Vol 33: Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois

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“Buzz Spector: Reading Matter” at Rockford Art Museum, 2022. Courtesy of Rockford Art Museum. 

Rockford Art Museum’s mission is to foster creativity and build community through the visual arts. 

Rockford Art Museum is located along the Rock River inside the Riverfront Museum Park building in downtown Rockford, Illinois. RAM has been enriching the quality of life in the Rockford Region since 1913 through a Permanent Collection, frequent exhibitions and educational programs. Its collection is a showcase of varied art media and movements, with a strong emphasis on artists from Illinois. Visitors peruse works by established and emerging artists, which form part of Rockford Art Museum’s three to four annual feature exhibitions. More than 2,000 works included in the museum collection focus on modern and contemporary art, photography, Black artists from the American South, contemporary glass, and regional art. Its critically acclaimed Spiezer Collection is the most significant collection of Chicago art, inside or outside the city and the museum’s contemporary art and studio glass are ranked among the finest collections of post-1960s Chicago art.

Notable artists included in the Permanent Collection are American masters Wilson Henry Irvine, Walter Ufer and Belle Emerson Keith; Black artists from the American South Lonnie Holley, Mose Tolliver and Thornton Dial; photographers Manuel Carrillo, Danny Lyon, Patty Carroll and Ansel Adams; an impressive metal horse created using locally sourced materials by artist Deborah Butterfield; Imagist works by Chicago artists Ed Paschke, Ray Yoshida, Karl Wirsum, Jim Nutt and Gladys Nillson; and Modern and Contemporary artists Kerry James Marshall, Hollis Sigler, Robert Longo and Phyllis Bramson.

Annually, Rockford Art Museum hosts Greenwich Village Art Fair the longest running art fair of its kind in the Midwest featuring fine art and fine craft from across the nation, live music, kid’s activities and more the 2ndweekend after Labor Day. 

Rockford Art Museum also hosts the Rockford Midwestern Biennial every two years. The Midwestern is a survey exhibition of new work created in the previous two years by contemporary artists from across the Midwest. 

“Technicolor Constellations” at Rockford Art Museum, 2021. Courtesy of Rockford Art Museum. 

Educational activities and art classes are offered for both adults and children and include lectures by exhibiting artists and the museum’s curator, summer camps, workshops to improve or learn art techniques and more. There are also opportunities for guided tours of the galleries with our artists-in-residence and docents. The museum store stocks everything from art books to handmade jewelry and art. 


Visit rockfordartmuseum.org for information.

Connect with RAM on Instagram at @rockfordartmuseum


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