-By Arnie Fenner
As happened in SF and Chicago, not everyone is a supporter of a museum devoted to—yech, feh, patooie—lowly "illustration" or "art" created as a component of films and television, but barring delays or community challenges, groundbreaking for the 275,000 square foot museum (designed by Ma Yansong) is scheduled for late 2017. A targeted opening is for 2021. They have ambitious plans that will trace the full history of narrative art while showcasing permanent exhibits devoted to:
- Children's Art
- Comic Art
- Digital Art
- Cinematic Design
- Set Design
- Prop Design
- Costume & Fashion Design
- Makeup & Creature Design
- Visual Effects
Above: Ed Summer, Frank Frazetta, and George Lucas
on Frazetta's property in East Stroudsburg, PA, circa 1978.
But until the last hurdles are overcome, until the museum is built and the doors opened, we can get a glimpse of some of the pieces in the collection below while we're waiting. (And much more can be viewed on the museum's official website.)
Above: Catullus Reading His Poems at Lesbia's House by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
Above left: Guinevere by William de Leftwich Dodge.
Above right: Brita med julljus by Carl Larson.
Above left: Rob Roy by Howard Chandler Christy.
Above right: The Prince by N.C. Wyeth.
Above: Brawn of These Lads Made the Pike a Match for a Pirate's Cutlass
by Frank Earle Schoonover.
Above left: The Canyon by Maxfield Parrish. Above right: The Checkup by Norman Rockwell.
Above: Prisoner Being Transported by Camel Caravan by James Elliott Bama.
Above: Men Out of Ship Star 2 by John C. Berkey.
Above left: Allegorie de la musique by Alphonse Mucha.
Above right: String of Pearls by Robert Peak.
Above left: Fantastic Adventure by Frank Frazetta.
Above right: Weird Heroes V5: Doc Phoenix "The Oz Encounters" by Jeffrey Jones.
Above left: Weird Fantasy #16 by Al Feldstein.
Above right: Mystery in Space #90 by Carmine Infantino.
Above: Anakin Riding an Eopie by Doug Chiang.
Above left: Queen Concept by Iain McCaig. Above right: Sith Concept by Iain McCaig.