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Founded in 1913, Rockford Art Museum exists to enrich the quality of life in the Rockford region through art collection, exhibitions and education. RAM is located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Open daily. Learn more at rockfordartmuseum.org and follow @rockfordart on social media. To become a member of the museum today, visit rockfordartmuseum.org/connect/become-a-member.

Upcoming Events

Family Art Fun Days

Family Art Fun Days

Friday, Apr 10 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

The Art of Natural History Lecture

The Art of Natural History Lecture

Tuesday, May 5 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Coffee with the Curator

Coffee with the Curator

Friday, May 15 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Family Art Fun Days

Family Art Fun Days

Friday, Apr 10 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

Monday, Jun 15 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

Monday, Jun 15 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

Monday, Jun 15 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

Monday, Jun 15 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

Monday, Jun 15 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

Monday, Jun 15 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

Monday, Jun 15 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

Monday, Jun 15 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

Monday, Jun 15 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

Monday, Jun 15 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

Monday, Jun 22 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

Monday, Jun 22 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

Monday, Jun 22 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

Monday, Jun 22 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

Monday, Jun 22 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

Monday, Jun 22 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

Monday, Jun 22 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

Monday, Jun 22 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

Monday, Jun 22 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters and Castles

Monday, Jun 22 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

Monday, Jun 29 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: The Next Level

RAM Summer Camps: The Next Level

Monday, Jun 29 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

Monday, Jun 29 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: The Next Level

RAM Summer Camps: The Next Level

Monday, Jun 29 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

Monday, Jun 29 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: The Next Level

RAM Summer Camps: The Next Level

Monday, Jun 29 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

Monday, Jun 29 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: The Next Level

RAM Summer Camps: The Next Level

Monday, Jun 29 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

Monday, Jun 29 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: The Next Level

RAM Summer Camps: The Next Level

Monday, Jun 29 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Ink, Print, Repeat!

RAM Summer Camps: Ink, Print, Repeat!

Monday, Jul 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Tessellation Temptation

RAM Summer Camps: Tessellation Temptation

Monday, Jul 6 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Ink, Print, Repeat!

RAM Summer Camps: Ink, Print, Repeat!

Monday, Jul 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Tessellation Temptation

RAM Summer Camps: Tessellation Temptation

Monday, Jul 6 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Ink, Print, Repeat!

RAM Summer Camps: Ink, Print, Repeat!

Monday, Jul 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Tessellation Temptation

RAM Summer Camps: Tessellation Temptation

Monday, Jul 6 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Ink, Print, Repeat!

RAM Summer Camps: Ink, Print, Repeat!

Monday, Jul 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Tessellation Temptation

RAM Summer Camps: Tessellation Temptation

Monday, Jul 6 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Ink, Print, Repeat!

RAM Summer Camps: Ink, Print, Repeat!

Monday, Jul 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Tessellation Temptation

RAM Summer Camps: Tessellation Temptation

Monday, Jul 6 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Power of Print

RAM Summer Camps: Power of Print

Monday, Jul 20 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Power of Print

RAM Summer Camps: Power of Print

Monday, Jul 20 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Power of Print

RAM Summer Camps: Power of Print

Monday, Jul 20 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Power of Print

RAM Summer Camps: Power of Print

Monday, Jul 20 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Power of Print

RAM Summer Camps: Power of Print

Monday, Jul 20 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Wonderful Weavers

RAM Summer Camps: Wonderful Weavers

Monday, Jul 27 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This (July)

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This (July)

Monday, Jul 27 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Wonderful Weavers

RAM Summer Camps: Wonderful Weavers

Monday, Jul 27 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This (July)

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This (July)

Monday, Jul 27 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Wonderful Weavers

RAM Summer Camps: Wonderful Weavers

Monday, Jul 27 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This (July)

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This (July)

Monday, Jul 27 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Wonderful Weavers

RAM Summer Camps: Wonderful Weavers

Monday, Jul 27 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This (July)

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This (July)

Monday, Jul 27 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Wonderful Weavers

RAM Summer Camps: Wonderful Weavers

Monday, Jul 27 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This (July)

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This (July)

Monday, Jul 27 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

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Show your love for Rockford Art Museum, and make a much-needed (and appreciated! 💘) donation to help support us, by purchasing this super-awesome tee printed locally by @rockfordartdeli! $10 comes straight back to RAM! ✨ Pre-purchase at rockfordartdeli.com. #hereforgoodrkfd

