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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.

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We hope you’re out (or staying in) and ‘shopping small’ today! There are so many truly awesome ways to support our local small businesses: from shopping their new online boutiques, to calling and having them be your virtual personal-shopper to making it easier on yourself and grabbing gift cards... However you choose to support we hope you also consider supporting our local nonprofits. Memberships or gifting classes are a great way to support RAM-and of course donations are always greatly appreciated. We’re participating in #GivingTuesday this coming week (December 1) and we’re excited to see how the community shows up and what good we’re able to do with those donations! Save the date and plan to join us Tuesday!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Save the date! #GivingTuesday is this Tuesday, December 1st! We’re proud to be a part of this global day of giving. Stay tuned for details on all the ways you can help support Rockford Art Museums mission to foster creativity and build community through visual arts.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving museum family! We hope you are enjoying a safe and lovely holiday. RAM Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson is back in the vault today to show you this fun piece from our Permanent Collection by Lorna Simpson. Check out our stories for a video of the piece itself.https://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/posts/5011062455600810

Thursday, November 26, 2020

All you need is a penny and a pencil to draw your tiny turkey! Once you get the basics down you’ll be tracing all the circles you can find to make different sizes of our feathered friends. And if you’d like to join Jaymee for more step by step art, sign up for this weekends Cartoon Club! Visit rockfordartmuseum.org and click on Cartoon Club!https://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/posts/5007643372609385

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

What Thanksgiving-themed art can we make with a penny, pencil and paper? Check in tomorrow and find out

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

We’re launching a new kids club this Saturday! The series will give step-by-step instructions on how to draw creatures, people and animals. We’ll start with ‘unicorns and night mares’ this Saturday, November 28th through Zoom from 11-noon. Register at https://rockfordartmuseum.org/.../exhibition-related...

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Listen as our Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson reads from one of her favorite books "1984" as part of The Literacy Council's "Readers are Leaders" campaign.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxk4S0-_n3A

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The museum galleries may be closed for now, but did you know you can still see pieces from Rockford Art Museum’s permanent collection throughout the city? One example is “The Rockmen Guardians” created by Terese Agnew and installed on the banks of the Rock River in 1990. Here’s what Terese had to say about these impressive sculptures"Four giant Rockmen Guardians appeared along the Rock River, seemingly to have emerged from the rocks of the river itself. These Guardian sculptures were inspired by a local tall tale that a group of explorers were canoeing down the Rock River when they came to a huge eddy of rocks, an impasse by boat, sometimes called a ford… thus, the discovery of Rockford. This mysterious stone Bulwark protecting the land beyond is the idea upon which these Guardian sculptures are based… Throughout history, there have been many guardians to protect people and sacred places. In popular culture we find fantastic possessors of power which seem to be the progeny of our desire to be guarded. In some instances this might turn up in the guise of a lion, or possibly batman, but recently I looked up the word guardian and was referred to 'uniform, armor'. Under 'uniform, armor’, at some point you inevitably come across ‘knighthood', the beginning of the incredible techno-suit. If the card catalog were organized visually you find ‘astronaut', 'hockey guard' and 'Tin Man' in the same box. In this light, recent continuations of the protective suit such as Robocop or C3PO begin to look a lot like Lancelot, except now the high-tech magic has become the skin of these modern mythic characters. My interest with this visual syntax is that it is emblematic of our penchant for a more magical, pure breed of authority.By sculpting in a material that has much to do with the character of this region, I have also begun to investigate our fascination with these ancient objects we call rocks, and their ironic transformation of historic guardians into popular culture. The rock being used is Red Granite, one of the two primary stones brought down by the glaciers, most commonly found as field stone. It is amazing to note the number of people who took the trouble to mark the passage to their home with two filed stone boulders. One of the most enjoyable things about working with this stone is that it possesses a timeless strength and power of its own."

Monday, November 23, 2020

How gorgeous is this piece by Midwestern Biennial exhibiting artist, Jennifer Bock Nelson?! We’re thrilled her piece was chosen by juror Jim Dempsey for inclusion in this years show. Of her work Jennifer says ‘I am interested in particularity. My work records a singular moment paused in time. Using reference photos captured by technology (camera, satellite, microscope), I explore imagery that is inaccessible to our unaided eye. Visually deconstructing and physically reconstructing magnified details into stylized marks is immensely satisfying. The work becomes the prolonged examination of edge, shape, light, and color. The finished piece is the sum of each labored part. How we see and what we see is the compelling force for my practice.’ You can bring this piece (and all the other featured works) home with you through the purchase of our Midwestern catalog! Go to rockfordartmuseum.org/visit/shop to buy your copy. Jennifer Bock Nelson, “Intersection”, 2018. Oil on basswood panel. Courtesy of the artist.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

We’re looking forward to our first Cartoon Club happening on Saturday, November 28th at 11 AM! Through this virtual class we’ll learn step-by-step how to draw unicorns and night mares. Class is best suited to ages 6 and up— visit rockfordartmuseum.org to register!

Friday, November 20, 2020