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 Sarah Hagarty. Ticket proceeds help Women’s Art Board support Rockford Art Museum educational programming.