Rockford Art Museum

Rockford Art Museum collection exhibition education since 1913
711 N Main St, Rockford IL (815) 968-2787
Galleries open Th–Su, 10 AM-5 PM
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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).

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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St. Louis Art Museum is magnificent! And the @buzzspector show was 🔥. Even better? The museum is free for all! @slam #fr...
04/23/2021

St. Louis Art Museum is magnificent! And the @buzzspector show was 🔥. Even better? The museum is free for all! @slam #freeartforall

St. Louis Art Museum is magnificent! And the @buzzspector show was 🔥. Even better? The museum is free for all! @slam #freeartforall

‘Buzz’ by Betsy Youngquist is currently on view as part of a Permanent Collection exhibition featuring 13 artists with t...
04/23/2021

‘Buzz’ by Betsy Youngquist is currently on view as part of a Permanent Collection exhibition featuring 13 artists with ties to our community! Come see this exquisite hand beaded bee in person this weekend-we’re open from 10 to 5, Thursday through Sunday. @betsyyoungquist @gorockford #rockford #rockfordillinois

Walter Ufer (American, 1876-1936)‘Her Daughter’, 1921oil on canvasCollection of Rockford Art MuseumA true icon of Americ...
04/21/2021

Walter Ufer (American, 1876-1936)
‘Her Daughter’, 1921
oil on canvas
Collection of Rockford Art Museum

A true icon of American painting, Walter Ufer is remembered most often for his bright, lustrous depictions of Puebloans in the New Mexico Landscape. Ufer was born in Huckeswagen, Germany, but immigrated to the United States with his family in 1980 settling in Louisville, Kentucky. Ufer studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, traveled to study abroad in Munich, Germany, and eventually moved west to be a part of the Taos Society of Artists in Taos, New Mexico. Walter Ufer was known for his political and social activism, which included assisting local victims of the 1918 flu pandemic, raising money for striking miners in nearby Madrid, New Mexico, and working with the international labor union Industrial Workers of the World.

‘Her Daughter’ is an exceptional example of Ufer’s ability to capture portrait and landscape in equal measure. In this painting, Ufer depicts the internationally famed potter Maria Martínez (right) and her teenage sister Clara Montoya (left) who she raised from 1909, the year of Montoya’s birth and their mother’s death. Like much of his work, this painting is rendered in Ufer’s signature high-key palette, illuminating the vibrancy of the hillside, the bold garments worn by the ceramicists, and the blue and purple sky where the clouds have broken into rain.

By capturing his subjects set into the places where they work and live their lives, Ufer gives a special significance to place, and makes the case that people are in a deep and sacred communion with the places they inhabit. Forever in love with the enchanting New Mexican landscape, Ufer had his ashes scattered in an arroyo, a dry creek bed, to be carried away by the seasonal floodwaters.

Come see this gorgeous piece from our American Masters collection currently on view in the lower level galleries. Galleries are open Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Walter Ufer (American, 1876-1936)
‘Her Daughter’, 1921
oil on canvas
Collection of Rockford Art Museum

A true icon of American painting, Walter Ufer is remembered most often for his bright, lustrous depictions of Puebloans in the New Mexico Landscape. Ufer was born in Huckeswagen, Germany, but immigrated to the United States with his family in 1980 settling in Louisville, Kentucky. Ufer studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, traveled to study abroad in Munich, Germany, and eventually moved west to be a part of the Taos Society of Artists in Taos, New Mexico. Walter Ufer was known for his political and social activism, which included assisting local victims of the 1918 flu pandemic, raising money for striking miners in nearby Madrid, New Mexico, and working with the international labor union Industrial Workers of the World.

‘Her Daughter’ is an exceptional example of Ufer’s ability to capture portrait and landscape in equal measure. In this painting, Ufer depicts the internationally famed potter Maria Martínez (right) and her teenage sister Clara Montoya (left) who she raised from 1909, the year of Montoya’s birth and their mother’s death. Like much of his work, this painting is rendered in Ufer’s signature high-key palette, illuminating the vibrancy of the hillside, the bold garments worn by the ceramicists, and the blue and purple sky where the clouds have broken into rain.

By capturing his subjects set into the places where they work and live their lives, Ufer gives a special significance to place, and makes the case that people are in a deep and sacred communion with the places they inhabit. Forever in love with the enchanting New Mexican landscape, Ufer had his ashes scattered in an arroyo, a dry creek bed, to be carried away by the seasonal floodwaters.

