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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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Our next Cartoon Club happens March 13th when we’ll learn to draw aliens! Classes will happen virtually through Zoom from 2-3 PM or in-person at the museum from 11-12:30. Registration is required, visit rockfordartmuseum.org for details and to sign up!Best suited for ages 6+.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Come see us today! Galleries are open 10AM to 5PM. With free admission! We have two amazing feature exhibitions currently with artists Jonah King and Veronica Soria Martinez and 4 Permanent Collection exhibitions in our lower level galleries! @kingjonahking @verosoma @newgenresartspace

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Today our Education and Engagement Manager Jaymee gives a little history on the life and art of one our favorite Permanent Collection artists, Lonnie Holley.https://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/videos/421656412394337

Saturday, February 27, 2021

This piece from Veronica Soria Martinez’s “Memory Access” is at both times on view and not Come see what this means this weekend!* We’re here from 10 AM to 5 PM Thursday through Sunday. And! Exciting news! Admission is free for the duration of this exhibition! * Download the RAM app to access the AR feature in Martinez’s exhibition. app.cuseum.com/rockford-art-museum.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Today Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson talks a bit about Kerry James Marshall’s pieces in our Permanent Collection. We were lucky to have 5 limited edition relief prints on paper that were purchased and donated as a gift from the ‘Friends of Rockford Art Museum’ group in the late 1990’s. “Born in Birmingham, Alabama, before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and witness to the Watt’s riots in 1965, Marshall has long been an inspired and imaginative chronicler of the African American experience.” (MCA Chicago)https://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/videos/418201379485248/We are excited to exhibit these pieces in our upcoming summer show!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Victor Higgins, a key member of Taos, New Mexico Society of Artists, was born into a farming family in Shelbyville, IN. At the age of fifteen, he left home for Chicago where he studied at the Art Institute and the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. After studying in Chicago, Higgins travelled to Europe and continued his studies in Paris, France and Munich, Germany. Higgins returned to Chicago, but in 1914 accepted a commission to paint the landscape of Taos, New Mexico which was gaining recognition as the site of a notable artist colony. Higgins was captivated by the colony and the town and decided to stay in Taos. In 1915, he was invited to join the exclusive Taos Society of Artists. Among the artists of Taos, Higgins had a particularly unique practice. He was dedicated to painting the American West, but he was heavily influenced by the European avant-garde and the cubist art movement. Although Higgins made representational work, it is also clear that his process was a conceptual one. “The trouble with most people is that they see too much with the eye only and not enough with the inner eye, the emotions,” he told an interviewer in 1932. “A painter paints a canvas not because he wants to make a ‘picture’ so much as that he wants to solve a problem… in form, in construction, design if you prefer that term, in color harmonies.”Victor Higgins, 1919 piece “Rabbit Trackers” is currently on view in our lower level galleries as part of the American Mastery exhibition featuring pieces from our Permanent Collection.Stop in to see it Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Come see us this weekend! We’re open until 5!Jonah King, “How the West Was Won”

Sunday, February 21, 2021

"Club member Myleisha Watkins said it was fun to put together. She helped paint the sun and unicorn. The 14-year-old has taken a few art classes in school but said none compare to this experience.'I want people to feel happy and have positive thoughts when they look at the mural, no negativity,' she said. 'Just know that you’re special.'"https://www.rrstar.com/story/news/2021/02/18/west-side-boys-and-girls-club-rockford-unveils-new-mural/6793038002/

Friday, February 19, 2021

Jonah King’s “How the West Was Won” features two seasoned golfers playing in the Mojave Desert intending to represent the consequences of climate change on our earth. King’s use of historical, cinematic and scientific findings help him deliver a powerful message. Come experience it soon! Galleries are open Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM. @newgenresartspace @kingjonahkinghttps://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/videos/5377214355652283

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Cartoon Club is back on Saturday, February 20th! During this class we’ll learn step-by-step how to draw some fun movie characters. Class is available in-person (with a very limited amount of spots and all Covid 19 precautions in place) from 11-12:30 or through Zoom from 2-3. Best suited for ages 6 and up. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for general public. Registration is required through rockfordartmuseum.org.https://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/videos/5367812329925819/

Tuesday, February 16, 2021