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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

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

Monday, Aug 3 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

Monday, Aug 3 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

Monday, Aug 3 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

RAM Summer Camps: Picture This!

Monday, Aug 3 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

Monday, Aug 10 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

Monday, Aug 10 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

Monday, Aug 10 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

Monday, Aug 10 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

Monday, Aug 10 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

Monday, Aug 10 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

Monday, Aug 10 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

Monday, Aug 10 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

RAM Summer Camps: Shadow Sculpting

Monday, Aug 10 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

RAM Summer Camps: Stories from the Shadows

Monday, Aug 10 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters + Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters + Castles

Monday, Aug 17 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters + Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters + Castles

Monday, Aug 17 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters + Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters + Castles

Monday, Aug 17 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters + Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters + Castles

Monday, Aug 17 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters + Castles

RAM Summer Camps: Fairies, Monsters + Castles

Monday, Aug 17 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

72nd Annual Greenwich Village Art Fair

72nd Annual Greenwich Village Art Fair

Saturday, Sep 19 @ 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

72nd Annual Greenwich Village Art Fair

72nd Annual Greenwich Village Art Fair

Saturday, Sep 19 @ 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Art in Bloom on display

Art in Bloom on display

Thursday, Dec 3 @ 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

Art in Bloom on display

Art in Bloom on display

Thursday, Dec 3 @ 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

Art in Bloom on display

Art in Bloom on display

Thursday, Dec 3 @ 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

Art in Bloom on display

Art in Bloom on display

Thursday, Dec 3 @ 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Rockford Art Museum

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When our executive director/curator Carrie Johnson was putting together our current feature exhibition “Sonic Disruptions” she knew she had to collaborate with our neighbors at Burpee Museum of Natural History and showcase some of their awesome taxidermy. Have you been in to see these beautiful specimens? It’s so fun to see these animals up close!Art is Laurie Hogin’s “Still Life with Ashes”, 2020, courtesy of the artist and Koplin Del Rio Gallery (Seattle)@lauriehogin @burpeemuseum @koplindelrio @ Rockford Art Museum

Thursday, July 30, 2020

SONIC DISRUPTIONS: BUISCH + HOGINFEB 7–SEP 27, 2020 | ROCKFORD ART MUSEUMSponsored by Smith Charitable Foundation, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois + Rockford Area Arts CouncilThis major exhibition features Derrick Buisch and Laurie Hogin who use color, imagery, narrative, and symbols to stimulate our senses. Vibrating lines morph into playful symbols of pop culture and brilliant color combinations provide jolts of electric energy in paintings. Meant to be visually engaging and potentially unnerving, Buisch combines evocative imagery with moments of uneasy hilarity. Hogin creates beautiful yet bizarre apocalyptic landscapes and allegorical animal portraits saturated in brilliant color and imbued with elaborate narratives reflecting pop culture and the human experience. Deeply concerned by the social and political issues in our contemporary culture, her dazzling yet disturbing narrative allegories portray the disastrous effects of drug abuse, altered food sources, over-consumerism and misguided political and economic forces.Also featured in this dynamic exhibition is a custom-designed playlist and reading list of the artists’ favorite music and books.Derrick Buisch received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, and his MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. A professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison since 1997, he has exhibited regionally and nationally. Buisch is represented in several public and private collections, including Rockford Art Museum.Laurie Hogin received her BFA from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Now Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she has exhibited across the country and around the world. Laurie Hogin is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Iowa; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL; Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN; Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and Rockford Art Museum.Organized by Carrie Johnson, Sonic Disruptions: Buisch and Hogin is on view February 7 through September 27, 2020 at Rockford Art Museum, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park building at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Join us as we explore the ancient world of shadow puppetry the week of August 10-14! These half day camps are broken into two age groups: grades K-4 from 9 AM to noon and grades 5-8 from 1-4 PM. Registration closes on Monday so visit rockfordartmuseum.org to get your child registered (and to learn more about our commitment to holding camps safely).

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

CALLING ALL ARTISTS, MAKERS + ARTISANS!For the past 71 years, Rockford Art Museum has hosted Greenwich Village Art Fair as their end of summer fundraiser. This year things have changed, as we’re all very aware, and the weekend event is being moved online. We are embracing this change, however and are hoping to freshen up the list of artists, makers and small businesses featured. The weekend’s virtual event (happening September 19 + 20, 2020) will showcase a few photos, bio/statement and a link to the exhibitors e-commerce site. The weekend will also incorporate fun events such as virtual studio visits, workshops, music performances and demonstrations. The only fee involved for the artists is the $30 application fee - all sales that weekend are of course yours in their entirety and there will not be a traditional “booth” fee. Historically throughout the weekend Greenwich Village Art Fair welcomes around 6,500 people to the grounds to shop and we have over 2,500 followers on the Greenwich Facebook page with over 5,500 on the museum’s page. We are confident the digital traffic to the site will be substantial and will definitely bring new people to your shop. We are also committed to advertising the event online and in traditional print publications. If you are interested in joining us this year, please fill out the zapplication.com form (search "Greenwich Village Art Fair") by August 16th. We look forward to working with you virtually this year!P.S. Please check out this event on the Greenwich Village Art Fair Facebook page for an FAQ or message us with questions.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Just a couple fun abstractions to get your Monday started. What do you see? Perhaps a seagull eyeing your snack on the beach? I suppose that’s possibly the wanderlust talking... ☀️⛱ With so many Derrick Buisch symbols to see in ‘Sonic Disruptions’ you’re bound to find something speaking to you! RAM galleries are open today until 5 PM! @ Rockford Art Museum

Monday, July 27, 2020

We were so sad to hear that one of our beloved donors and friends, James Hager passed away last week. The Hager Collection was donated to the RAM Permanent Collection in 1994. This collection of more than 100 works, largely by self-taught African Americans from the Southeastern United States, represented the growing national recognition of folk art by major museums—and served as an important benchmark for the focus on outsider art by the RAM Collection. Works by Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley and members of the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective are key pieces of this collection. We currently have a small selection of those donated works on view including this piece “Angels” by Alyne Harris.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Alpine Kiwanis are generous sponsors of our Young Artist Show and we are so grateful for their support! Brat Days are one of their biggest fundraisers and unfortunately that won't be happening this year. They do a lot of good in our community—please consider donating what you might've spent on a brat (or a little more if you're able!). 🌭https://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/posts/4401736059866789?__tn__=-R

Friday, July 24, 2020

We are so proud to have this gorgeous piece “Natural History Diorama (Reedy Creek)” by exhibiting artist Laurie Hogin in our permanent collection. And how cool is it that we’re able to show it next to these two “Sepia Dioramas” currently part of our feature exhibition “Sonic Disruptions”? It’s almost like a “find the differences” mind puzzle! Come down and see it for yourself soon! We’re here everyday from 10 AM 5 PM.@lauriehogin @ Rockford Art Museum

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Do you have a young child at home interested in photography? Get them out of the house (safely) and encourage that interest at our Summer Camp “Picture This” with local photographer Stephanie Kruger. This half-day Camp happens August 3-7 from 9 AM to noon here at RAM and is meant for students K-4th grade. Campers will learn how to take a portrait, light a still life and how to properly use their camera. Your child will need to bring their own digital camera. Visit rockfordartmuseum.org/education/children/camps for details and to register. (This Camp needs a minimum of 5 participants to run and deadline to register is July 27th) @ Rockford Art Museum

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

We're so excited for the 72nd annual Greenwich Village Art Fair (at home)! If you're an artist with questions on what this years fair will look like, check out the FAQ below. And don't forget to apply by August 16th!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020