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: To enrich the quality of life for people of all ages through visual arts programs of collection, exhibition and education.

Just a few of the cool planes you’ll see if you are the winning bidder for the Hangar Experience with Nancy and Jeff Kan...
03/11/2020

Just a few of the cool planes you’ll see if you are the winning bidder for the Hangar Experience with Nancy and Jeff Kaney up for auction at our Art X fundraiser happening this Friday, March 13th! Grab your tickets today at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x!

03/11/2020

Today RAM Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson is at Rooted here in Rockford to reveal another exciting live auction experience being offered at Friday’s fundraiser, Art X! Jeff and Nancy Kaney have donated a night at their airplane hangar! You’ll get to see some of the cool planes (check out the next post for those), learn about them from the pilots themselves and enjoy pizza and beer with a group of your friends (up to 8 people)! Be sure to get your Art X ticket today at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x! The event happens this Friday, March 13th from 7-11 PM here at Rockford Art Museum! See you then!

Just a few of the cool planes you’ll see if you are the winning bidder for the Hangar Experience with Nancy and Jeff Kan...
03/11/2020

Just a few of the cool planes you’ll see if you are the winning bidder for the Hangar Experience with Nancy and Jeff Kaney up for auction at our Art X fundraiser happening this Friday, March 13th! Grab your tickets today at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x!

03/09/2020

Today RAM Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson talks with Jim West of the Emmy-nominated PBS Show Destination Craft with Jim West about the amazing experience he has donated to our live auction happening at Art X this Friday, March 13th! He has generously donated a 9-day Arts and Crafts Ireland tour happening next Spring! Check out the video for details and don’t forget to get your ticket at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x!

03/09/2020

Art X is less than a week away and tickets are selling fast! On top of all the amazing experiences offered up during the live auction we’ll have a silent auction of original art from local artists: Heather Nielsen, Jessica Quam, Carrie Johnson and Judith Meyer! Get your ticket today at Rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x!

Another exciting live auction experience announcement for our upcoming Art X fundraiser: a 9-day Arts and Crafts experie...
03/07/2020

Another exciting live auction experience announcement for our upcoming Art X fundraiser: a 9-day Arts and Crafts experience in Ireland donated by PBS host, Jim West and Craftours leaving March 21, 2021! Get your tickets today for Art X at rockfordartmuseum.org!

This experience is valued at $2000 and includes round-trip airfare from New York JFK to Dublin, Ireland; private deluxe motor coach and professional Craftours escort; first-class hotel accommodations; Irish breakfast every day and some dinners.

While in Ireland you'll tour the famous "Burren" area on the West Coast of Ireland, the city of Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara Region, the city of Dublin (including shopping on the famous Grafton Street), Kylemore Abbey, shopping in the seaside craft village of Spiddal, and a tour of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park as well as a train ride across Ireland taking in the beautiful Irish countryside.

You'll also experience a wide array of different Arts & Crafts Workshops with master instructors (class kits included) and enjoy an evening presentation in Irish Lace Making, a visit to the family owned Avoca weaving facility, an Irish crystal carving demonstration by a master artist and a presentation at the Joyce family owned Connemara Marble facility.

For more information about the tour visit www.craftours.com.

03/06/2020

Just announced! Reed Sjostrom of Prairie Street Brewing Co. has offered up a brewery tour of their amazing facility along with an in-depth look into the process of creating their different craft beer styles and flavors. Following the tour you’ll enjoy food and beer pairings with Reed and continue your beer education! Get your tickets today for Art X happening on March 13th! Rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x.

Getting all of the magical details ironed out for our upcoming fundraiser, Art X, happening next Friday, March 13th at R...
03/05/2020

Getting all of the magical details ironed out for our upcoming fundraiser, Art X, happening next Friday, March 13th at Rockford Art Museum! Thanks to this dream squad Heather Nielsen, Bridget O'Brien Finn, Paul Sletten for lending your expertise! It’s going to be an awesome event! Grab your ticket today at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x!

03/05/2020
Our City, Our Story

Check out this awesome video created by Our City, Our Story featuring Chef Patrick Alberto of Octane Restaurant! One of the awesome live auction experiences you'll have the opportunity to bid on at our upcoming fundraiser Art X will be to hang out with Patrick and be his sous chef for the day (along with so many other cool things)! We're so honored that he's offered this experience for our auction and SO excited for the person who's the winning bidder! Grab your ticket today at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x and we'll see you next Friday, March 13th!

