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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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Hand-building is an ancient pottery-making technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using your hands, fingers, and simple tools. High school students are invited to hang out with local ceramicist Sabrina Tassoni from July 20-24 in this Hand-building Pottery Camp at Rockford Art Museum. Register by Friday, July 16th at rockfordartmuseum.org. @ceramicsabrina

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Attention local artists! We'd love to have you join us for the Pasqua Mercato Art Fair on August 8th at Lino's! Please reach out to Val at vjolafson@gmail.com for all the fun details.SUN, AUG 8 AT 11 AM CDTART FAIRRockford

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Jim Julin’s piece “Shrine” is currently on view as part of the Permanent Collection exhibition, ‘Favorite Neighbor’.Stamped into the metal on Jim Julin’s ‘Shrine’ is the epigraph, "Death revenges us against life, strips it of all its vanities and pretensions and converts it into what it really is: a few neat bones and a dreadful grimace.”This quote is from Mexican poet Octavio Paz’s book ‘The Labyrinth of Solitude’, in which he considers the significance of solitude within Mexican identity. In this section, Paz discusses the simple totality of death and the way that it strips away the embellishments that add up to a sense of “life”. Although this may at first sound sinister, the poet Octavio Paz and artist Jim Julin both examine death not as something that destroys life, but as a force that invites into a quiet and sacred conversation about the magic and temporary nature of life. Julin borrows Paz’s words and illustrates them with “a few neat bones” of his own. With ‘Shrine’, Julin offers viewers a special place to consider death as more than just a curse, but as the unstoppable shadow of life slowly making peace with everything.Jim Julin was an interdisciplinary Rockford artist and craftsman who carved wood, worked with metal, and used found materials including bones and hides in his work. Many of his pieces examine the delicate and eternal relationship that we as humans have to the natural world.Galleries are open Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.Jim Julin (American, 1956 - 2012)‘Shrine’, 1993plywood, walnut, lead, animal bone, and aluminum powderGift of Marcia MillerCollection of Rockford Art Museum

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Campers in grades 5-8 will join local artist Lorie Painter for this weaving and drawing Summer Camp the week of July 26th through 30th! Your young campers will learn to create and work a loom, thread a shuttle, and create color changing yarn. This Camp will also explore drawing activities with step-by-step instructions on how to break down objects into simple shapes and lines to create complete compositions. Register today at rockfordartmuseum.org.

Monday, July 12, 2021

We’re excited to be a part of family day at Lino’s Pasqua Mercato tomorrow! Visit our tent for a free art project!SUN, JUL 11FAMILY DAYRockford

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Galleries are open! Come on in—bring your sketchbook. (We’re open Thursday through Sunday from 10 to 5.)

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Galleries are open through the weekend! Come meet this Ken Warneke head in person! We’re here 10-5 Thursday through Sunday with free admission thanks to a generous sponsorship from Janella and Matthew Herbig. PS. You can even get this great Permanent Collection piece on a locally screen-printed t-shirt from the Rockford Art Museum Store! Ken Warneke’s “Untitled” was made in 1983 of acrylic and plaster. It was a gift to RAM by Eileen and Peter Broido. T-shirt printed by @silky_screens

Friday, July 9, 2021

It’s gloomy outside but inside the galleries we’ve got ‘Technicolor Constellations’ to brighten your day! Come see us from 10-5! (Open Thursday through Sunday with free admission)

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Another week of summer camps at Rockford Art Museum starts on July 13th! Join local artist Jenny Mathews for ‘Dandy Art: A Week Of Weeds’ and interpret our favorite wish-maker through multiple mediums. Young campers will paint with acrylic and watercolor, make clay beads and create paper flowers! Offered for grades K-4 from 1-2:30 PM and 5-12 from 3-5 PM July 13th through 16th. Register today at rockfordartmuseum.org!

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Happy 4th of July! Museum galleries are open today from 10 AM to 5 PM with free admission. Charlie Beffa“Freezing (Lake Mendota)”Gift of the Beffa family in memory of Charlie BeffaCharlie Beffa (American, 1924–1999) was a lifelong amateur photographer and longtime member of the Rockford Art Association, now Rockford Art Museum. He started taking photos in the 1940s and was a founding member of the Rockford Lens and Shutter Club, now the Rockford Photo Club (RPC), in 1947, serving as president, treasurer, secretary, and more over the years. He received the club’s annual Award for Excellence in Photography in 1959, 1974 and 1979 and Photographer of the Year in 1984. Beffa participated in photographic shows and contests where he won many awards, from first to honorable mention, for his black and white photographic work. He also helped create the Snappers, a small group of retirees (and RPCC members) who traveled around Rockford and the surrounding area taking pictures. Beffa once said he liked black and white photography because it required a better eye for contrast–and was much easier (and less expensive) to develop and print in his darkroom at home.

Sunday, July 4, 2021