Rockford Art Museum

Rockford Art Museum collection exhibition education since 1913 711 N Main St, Rockford IL (815) 968-2787 OPEN DAILY 10 AM–5 PM @rockfordart #rockfordartmuseum
Rockford Art Museum has been enriching the quality of life in the Rockford region since 1913 through a permanent collection, frequent exhibitions and lifelong education. RAM is home of the YOUNG ARTIST SHOW (est. 1941), GREENWICH VILLAGE ART FAIR (est. 1948), and the ROCKFORD MIDWESTERN BIENNIAL (est. 1913).
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The RAM PERMANENT COLLECTION focuses on modern and contemporary art, photography, studio glass, outsider art, and regional art; exhibits change throughout the year. Rockford Art Museum showcases three to four FEATURE EXHIBITIONS each year. EDUCATION PROGRAMS include lectures for adults, classes for children, and gallery walks for all ages. The RAM ART ANNEX hosts classes, meetings, and small events, with work on display by local artists. Hours vary, for more info call (815) 968-2787.

Mission: Rockford Art Museum fosters creativity and builds community through visual arts.

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend-get out and explore some public art! Like this piece from the RAM Permanent Collect...
05/29/2020

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend-get out and explore some public art! Like this piece from the RAM Permanent Collection, located on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum. Josh Garber donated his piece ‘World of Information’ to Rockford Art Museum for its sculpture garden as a reminder of the hectic but self-contained psyche of media and information channels, nestled into the calm flowers of the garden. Visit gorockford.com/things-to-do/public-art for maps of other art in Rockford! @gorockford @rockfordparkdistrict

05/29/2020

Hello all! Today will be our final weekly Family Art Fun Day but don’t worry- all the previous weeks are archived and we’ll be popping back into our feed occasionally to share projects! Let’s make cloud dough today!

Materials:
Lotion or conditioner (nothing fancy); Cornstarch; Food coloring
Optional for less mess: Gloves and Wax paper

Instructions:
Add 1/2 cup lotion or conditioner to a bowl

Mix in food coloring for fun colored dough

Add in 1 cup of cornstarch, slowly mixing until combined

Knead combination on table until it becomes dough-like (Wax paper can help keep dough from sticking to table)

Wear gloves to avoid stained hands (although food coloring comes off with dish soap)

If dough it still too sticky, slowly add more cornstarch until firm (be careful not to add too much as dough will start to crumble)

Repeat steps for additional colors!

Create and share with us on Facebook or Instagram @Rockfordart

**Storage: Keep dough in airtight containers. If dough dries out, knead in a small amount of lotion/conditioner until workable.**

Inspired by thebestideasforkids.com

Kerry James Marshall (American, b. 1955) relief prints on paper, ed. 3/5Gift of Friends of Rockford Art Museum with Illi...
05/28/2020

Kerry James Marshall (American, b. 1955)
relief prints on paper, ed. 3/5
Gift of Friends of Rockford Art Museum with Illinois Arts Council Partners in Purchase Grant

Kerry James Marshall uses painting, sculptural installations, collage, video, and photography to comment on the history of black identity both in the United States and in Western art. He is well known for paintings that focus on black subjects historically excluded from the artistic canon, and has explored issues of race and history through imagery ranging from abstraction to comics. Marshall said in a 2012 interview with ‘Art + Auction’ that “it is possible to transcend what is perceived to be the limitations of a race-conscious kind of work. It is a limitation only if you accept someone else’s foreclosure from the outside. If you plumb the depths yourself, you can exercise a good deal of creative flexibility. You are limited only by your ability to imagine possibilities.” Marshall was born in Alabama in 1955, and grew up in Watts, Los Angeles. He is a 1978 graduate of the Otis College of Art and Design and currently lives and works in Chicago. In his PBS Art21 special Marshall said, “You can’t be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955, and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you’ve got some kind of social responsibility. You can’t move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it. That determined a lot of where my work was going to go.” Marshall has work in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is the recipient of several awards, grants and fellowships including the MacArthur Genius grant in 1997. Jack Shainman Gallery has represented him since 1993.—jackshainman.com @kerryjamesmarshs #kerryjamesmarshall @ Rockford Art Museum

Today’s Permanent Collection spotlight features “Hall of Mirrors” by Gladys Nilsson (American, b. 1940). The piece was a...
05/28/2020

Today’s Permanent Collection spotlight features “Hall of Mirrors” by Gladys Nilsson (American, b. 1940). The piece was a gift of Francis and June Spiezer.