Usually, when we hear of people being deported, it is being deported from the US… The opposite happened with the Chef from Octane Interlounge. Pat Alberto was deported from the Philippines to the U.S. and had to start over. Hear how he made a new home in the kitchen.

03/04/2020

Tickets selling fast for ART X at Rockford Art Museum

ART X FRI, MAR 13 | 7–11 PMROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD$75 PER TICKET, COCKTAIL ATTIRE RESERVATIONS REQUI...
03/03/2020

ART X
FRI, MAR 13 | 7–11 PM
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD

$75 PER TICKET, COCKTAIL ATTIRE
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
TICKETS AT ROCKFORDARTMUSEUM.ORG/art-x
Sponsored by Lon + Dick Behr, Sapori Stationery, Scandroli Construction, Gorman & Company, Urban Equities and Megan Valentine.

Come party with us at our brand-new ART X fundraiser with music by Disco Chicken with DJ James Chesney, food by Abreo, cash bar by Prairie Street Brewing Co., plus surprises throughout the night. Bid on extraordinary, one-of-a-kind experiences with artists, musicians, chefs and local celebrities at the live auction!

Chaired by Bridget Finn, Nancy Kaney and Heather Nielsen, proceeds benefit Rockford Art Museum exhibitions and programs.

03/03/2020

Another one-of-a-kind experience to be auctioned off at Rockford Art Museum’s upcoming ART X fundraiser will be to spend the day with Chef Patrick Alberto of Octane Restaurant! You’ll be his sous chef for the day and then collaborate with him on a dish of your own to be named after you and then offered as a special for that whole week! After work you’ll sit down with him and other Rockford Chefs to discuss Rockford’s thriving culinary scene. Such a cool, unique experience! Join us for ART X happening Friday, March 13th in the museum from 7-11 PM! Tickets available at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x!

Don't forget to grab your tickets to our exciting new Spring fundraiser, Art X, happening in two weeks! We'll enjoy deli...
03/02/2020

Don't forget to grab your tickets to our exciting new Spring fundraiser, Art X, happening in two weeks! We'll enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres from Abreo Restaurant, cash bar from PopUp Restaurant Series: Prairie Street Brewing Co., gorgeous lighting from Luxe Productions, music from Disco Chicken and DJ James Chesney and the main attraction: a live auction of one-of-a-kind experiences! Check out the Facebook event to see what's been announced so far! Tickets are available at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x and all proceeds go to support exhibitions and educational programming at Rockford Art Museum! Thanks for your support!

Art X is sponsored by Lon + Dick Behr and chaired by Bridget Finn, Nancy Kaney and Heather Nielsen.

02/27/2020

Thursdays are our late nights– we're here until 7 PM! Come say hi and check out the new feature exhibition!

02/27/2020

JUST ANNOUNCED: another exciting experience up for grabs at our Art X live auction happening on Friday, March 13th! @andersonjapanesegardens will host you for an evening tour of the gardens with their Curator, Tim Gruner. He’ll walk you through the gardens pointing out garden history, technique, craftsmanship and relationships between the garden and its architectural elements. Following the tour you’ll enjoy a bento box from Shogun restaurant in the 16th century style tea house and then enjoy a traditional tea ceremony. What an incredible experience! Grab your Art X ticket today at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x.

Laurie Hogin’s Artist Lecture is now on the app! With her slides! If you haven’t downloaded the Rockford Art Museum app ...
02/26/2020

Laurie Hogin’s Artist Lecture is now on the app! With her slides! If you haven’t downloaded the Rockford Art Museum app yet visit app.cuseum.com/rockford-art-museum. And save the date for Derrick Buisch’s lecture happening on March 31st!

It's Tuesday and that means it's our weekly Donation Day at Rockford Art Museum! Come spend a little time with us and th...
02/25/2020

It's Tuesday and that means it's our weekly Donation Day at Rockford Art Museum! Come spend a little time with us and the new exhibition! We're here until 5 PM!

Stay tuned for another "live auction experience" announcement this week! We're excited to tell you all about another one...
02/24/2020

Stay tuned for another "live auction experience" announcement this week! We're excited to tell you all about another one-of-a-kind evening provided by an amazing local institution! Grab your tickets today to Art X where you'll have the chance to enter the winning bid! rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x

Art-X is sponsored by Lon + Dick Behr and chaired by Bridget O'Brien Finn, Nancy Woods Kaney and Heather Nielsen.

