ABOUT THE EVENT
Distinguished Lecture: Catharine M. Rogers Lecture Series Fund | Stephanie Plunkett
Hidden in Plain Sight: Walter Wick and the Wonders of Illustration
Imprinted upon our hearts and minds and replicated for mass audiences on printed pages, screens, and all manner of objects, illustration is at once ubiquitous and hidden in plain sight, but its impact is deeply felt. Great illustrators across time—from Golden Age artists Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, and Norman Rockwell to contemporary photographic illustrator Walter Wick—have inspired wonder by working within the realm of both aesthetics and technology to tell visual stories. This lively look into the world of published art will explore some of the complexities of artistic conception and production that have remained hidden to the many enthusiasts who, compelled by each artist’s vision, are content to enjoy their work in the primary form for which it was intended—on the covers and pages of favorite books and magazines.
Stephanie Haboush Plunkett is the Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum. The curator of many exhibitions relating to the art of illustration—including Imprinted: Illustrating Race, Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms; Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol; and The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator; and LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel—she has held positions at Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Children's Museum, and the Heckscher Museum of Art.
Stephanie leads the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the first scholarly institute devoted to the study of illustration, and has been an Adjunct Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Illustration Practice Graduate Program. Her recent books include Drawing Lessons from the Famous Artists School: Classic Techniques and Expert Tips from the Golden Age of Illustration; Norman Rockwell: Drawings, 1911 to 1973, Imprinted: Illustrating Race, and Tony Sarg: Genius at Play.