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.

01/22/2020
Rockford Buzz

This woman is on 🔥! Listen to this awesome podcast our Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson did with Rockford Buzz!

We have a treat for you!

This week, Carrie Johnson of the Rockford Art Museum joined us to talk about her brand new job title and how things are going at the art museum. She's lovely to chat with and has a lot of great things coming for RAM! Make sure you stop in, check out the art, and say hello to Carrie!

Hit play and come hang out with us. Coffee drinking is suggested.

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We're excited for RAM @ RAM happening this Saturday! Thanks to WIFR TV Morning Blend for having our Community Relations ...
01/22/2020
Rockford Artisan Market

We're excited for RAM @ RAM happening this Saturday! Thanks to WIFR TV Morning Blend for having our Community Relations star Sarah Bursley McNamara on set yesterday to talk about everything this annual fundraiser has in store! Hope you can join us on January 25th from 10 AM to 4 PM in the galleries!

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So proud of our Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson and excited for all that she's got planned for Rockford Art Mu...
01/21/2020
People to Watch: Carrie Johnson plans more interactive, accessible Rockford Art Museum

So proud of our Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson and excited for all that she's got planned for Rockford Art Museum! Thanks Rockford Register Star | rrstar.com for the great piece! She is certainly a "person to watch" ;)

ROCKFORD — Two years ago, Carrie Johnson pulled together not only a display of motorcycles at Rockford Art Museum but also arranged for a

01/20/2020

RAM Director/Curator Carrie Johnson featured speaker Jan. 20 at University Club of Chicago

We’re making shaving cream paintings today from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Art Annex! Stop by for this free activity! (And tak...
01/20/2020

We’re making shaving cream paintings today from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Art Annex! Stop by for this free activity! (And take a walk through the galleries while you’re here!)

01/18/2020

RAM Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson talks today about upcoming events, the final week of Bold Abstractions and our Annual Drive!

So awesome having these amazing 5th graders in our space today!
01/17/2020

So awesome having these amazing 5th graders in our space today!

Our 5th graders had a blast at the Discovery Center Museum today putting all their Project Lead the Way STEAM skills to work. They built rollercoasters with parts they had to "buy." They got to explore the museum and then ended as Artists in Residence at Rockford Art Museum. Even better...they got their steps in as they walked to the museum and back. Great day! #AllSaintsRocks #LearningisFun #Science #Art

Hello families! Looking for something to do with the kiddos off school on Monday, January 20th? Join us anytime between ...
01/17/2020

Hello families! Looking for something to do with the kiddos off school on Monday, January 20th? Join us anytime between 10 AM and 2 PM for a free art activity!

Our Artist-in-Residence, Sarah Reed-McNamara of @srmprints has taken over @speedball_art Instagram feed today! Go check ...
01/15/2020

Our Artist-in-Residence, Sarah Reed-McNamara of @srmprints has taken over @speedball_art Instagram feed today! Go check it out, learn a little about her process and show some 🥰!

01/14/2020

RAM @ RAM Art Show + Sale on Jan. 25 features over two dozen artists

It's Friday night! You should go out to eat! If you visit Ciao Bella Italian Kitchen and order off their delicious "Wint...
01/10/2020

It's Friday night! You should go out to eat! If you visit Ciao Bella Italian Kitchen and order off their delicious "Winter Feature Menu" they'll donate a portion to Rockford Art Museum! Yummy food supporting a good cause and no clean-up! Win-win!

01/09/2020

Happy New Year from Rockford Art Museum and our Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson! January at the museum ends with the closing of “Bold Abstractions: Paintings from the Thoma Collection” on January 26th and Rockford Artisan Market at RAM on January 25th! See you soon!

We are excited to have Rockford Public Library join us for our monthly Storytime program happening on Saturday, January ...
01/08/2020

We are excited to have Rockford Public Library join us for our monthly Storytime program happening on Saturday, January 18th at 10 AM. This month we'll read "Cat Knit" by Jacob Grant and then we'll paint with yarn! This event is free and all are welcome!

We are so excited to announce that Ciao Bella Italian Kitchen has graciously offered to make us their organization of th...
01/03/2020

We are so excited to announce that Ciao Bella Italian Kitchen has graciously offered to make us their organization of the month! A portion of the sales of these special menu items will directly benefit exhibitions and educational programs at Rockford Art Museum. Support local twice by visiting Ciao Bella in January!

Today, we are kicking off our winter feature menu benefiting The Rockford Art Museum!

Featuring beer battered shrimp, Bella Zoodles with mozzarella and basil in our tomato cream sauce, Lapostelle Chardonnay, Feudo Zirtari Red Blend, and a white chocolate with blueberries cremè brûlée. A portion of each item sold will go toward the museum.

Cin, cin! See you soon! 🍷

01/03/2020

Remember:
Thanks to generous support from the Carl + Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation we're FREE until January 26th!

