You still have a little time to get down here for Coffee with the Curator! We’ll start around 10.
collection exhibition education since 1913
711 N Main St, Rockford IL (815) 968-2787
OPEN DAILY 10 AM–5 PM
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).
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.
You still have a little time to get down here for Coffee with the Curator! We’ll start around 10.
Remember that Coffee with the Curator happens tomorrow morning at 10 AM! Join us for a free cup of coffee (thanks to Rockford Roasting Co) and a lively chat with our Curator, Carrie Johnson about her process! See you there!
Art of Nature camp is having so much fun this week. Don’t forget to sign up for our last camp this summer Art Through Time August 5-9 9am-12pm. For more info head over to Rockfordartmuseum.org/education/children/camps #rockford #rockdordil #rockfordartmuseum #summer #summercamp #artcamp
Thanks The Rock River Times for the beautiful cover! You’re a great advocate for community programs and organizations and we’re grateful! 💘
Join us on Friday, July 12th for Coffee with the Curator at 10 AM. RAM Curator Carrie Johnson will offer a behind-the-scenes look at curating the feature exhibition “Chance Encounter”! This program is free with coffee provided by Rockford Roasting Company.
Join us for our popular "Cork + Canvas" program happening on Tuesday, July 23rd at 6 PM. Together we'll follow along with Bob to create a happy little painting, all while enjoying a couple of drinks from Prairie Street Brewing Co. Cost for the evening (which includes instruction, all of your supplies and 2 drinks) is only $45 ($40 if you're a RAM member). Advance registration is required: rockfordartmuseum.org/education/adults.
FRI, JUL 12 | 10–11 AM
FREE, COFFEE PROVIDED BY ROCKFORD ROASTING CO.
Get a behind-the-scenes look into the process of curating the feature exhibition with RAM Curator Carrie Johnson.
Coffee with the Curator July 12 at Rockford Art Museum
If you've ever wanted to learn how to create those "happy little trees" join us for our Ross-inspired Cork + Canvas program: Painting with Bob happening on Tuesday, July 23rd from 6–8 PM. We'll follow along with Bob and create a masterpiece of our own. Cost is $45 ($40 for RAM Members) and includes all of your supplies and 2 glasses of wine or beer from Prairie Street Brewing Co. Registration is required through rockfordartmuseum.org. (21 and over please)
Rockford Public Library joins us again Saturday morning, July 20th for Storytime with Rockford Public Library! After reading the silly and fun book "Toys in Space" by Mini Grey we'll created UFO's and aliens. This program is free and open to everyone!
RED hat, WHITE dog and BLUE trees. Come see the full pieces (part of the feature exhibition “Chance Encounter”) today at RAM! We’re open until 5 PM. Happy 4th of July! @ Rockford Art Museum
Come see us tomorrow! We’re open 10 AM to 5 PM for the 4th of July!
Our next Monthly Figure Drawing class happens on Thursday, July 25th from 6–8 PM. Join with other students as local artist Ian Morrison guides this live figure drawing program. Cost includes paper, model and instruction (suggested materials are listed in the Facebook event—a limited number of supply boxes are available to rent for $5). Registration is required, please visit rockfordartmuseum.org to sign up. This class fills up quickly so don't delay!
We're excited to participate in the Rockford Culture Crawl Presented by ComEd happening on Saturday, July 20th! Participating local cultural organizations are offering free creative and educational activities for children and families. In addition, Midway Village Museum, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Dance Company and Ethnic Heritage Museum are offering FREE ADMISSION. Click on the event link below for a complete list of organizations and for more details.
RAM open 10 AM–5 PM on July 4; the Blue Star Museum offers free admission for active-duty military families through Labor Day
On the first and third Saturday of each month we host Plein Air Classes on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum. Local artist Zachary Kolbe will offer tips and critiques as you work on improving your craft. We'll provide an easel; for a full list of suggested materials click on the Facebook event. Registration is required at rockfordartmuseum.org.
Family Art Fun Day happens this Friday, July 5th! The whole family gets in for only $5 all day and if you join us between 10 AM and noon we'll also have free art activities in the Art Annex! This Friday we'll be creating paper flowers inspired by Shelly Mosman, design our own salon-style portraits like Julie Heffernan and make confetti canons to celebrate Independence Day! Hope you can make it out!
Coffee with the Curator happens next Friday, July 12th at 10 AM. Join Rockford Art Museum Curator Carrie Johnson as she talks about the process of putting together the current feature exhibition "Chance Encounter". This event is free with complimentary coffee provided by Rockford Roasting Company. Hope you can join us!
