Friday, March 11, 2011

Robots at the Rockwell

The Norman Rockwell Museum is looking for a few good robots. They’re hosting a juried exhibition on the grounds of the museum this summer. At this stage they want concept submissions for weatherproof outdoor sculptures.

The robot sculptures will be chosen by a three-person jury. The winners will be on display at the museum July 16 through October 31, 2011. The Rockwell Museum will also host a Steampunk Evening on August 4th.

There are awards: SuperBot Best in Show: $300, ArtBot: $200, ModBot: $200, ClassicBot: $200, SteampunkBot: $200, WowBot, Viewers’ Choice: $100, KidBot Children’s Choice: $100.

The drawing at left, “Stanley the Robot” is one that I drew in charcoal on vellum (inspired by Rockwell and George Bridgman) around 1979. Stanley is a pot-bellied fry oil steamer bot who came together out of spare junk thrown behind an intergalactic restaurant.

I’m too busy to build him, but if there’s a sculptor among you who wants to construct this design, send me an email (jgurneyart (at) with a link to your portfolio. Maybe we can collaborate.

Application form, sketches, concept statements and fee are due by April 15.  Email questions about contest details to Thomas Mequita (tmesquita ( at ) Call 413-931 2278.

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Rich Adams said...

The Boba Fett-looking helmet is a great late-70's touch. The charcoal on vellum is a great look.

Joanne Roberts said...

Thanks for sharing. There were good ideas to get the creative juices flowing at the Philadelphia Steampunk Expo last weekend. Or channel something more classic like the Peacock Clock by James Cox and Friedrich Jury. See it best at the Google Art Project. It's in the Hermitage. Incidentally, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the Project in a future blog.

Celeste Bergin said...

You drew this in 1979? How old ARE you?? haha
(he's charming)

P.T. Waugh said...

Empire Strikes Back came out in 1980, though. (pushes up glasses)The helmet design was most likely influenced by Frazetta pieces like Death Dealer.