“Gladys Nilsson has been a lifelong devotee of the Art Institute of Chicago. She attended children’s art classes at the museum, studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for college, and has taught at the school for over 25 years. While in college, she met and married Jim Nutt. Soon after graduation, Nilsson joined forces with five other recent graduates of the School of the Art Institute to form the Hairy Who in 1965. The six artists—Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum—decided that the best way to find success was to exhibit their work together, and as the Hairy Who they began mounting unconventional displays of bright, bold graphic work in the mid-1960s. Over a period of four years they transformed the art landscape of Chicago, injecting their new and unique voices into the city’s rising national and international profile.

Nilsson is exceptionally prolific. During the Hairy Who era, she made new works for each exhibition rather than repurposing work across shows—perhaps because so many of her works sold immediately. Nilsson received critical recognition early on as well: she is the only artist to have ever won first prize two years in a row in the Art Institute’s Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity (in 1967 and 1968). The joy Nilsson derives from observation lies at the heart of her practice. Her playful, mischievous figurative tableaux express her sense of humor and boundless curiosity. These figures engage in disguise, voyeurism, and a complex web of interactions. Nilsson primarily works in watercolor, but she uses pencil underdrawing as a guide as she paints. Although these drawings are hidden under layers of colorful transparent washes, they give the paintings their crisp definition. Nilsson also exhibits a thorough command of collage; the scale shifts and layering of figures in her compositions create an organized chaos unlike that found in any other Hairy Who work. A 2018 exhibition at the Art Institute—the first-ever major survey dedicated solely to the Hairy Who—explored how the group’s distinct aesthetic transformed the art landscape of Chicago.” Art Institute of Chicago, artic.edu

Nilsson was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1958 to 1962, and later taught there for more than 25 years. Learn more at garthgreenan.com.

This beautiful piece was created by local artist Tom Mchale for our 2018 Rockford Midwestern Biennial. Deadline to apply...
05/27/2020

This beautiful piece was created by local artist Tom Mchale for our 2018 Rockford Midwestern Biennial. Deadline to apply for the juried 2020 Biennial is only a few weeks away and is open to any midwestern artist to submit work created in the past two years. Visit rockfordartmuseum.org for details! @tommchale1949 #midwesternart #midwesternartist #midwestartist #midwestart

For this week’s Family Art Fun Day we’re making Cloud Dough! Gather your supplies and meet us back here around 10 on Fri...
05/27/2020

For this week’s Family Art Fun Day we’re making Cloud Dough! Gather your supplies and meet us back here around 10 on Friday for the instructions! You’ll need: lotion or conditioner (nothing fancy), cornstarch and food coloring. For less mess you can have wax paper and gloves on hand too.

For each feature exhibition we create a Family Activity Guide to help young guests and their parents experience the gall...
05/26/2020
Family Activities Guide: Sonic Disruptions

For each feature exhibition we create a Family Activity Guide to help young guests and their parents experience the galleries by facilitating conversation and exploration. While the galleries remain closed, we do have videos of "Sonic Disruptions: Derrick Buisch and Laurie Hogin" as well as the taxidermy exhibition on loan from Burpee Museum of Natural History (both of which are addressed in the activities guide). Visit our YouTube channel to explore these exhibitions virtually: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe3cbJWmxUeLmPXdanmNnJA/featured.

This guide helps young guests and their parents experience the feature exhibition by helping to facilitate conversation and exploration. While the galleries remain closed due to COVID-19, visit the galleries virtually by following these links: Sonic Disruptions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1_V7...

Happy Memorial Day! Today we spotlight this Patriotic piece by Reverend Benjamin (B.F.) Perkins, part of the RAM Permane...
05/25/2020

Happy Memorial Day! Today we spotlight this Patriotic piece by Reverend Benjamin (B.F.) Perkins, part of the RAM Permanent Collection.

