Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its 77th Young Artist Show: Youth Division with a free public opening and awards ceremony 1–3 p.m., Sunday, April 8. On view are 400 paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media, and more by K–8 students at 65 schools in Winnebago County. Sponsored by Alpine Kiwanis and Women’s Art Board, the exhibition remains on view through May 6 at RAM, located inside Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford.

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its 77th Young Artist Show: High School Division with a free public opening and awards ceremony 1–3 p.m., Sunday, March 4. On view are 149 pieces representing 113 students from 15 area schoolsSponsored by Alpine Kiwanis and Women’s Art Board, the exhibition remains on view through March 31 at RAM, located inside Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford.

Rockford Art Museum’s new POP-UP RESTAURANT SERIES highlights top local restaurant chefs in an unexpected, off-the-grid setting.Each POP-UP RESTAURANT AT RAM—ABREO (February 28), GREENFIRE (March 28), ALCHEMY (April 25), and TONI’S OF WINNEBAGO (May 23)will have a set time for seating in the galleries and will showcase an innovative, multiple course prix-fixe menu alongside the museum’s current feature exhibition, and will include a lively “Did You Know?” conversation about food and art with RAM Curator Carrie Johnson.

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens new feature exhibition The Laura and John Fraser Collection on Friday, Feb. 9, with a preview reception for museum members from 5 to 7 p.m. that includes a gallery walk with the Frasers, 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 28.

The Laura and John Fraser Collection surveys one of the most recent major gifts to the Rockford Art Museum Permanent Collection in its entirety. The Fraser Collection is a stellar compilation of 122 contemporary paintings, prints, drawings, mixed media, sculptures, and ephemera by an international roster of 57 artists, including several local and regional artists.

Rockford Art Museum is proud to announce that it has received a $3,500 grant from the Community Grants Program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois with support from the Community Arts & Humanities Fund for The Laura and John Fraser Collection

Rockford Artisan Market at Rockford Art Museum features more than 20 local artists and artisans with their assemblage art, block printing, ceramics, illustrations, jewelry and accessories, photography, paintings, and more, on Saturday, January 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford. The $7 event admission includes free admission at RAM plus a 10% discount on museum memberships purchased that day. Admission proceeds support Rockford Art Museum.

Rockford Art Museum’s steel horse sculpture, donated by Lon and Richard Behr and created by nationally acclaimed artist Deborah Butterfield, has a new name. Selecting from more than 350 entries, Butterfield renamed the Yellow horse sculpture Yellow Behr. The Montana-based artist made the monumental piece with scrap material from Joseph Behr and Sons in Rockford.

Rockford Art Museum announced a major donation to the RAM Collection by Lon and Richard Behr on Wednesday, November 1, and launched a contest inviting the public to help name the steel horse sculpture. Montana-based artist Deborah Butterfield made the piece with scrap material from Joseph Behr and Sons in Rockford.

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens new feature exhibition Misfits on Friday, Oct. 13, 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. – and a motorcycle rally from 8 to 10 p.m. ($5 cover, free for RAM members), with live music, cash bar, and food trucks on site. The exhibition remains on view through Jan. 28 at Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

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.

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