MA – Never Abandon Imagination Closing Party

Tony DiTerlizzi appears at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM for the closing party of the Never Abandon Imagination exhibition.

Tony DiTerlizzi is a bestselling and award-winning illustrator and author who has been creating illustrated books for nearly two decades. The artist will discuss his popular card illustrations for Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, as well as his work on the famed Spiderwick Chronicles, and as such picture books and chapter books as The Spider & The Fly, Kenny and the Dragon, the WondLa Trilogy, and The Story of Diva & Flea.

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9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262
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MA – Peter de Sève: Inspired by the Masters

Illustrator Peter de Sève appears at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday May 12th at 5:00 PM.

An artist celebrated for his fantastical character designs for such blockbuster animated films as A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, Robots, and the Ice Age series, Peter de Sève has been inspired by the masters of illustration throughout his career—from Edmund Dulac and A.B. Frost to Frank Frazetta and T.S. Sullivant. The artist will discuss the work that has spurred his own creative process, as well as the projects that have engaged him for decades, including art for The New Yorker and such popular illustrated books as The Duchess of Whimsy and A Murder, A Mystery, and A Marriage.

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MA – Never Abandon Imagination

Tony DiTerlizzi appears at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, April 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM to present the Never Abandon Imagination.

Tony DiTerlizzi is a bestselling and award-winning illustrator and author who has been creating illustrated books for nearly two decades. The artist will discuss his popular card illustrations for Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, as well as his work on the famed Spiderwick Chronicles, and as such picture books and chapter books as The Spider & The Fly, Kenny and the Dragon, the WondLa Trilogy, and The Story of Diva & Flea.

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Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262
413-298-4100

MA – Cartoon County: John Cullen Murphy + His Friends Signing

Cullen Murphy appears at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

Join Cullen Murphy for this fascinating look back at the art of his father, John Cullen Murphy, and the many illustrators and cartoonists who resided in southwestern Connecticut, “a bit of bohemia in the middle of those men in their gray flannel suits.” Cullen Murphy’s father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular comic strips Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt—at the heart of this artistic milieu, he even received training from Norman Rockwell. Comic strips and gag cartoons read by hundreds of millions were created in this tight-knit group—Superman, Beetle Bailey, Snuffy Smith, Rip Kirby, Hagar the Horrible, Hi and Lois, Nancy, Sam & Silo, Amy, The Wizard of Id, The Heart of Juliet Jones, Family Circus, Joe Palooka, and The Lockhorns. Illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, cartoons, and drawings, Cartoon County is sure to delight. A book signing will follow the program. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. Children free to age 18.

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413-298-4100

MA – An Afternoon with Tony DiTerlizzi

Illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi (The Battle for WondLa) appears at the Rockwell Museum on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 4:30 PM to discuss the facets of his career and the power of the imagination with exhibition curator Jesse Kowalski.

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MA – An Evening with Fred Seibert

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Join the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, March 11th 5:30 PM for a lively evening with Fred Seibert, the award-winning television and film producer who served as the last president of Hanna-Barbera from 1992 to 1996. While there, he reinvigorated the company’s creative reputation with the establishment of the animation incubator, What a Cartoon!, and launched a series of animated hits, including Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, Johnny Bravo, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and The Powerpuff Girls. Mr. Seibert’s leadership at MTV Networks, Next New Networks, and his Frederator Studios, an independent animation producer based in Burbank, CA, will be discussed.

Masters of Animation: A Special Series:
Meet the masters of animation during this exciting series of talks with the field’s most accomplished visionaries. A reception will follow each program. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission.

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MA – Toon In: Cartooning and Animation

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Educator, cartoonist, and animator Scott Lincoln (creator of long-running cartoon strip Ralf the Destroyer) appears at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Monday December 26th through Friday December 30th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM to lead a series of cartooning workshops in conjunction with the NRM’s special exhibition, “Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning.”

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MA – Comics in the Classroom

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The Norman Rockwell Museum hosts an educator symposium on Saturday, January 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore curriculum-based connections to comics and creative applications for the classroom in this day-long immersion for educators inspired by Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross. Dr. William H. Foster, III of Naugatuck Valley Community College will explore the changing image of African Americans in comics, and Dr. James Kimble of Seton Hall University will discuss the prevalence of comics as domestic propaganda during World War II. PDPs are available. $30, $24 members.

9:30 Registration and Refreshments

10:00
 Welcome and Introductions

10:15
 Comics as Propaganda: Exploring the World War II Era: An illustrated talk by James Kimble, Ph.D., Seton Hall University

11:30
 Heroes and Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross: A gallery tour with Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett and Curator of Education Tom Daly

12:30
 Lunch: Bring your own lunch or preorder a bag lunch, for $8.