Benjamin F. Perkins (American, 1904–1993)
‘Untitled,’ 1990
paint on Masonite with frame
Collection of Rockford Art Museum, Illinois
Gift of Diane and John Balsley

Poor Alabama farm boy, underage Merchant Marine, U.S. Marine and Presidential bodyguard, FBI agent, revival tent minister, celebrated American folk artist. All are chapters in the remarkable life of Benjamin Franklin “B.F.” Perkins. One of 18 children, his upbringing in rural Alabama involved more work than formal education. Perkins attended a one-room school for two months each year, with the rest of the year spent working with his father in farming and lumbering. Hard circumstances and his own hardworking nature took him through Alabama and Florida, picking fruit and cotton and working in coal mines. At 15, lying about his age, he joined the Merchant Marines and began to travel the world. Perkins joined the Unites States Marine Corps at age 17 and served on the security detail protecting President Calvin Coolidge. At 23, after working for the FBI for two years, he experienced a profound religious calling and followed it to become an evangelical preacher with the Church of God. Eventually Perkins returned to Alabama, settling near his hometown, and sought to establish a new Church of God congregation by building his own church. This very personal and spiritual construction project seems to have served as the inspiration for the artistic melding and expression of Perkins’s fundamental beliefs in the spiritual nature of man and his nation. His handmade church, constructed of simple building materials, was painted in red, white and blue motifs with decorated gourds adorning the walls and featured an entrance that was a replica of Christ’s tomb, with its door open for his congregants’ salvation. Gradually, Perkins continued to develop the use of art to communicate his religious and patriotic principles, often blending the two together. While continuing his ministry, he became a prolific painter. Perkins developed a rich array of visual motifs, including the American flag, the tablets of the Ten Commandments, depictions of his church, and, of course, the Statue of Liberty. He became part of a deep Southern tradition which includes others such as Howard Finster, who sought to use art as a means of expressing highly personal religious beliefs. Perkins’s rich use of text is part of this tradition, where the words of the sermon and the images of the painting become one. He continued his energetic life as a preacher and artist well into his 80s. Although his church was abandoned after his death, Perkins’s art has carried on his legacy and is highly sought after and collected by lovers of Southern folk art. His truth is marching on.—‪intuitiveeye.org‬

In the recent episode of “At Home with the Curator” RAM Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson shared her piece by Je...
05/23/2020

In the recent episode of “At Home with the Curator” RAM Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson shared her piece by Jeanne Ludeke. In order: “Hello” from Carrie’s personal collection; “Save Kathy’s” purchased in 2016 with funding from the Dean Alan Olson Foundation as part of the 2016 Rockford Midwestern Biennial and finally “P & P” juried into the 2018 Rockford Midwestern Biennial. @ Rockford Art Museum

05/23/2020

At Home with the Curator- We present another installment in a series of peeks into our Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson’s personal collection! Today Carrie shares her piece from Jeanne Ludeke. (Look for the post with the piece from RAMs Permanent Collection and a more detailed look at Carrie’s piece coming soon!)

We’re looking forward to hosting a summer camp for high school students offering guidance and insight on how to prepare ...
05/22/2020

We’re looking forward to hosting a summer camp for high school students offering guidance and insight on how to prepare for a career as an artist. “The Next Level” will be taught by local artist and business owner Laura Gomel and will happen June 29th through July 3rd. Spots are limited and registration is required. Visit rockfordartmuseum.org/education/children/camps for more information. @redhedartchick

05/22/2020

Today for Family Art Fun Day we’re making Eagle cards in honor of Memorial Day! You’ll need:
Colored paper, Scissors, Glue, Pencil
Optional: Googly eye, Eagle Shape template at simpleeverydaymom.com/heres-your-free-eagle-craft-template (subscribe to their mailing list for more craft ideas!)

Instructions:
Trace handprints onto brown paper and cut out

Fold a second piece of brown paper in half and keep fold at "top" of body

Draw, or trace using template, each section of the eagle
- Draw body from folded to open edges and cut out (this creates your card)
- Draw tail feathers (you can use the body as a size guide) and cut out
- On white paper, draw and cut out the eagle's head (you can use the body as a size guide)
- On yellow paper, draw and cut out claws and a beak (you can use the body/head as size guides)

Glue pieces into place
- handprints behind the body
- tail feathers on the bottom of the eagle
- two claws to the base of the body, where the tail feathers and body meet
- head to the top of the body (where the folded edge is)
- glue the beak to the edge of the head so half is hanging off the head

Draw or glue one eye on the head to the left of the beak.

