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Founded in 1913, Rockford Art Museum exists to enrich the quality of life in the Rockford region through art collection, exhibitions and education. RAM is located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Open daily. Learn more at rockfordartmuseum.org and follow @rockfordart on social media. To become a member of the museum today, visit rockfordartmuseum.org/connect/become-a-member.

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EAT. PAINT. LOVE.A Cork + Canvas Pop-Up EventFebruary 12, 2021 | Virtual instruction (7-8 PM) with curbside dinner pick-up (5-6 PM) from Prairie Street Brewing Co.Join us on Friday, February 12 for our first Cork + Canvas Pop-Up event as we combine these two popular programs into a night of art and food at home (in your sweatpants!). Our Education and Engagement Manager, Jaymee, will guide you through an adult watercolor class where you’ll learn some interesting techniques resulting in some gorgeous botanical paintings. Food will be available to pick up curbside from Prairie Street Brewing Co (with optional beer pairing) and we’ll provide art supplies along with Zoom instruction. This would be a great date night (don’t forget Valentine’s Day is February 14) or a night with some friends or the perfect time to work on that New Year’s Resolution of learning a new skill! Registration is required by February 7 through rockfordartmuseum.org.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Register your kiddos today for our next Cartoon Club happening virtually this Saturday, January 23rd from 2-3 PM. We’ll be learning how to draw mermaids and other merfolk in this step-by-step class. Registration is required, visit rockfordartmuseum.org for details. And stay tuned for upcoming Cartoon Club offerings-we’re hoping to be able to offer an in-person option in February!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Our favorite “Big Chair” welcomed a bundled Bernie this morning. Grab your mittens and come see us! We’re here 10 to 5. Jim Julin “The Big Chair” Collection of Rockford Art Museum

Friday, January 22, 2021

Many key physically and psychologically developmental moments take place within the private enclosure of the domestic bathroom. It is the only place in many homes where a person—especially children and adolescents—can experience the true privacy needed for physical self-examination. It persists as a space that accepts arousal and sensuality while also providing a sense of safety, comfort, and private experience. These occurrences end up permanently interlacing one’s psyche and the bathroom—its sterile nature, soft porcelain fixtures, and cool surfaces—as the transition into adulthood is finalized. My work investigates and expands upon these pivotal moments, questioning what it means to have this architectural space intrinsically tied to the initial development of a person’s sexuality. By extracting common bathroom objects from their traditional context and inserting them into an art space, my work creates a psychological dissonance between our familiarity with the forms and our usual encounters with them. Intervening by arranging objects in uncomfortable proximity to each other, the sculptures become anthropomorphized and referential to a body or bodies. This work “Untitled” by Krista Anderson-Larson was selected by the Rockford Midwestern Biennial juror, Jim Dempsey, as one of two recipients of the Juror’s Choice Award. Come in and see this piece, and listen to Krista discuss the work through our free app available at app.cuseum.com/rockford-art-museum. @kristaandersonlarson

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Come in and see Gina Dabrowski’s photograph “Mary Guards the Gate” when we open for the first time in almost two months today at 10 AM! The Rockford Midwestern Biennial is up for two more weeks so be sure to stop in to see it Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Gina Lee Robbins discusses her piece “Hive” on our app, including how she created this intriguing wire, leather and horse hair sculpture. App.cuseum.com/rockford-art-museum. Gina Lee Robbins is a self-taught visual and teaching artist who creates sculptural objects using clay and found materials.  Working intuitively, she combines textures to explore points of physical, sensual and conceptual tension. For the last ten years she has been working out of her home and in a shared ceramic studio in the Chicago area. Her work has been exhibited in solo, invitational and juried group shows and competitions throughout the United States. She holds degrees in English and French language and literature, and teaches adult and children’s arts enrichment classes.  Her sculptures are part of private and corporate collections worldwide. @ginaleerobbins

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

This ceramic piece “M21” by Eric Carlson is currently on view as part of the juried exhibition the Rockford Midwestern Biennial. Come see it in person tomorrow when the galleries reopen at 10 AM!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Glenn Bodish is originally from the Lehigh Valley in Eastern Pennsylvania and currently lives in Illinois. He is an award winning artist and has nationally exhibited and published his work. Glenn holds an MFA degree in painting from the University of Montana, a BFA from Southern Oregon University and an AAS from Luzerne County Community College. He has worked in the fields of commercial art and photography, museum management, education and fine art for the past 40 years. Glenn is currently an Associate Professor of Art and the Art Gallery Director at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois.Glenn’s work is an exploration of mark making and practices automatic drawing techniques originated by the Surrealists. His approach to making art draws inspiration from and intuitively responds to the cultural and social milieu of our epoch. Glenn’s drawing and painting techniques are influenced by the works of Franz Kline, Mark Tobey and Keith Haring. His work playfully surveys the balance between order and chaos, growth and entropy, independence and interconnections.Hear @glennbodish speak about his work “Carbon Sequestration Series #11” through our free app available to download at app.cuseum.com/rockford-art-museum and be sure to come down to see it in person before the Rockford Midwestern Biennial closes on January 31st.Galleries reopen on January 21st. RAM is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM and remains free until January 31st.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Our Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson chats with us today about the Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award winner from this years Rockford Midwestern Biennial and how she chooses pieces for the Permanent Collection from this recurring exhibition.https://www.facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum/videos/151559310066023

Monday, January 18, 2021

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of this great man, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #mlkday2021

Monday, January 18, 2021