12/24/2019

We’re open today from 10 AM to 3 PM! Come grab a last minute gift or see the exhibition! ✨

12/20/2019

RAM open 10 AM–3 PM on Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25; free daily admission through Jan. 26

12/19/2019

Visit b jones today to support Rockford Art Museum! They’re donating 10% of all sales for the day! 😍 Shop local and support RAM! They’re located in the Edgebrook Shopping Center and are open until 6 tonight!

So honored to have b jones support today! They carry gorgeous items perfect for gifts, holiday parties or to get you fee...
12/19/2019

So honored to have b jones support today! They carry gorgeous items perfect for gifts, holiday parties or to get you feeling great starting the New Year! They’re located in Edgebrook Shopping Center off Alpine. Check them out: support this awesome local business and Rockford Art Museum!

Remember that we've got our monthly Storytime with Rockford Public Library this coming Saturday in the galleries at 10 A...
12/18/2019

Remember that we've got our monthly Storytime with Rockford Public Library this coming Saturday in the galleries at 10 AM! This month we're reading "Hoot and Peep: A Song for Snow" and then making snow dough. This program is free and open to all ages (with a parent or guardian).

12/17/2019

Carrie Johnson named Executive Director of Rockford Art Museum

12/16/2019

Pretty excited to see the next feature exhibition advertised in Chicago Gallery News! Looking forward to all the awesome work @lauriehogin and #derrickbuisch will be showing! Stop in today to pick up your copy of the 2020 Gallery Guide. (And save the date for the free public opening of “Sonic Disruptions” on Friday, February 7!)

Hello everyone! Remember that if you shop through smile.amazon.com and select "Rockford Art Museum" as your benefitting ...
12/16/2019

Hello everyone! Remember that if you shop through smile.amazon.com and select "Rockford Art Museum" as your benefitting nonprofit, a portion of your total will be donated to help us continue our mission! It's an easy thing and doesn't cost you a cent! Yay! Thanks for your support!

12/13/2019

Just a little reminder that we are offering FREE admission * until January 26th! Come visit us! Bring your friends! ✨

12/12/2019

Today members of Rockford Art Museum staff joined Women’s Art Board for their annual holiday luncheon at The Norwegian. We celebrated all they’ve done for the museum through the year and they announced that they’d raised $24,000 to help with educational programs and collection. We are so grateful for these women and their passion for the museum! If you’re interested in becoming a member of Women’s Art Board, give us a call at (815) 968-2787 and we’ll connect you with this amazing support group!

12/12/2019
State Representative Maurice West

Thanks to State Representative Maurice West for taking the time to talk to our Executive Director/Curator, Carrie Johnson! Did you learn something new about Rockford Art Museum?

"The Rockford Art Museum helps to enrich the quality of life for our community."
Carrie Johnson - Executive Director

Rockford Art Museum
711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103

(815) 968-2787

For closed captioning, view this video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv8cCN34-v8

#workoftheweek CURRENTLY on view in the lower gallery at RAM. Aaron Siskind (American, 1903-1991)Rome 2, 1963gelatin sil...
12/12/2019

#workoftheweek CURRENTLY on view in the lower gallery at RAM.

Aaron Siskind (American, 1903-1991)
Rome 2, 1963
gelatin silver print
Collection of Rockford Art Museum
Gift of Temmie and Arnold Gilbert

Don't forget! Tonight is the JingleBling Shopping Event at JRKortman Gallery! Come down for gorgeous jewelry all the way...
12/06/2019

Don't forget! Tonight is the JingleBling Shopping Event at JRKortman Gallery! Come down for gorgeous jewelry all the way from the pearl and jewelry markets of Shanghai and Beijing! Get some gifts checked off your list then head upstairs to view "The Purse: art, design, fashion, function" and enjoy a cup of holiday cheer in their beautiful gallery space! A portion of the sales from the night support Rockford Art Museum.

Our friends at JRKortman Gallery are having their annual JingleBling Shopping Event this Friday, December 6th from 5:30 ...
12/04/2019

Our friends at JRKortman Gallery are having their annual JingleBling Shopping Event this Friday, December 6th from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This is a great holiday shopping kick-off event with unique jewelry from the pearl & jewelry markets of Shanghai & Beijing. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rockford Art museum. You can also enjoy "The Purse: art, design, fashion, function" art exhibit upstairs in the gallery space! Hope you can make it!

Richard Lindner (American, born Germany 1901-1978)First Avenue, 1968color lithographCollection of Rockford Art MuseumGif...
12/04/2019

Richard Lindner (American, born Germany 1901-1978)
First Avenue, 1968
color lithograph
Collection of Rockford Art Museum
Gift of Samuel Mandel

(Currently on view at RAM in the lower gallery. )

Download the new Rockford Art Museum app through the app store or at app.cuseum.com/rockford-art-museum.
12/04/2019

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

12/03/2019

As we wrap up Giving Tuesday we hope that you’ll consider donating to Rockford Art Museum! Your donations help support everything we do from community events to feature exhibitions and programs! You can donate through our page, the app or at rockfordartmuseum.org/connect/donate! Thanks for all you do to for our community!