02/21/2020

RAM features 143 works of art by 129 students at 16 area schools in 79th Young Artist Show: High School Division, opens March 15

Just announced! One of the experiences being auctioned off during the live auction at Art X will be an evening with worl...
02/21/2020

Just announced! One of the experiences being auctioned off during the live auction at Art X will be an evening with world-renowned bead artist Betsy Youngquist! If you're the winning bidder you and three other friends will spend the evening in the galleries with bubbles and nibbles while learning how to create a beaded pendant with Betsy! A few examples of her pendants are below (no two are the same so these are just examples—not necessarily what yours will look like). Grab your Art X tickets today at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x and stay tuned for more unique live-auction experiences as they're announced!

02/20/2020

Today Rockford Art Museum Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson revealed our first live-auction experience that will be available at our upcoming fundraiser Art X! You’ll have the opportunity to bid on an evening with world-renowned bead artist @betsyyoungquist which will include champagne, nibbles and a hands-on workshop in the galleries where you’ll create a gorgeous pendant similar to what Carrie is wearing! Get your tickets to this party at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x!

Our latest feature exhibition, "Sonic Disruptions", opened with a wonderful gallery walk with exhibiting artists Laurie ...
02/19/2020

Our latest feature exhibition, "Sonic Disruptions", opened with a wonderful gallery walk with exhibiting artists Laurie Hogin and Derrick Buisch! If you missed it, or just want to revisit it, the walk is now available on our app (available through the App Store or at app.cuseum.com/rockford-art-museum).

We are pumped to have exhibiting artist Laurie Hogin here at Rockford Art Museum tonight (Feb 18) at 6 PM for an artist ...
02/18/2020

We are pumped to have exhibiting artist Laurie Hogin here at Rockford Art Museum tonight (Feb 18) at 6 PM for an artist lecture. She’ll talk about her “mad bunnies” and other recurring themes in her work. It’s free and open to the public! See you tonight! @ Rockford Art Museum

02/17/2020

ART X tickets on sale now at rockfordartmuseum.org

Join us tomorrow for an artist lecture with exhibiting artist Laurie Hogin! This free program starts at 6 PM in the gall...
02/17/2020

Join us tomorrow for an artist lecture with exhibiting artist Laurie Hogin! This free program starts at 6 PM in the galleries! See you there! Artist Lecture with Laurie Hogin, Mad Bunny: A Life in the Woods

02/17/2020

We were honored to be asked to be the featured organization for Ciao Bella Italian Kitchen incentive program in January! Owner Scott Frank and his team created a special menu that patrons could order from and have $1 donated back to Rockford Art Museum! Thanks to everyone who supported us and for the generosity of Ciao Bella! Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson went to the restaurant today to accept the $200 donation and express our gratitude. Be sure to stop in there this month to support the YMCA and check out their page or website for upcoming charities and other events!

02/15/2020

Happy weekend! We have a couple of things coming up at Rockford Art Museum at the beginning of this week that Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson wants to invite you to. First, on Monday we have Family Art Fun Day happening from 10 AM to 2 PM. The whole family gets in to see the new exhibition for only $5 which includes a free art activity! Then on Tuesday we welcome exhibiting artist Laurie Hogin to the galleries for a free lecture at 6! Hope to see you this week!

02/14/2020

Free Artist Lecture with Laurie Hogin Feb. 18 at RAM

Family Day is happening on Monday! The whole family gets in for only $5! Bring your kids to see the new exhibition and c...
02/14/2020

Family Day is happening on Monday! The whole family gets in for only $5! Bring your kids to see the new exhibition and create a free art project February 17th from 10 AM to 2 PM. See you then!

02/13/2020

Thanks to @psbrewingco for an amazing Pop-Up last night! Looking forward to the next one in June! Hopefully we’ll see you next month at our brand-new fundraiser ART X happening March 13th! This will be a night of food, drinks, music and an amazing live auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences! Stay tuned for details or go to rockfordartmuseum.org/art-x to get your ticket today!

Download the new Rockford Art Museum app through the app store or at app.cuseum.com/rockford-art-museum.
02/13/2020

Download the new Rockford Art Museum app through the app store or at app.cuseum.com/rockford-art-museum.

Oh my goodness! What a wonderful night we had last night with Prairie Street Brewing Co. for our first Pop-Up of 2020!  ...
02/13/2020

Oh my goodness! What a wonderful night we had last night with Prairie Street Brewing Co. for our first Pop-Up of 2020! Chef Josh Tourville and the whole staff at PSBC created an amazing and delicious culinary experience alongside the gorgeous new feature exhibition "Sonic Disruptions: Buisch + Hogin". And the beer (and seltzer) pairings were out of this world! Thanks to all of you that came out to support Rockford Art Museum and one of our awesome local restaurants!