We're looking forward to our Summer Camps: Art of Nature happening next week for ages 6-12! If you have a little artist that would like to join us please register at rockfordartmuseum.org. We only have a few spots left so don't delay!
We're still coming down from last week's amazing Fashion in Bloom event; going through photos and wanting to make sure that we give specific shout-outs to all of our partners and friends that helped make the event successful! Thanks so much to Kaitlyn Gdowski for her expertise in coordinating the fashion show and models and to Diane Jaroch Cain for organizing all of the amazing food from Giovanni's & alchemy and Jane Weis Proudfoot! You truly made the night magical!
ON VIEW THROUGH SEP 29
Sponsored by Dean Alan Olson Foundation, Anne + David Boccignone and Women's Art Board
"Chance Encounter" explores paintings and photography by Julie Heffernan Studio and Shelly Mosman. They use opulent beauty and gritty detail to tell visual stories. Both artists are represented in the RAM Permanent Collection.
Also on view are lavish, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture by Minneapolis designer Carter Averbeck of Omforme Design.
Sold-out Fashion in Bloom fundraiser a stunning send-off to this year’s Art in Bloom at Rockford Art Museum
Fashion in Bloom 2019 was spectacular! While we wait anxiously for our professional photos and videos we wanted to share some of the great shots that our attendees took of the evening! Stay tuned for even more gorgeous captures! (these were shared by Valerie Olafson, Carrie Johnson, Anita Church, Jennifer Langworthy, Kaitlyn Gdowski, Julie Humpal and Anne Frevert Cable)
That's a wrap folks! Art in Bloom 2019 has come to an end! We're so grateful to everyone that came out to see the flowers and the fashions (featured at last night's Fashion in Bloom)! What an incredible week! We couldn't have done it without our sponsors: Lon + Dick Behr, Midland Wealth Management, Title Underwriters, Sharyn + Joe Castrogiovanni, Gail + Hugh Funderburg, Lisa + Mark LIndman, Joan Stonecipher, Ringland-Johnson Construction, Anne + David Boccignone, Scandroli Construction, Dave + Karen Diamond, A. Tanner Design, Bischoff Dentistry, Judy Boccignone, CoyleKiley Insurance, Sara + Dave Deutsch, Cherri + Phil Eaton, Sherry + Greg Harlan, Patty + Jeff Smith, Wolfe Landscaping, Anita + Fred Church, Tina + Gary Kaatz, Lulu + Greg Watt, ABG Bags! Thanks to everyone for your amazing support!
Valet is available tonight at Fashion in Bloom! Don't worry about the heat (or rain) messin' with your look! 😉
RAM Curator Carrie Johnson invites you to join us today (Thursday, June 27) for the final day of #ArtInBloomRockford! We’ll be here until 5 PM! Also #FashionInBloomRockford happens tonight! Tickets are officially sold out, but if you’ve got them, we’ll see you for this exciting event at 5:30 PM (fashion show’s at 7)!
Final day of #ArtInBloomRockford 2019! Stop in today (Thursday, June 27) from 10-5 to see these gorgeous florals! Event Floral London Avenue Designs Petals & Pickin's O'Fallon's Fine Flowers Tonis Of Winnebago
Come to Art in Bloom today, Wednesday, June 26th at 1 PM to see exhibiting florist Courtney Turner of A Thymeless Bloom give a demonstration on "Botanical Jewelry: How it is Created and Worn". This demonstration is free with your paid admission, no registration required.
The Art in Bloom Preview Party happened on Monday, June 24th. Over 200 people attended this first-look at the 2019 designs created by 23 local florists.
Pattie Wallander, one of our exhibiting floral designers for Art in Bloom will be here today (Tue, Jun 25) doing live floral demonstrations at 1 and 6 PM in the galleries! She'll be talking about "living art for the home". These demonstrations are FREE with your admission, no registration necessary!
Love seeing all of the florists sharing their designs!
We are very excited to reveal our floral design for this year's Art in Bloom benefitting Rockford Art Museum! This piece was designed by two of Klehm's talented employees, Sam Burbach (Education & Programming Coordinator) and Maddie Smith (Grounds) and will be on display at the Rockford Art Museum this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. You can also stop by the Museum tonight for the Art in Bloom Preview Party for a sneak peek at all the installations and the opportunity to chat with Sam, Maddie, and all the other amazing designers!
