as Daybreak Productions photographer John Cavanaugh films the
Rustin Levenson Art Conservation Associates team preparing to re-adhere
the center panel of Maxfield Parrish's Old King Cole mural at New York City's St. Regis Hotel.
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. Children 12 & under are not admitted.
For More Information, Contact:
National Museum of American Illustration
492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
T: 401-851-8949 ext.18. F: 401-851-8974
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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