We’re so humbled by the donations that have come in today for Giving Tuesday! Everything donated helps provide support f...
12/03/2019

We’re so humbled by the donations that have come in today for Giving Tuesday! Everything donated helps provide support for exhibitions and programs (like Community Day that happened last spring)! Donate through our website (rockfordartmuseum.org/connect/donate), the app, our page or (815) 968-2787!

12/03/2019

J.R. Kortman Center for Design hosts JingleBling! shopping event Dec. 6 to benefit RAM

It’s here! 🎉 Giving Tuesday is such a great way to show love to your favorite nonprofit organizations and we’re so grate...
12/03/2019

It’s here! 🎉 Giving Tuesday is such a great way to show love to your favorite nonprofit organizations and we’re so grateful for your support! You can donate by visiting our website at rockfordartmuseum.org/connect/donate through the “donate” button on our page, through the Rockford Art Museum app OR by calling us at (815) 968-2787!

GivingTuesday happens tomorrow, December 3rd! It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to d...
12/02/2019

GivingTuesday happens tomorrow, December 3rd! It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. If you'd like to support Rockford Art Museum on this global day of giving please visit our page and click on the "donate" button at the top of the page, visit our website (rockfordartmuseum.org/connect/donate) or give us a call at 815-968-2787! As always, your support is greatly appreciated!

GivingTuesday happens tomorrow, December 3rd! It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to d...
12/02/2019

GivingTuesday happens tomorrow, December 3rd! It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. If you'd like to support Rockford Art Museum on this global day of giving please visit our page and click on the "donate" button at the top of the page, visit our website (rockfordartmuseum.org/connect/donate) or give us a call at 815-968-2787! As always, your support is greatly appreciated!

Happy belated Birthday, Sam Gilliam! We are thrilled to have one of Sam's works on view in our feature exhibition "Bold ...
12/02/2019
Basking in Sam Gilliam's Endless Iterations

Happy belated Birthday, Sam Gilliam! We are thrilled to have one of Sam's works on view in our feature exhibition "Bold Abstractions: Paintings from the Thoma Collection" open through the end of January. Don't forget, it's free admission every day during this exhibition!
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The artist — still brilliant and brimming with artistic talent — will celebrate his 86th birthday on November 30.

If you're doing some Cyber Monday shopping on Amazon you have the opportunity to give a portion of your sale back to Roc...
12/02/2019

If you're doing some Cyber Monday shopping on Amazon you have the opportunity to give a portion of your sale back to Rockford Art Museum! When you shop through smile.amazon.com and select Rockford Art Museum as the organization you'd like to support, Amazon will take a portion of your sale and donate it to us! In case you didn't know this is an all year program, not just today! Any time you shop through that link we'll receive a donation! Thank you! Hope you get some great deals!

RAM store update: Tomorrow: December 1st, Rockford Art Museum will be providing 25% off select merchandise and 25% off o...
11/30/2019

RAM store update: Tomorrow: December 1st, Rockford Art Museum will be providing 25% off select merchandise and 25% off of memberships! ! !
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Revenues generated will be deposited into the operating budgets of the parent organizations, providing economic sustainability for the museum and cultural engagement for the community.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! 🦃RAM store update: On Sunday December 1st, Rockford Art Museum will be providing 25% off s...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! 🦃RAM store update: On Sunday December 1st, Rockford Art Museum will be providing 25% off select merchandise and 25% off of memberships!
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Revenues generated will be deposited into the operating budgets of the parent organizations, providing economic sustainability for the museum and cultural engagement for the community.

11/27/2019

Happy Thanksgiving week! Today RAM Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson talks about what we’ve got coming up to close out this holiday week including: family art fun day and museum store Sunday! See you soon!

RAM store update: On Sunday December 1st, Rockford Art Museum will be providing 25% off select merchandise and 25% off o...
11/27/2019

RAM store update: On Sunday December 1st, Rockford Art Museum will be providing 25% off select merchandise and 25% off of memberships!
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Revenues generated will be deposited into the operating budgets of the parent organizations, providing economic sustainability for the museum and cultural engagement for the community.

Featured item: peropon plant cultivating kit. 🌱🌿🍃

11/26/2019

RAM to participate in Museum Store Sunday on Dec. 1 with 25% off memberships and more

RAM store update: On Sunday December 1st, Rockford Art Museum will be providing 25% off select merchandise and 25% off o...
11/26/2019

RAM store update: On Sunday December 1st, Rockford Art Museum will be providing 25% off select merchandise and 25% off of memberships!
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Revenues generated will be deposited into the operating budgets of the parent organizations, providing economic sustainability for the museum and cultural engagement for the community.

1. Faber Castell Hand lettering kit
2. Can + plant reusable ceramic can with plant growing kit

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711 N Main St
Rockford, IL
61103

General information

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