1:00
 Images of African Americans in Comics: An illustrated talk by William H. Foster, Ph.D., Naugatuck Valley Community College

2:15
 Break

2:30
 Comics in the Classroom: Exploring Curriculum Connections: An interactive workshop with Cartoonist/Educator Marek Bennett

3:45
 Wrap Up, Trivia Questions, and Prizes

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MA – A Festival of Comics

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Celebrate the art of comics during this exciting afternoon of artist talks and demonstrations, workshops, signings, comic book appraisals, and tours of “Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross” on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Artists scheduled to appear include Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby) and Jack Purcell (DC, Marvel, “Heavy Metal”). Come dressed as you favorite superhero and receive half-off admission. Free with Museum admission, members free.

Newly Announced Guests

Sean Wang
Greg Ruth
Jerry Craft
Colin Panetta
Gary Smith
Brett Swanson 
George Amaru
David White
Bryant Johnson
Sarah O’Donnell

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MA – Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross

Alex Ross appears at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday November 10, 2012 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Commentary at 7 p.m. Autographs (limit of 2 – 3 items per person) with the artist to follow.

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Over the last two decades, caped crusaders have literally been flying off the pages and covers of comic books and graphic novels, due in large part to the work of one very talented illustrator: Alex Ross. Known for his unique, photorealistic renderings of such beloved superheroes as Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man, Ross helped revitalize the comic book industry, capturing a new generation of readers, and bridging the gap between comic and fine art.

This fall, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a comprehensive look at the career of the artist who has been called “the Norman Rockwell of the comics world.” “Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross” will be on view at the Museum from November 10, 2012 through February 24, 2013.

“Heroes & Villains” is the first museum exhibition celebrating the art of Alex Ross. Organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the exhibition features more than 130 works, including paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures from Ross’ personal collection. Spanning the artist’s life and career, the exhibition features rarely-seen works—from his early crayon drawing of Spider-Man, created at the age of four, to his groundbreaking work for such books as “Marvels,” “Justice,” and “Kingdom Come.” “Heroes & Villains” reveals Ross’ personal and artistic goal to redefine comic books for a new generation. The exhibition also pays homage to the artist’s inspirations, including original work by his mother Lynette Ross (who was also a successful illustrator), Frank Bez, Andrew Loomis, and Norman Rockwell. Also featured in the exhibition are works by Andy Warhol, a huge comic book fan, including his “Myths” series, which mirrors many of the subjects depicted in Ross’ work.

“Norman Rockwell Museum is thrilled to be able to present the work of Alex Ross,” says Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt. “Just as millions of readers in the 20th century were introduced to the world of art courtesy of Norman Rockwell, that tradition continues today thanks to Ross’ beautifully painted illustrations, which combine photographic realism and imaginative storytelling.”

“Norman Rockwell has been one of the greatest influences on my art, and it is an enormous honor to be featured in the museum dedicated to his work,” notes Alex Ross. “I have always looked upon Rockwell’s style as the peak of what one could hope to achieve artistically. The artist’s realistic execution and eye for composition are things I aspire to, knowing that he performed a quality of work that isn’t easily achieved. It is a major career achievement for me to have my work in company with his.”

A members opening event for the exhibition will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a rare appearance by Alex Ross, who will also be conducting a book signing during the evening event.
About Alex Ross

Born in Portland, Oregon in 1970 and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Alex Ross grew up in a world of colorful, painted images. Ross’s mother Lynette was a successful illustrator in the 1940s and 1950s, the same time that Norman Rockwell was becoming a household name.

At just three years of age, Ross was drawing TV commercials from memory. The following year, he began drawing images of his favorite superheroes—Superman, Captain Marvel, and Plastic Man. By the time he was 13, he was drawing and scripting comic books. At the age of 17, Ross went on to study painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he was influenced by Salvador Dali’s hyperrealism, as well as by such classic American illustrators as Norman Rockwell and J.C. Leyendecker.

Ross began his professional career as a storybook artist for an advertising agency. At the age of 19 Ross received his first comic assignment from Marvel Comics – a comic titled “Terminator: The Burning Earth.” Five years later, Ross created the illustrations and cover art for “Marvels,” a full feature comic book, co-written by Kurt Busiek. Ross’s photorealistic gouache technique showcases superheroes and villains such as Spider-Man, the Human Torch, Captain America, and Galactus. His sophomore project, “Kingdom Come,” is a comic in which an alternate DC Universe is filled with aging superhero forces including Superman, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern, who come out of retirement to fight modern super humans.

Ross won the Comic Buyer’s Guide Award for Favorite Painter seven times in a row, resulting in the retirement of the category.

To learn more, visit the artist’s website: http://www.alexrossart.com

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