Courtroom drawings on view at National Arts Club

At the opening reception of the court art show at NAC (left-right): Colleen McMahon, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Artists Elizabeth Williams, Aggie Kenny and Jane Rosenberg, and Federal Judge Loretta Preska (Photos by Jefferson Siegel)

Before the invention of photography, art predominated as the visual representation of record. Today, with the prevalence of cell phone cameras, one unique art medium is still the only way to visually record what transpires in federal courts. Since photography is prohibited in those courts, sketch artists are the public’s eyes to what takes place within the columned walls of Federal Courts.

An exhibition of courtroom illustrations from Manhattan’s Southern District Federal Court is currently on display at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park. Artwork by artists Jane Rosenberg, Elizabeth Williams and Aggie Kenny bring to life some of the most important trials of the last 40 years.

The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. until January 3 at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South (East 20th Street between Park Avenue South and Irving Place).

 Artist Jane Rosenberg with her illustration of the Bernie Madoff trial at the Southern District Federal Court in 2009.

Artist Jane Rosenberg captured the drama of the Bernie Madoff trial at the Southern District Federal Court in 2009. (Illustration by Jane Rosenberg)

Artist Elizabeth Williams with her illustration of the General Motors Ignition Switch trial at the Southern District Federal Court in 2014.

Artist Elizabeth Williams’ illustration of the General Motors Ignition Switch trial at the Southern District Federal Court in 2014. (Illustration by Elizabeth Williams)

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