James McMullan: Leaving Home

An Exhibition Organized by Norman Rockwell Museum.

Now through May 25, 2020

The Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Glendale Rd, Stockbridge, MA 01262

To Be Announced

Washington University, St. Louis

1 Brookings Dr, St. Louis, MO 63130

This exhibition, highlighting the book Leaving China, will incorporate original illustrations, photography and archival materials to showcase a unique illustration talent.  This exhibition includes artwork as well as unique items and mementos.

The Artist:
Leaving China, a memoir by James McMullan, is inspired by his World War II childhood, and the family’s travels from China to India, Canada, and the United States. “It is this dreamlike quality of my memories that I wanted to capture in some way in the paintings that accompany the text–to suggest in the images that the events occurred a long time ago in a simpler yet more exotic world, and that the players in that world, including me, are at a distance.”

Learn More at Leaving Home

Virtual Tea & Talk: An Afternoon with Illustrator James McMullan


Recorded May 8, 2020


Join chief educator Mary Berle and chief curator Stephanie Plunkett for an engaging online conversation with award-winning illustrator, James McMullan, whose visual memoir Leaving China traces his World War II childhood and his family’s journeys from China to India, Canada, and the United States. The artist’s personal memories and his creative process, which are at the heart of the project, will be explored. Bring along your questions, observations, and favorite warm beverage for this lively afternoon with a true master of American illustration.