Rockford Art Museum presents its 13th annual art college fair, Portfolio Day, on Monday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with admissions representatives from 14 colleges and universities on site to meet with students. Free admission, free portfolio reviews for students; no registration required. RAM is located inside Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street, Rockford, Illinois.

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.

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). 

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