Come see this gorgeous piece from our American Masters collection currently on view in the lower level galleries. Galleries are open Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

It’s not too late to join us for Cartoon Club on Saturday, April 24th! We’ll be learning to draw these sweet n’ sour liz...
04/21/2021

It’s not too late to join us for Cartoon Club on Saturday, April 24th! We’ll be learning to draw these sweet n’ sour lizards in-person at Rockford Art Museum from 11-12:30 or virtually through Zoom from 2-3! Cost is only $5 for members or $10 for the general public. Register at rockfordartmuseum.org by Friday at noon. 🦎

04/17/2021

Come see us this weekend! Not only do we have the awesome feature exhibitions upstairs but we have four permanent collection shows in the lower levels. We’re here through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

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04/14/2021

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Wondering what it looks like to be an artist or vendor at Greenwich Village Art Fair? Here are a couple of the most frequently asked questions. Still have more? Reach out to us at [email protected]!

Are you an art educator or an artist that would like to pass on some of your expertise to young campers this summer? We’...
04/13/2021

Are you an art educator or an artist that would like to pass on some of your expertise to young campers this summer? We’re now accepting proposals for art camps here at Rockford Art Museum. In order to better understand your proposed program, please fill out the google form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDOlV5zkoi7RyVqdbV8F8JIiC7oy52Tmp8l9mBFweC0ydkKg/viewform)—if you have questions please email Jaymee at [email protected]. Deadline to be considered is April 30. Looking forward to working with you!

Are you an art educator or an artist that would like to pass on some of your expertise to young campers this summer? We’re now accepting proposals for art camps here at Rockford Art Museum. In order to better understand your proposed program, please fill out the google form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDOlV5zkoi7RyVqdbV8F8JIiC7oy52Tmp8l9mBFweC0ydkKg/viewform)—if you have questions please email Jaymee at [email protected]. Deadline to be considered is April 30. Looking forward to working with you!

The latest Permanent Collection exhibition, “Favorite Neighbor”, features works from 13 contemporary artists with ties t...
04/11/2021

The latest Permanent Collection exhibition, “Favorite Neighbor”, features works from 13 contemporary artists with ties to Rockford. Artists include: Lynn Fischer-Carlson, Betsy Youngquist, Mike Lash and Jim Julin. Spend this rainy day exploring this great exhibition from 10 AM to 5 PM.

The latest Permanent Collection exhibition, “Favorite Neighbor”, features works from 13 contemporary artists with ties to Rockford. Artists include: Lynn Fischer-Carlson, Betsy Youngquist, Mike Lash and Jim Julin. Spend this rainy day exploring this great exhibition from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Galleries are open! Come in and see the two feature exhibitions (in collaboration with New Genres Art Space)—Jonah King ...
04/09/2021

Galleries are open! Come in and see the two feature exhibitions (in collaboration with New Genres Art Space)—Jonah King “How the West Was Won” and Veronica Soria Martinez “Memory Access”! We’ve also got some awesome pieces on view in our lower levels from our Permanent Collection. Come see us this weekend from 10 AM to 5 PM! @kingjonahking @verosoma @newgenresartspace

Galleries are open! Come in and see the two feature exhibitions (in collaboration with New Genres Art Space)—Jonah King “How the West Was Won” and Veronica Soria Martinez “Memory Access”! We’ve also got some awesome pieces on view in our lower levels from our Permanent Collection. Come see us this weekend from 10 AM to 5 PM! @kingjonahking @verosoma @newgenresartspace

Thanks for visiting us Northwest Quarterly! What a great feature with our friends at Freeport Art Museum and us!
04/09/2021
Bringing Art to the Public, Post-Pandemic

Thanks for visiting us Northwest Quarterly! What a great feature with our friends at Freeport Art Museum and us!

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Currently on View—Marlene McCauley (American, b. 1947)“Snake Eyes”, 1996oil on canvasGift of Francis and June SpiezerCol...
04/08/2021

Currently on View—
Marlene McCauley (American, b. 1947)
“Snake Eyes”, 1996
oil on canvas
Gift of Francis and June Spiezer
Collection of Rockford Art Museum

The phrase “snake eyes” has come to be synonymous with bad luck. In the case of a venomous snake, snake eyes could potentially be one of the last things you see. This is certainly how it became an expression for the worst possible outcome when rolling a pair of dice. In the Christian tradition, snakes have been symbols of corruption, betrayal, and evil and this has certainly tarnished their reputations. However, throughout the millennia, snakes have signified many different things to various cultures. To the Hopi people, snakes are associated with the fertility of nature and have been incorporated into ceremonies. In other cultures, they have represented rebirth, guardianship, and sexual desire. They have even been thought of as an umbilical cord of sorts, connecting humanity to the natural world.

McCauley’s Snake Eyes is charged by the long symbolic history of the snake’s gaze. In this piece, “snake eyes” are represented three times: once as dice, once as the eyes of an actual serpent, and finally in text. This repetition accumulates to emphasize something that McCauley wants to express. What do you see when you look into the snake’s eyes?

