Norman Rockwell Gets a Face Lift

FULLERTON, Calif. – The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Foundation celebrates the iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell this summer thanks to a new partnership with ism: a community project an international arts-collective.

American Nostalgia: Contemporary Artists and Illustrators Reinterpret the Traditional Themes of Norman Rockwell, will be a unique tribute exhibition with over 40 contemporary artists from the world of television, movies and galleries from coast to coast. This fresh, alternative take on Rockwell’s classic themes will be an exciting endeavor, combining ism’s innovative repertoire of current artists with age-old ideals. This modern twiston Rockwell’s iconic themes will be showcased from July 7th to September 25th. This opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 7th, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with events celebrating a by-gone era, including a barbershop quartet and a lawn-sports tournament, including bocce ball and croquet, on the yard surrounding the Muckenthaler mansion.

ism, is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports collaborative creativity by producing art experiments and publishing limited edition books is dedicated to benefiting society by providing free public programs and exhibitions, while continuing to expand creativity without boundaries of culture or country.

The Muckenthaler’s mission is to provide the community with experiences that stimulate creativity and imagination and to conserve the heritage of the Muckenthaler Estate. Commissioned at an originalcost of $35,000, the Muckenthaler home was built by Walter and Adella Muckenthaler in 1924 atop a hill in Fullerton. The 18-room mansion, on 8.5 acres, was donated to the city in 1965 by Harold Muckenthalerwho wished to see his childhood home used as a cultural center for the public to enjoy. In 1999 theMuckenthaler received designation by the National Register of Historic Place.

In its 46th year, The Muck now hosts over 100 performances, gallery exhibits and classes every year to over 25,000 people. The estate also serves as the site of over 75 weddings and corporate events each year as well. In 2008 The Muck won the Best Historic Site and Best Cultural Center awards from OC Parenting Magazine. In 2009 The Muck won the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce “Quality of Life”award for best nonprofit organization in the city. This past year, The Muck won the 2010 award for Best Arts Program by Arts OC, the county-wide arts council and best museum in the county along with the Bowers Museum in a reader’s poll by the Orange County Register. This year The Muck has been nominated for the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Foundation, The Muck, is located at 1201 West MalvernAvenue, Fullerton California 92833. For more information, please visit or

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