Friday, March 27, 2020

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=245618799809095Thanks for joining the RAM Education Team for Family Art Fun Day! Make your own Jellyfish in a Bottle by following the instructions below and tag us in your creations!Supplies from around the house:1. A transparent plastic grocery bag (or cling wrap)2. A water bottle3. Thread4. Food coloring (or another liquid dye)5. ScissorsSteps:Flatten plastic bag and cut off the handles and the bottom and cut along both sides to split into 2 rectangular sheets.We will only use one rectangular sheet of plastic per jellyfish.If using cling wrap, you just need to prepare one rectangular sheet.In the center of the plastic, create a small balloon of air for the jelly's head and secure it with a piece of thread.Not too tight! (Leave a small hole in order to pour some water in the head part later)Now for the tentacles: Cut from the edge of the plastic toward the air pocket head.First, cut plastic into about 8-10 sections.Next, cut each section into 3-4 small strips (your tentacles).Trim tentacle pieces to various lengths, both long and short, and make sure there are no large chunks of plastic remaining.Fill water bottle about 2/3 full.Find the small hole on the bottom of the jellyfish's head and fill air pocket about 2/3 full with water.Water in the head of the jellyfish will allow it to sink; however, you must leave some air bubbles inside the head so the jelly will also be able to float up.Put your jellyfish into the water bottle and top off bottle with water.Add a few drops of food coloring, and a small amount of glitter if you like, before tightly screwing on the cap!Play!Turn the water bottle upside down and watch your jellyfish swim.Jellyfish will move every time you turn the bottle.Explore what happens to the jellyfish when you turn the bottle back and forth very fast vs when you turn it more slowly.Inspired by a craft created by bhoomplay

Friday, March 27, 2020

Today’s 79TH Annual Young Artist Show: High School Division spotlights Harlem High School students taught by Barb Kurilla, Alison Agustsson and Lani Mitchell.Kayla Bronson, Junior, “Glow”, oil, RAM Staff ChoiceEden Brown, Senior, “Open Truth”, oilSpring Rodriguez, Senior, “Mood Swings”, paint markerSpring Rodriguez, Senior, “Forgive/Forget”, ink and stringJade Wollin, Junior, “Jelly”, ink @ Rockford Art Museum

Friday, March 27, 2020

Join Rockford Art Museum Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson next Thursday night (April 2nd) for Cocktails with the Curator. From now until then you can send in any questions around exhibitions, our permanent collection, educational programming or general RAM information and she’ll do her best to answer as many as possible next week. Questions can be sent to cjohnson@rockfordartmuseum.org and need to be received by noon on Wednesday, April 1st! 🥂https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2617675918343630

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Part two of two today with art from Guilford High School featured in the 79TH Annual Young Artist Show: High School Division taught by Lisa Doll, Bo Hammarberg, Bethany Austin, and Eric Blackwell:Melissa Hernandez, Senior, “Queen of Hearts”, scratchboardShaniah Johnson, Senior, “Sunset”, dry pastelLamaria Kerrens, Junior, “Self-Portrait”, inkMadolynn Meyer, Senior, “Venture”, clay, mixed mediaValerie Schneider, Senior, “RAT-BONES”, scratchboardEthan Stark, Senior, “42.268, -89.100 Train Car”, watercolorDa Korya Thompson, Senior, “Self-Portrait”, charcoalLivia Vicente, Senior, “Self-Portrait”, charcoal @ Rockford Art Museum

Thursday, March 26, 2020

We’re bringing Family Art Friday’s to you starting this Friday when we’ll make jellyfish in a bottle (inspired by a project from bhoomplay). Gather your materials and join us Friday at 10 AM!A transparent grocer bag or cling wrapA water bottleThreadFood coloring or liquid dyeScissors

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Part one of two today with art from Guilford High School featured in the 79TH Annual Young Artist Show: High School Division taught by Lisa Doll, Bo Hammarberg, Bethany Austin, and Eric Blackwell:Madison Bruno, Senior, “Clickbait Camera”, colored pencilPaige Bruno, Senior, “Sweetart”, colored pencilPaige Bruno, Senior, “Strawberries”, colored pencilHadassah Cooper, Senior, “Untitled”, colored pencil and inkTitus Copeland, Senior, “Older Technology, Lower Quality”, oil pastelAnna Disch, Senior, “Phone Call”, colored pencil, marker, penKristen Diverdi, Senior, “Monopoly”, scratchboardSoleil Gaudry, Senior, “Different Directions”, glazed terra cottaEmerson Goza, Senior, “Sacrifice”, glazed terra cotta @ Rockford Art Museum

