“By preserving and celebrating a vital part of our nation’s artistic heritage, the NMAI enriches our culture and inspires visitors from across America and around the world."

Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States

“What you have created at Vernon Court is breathtaking-to have such a marvelous piece of American history preserved in such a fashion is truly a treasure!”

Barbara Newington, Founder, Newington-Cropsey Museum and American Arts Quarterly

“I have visited the NMAI…and it is an impressive undertaking whose mission is to preserve and exhibit American illustration art in perpetuity for the benefit of the American public."

F. Lee Bailey, American attorney Arts Quarterly

“As a preservationist, I was especially taken by the way you have put back together the original concept of this Gilded Age gem…how happy was the marriage of an essentially Beaux Arts interior with your superb collection of illustration originals.”

Nicholas Brown, Exec. Director, Preserve RI, former Director, National Aquarium, Baltimore

“New England’s most enchanting cultural experience.”

WGBH-TV (PBS-Boston)

“I must admit I am overwhelmed at what you have created, both the collection and also the restoration of Vernon Court… your collection takes my breath away. It is simply overwhelming.”

Prof. Richard Guy Wilson, Univ. of Virginia, Host – A & E Network’s America’s Castles

“The visit to Vernon Court was the definitive high point of our Newport program… the collection, the mansion, and the urbanism of Newport. Your museum was a true tour de force.”

Victor Wiener, Executive Director, Appraisers Association of America

“The collection is unique in my experience. In terms of American museums… this is more broad ranging, extremely patriotic, and cutting-edge material in terms of the evolution of American taste… Newport is adding an extraordinary jewel of significance…”

J. Carter Brown, Director Emeritus †, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

“We are indebted to you for creating this wonderful institution.”

Robert Whitcomb, Editor, Providence Journal