Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens new feature exhibition Bittersweet Observations on Friday, June 9, with a preview reception for museum members from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a free public opening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. RAM hosts a free book signing with exhibiting artist and author Casey Riordan Millard on Saturday, June 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The exhibition remains on view through Oct. 1 at Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

Rockford Art Museum is in full bloom during three-day event Art in Bloom (Tuesday, June 27–Thursday, June 29, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.), as works of art from the RAM Collection are creatively interpreted through flowers and other organic material. Experience imaginative installations by talented local designers, as well as unique demonstrations, workshops and programs throughout the event.

Read more for full list of sponsors, participating designers, and related educational programming. For tickets or more information go to rockfordartmuseum.org/art-in-bloom or call RAM, (815) 968-2787. 

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its 76th Young Artist Show: Youth Division with a free, public opening and awards ceremony 1–3 p.m., Sunday, April 9. On view are 400 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media artwork by K–8 students at 74 schools in Winnebago County. Recognition awards, one per grade, will be announced at 2 p.m. during the April 9 opening. Students and teachers of any grade at any school receive free admission to the museum throughout the entire 76th Young Artist Show. Sponsored by Industrial Molds and Women’s Art Board, the exhibit remains on view through May 7 at RAM, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

Internationally acclaimed architect Jeanne Gang is the featured speaker at a special fundraising luncheon for Rockford Art Museum on April 18 at Giovanni’s in Rockford. The Belvidere native is a MacArthur Fellow whose award-winning projects with Studio Gang Architects include Chicago skyscraper Aqua and Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theatre. Tickets are $55 and available at rockfordartmuseum.org through April 11. 

This luncheon is presented by Women’s Art Board of RAM and sponsored by Alpine Bank; additional sponsors include Dean Alan Olson Foundation and Dr. Sarah Hagarty. Ticket proceeds help Women’s Art Board support Rockford Art Museum educational programming. 

Artists’ Ensemble Theater (AE), in partnership with Rockford Art Museum (RAM), presents a memorable one-night-only performance of Tony Award-winning play Red on Friday, March 31, at RAM, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. A brief audience Q&A and informal reception immediately follow. Tickets are $30 and available through the Artists’ Ensemble Theater Box Office.

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its 76th Young Artist Show: High School Division with a free, public opening and awards ceremony 1–3 p.m., Sunday, March 5. Sponsored by Industrial Molds and Women's Art Board, the exhibit remains on view through April 2 at RAM, located at 711 N. Main St., Rockford. 

Teachers at 20 schools within 50 miles of Rockford Art Museum submitted nearly 1,100 pieces for consideration by this year’s jurors, who chose 146 pieces representing 107 students from 16 area schools. On view are paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photography, digital and mixed media and more. Jurors Katie Martin-Meurer and Chris Sisson did not know the artist’s name, grade level, or school affiliation when selections were made for inclusion in the exhibition and for awards. Martin-Meurer is outreach coordinator for Peck School of the Arts at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Sisson chairs the department of art and art history at Rockford University. Both are practicing artists. 

Awards will be announced at 2 p.m. during the March 5 opening. Students and teachers of any grade at any school receive free admission to the museum throughout the entire 76th Young Artist Show, which includes the subsequent Youth Division (April 9–May 7). 

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens new feature exhibition The Others on Friday, Feb. 10, with a preview for museum members that includes a gallery walk and reception from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a free public opening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at RAM, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. The exhibition remains on view through May 29. 

The Others explores 50 iconic selections by 44 seminal artists from the 200-piece Francis and June Spiezer Collection of Rockford Art Museum, critically acclaimed as the most significant collection of Chicago art that exists today. The Spiezers also amassed a brilliant grouping of studio glass from around the world.

Rockford Artisan Market at Rockford Art Museum features more than 20 artists and artisans with their assemblage art, block printing, ceramics, illustrations, jewelry and accessories, photography, paintings, and more, on Saturday, January 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford.The $7 event admission includes free admission at Rockford Art Museum plus a 10% discount on museum memberships purchased that day. Admission proceeds support RAM exhibitions and education programs.

Rockford Art Museum opens new feature exhibition Deconstructing the American Landscape on Friday, October 7, with a preview for museum members that includes a gallery walk and reception with artists Sarah Krepp and Joel Ross from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a public opening with free admission and cash bar from 7 to 9 p.m. that coincides with the first night of Fall ArtScene at RAM. The museum is located inside Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford.

BEST OF SHOW ($1,000; sponsored by Lon and Dick Behr): Kim Russell, Spring Green, WI (Booth 88, Drawing / Works on Paper)  

JUDGE’S CHOICE (six awards, $500 each; sponsored by Rockford Association for Minority Management, WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, Wipfli LLP, and Women’s Art Board of Rockford Art Museum): Sharon Burns, Madison WI (Booth 56, Jewelry); Jeff Hart, Aurora IL (Booth 13, Wood); Susan Otterson, Janesville WI (Booth 54, Fiber); Ken Swanson, Racine WI (Booth 77, Drawing / Works on Paper); Kirsten Walstead, Minneapolis MN (Booth 47, Ceramics); Scott Westgard, Buffalo Grove IL (Booth 15, Drawing / Works on Paper)  

HONORABLE MENTION (five awards, $100 each; sponsored by River District Association): Jacqueline Bevan, Round Lake Beach IL (Booth 32, Jewelry); Rick Cortez, La Grange Park IL (Booth 126, Mixed Media 3-D); Cameron Gillie, Madison WI (Booth 95, Photography); Ingrid Hyde, Rockford IL (Booth 83, Painting); Betsy Youngquist, Rockford IL (Booth 63, Mixed Media 3-D)  

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