Write a message inside and share with your friends or family. Share your creation with us too on Facebook or Instagram @Rockfordart

Inspiration: simpleeverydaymom.com

Derrick Buisch is a featured artist in our current exhibition “Sonic Disruptions”. Of his work he stated: “As a self-des...
05/21/2020

Derrick Buisch is a featured artist in our current exhibition “Sonic Disruptions”. Of his work he stated: “As a self-described ‘Painter’ I consistently seek out new ways to experiment within the narrow avenues of paint on canvas. Certain marks, signs, scribbles, gestures are repeated by means of projection, stencils, and transfers. A vocabulary of visual chatter celebrates the distortions, interruptions, and interference within the painted surface. These works are very straightforward, taking on subjects like imaginary monsters and fantastic buildings. The blunt, naïve nature of the subjects serves as an easy foil/mask, allowing for a range of rich experimentation with paint chemistry, color, installations, and scale. The physical properties of the medium are constantly stressed, questioned, tweaked, and recalibrated to keep the working visual vocabulary fresh and inventive.

I focus on abstract painting informed by ordinary, everyday visual information. My original fascination with ideograms transitioned into a more automatic, abstract painting vocabulary. These paintings involve the investigation of three specific properties: drawing, structure, and color. Inspirations for these works come from a variety of pedestrian sources, such as roadside signs, strip malls, graffiti, tattoos, and product symbols.

The color points to a range of materials, from the synthetic (plastic, bubblegum, crayons) to the natural (old walls, shallow pools of water, flesh), as well as exerting a physical presence, one that is mouth-watering and sensuous. The surfaces vary in types of paint application employed, revealing the element of time involved in making the painting. These paintings are developed at different rates, incorporating varying degrees of pigment and oil. Subtle changes in color and surface tone evoke compressed shifts in the visual space. The differences in paint viscosity are subtle and precise and extremely important in differentiating each painting. Ultimately, the surfaces of these paintings are luscious and mysterious.” Revisit his gallery walk from opening night on our app! (Available in the App Store or at app.cuseum.com/rockford-art-museum) @ Rockford Art Museum

05/20/2020
Go Rockford

Did you see this gorgeous documentary film created by Go Rockford and Grahamspencer about the CRE8IV: community-wide mural project? Well, in case you missed it, here it is! (And luckily you can TOTALLY socially-distance and stay safe while enjoying these outdoor murals so go see them for yourself!)

One year ago today, Go Rockford announced CRE8IV: transformational ART, a new mural festival for Rockford. As part of our celebration and spotlight on creativity, we are pleased to commemorate this anniversary by looking back through the release of a film documenting the landmark event’s transformational impact.

The film was commissioned by RACVB and created in partnership with @GrahamSpencer! Artist = lisA fRosT Atalie Gagnet Jenny Mathews Corey Barksdale Atlanta Art Gallery Yulia Avgustinovich Art Brett Whitacre - Artist page Jenny Roesel Ustick Molly Z. Art+Design and Chris Silva

05/20/2020

We’re making these fun eagles on Friday for Family Art Fun Day! Gather your supplies and join us here for the instruction around 10 Friday. Materials: colored paper, scissors, glue, pencils (googles eyes optional). You can reference the eagle template by visiting simpleeverydaymom.com/heres-your-free-eagle-craft-template/

The 2020 Rockford Midwestern Biennial will open at RAM on October 9th. We are now accepting artist applications for the ...
05/19/2020

The 2020 Rockford Midwestern Biennial will open at RAM on October 9th. We are now accepting artist applications for the juried exhibition— visit rockfordartmuseum.org/exhibition/next to apply. This piece, created by Victoria Bein, was juried into our 2018 Rockford Midwestern Biennial.

#midwesternartist #midwestartist #midwestart

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A Partner in Excellence of the Illinois Arts Council, RAM is located inside Riverfront Museum Park for the Arts and Sciences, a Rockford Park District facility in downtown Rockford, Illinois. RAM is supported by memberships, individual and corporate contributions, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and by the Armer Ahlstrand Charitable Foundation. Proceeds from Greenwich Village Art Fair, Women's Art Board Luncheon, and the Rockford Art Museum Store provide additional financial support.