Also, thanks to our sponsors Ameriprise Financial/Anne and David Boccignone and Raymond James; to our in-kind sponsors Broadway Florist (for the beautiful centerpieces) and to CACAOCUVEE (for the delicious chocolates); and to the Pop-Up Committee: Holly Squicciarini (chair), Douglas Benhoff, Jim Bennett, Leslie Crow and Bob Thukral.

Oh my goodness! What a wonderful night we had last night with Prairie Street Brewing Co. for our first Pop-Up of 2020! Chef Josh Tourville and the whole staff at PSBC created an amazing and delicious culinary experience alongside the gorgeous new feature exhibition "Sonic Disruptions: Buisch + Hogin". And the beer (and seltzer) pairings were out of this world! Thanks to all of you that came out to support Rockford Art Museum and one of our awesome local restaurants!

Also, thanks to our sponsors Ameriprise Financial/Anne and David Boccignone and Raymond James; to our in-kind sponsors Broadway Florist (for the beautiful centerpieces) and to CACAOCUVEE (for the delicious chocolates); and to the Pop-Up Committee: Holly Squicciarini (chair), Douglas Benhoff, Jim Bennett, Leslie Crow and Bob Thukral.

Join us this Saturday at 10 AM for our monthly Storytime with Rockford Public Library! We'll be reading "Hug Machine" by...
02/12/2020

Join us this Saturday at 10 AM for our monthly Storytime with Rockford Public Library! We'll be reading "Hug Machine" by Scott Campbell and then making our own cardboard pizzas. This program is free and open to the public!

Final day to reserve your seat to the first Pop-Up of 2020 happening this Wednesday, February 12th! Join us for cocktail...
02/10/2020

Final day to reserve your seat to the first Pop-Up of 2020 happening this Wednesday, February 12th! Join us for cocktails at 6 followed by a delicious, multi-course meal prepared by Chef Josh Tourville of Prairie Street Brewing Co. Tickets at rockfordartmuseum.org/pop-up-restaurant-series.

Sponsored by Ameriprise Financial/David and Anne Boccignone with in-kind sponsorship from Broadway Florist and CacaoCuvee. Ticket proceeds benefit Rockford Art Museum exhibitions and educational programs.

Come spend your weekend cuddled up listening to a custom playlist, reading a hand-picked book and immerse yourself in so...
02/08/2020

Come spend your weekend cuddled up listening to a custom playlist, reading a hand-picked book and immerse yourself in some amazing art! The feature exhibition, “Sonic Disruptions: Buisch and Hogin” opened last night and it’s outstanding! So much to see and explore! We’re here all weekend from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Only a couple days left to get your tickets to our Pop-Up Restaurant series happening next Wednesday, February 12th! Tic...
02/07/2020

Only a couple days left to get your tickets to our Pop-Up Restaurant series happening next Wednesday, February 12th! Tickets are $75 and proceeds benefit exhibitions and education programs here at Rockford Art Museum. Join us in welcoming Prairie Street Brewing Co to the galleries for a delicious and bold 5-course meal prepared by Chef Josh Tourville. You'll have the option of adding a beer pairing of PSBC's delicious beer to your meal the night of the event! Reserve your seat today at rockfordartmuseum.org/pop-up-restaurant-series.

TONIGHT’S the night! Yay! Come see what we’ve got going on behind all this paper 🥰 “Sonic Disruptions: Buisch + Hogin” o...
02/07/2020

TONIGHT’S the night! Yay! Come see what we’ve got going on behind all this paper 🥰 “Sonic Disruptions: Buisch + Hogin” opens tonight to the public at 7 PM! The artists and our Executive Director/Curator will be here to talk about the show and Prairie Street Brewing Co. will offer a cash bar! See you tonight!

“Sonic Disruptions” is sponsored by Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Smith Charitable Foundation and Rockford Area Arts Council. The exhibition runs February 7th through May 25th, 2020.

02/07/2020
Rockford Buzz

Thanks for coming out to see us Rockford Buzz! We always love talking to you about our exhibitions!

There is an awesome new exhibit, Sonic Disruptions, opening at Rockford Art Museum tomorrow! It's full of color, and you can sit on some fun furniture! The two artists will be on hand for the public opening to talk about their work and have a good time. Make sure you check it out tomorrow from 7-8:30pm!

And watch the video as Carrie Johnson tells me about how this came together! It's gonna be an awesome show, make sure you see it!

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711 N Main St
Rockford, IL
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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.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 19:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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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