Art that inspires Community Engagement – Voting

The Unity Project is an art and civics initiative of the Norman Rockwell Museum and contemporary illustrators that is dedicated to an inclusive America in which all voices are heard.

Inspired by the rich and continuing tradition of American illustration, this project inspires us to consider the integral role that published imagery plays in creating cultural narratives which connect us to our times.

Harnessing the power of illustration art for social good.

The Kindness Campaign

The “Kindness Campaign” aims to help us remember that empathy and patience will make a difference – in our community and our world, especially at a time when shops, restaurants, attractions, service providers,  and businesses are short-staffed and struggling through this pandemic.

Together with 1Berkshirewe commissioned three artists to illustrate images of kindness to be shared on social media with the hashtag #BeKindBerkshires and #BeKind. We invite you to share them and add your thoughts about how kindness helps everyone.  Find a “Kindness toolkit” of graphics, posters, and ideas on the 1Berkshire website.

Yuko Shimizu: Defend Democracy - Vote

Unity Project illustrations by Yuko Shimizu and Rudy Gutierrez selected as an American Illustration 40 Winners

From over 7,000 entries from 1,342 artists, art directors, publishers, agencies and schools, the jury selected 426 images by a majority vote or better to appear in the American Illustration 40 book and represent the best pictures from 2020. 302 of the industry’s best established, emerging and student illustrators will be presented in printonline and, with a little luck, in person this November to celebrate this occassion.

This year’s distinguished jury included: Gail Anderson, Chair, BFA Design and BFA Advertising SVA, Jury Chair;  Antonio Alcala, Art Director, Studio A;  Bashan Aquart, Executive Creative Director, AKA/NYC;  Lynne Carty, Art Director, Wall Street Journal;  Debora Cheyenne Cruchon, Art Director, BUCK;  Bobby C. Martin, co-Founder, Champions Design;  Neeta Patel, Designer, The New Yorker;  Chris Rukan, Art Director, The Washington Post;  Jackie Seow, VP, Executive Director of Art, Trade Division, Simon & Schuster;  Faith Stafford, Art Director, Entertainment Weekly.

Congratulations Yuko and Rudy!

Rudy Gutierrez: Humanity, Not Politics

Quick Pic – Activities for Students (K-4)

Quick Pics are short 5-minute videos that introduce you and your class to a Norman Rockwell image. Notice and wonder about the elements and details that go into each image. Learn some fun facts and participate in an activity inspired by each image. There will be a new theme of images each week. These activities target grades K-6 . Learn more about this activity, download accompanying talking points, and access other curriculum on the NRM Curriculum Lab.


Nicole Tadgell
Choose Kindness, 2021. Watercolor on paper.
Collection of the artist.
©2021 Nicole Tadgell. All rights reserved.

Leo Quiles
Practice Kindness, 2021. Gouache on paper.
Collection of the artist.
©2021 Leo Quiles. All rights reserved.

Marc Rosenthal
Kindness Heals, 2021. Digital.
Collection of the artist.
©2021 Marc Rosenthal. All rights reserved.

Mai Ly Degnan
Defend Democracy, 2020
Mai Ly Degnan © 2020. All rights reserved.

Rudy Gutierrez
Humanity, Not Politics, 2020
Acrylic, colored pencil, crayon on Bristol paper mounted on board
Rudy Gutierrez © 2020. All rights reserved.

Anita Kunz
Every Vote Counts
, 2020
Acrylic on board Anita Kunz
© 2020. All rights reserved.

Tim O’Brien
, 2020
Oil on board
Tim O’Brien © 2020. All rights reserved.

Whitney Sherman
Vote: Defend Democracy
, 2020
Whitney Sherman © 2020. All rights reserved.

Yuko Shimizu
Defend Democracy (Lady Liberty)
, 2020
Design by Atelier Olschinsky Grafik und Design OG
Yuko Shimizu © 2020. All rights reserved.