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-----The Rockford Files ----- NOT an Obituary . . . An Homage to a "Hometown Hero " “Ernie” Diebold – The Passing of a Legend at 83. _________________________________________________ A mighty Redwood was felled on Sunday inside the noble and "Enchanting Forest of Creativity". A flood of delectable memories commands a moment of pause to reflect on a true, (albeit colourful), American "Hometown Hero". Ernest Jacob "Ernie" Diebold who was the genius Impresario designer at Flowers.by Connie on N. Main st. from 1957-1979. His frenetic genius coupled with his rarified "Sacred Gift of Creativity” were not only divinely inspirational to all who would behold, moreover, Ernie’s Gift literally challenged the observer to tear down the conventional barriers of the mundane and to unleash your ‘A’ Game – A True Artist. Though Ernie cultivated his bountiful genius within the fertile soil of Rockford, Illinois for his entire career, the Rich & Powerful nonetheless flocked to Rockford to seek him out - hidden amid the winding vines of his "Bagatelle" (as he ordained it) Garden. Ernie's "other-worldly" Gift brought him Fame all over the world but like so many of us from The Forest City, his Heart always remained true and deeply-rooted within the boundaries of his beloved Land of Lincoln hometown. Beyond Rockford's colloquial borders, Ernie enjoyed a "who's who" Client List of the uber global jet set, including the Wrigley family of Chicago the owners of Neiman Marcus and of course, horror flick icon, Vincent Price. For those of us old enough to remember, who could ever forget that thrill each & every time we entered Ernie's Enchanting Fiefdom on the corner of Fisher & N. Main streets. Truly a bygone era of Main Street USA. _________________________________________________ In short Ernie, you created a Sacred Space in each of our Hearts where it was safe for us to - “Dare to Dream”. Your fearless genius made such a profound & indelible impact on my own aesthetic sensibilities Ernie and your rigorous penchant for philanthropy unmistakably defined my personal raison d'être....à la Ernie. (Oh, and yes, lest I forget to mention; Admittedly, I still occasionally revert back to speaking in the third person plural, ergo the Royal "We" and then just chuckle at yet another unmistakable, " Ernie-ism ".) _________________________________________________ Ernie’s “lead-by-example” style was indelibly scribed into all who’s Hearts he touched with his enormous Talent. To you we all owe the greatest debt and most sincere gratitude. You taught us to think Big and Outside the Box, so that we may savour the Fundamental Artistic Rules of Nature and above all to NEVER heed the naysayers nor the hobgoblin rhetoric of our insidious detractors, (I’m still diligently working hard on mastering that one, Maestro )! _________________________________________________ Neither a leader nor a follower, my Hometown Hero was a Gentleman and a “Gentle Man” of only the most Hellenic proportions. In the wake of your passing Ernie, we are all now charged with the daunting & delightful mission to carry the Torch of Creativity & Compassion and illuminate the pathways of the Next Generation. Game On! _________________________________________________ Thank you, brother Ernie. God Speed my Friend, Nicolosi
This Thursday is our one year anniversary of our montly pop up art show -- September Olympic Sketch One Year Bash. 12 months of local artists, live painting, and quite a few adult beverages. Join us this Thursday evening after 7pm -- the first 10 lucky people will get a FREE Rockford Rampage signed print, plus plenty of art to take home, most under $10. $2 off all wines by the glass, $1 oysters, and $4 selected pints too! https://www.facebook.com/events/211003919576223/ Midwest Artist Collective #olympicsketch
when will artists who applied for the THE ROCKFORD MIDWESTERN BIENNIAL be notified that they were chosen or not?
just come across signed copy of catalogue for 2008 exhibition paint into icon vera klement paintingsfrom 1974-2008. Looks interesting!
Nov 18th for Native Heritage month: Native Pop Artists come to town! 1 pm to 5 pm. School workshops on the 16th, 17th and 18th and at various Art Galleries to share Native Art.
Destiny Photographic Art is moving to Florida! Come see Dale Horn and Gail Horn at Booth 38 at the Greenwich Village Art Fair this weekend! We have several new photographs on aluminum! Www.destinyphotographicart.com