Norman Rockwell Museum Announces Summer Season featuring Special Exhibition


Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration On View June 12 - October 31

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. – Norman Rockwell Museum is pleased to announce a lively summer season both online and in-person, indoors and out. Programs, discussions, and workshops will highlight artists whose artwork is featured in Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration. Spanning more than 1,900 years, visitors will take a deep dive into the evolution of fantasy art through the ages.

“We invite you to enjoy a summer of fun at Norman Rockwell Museum. An enchanting exhibition and programs are sure to entrance all ages. We offer an art-filled escape in the galleries, on the grounds, and virtually, into fantasy realms where dragons, fairies, and magic reign supreme to delight our imagination and rekindle our spirits” says Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt.

The Curator of the exhibition, Jesse Kowalski remarks “After years of working on this summer’s fantasy illustration exhibition, which was due to open last year, I am thrilled to finally see these extraordinary works on display. It was a tremendous undertaking by our Museum team to prepare an exhibit of 140 artworks by over 100 artists, created between 100 CE and 2021, some never-before-seen.”

On View

Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration • June 12 – October 31, 2021

Explore the most comprehensive exhibition of fantasy illustration featuring paintings, etchings, drawings, and digital art. Journey from the Middle Ages through ancient mythology, fairy tales, and heroes and villains to contemporary artwork from Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings. Marvel at 140+ works of art created by more than 100 artists over five centuries.

Exhibition Silver Sponsor: Heritage Auctions

Media Sponsor: Berkshire Magazine

Real and Imagined: Fantastical Rockwell • June 12 – October 31, 2021

A perceptive observer, Norman Rockwell was a persuasive visual commentator whose realist paintings inspired belief of millions in the innate goodness of humanity and the achievability of the American dream. Rockwell also inspired our love of fantasy in ways that he may not have fully perceived. This installation will explore his artworks for The Saturday Evening Post and other magazines and for twentieth century advertisers and products. Works spanning Rockwell’s career, including his 1934 Land of Enchantment, on loan from the New Rochelle Public Library; as well as Art Critic, Mermaid, Just Married, Magic Football, and others will be on view.

Land of Enchantment: Fantastical Sculptures • July 10 – October 31, 2021

A new juried show featuring 25 sculptures of fantastical creatures by regional artists appear across Museum grounds. Imaginative original works of varied materials are inspired by the featured exhibition’s themes of classical and contemporary fantasy illustrations.

Spring Gala

Enchanted Gala (In-Person)

Saturday, June 12, 2021 • 6 – 9 p.m.

The Enchanted Gala is the NRM annual fundraising party of the year. Visitors will participate in a memorable outdoor quest and step into the world of fantasy art and live exciting experiences, dreams, and be part of fantastical worlds. More information available here.

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