Original art by three of New Rochelle’s most famous artists and illustrators—Norman Rockwell, Joseph Leyendecker and Walter Beach Humphrey—
will be featured in the centennial year exhibition of the The New Rochelle Art Association (NRAA) held in the Mooney Center Gallery on the Main Campus of The College of New Rochelle. This centennial show opens on June 16, 2012, and closes on July 9, 2012. A public reception will be on Sunday, June 24, 2012, from 2-4 p.m. in the Mooney Center.
This Then and Now exhibit features work by current members juxtaposed with the available work by its original members. The exhibit explores the parallel developments of the arts as they apply to past and present, local as well as nationwide. In addition, a video including reminiscences of senior members will be shown.
The NRAA was founded in 1912 to further the interest in art in the community and to establish through public exhibitions an educational standard in the fine arts. Among the early members of the association were such well-known illustrators as Norman Rockwell, Joseph Leyendecker and Fred Dana Marsh.
Much of the public sculpture in New Rochelle today was designed by members of the Art Association; from the War Memorials commemorating the First World War and the Spanish American War, to the abstract work that sits in Library Green.
In the 1920s artists from the association designed a set of ten welcome signs marking the boundaries of New Rochelle and adjacent towns. The New Rochelle city sign was designed by Norman Rockwell.
Exhibition hours at the Mooney Center are:
Monday—Thursday, 10 a.m.—9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Directions to the College at: www.cnr.edu