A Rockford resident for many years, McCauley’s passion for nature has carried over into the present day and is evident in her home where she
collects mounted birds and old toy snakes. Her snake paintings are typically small, inviting the viewer to come up close to the subject to confront previous biases toward the reptile and to reconsider their beauty. (Frances Downey, Assistant Curator)

Currently on View—
Marlene McCauley (American, b. 1947)
“Snake Eyes”, 1996
oil on canvas
Gift of Francis and June Spiezer
Collection of Rockford Art Museum

The phrase “snake eyes” has come to be synonymous with bad luck. In the case of a venomous snake, snake eyes could potentially be one of the last things you see. This is certainly how it became an expression for the worst possible outcome when rolling a pair of dice. In the Christian tradition, snakes have been symbols of corruption, betrayal, and evil and this has certainly tarnished their reputations. However, throughout the millennia, snakes have signified many different things to various cultures. To the Hopi people, snakes are associated with the fertility of nature and have been incorporated into ceremonies. In other cultures, they have represented rebirth, guardianship, and sexual desire. They have even been thought of as an umbilical cord of sorts, connecting humanity to the natural world.

McCauley’s Snake Eyes is charged by the long symbolic history of the snake’s gaze. In this piece, “snake eyes” are represented three times: once as dice, once as the eyes of an actual serpent, and finally in text. This repetition accumulates to emphasize something that McCauley wants to express. What do you see when you look into the snake’s eyes?

A Rockford resident for many years, McCauley’s passion for nature has carried over into the present day and is evident in her home where she
collects mounted birds and old toy snakes. Her snake paintings are typically small, inviting the viewer to come up close to the subject to confront previous biases toward the reptile and to reconsider their beauty. (Frances Downey, Assistant Curator)

We’ve got some great Adult classes coming up this month! Macrame workshop | Apr 21, 6-8 PMBeginning Acrylic Painting | A...
04/07/2021

We’ve got some great Adult classes coming up this month!
Macrame workshop | Apr 21, 6-8 PM
Beginning Acrylic Painting | Apr 28-Jun 2, 10 AM-noon
Open Figure Study Workshop | Apr 28, 6-8:30 PM
Class details and registration at rockfordartmuseum.org!

Happy Easter! The RAM galleries may be closed today but our beautiful city is full of interesting public art for you to ...
04/04/2021

Happy Easter! The RAM galleries may be closed today but our beautiful city is full of interesting public art for you to enjoy! Including these two pieces on the museums grounds (first is by Josh Garber and second is Robert Engman). Our downturn has a huge assortment of works to see. Take that chocolate on the road and explore! (There’s a great list of sites to visit at gorockford.com/things-to-do/public-art) 🐰

04/01/2021

We would love to have you visit us Thursday through Saturday of this week (10 AM - 5 PM) but we will be closed on Sunday for the Easter holiday. See you soon!

Grab a friend and come down to see the feature exhibition “Veronica Soria Martinez: Memory Access”. Galleries are open u...
04/01/2021

Grab a friend and come down to see the feature exhibition “Veronica Soria Martinez: Memory Access”. Galleries are open until 5 today (Thursday) and from 10-5 Friday and Saturday— we’ll be closed Easter. @newgenresartspace @verosoma Admission is free through this exhibition.

Grab a friend and come down to see the feature exhibition “Veronica Soria Martinez: Memory Access”. Galleries are open until 5 today (Thursday) and from 10-5 Friday and Saturday— we’ll be closed Easter. @newgenresartspace @verosoma Admission is free through this exhibition.

03/31/2021

We couldn’t let Women’s History Month end without mentioning one of the most important women in Rockford Art Museum’s history: Belle Emerson Keith. She helped found what is now Rockford Art Museum and we are honored to have a few of her beautiful works in our collection. Rockford Art Museum Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson stands next to one of those pieces, “Chrysanthemums” (1890).

We are so happy that you’ve joined us as we presented the virtual 80th Annual Young Artist Show this year! We know that ...
03/31/2021

We are so happy that you’ve joined us as we presented the virtual 80th Annual Young Artist Show this year! We know that you love this exhibition as much as we do and although it’s not quite the same seeing the pieces on our screens as opposed to on the gallery walls, we hope that you’ve enjoyed the exhibition! Don’t forget that you can view the digital exhibition catalog at issuu.com/rockfordartmuseum to see each piece from the show. Today’s final school is Winnebago High School taught by Lisa Jimenez. Congratulations students for great work!
1. Irina Blaski (12), ‘The Touch’, watercolor and pen
2. Alyssa Brewer (12), ‘Portrait’, pen and color pencil
3. Andres Alvarez De Casas (11), ‘Self-Portrait’, graphite
4. Philip Didier (12), ‘Fair Coffee Time’, oil pastel
5. Jacob Dunbaugh (12), ‘The City of Life’, color pencil
6. Aurora Insko (12), ‘Movie Preview’, acrylic paint
7. Grace Kilbreath (12), ‘Overwhelmed’, acrylic paint
8. Lorrayne Lightfoot (12), ‘2020’, mixed media
9. Bianca Namuyomba (12), ‘When Black Boys Wear Red’, oil pastel
10. Hayley Starkey (12), ‘Split Personalities’, acrylic paint
✨We want to say a huge thank you to the Women’s Art Board of Rockford Art Museum for your sponsorship of this year’s event!✨

