PAST GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
Curated by: Judy Goffman Cutler, Executive Director
Assembled by: The American Illustrators Gallery (AIG)
The American Illustrators Gallery has exhibited some of the most prestigious artwork representing illustration throughout the decades. Featured exhibitions have included artwork by NC Wyeth, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Howard Pyle, JC Leyendecker and countless others. The American Illustrators Gallery also curated the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Illustration, in Newport, Rhode Island.
The American Illustrators Gallery’s fall 2011 exhibition Women at Sport and Leisure not only examines how women’s leisure time was represented to the public during the first half of the 20th century but also introduces how women used that time to interact with American sport. Artworks on display include paintings by John Lagatta, J.C. Leyendecker, Walter Granville Smith, Charles Dana Gibson, Jessie Willcox Smith, Clara M. Burd and Alice Barber Stephens. American illustrators captured women’s enthusiasm for sports from a variety of perspectives: as fashion statements, as a show of support for male athletes, as a natural extension of the beauty of the outdoors, and as truly competitive participation. The artworks showcasing more traditional examples of female leisure reference a diverse set of skills in which many women of the time were already proficient: quilting, dancing, gardening, singing, playing musical instruments, swimming and horseback riding for pleasure.
As the promise of spring becomes tangible, the American Illustrators Gallery launches a celebration of artists’ muses, both personal and professional, in its spring 2011 exhibition <i>American Muse.</i> Artists on display include Harrison Fisher, Dean Cornwell, J.C. Leyendecker, F.X. Leyendecker, Alex Ross and John Lagatta.
It is with great pleasure that the American Illustrators Gallery announces its winter exhibition, Happy Holidays America, which will be on display from November 2010 through January 2011. Featured artists include treasured guardians of the American holiday spirit such as JC Leyendecker, George Hughes, Jessie Willcox Smith, Roy Spreter, John Falter, and Elbert McGran Jackson.
The American Illustrators Gallery is pleased to present its current exhibition of artworks featuring the students of Howard Pyle. Artists include Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, NC Wyeth, Anna Whelan Betts, Philip R. Goodwin, Arthur Becher, Stanley Arthurs, Anton Otto Fischer, and many others.
From the 1890s through the 1940s, it was the artist’s responsibility to represent the current fashion trends of the season. This exhibition features original drawings, paintings, and watercolors by important illustrators J.C. Leyendecker, John LaGatta, Howard Chandler Christy, Charles Dana Gibson, John Held, Jr., Norman Rockwell, Harrison Fisher, F.X. Leyendecker, Rolf Armstrong, and others.
Featured artists from the Golden Age of American Illustration include J.C. Leyendecker, Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, John Clymer, Howard Chandler Christy, and Jessie Willcox Smith, among others.
The American Illustrators Gallery is pleased to announce its summer exhibition, Summertime: Illustrations from the Golden Age, a compilation of artists’ works featuring a variety of classic summer activities such as bathing, fishing, horseback riding, and scenes of summer romance, all created during the first half of the twentieth century. The selected artworks have appeared as magazine covers, advertisements, and story illustrations by important illustrators such as Norman Rockwell, Howard Chandler Christy, J.C. Leyendecker, John Falter, Jessie Willcox Smith, N.C. Wyeth, and John Lagatta among others from the Golden Age of American Illustration.
The American Illustrators Gallery announces its current exhibition entitled, An American Spring: Illustration from the Golden Age. The exhibition features quintessential scenes by such noted illustrators as J.C. Leyendecker, Norman Rockwell, Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, N.C. Wyeth, Dean Cornwell, Howard Chandler Christy, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, and others from the Golden Age of American Illustration.
"J.C. Leyendecker emerged as a major talent in illustration art near the close of the nineteenth century. He became the most sought after and in vogue illustrator of his day, reaching the peak of his fame and of his productivity in the 1930's. His career approach immensely influenced the art of illustration and he became a mentor to an entire generation of younger artists, most notable among them Norman Rockwell, who began his own career by specifically emulating Leyendecker."
"While their aesthetic appeal has endured for generations, the artworks in this exhibition also evidence historical trends specific to the times in which they were created. During the latter part of the nineteenth century, new technologies in the reproduction of images revolutionized the field of illustration. With these developments, an increasing number of illustrations began to accompany children's books, and a new visual form was given to folk and fairy tales."