The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street in a graceful, five-story townhouse on a quiet residential block on the Upper East Side. In the 1950s, the street-level gallery opened, and in 1981, Society president John Witt spearheaded a campaign by to create the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators. The lower level was converted into a second gallery, and greatly increased the space for year-round exhibitions.
The Permanent Collection of the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is one of the most comprehensive collections of this genre in the world. Comprised of nearly 2,000 works by many of the greatest names in American illustration, this celebrated collection is ever expanding thanks to purchase and donation from our membership, art patrons and estates. These works are fully cataloged with portions of the collection constantly on rotating display including quarterly thematic exhibits mounted in the Hall of Fame Gallery.
As part of the Society’s educational mission, works travel to important art colleges and universities throughout the United States. In addition, the Museum loans works to major exhibitions at such prestigious venues as the Brooklyn Museum, the American Federation of the Arts, and the Norman Rockwell Museum.