Norman Rockwell Museum Announces New Research Fellows in American Illustration

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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Norman Rockwell Museum’s Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the nation’s first research institute dedicated to American illustration, announces its new Society of Fellows. 

Established to bring leading thinkers and fresh perspectives to the study of American illustration art between 1850 and the present, the Society of Fellows will explore the history and criticism of this understudied field, to more fully develop the language and discourse of an academic discipline devoted to published art. In addition to scholarly writings, the Society of Fellows will convene twice a year to engage in discussion and debate, posing key questions related to this emerging area of illustration studies.

The 2017-2018 Society of Fellows include: Senior Fellow D. B. Dowd, professor of Art and American Culture Studies at the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis, who curates and writes on illustration and cartooning; Michele Bogart, professor of American Visual Culture Studies at the State University of New York at Stonybrook, who writes on advertising, illustration, and public sculpture; Erika Doss, professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, who writes widely on American visual culture and modernism; and Christopher Lukasik, professor of English at Purdue University, who writes on illustration and literary print culture in the 19th century. 

Annual fellowships are also awarded in support of scholars who are undertaking topics and themes that advance understanding of the role of published images in shaping and reflecting culture.

The Rockwell Center Fellowship Program is led by Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Deputy Director/Chief Curator at Norman Rockwell Museum.

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