These four pieces received Staff Pick honors for the virtual 80th Annual Young Artist Show. Congratulations to these tal...
03/30/2021

These four pieces received Staff Pick honors for the virtual 80th Annual Young Artist Show. Congratulations to these talented student artists!
1. Zoe Beard, 12th grade (Rockford Christian), ‘Copacetic Family’, watercolor colored pencil & ink
2. Gwen Dannenberg, 12th grade (Boylan), ‘I Don't Belong Here’, mixed media on paper
3. Gianna Friedl, 12th grade (Keith), ‘Untitled’, Linocut
4. Abby Schriever, 12th grade (Boylan), ‘The Same System’, watercolor mixed media on paper

We’re happy to present this student work from Rockford Lutheran (taught by Greg Haut) as part of our 80th annual virtual...
03/30/2021

We’re happy to present this student work from Rockford Lutheran (taught by Greg Haut) as part of our 80th annual virtual Young Artist Show!
1. Alex Aulner (9), ‘Future Chateau d'Alner’, pencil
2. Kayleigh Benham (9), ‘Iridescent Balloon Dog’, pencil, felt-tip markers
3. Autumn Christie (9), ‘Flamingo of the Blush of Dawn’, UPS shipping label, colored pencils, markers
4. Colin Courier (9), ‘Pipes’, colored pencil
5. Ella Flamm (10), ‘Pipes’, colored pencil
6. Kylee Heck (12), ‘Picture Perfect’, cardboard, hot glue
7. Thalia Mackey (10), ‘Mythical Wings’, sculpey, acrylic paint
8. Olivia Stram (10), ‘Tinker Bell’, styrofoam cup, hot glue
9. Savanna Swisher (11), ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, playing card, acrylic paint
10. Kevon Tillman-Jackson (11), ‘Porky Da Pig’, ceramic clay, acrylic, shellac

Congratulations to Nahli Phommatheth (12) of Guilford for being awarded Best 3D for “Gloom and Bloom”! (Featured in the ...
03/29/2021

Congratulations to Nahli Phommatheth (12) of Guilford for being awarded Best 3D for “Gloom and Bloom”! (Featured in the 80th annual virtual Young Artist Show.)

Congratulations to Nahli Phommatheth (12) of Guilford for being awarded Best 3D for “Gloom and Bloom”! (Featured in the 80th annual virtual Young Artist Show.)

For the final week of our 80th annual virtual Young Artist Show Exhibition we’re starting with Rockford Christian High S...
03/29/2021

For the final week of our 80th annual virtual Young Artist Show Exhibition we’re starting with Rockford Christian High School student work taught by Kelli Sabin.
1. Olivia Battista (12), ‘Junk Bond Trader’, colored pencil and watercolor on black paper
2. Zoe Beard (12), ‘Copacetic Family’, watercolor colored pencil and ink
3. Elena Granzeier (11), ‘Miscellaneous’, graphite
4. Jada Harvey (11), ‘Autumn Leaves’, sgraffito on clay
5. Jada Harvey (11), ‘Kuumba’, sgraffito on clay
6. Isaac Love (11), ‘Under the Sea’, clay
7. Lucca Marcello (12), ‘Friday Night Football’, mixed media collage
8. Brielle Owens (12), ‘In The Shadows’, colored pencil on black paper
9. Helena Vuong (12), ‘Tangled Thoughts’, charcoal, watercolor and colored pencil
10. Kylie Westberg (12), ‘The Bug Keeper’, ball point pen and colored pencil

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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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Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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All exhibitions and programs presented by Rockford Art Museum are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and by the Armer Ahlstrand Charitable Foundation. Education programs supported in part by Women's Art Board.

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When is coffee with the curator coming back :)
Why can't the Biennial artworks be posted on your website or FB page instead of only on the app? Some of the public cannot access apps. Thanks!
Just finished viewing Jenny Riddle's virtual presentation about Barbara Walters for the Women's Art Board fall fundraiser and it was great. She did a wonderful job, the take-out lunch from Cucina da Rosa was yummy, and the technology worked! Congratulations to eveyone who made it happen.
-----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