711 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
MEMBERS and ARTISTS PREVIEW | FRI, MAY 18
5 pm | Awards Presentation and Gallery Walk by
RAM Curator Jessica J. Caddell
6–7:30 pm | Reception
PUBLIC OPENING | SAT, MAY 19
10 am–5 pm | FREE Admission
11 am–12 pm | FREE Gallery Walk
11 am–12 pm | FREE Children’s Art Activity*
*sponsored by Dean Alan Olson Foundation
The 2012 Rockford Midwestern marks the 72nd presentation of Rockford Art Museum’s juried exhibition, which began in 1913 as an annual showcase of local artists. Now a biennial competition that surveys the breadth and depth of contemporary art in the Midwest today, the exhibition is open to new original artwork in any medium by artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin; 675 works by 234 artists were submitted for consideration.
Juror Lisa Stone selected 109 works by 91 regional artists for the 2012 Rockford Midwestern. She is curator for the Roger Brown Study Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and serves on the boards of SPACES (Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments) and Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.
Awards will be presented at the preview for members and exhibiting artists on May 18, including the prestigious Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award, Best of Show, First Place 2-D and First Place 3-D.
The exhibition and related educational programming are sponsored by Jill and Tom Becker, Fran and Jim Knutson, Amy
and Dean Olson, Pat and Jim Olson, and Jane Smith; and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The museum purchase award is made possible through support from the Dean Alan Olson Foundation.
Purchase Award Sponsor
Dean Alan Olson Foundation
Juried by Lisa Stone, the 2012 Rockford Midwestern marks the 72nd presentation of the museum’s survey exhibition of new work by contemporary regional artists; 109 pieces by 91 artists are featured.
Sponsored by Jill and Tom Becker, Fran and Jim Knutson, Amy and Dean Olson, Pat and Jim Olson, and Jane Smith.