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The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is hosting a Delegation from the Shanghai Art Museum (SAM), the Shanghai Art Research Institute and the Shanghai Municipal Government on June 6th and June 7th, 2007. This is the first such Delegation from China to visit Rhode Island and they come to discuss the first exhibition of American Illustration Art in China at the Shanghai Art Museum, organized by the NMAI. "We are striving to cultivate a global understanding and appreciation of American culture through the rich illustration images in our 'American Imagist Collection...these images reflect American history and its future," said Laurence S. Cutler, Chairman and Co-Founder of the NMAI. "This opportunity marks a triumphant global advancement of the art, vitality, and spirit of America."

The Delegation comprises a number of officials from the SAM including Ms. Wang Xinhua (Vice Director), Mr. Xu Lei (Chief of Exhibitions), Mr. Ni Qingzhong (Vice Chief of Collections), and Ms. Wu Wenwen (Secretary for Foreign Affairs), two officials from the Shanghai Art Research Institute: Mr. Gao Chunming (Director), Ms. Wu Xiaoyan (Head of Research), and also two officers of the Shanghai Municipal Government Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and TV: Mr. Zhang Zhe (Deputy Director General) and Ms. Shen Zhunan (Art Manager).

The Delegation will arrive at the NMAI on the evening of June 6th to attend a reception dinner which the NMAI and Laurence and Judy Cutler (Co-Founder and Director) are hosting in their honor. The guest list includes several NMAI Board Members including Dr. Milo Cleveland Beach (retired Director of the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery), Ralph Emerson Carpenter, (Founder of the Museum of Newport History, Christie's Newport Symposium and foremost expert on American Furniture), Paul Choquette (Chairman and CEO, Gilbane Building Company), Darwin D.K. Lin (Maxfield Parrish Collection), Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Milligan (Owners of Astor's Beechwood Mansion, Newport) and Joan SerVaas (President of Curtis Publishing Company, Saturday Evening Post). On June 7th, the Shanghai Art Delegation will tour the NMAI and view works from the 'American Imagist Collection' which will be included in the exhibition. The NMAI plans to discuss a reciprocal exhibition whereby the NMAI will feature an exhibition loaned by the Shanghai Art Museum in 2009.

Image above: View of Vernon Court, The National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, Rhode Island

NMAI Founders Signing Letter of Intent


Judy and Laurence Cutler and the NMAI formally agreed to loan their 'American Imagist Collection' with the Shanghai Art Museum by signing a joint Letter of Intent with Mr. Li Lei, Director of the SAM, in May of 2006. The SAM held a press conference announcing the exhibition and the signing of the Letter of Intent, which was televised on all major stations and radio networks throughout the Peoples Republic of China. Additionally, articles appeared in every major magazine throughout China. The prospect of this impending exhibition has continued to generate an astounding interest in American Illustration ever since.

Above: Mr. Laurence S. Cutler and Mrs. Judy Cutler at SAM's press conference, signing the Letter of Intent with Mr. Li Lei, Director of the SAM.

laurence and Judy Cutler Signing Letter of Intent with SAM_2

Laurence and Judy Cutler shake hands with Mr. Li Lei, Director of the SAM, after signing the Letter of Intent.

Press Conference

Above: Seen left to right, Mr. Darwin D.K. Lin (Maxfield Parrish Collection), Mr. Li Lei, (Director of the SAM), Mr. Laurence S. Cutler (Chairman and Co- Founder of the NMAI), Mrs. Judy Goffman Cutler (Director and Co-Founder of the NMAI).

Laurence and Judy Cutler Speaking at Press Conference

Above: Laurence and Judy Cutler answering questions at the SAM press conference, while being filmed by a major Chinese television network.

The Museum is open every Friday starting June 15 from 11AM to 4PM on a General Admissions basis. Group tours are welcome by reservation year-round. Tickets $25: Seniors 60+ and military w/id, $22, Children 12 & under not admitted. For more information telephone 401-851-8949 ext. 31 or

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Lee Ann Scotto, Assistant to the Director, The National Museum of American Illustration-492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840. T:401-851-8949 ext.31- 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 Beaux-Arts adaptation of an 18th century French chateau built by architects, Carreré & Hastings. 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, and 75 others are displayed in 'Gilded Age' architecture, creating a unique union of art and architecture- 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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