Thursday, March 26, 2020

HALF-DAY CAMPS (GRADES K–8)$140 MEMBERS$150 NON-MEMBERSFULL-DAY CLASSES (HIGH SCHOOL)$210 MEMBERS$225 NON-MEMBERSSpace is limited, so registration is required below. Each session requires a minimum of 5 participants for the camp to run. Participants will be notified of cancellation one week in advance if the camp does not meet minimum registration.SCHOLARSHIPSScholarships for RPS 205 students are available through the Rockford Fine Arts Coalition. Apply here.JUNEPICTURE THIS! (GRADES K–4)WITH STEPHANIE KRUGERJUN 15–19, 9 AM–12 PMA picture is worth a thousand words, but how do you know what to say? Join us this week as we explore the art of photography! Learn how to take a proper portrait, how to light a still life, and how to properly use a camera to capture memories of your everyday life. Digital camera must be provided by participant (email education@rockfordartmuseum.org for inexpensive recommendations).STORIES FROM THE SHADOWS (GRADES 5–8)WITH STEVE NOFSINGERJUN 15–19, 1–4 PMExplore the ancient world of shadow play to inspire your own story. This week we will discover the interwoven history of storytelling and art through shadow puppetry. Learn how light and simple found objects combine to make something beautiful!FAIRIES, MONSTERS + CASTLES (GRADES 1–8)WITH JENNY MATHEWSAM SESSION: JUN 22–26, 9 AM–12 PMPM SESSION: JUN 22–26, 1–4 PMJoin us for a week of constructing fabric monsters, clay fairies and cardboard castles as we explore using recycled materials in sculpture. Let your most adventuresome daydreams take shape with recycled materials. You may be inspired to save your paper towel rolls and shoe boxes for the rest of the summer!SHADOW SCULPTING (GRADES K–4)WITH STEVE NOFSINGERJUN 29–JUL 3, 9 AM–12 PMJoin us as we explore the ancient world of shadow puppetry. Learn about how stories have been passed down over generations with the help of some puppet friends and discover how light and simple found objects can combine to make something beautiful!THE NEXT LEVEL: PREPARING FOR A CAREER AS AN ARTIST (HIGH SCHOOL)WITH LAURA GOMELJUN 29–JUL 3, 9 AM–4 PMWhat does it mean to be an artist? How do I know when my piece is done? What should I include in my portfolio reviews? Join us for this weeklong workshop to explore the answers to these questions and push your art to the next level! (Participants must prepare a portfolio for this session: 5–15 pieces.)JULYINK, PRINT, REPEAT! (GRADES K–4)WITH SARAH REED-MCNAMARAJUL 6–10, 9 AM–12 PMJoin us this week for an introduction to printmaking! Learn about space and design as you try your hand at both fabric and paper prints. Create usable and sustainable works of art you can enjoy all summer long.TESSELLATION TEMPTATION (GRADES 5–8)WITH SARAH REED-MCNAMARAJUL 6–10, 1–4 PMJoin us for a whirlwind of a week as we explore the many basic forms of printmaking. Try your hand at fabric, paper and screen-printing as you create usable home goods, and follow the printmaking process from a blank block to the final prints!POWER OF PRINT: INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING (HIGH SCHOOL)WITH SARAH REED-MCNAMARAJUL 20–24, 9 AM–4 PMJoin us for a weeklong deep dive into the many forms of printmaking, from the conception of a block print to a finished product. Learn the basics of printmaking and the philosophies behind creating usable, sustainable goods by making multiples for a mass audience. Prepare to carve, ink and print your own products in this introductory workshop.WONDERFUL WEAVERS (GRADES 3–4)WITH LORIE PAINTERJUL 27–31, 9 AM–12 PMJoin us for a week of weaving as we discover how to create and work a loom, thread a shuttle, and create color changing yarn. Learn how to break down objects into simple shapes when drawing and explore the variety of fiber weights and textures to complete a woven wall hanging of your own!PICTURE THIS! (GRADES 5–8)WITH STEPHANIE KRUGERJUL 27–31, 1–4 PMA picture is worth a thousand words, but how do you know what to say? Join us this week as we explore the art of photography! Learn how to take a proper portrait, how to light a still life, and how to properly use a camera to capture memories of your everyday life. Digital camera must be provided by participant (email education@rockfordartmuseum.org for inexpensive recommendations).

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Today’s 79TH Annual Young Artist Show: High School Division spotlight features East High School taught by Rich Hacker, Priscella Rivas, Jahn Taylor and Karissa Wrasse.Thaw Ro Htoo, Sophomore, “Book Angel”, paperCallee Peterson, Sophomore, “Untitled”, digital art, Adobe IllustratorIan Price, Junior, “I Eyes You”, mixed mediaSelma Thabet, Senior, “The Legend of Zarqa”, watercolorPatricia Vera, Senior, “Spiders in Space”, marker, penTabitha Yoakum, Senior, “Demons of Thee Darkness”, charcoal @ Rockford Art Museum

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson gives a little behind-the-scenes in the Rockford Art Museum vault today and shares a little bit of information about one of our favorite local artists: Stephen Warde Andersonhttps://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=214335656577077

Tuesday, March 24, 2020