Beginning in June 2008, the Redlin Art Center, in partnership with the Watertown Community Foundation, will host “Norman Rockwell in the 1940’s: A View of the American Homefront”. The traveling exhibit, on loan from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, features 44 framed original tear sheets from the Saturday Evening Post magazine covers. The collection includes Rockwell’s famous “Four Freedoms” – “Freedom from Fear”, “Freedom from Want”, “Freedom of Speech”, and “Freedom to Worship”. These covers, in particular, played a significant role in the life of South Dakota artist, Terry Redlin. The exhibit will be on display at the Redlin Art Center from June 1st through August 9th, 2008.
The Watertown Community Foundation has awarded the Redlin Art Center a grant to defray the cost of renting the exhibit. The Watertown Community Foundation awards grants to programs and projects in Watertown which respond to needs in the areas of civic affairs, arts and culture, human service, education, health, and the environment.
Because the work of Norman Rockwell so inspired Terry Redlin; and because the two artists, although with very different styles, depict life in rural America, the Redlin Art Center believes this exhibit will be of interest to many.