Thursday, February 12, 2009

Norman Rockwell Museum Has New Visual Studies Center

The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass launched a new center for the study of illustration. The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies (RCAVS) is the nation’s first research institute devoted to the art of illustration.

Officially launched in February, 2009, Norman Rockwell Museum’s 40th anniversary year, RCAVS will bring new scholarly attention and resources to the art of illustration, a hugely influential aspect of American visual culture that is only now being studied and appreciated. Through creating new online research tools and collections access, supporting scholarship, and spurring the collection and preservation of important artworks, RCAVS will establish a context for understanding the role of illustration art in shaping and reflecting American culture.

The new center builds on Norman Rockwell Museum’s 40 year history and its stewardship of the art and archives of Norman Rockwell, considered by many to be America’s preeminent illustrator; its work in digitizing the Museum’s art and archival holdings to make the “complete Rockwell” available to scholars and the public online; and its role as the nation’s leading presenter of illustration art through exhibitions and publications.

Click on the heading above to see a video of the launch of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies (RCAVS).

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