For more information about Art in Bloom, visit https://rockfordartmuseum.org/art-in-bloom!
Join us tomorrow morning (Tuesday, June 25th) at 11 AM for a gallery walk of the Art in Bloom exhibition with Rockford Art Museum Curator Carrie Johnson and exhibiting florist Jordan Calgaro!
It’s getting very exciting in the galleries preparing for the #artinbloomrockford Preview Party! There are a few tickets left so grab yours quickly at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-in-bloom. This special exhibition will be on view to the public June 25-27. @ Rockford Art Museum
Thank you so much to Tina + Gary Kaatz and Lulu + Greg Watt for supporting Art in Bloom this year! We're grateful for your support!
For #artinbloomrockford last year @greenfirerestaurantbarbakery created a beautiful nest filled with real and crafted eggs. We’re looking forward to seeing what they create for this year! Art in Bloom is on view to the public Tuesday, June 25th from 10 AM to 8 PM and Tuesday/Wednesday, June 26th/27th from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission to this special exhibition is free with regular RAM admission. @ Rockford Art Museum
Michelle Cox and Jane Nolting of Stems Floral and More interpreted Jessica Gondek’s painting “Enterprising Machines 3” for #artinbloomrockford last year. There are still a few tickets left to get the first peek of this year’s designs at the Art in Bloom Preview Party happening Monday, June 24th at 6 PM. Grab your ticket today at rockfordartmuseum.org!
Thanks so much to our contributing (Casual Chic) sponsors: Judy Boccignone, Anita + Fred Church and ABG Bag! We're so grateful for their support of Fashion in Bloom!
We're so grateful to A. Tanner Design, Inc. for being a supporting (Boho Chic) sponsor! Thank you for your support of Fashion in Bloom!
We've loved having RAAC Arts Place in our space this week!
We can't believe it's already the end of week one of RAAC Artsplace, and a great week it has been! Pictured here are dance ArtsPlace apprentices, but other apprentices have also been hard at work studying visual arts, writing, and theater. We are at a seven week countdown to their final performance and exhibit, and we can't wait to see you there! Thank you to Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Dance Company, and The Nordlof Center for allowing our apprentices to learn and grow in your beautiful, creative spaces!
We love seeing what the participating restaurants create with their organic materials and Toni’s of Winnebago always shows exceptional creativity! Come see what they create this year at the Preview Party on Monday, June 24th from 6-8 PM. There are still a few tickets available, visit rockfordartmuseum.org. #artinbloomrockford @ Rockford Art Museum
This group exhibition located in the Rockford Art Museums Art Annex, shows the diversity and pride of 8 talented artists from June 6-July 7, 2019 to celebrate pride month.
ARTISTS: Eden Brown, Ashley Cassidy, Hannah Garl, Bepis Kaminari, Norm Knott, Jeremy Lampkin, Jessie Prouty, and Jessica Quam
Today RAM Curator Carrie Johnson wants to remind you that Art in Bloom happens next week! Tickets are still available for Monday night’s Preview Party (June 24, 6-8 PM) and for Fashion in Bloom (Thu, June 27, 5:30 PM). Visit rockfordartmuseum.org/art-in-bloom to get yours! Also happening this coming Saturday, June 22nd we’ve got our monthly yoga class. You need to register by midnight tonight for that class - visit rockfordartmuseum.org to do that. And if you have some free time tonight, remember that Thursdays are our late nights so stop down and see the beautiful new feature exhibition. We’re here until 7 PM!
We're so grateful to our Presenting (Tulip) sponsors for their support of Art in Bloom 2019: Anne + David Boccignone, Scandroli Construction Co. and Karen + Dave Diamond! Thank you for your generosity!
Melody Layng of Petals & Pickin's took on the task of interpreting “Public Works” by Emily Rapport the Painter for last years #artinbloomrockford. She focused on color and a few key pieces for her design resulting in the beautiful and interesting arrangement. We can’t wait to see what’s created this year! Art in Bloom is on view to the public Tuesday, June 25th from 10 AM to 8 PM and Wednesday/Thursday, June 26th/27th from 10 AM to 5 PM! The event is free with regular RAM admission!
We love seeing Mark Ellena of Leaf River Landscaping’s 2018 #ArtInBloomRockford creation on the cover of this week’s The Rock River Times! Be among the first to see what he creates this year by attending the Art in Bloom Preview Party on Monday, June 24th from 6-8 PM. Tickets are available at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-in-bloom!
711 N Main St
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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