Exhibiting at this year’s Greenwich Village Art Fair (Sept. 16–17, 2017 at Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford) are more than 130 artists from around the region and across the nation. Types of artwork represented include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles, photography, wood, mixed media, and more. Artists annually compete for awards on the first day of the fair, where their work was viewed by 2017 Judge Jason Judd. Awards will be officially presented Sunday, Sept. 17 to: 

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.

The 2017 Greenwich Village Art Fair (GVAF) takes place Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17—rain or shine—on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum (RAM) at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., in downtown Rockford, Illinois. The annual two-day outdoor event features 132 artists, live music by local musicians, an artisan marketplace, children's art activities, and more. Established in 1948, Greenwich is the longest running art fair of its kind in the Midwest. Alpine Bank is the presenting sponsor for the 24th consecutive year; premier sponsors are the Blazer Foundation, Dean Alan Olson Foundation, and The Rock River Times

Gates are open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday. Admission at the gate is $7 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Advance tickets are $5 and are available at any Alpine Bank location and at the Rockford Art Museum Store. Ticket proceeds help support RAM programs throughout the year.

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). 

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens new feature exhibition The Others on Friday, Feb. 10, with a preview for museum members that includes a gallery walk and reception from 5 to 7 p.m., 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 29. 

The Others explores 50 iconic selections by 44 seminal artists from the 200-piece Francis and June Spiezer Collection of Rockford Art Museum, critically acclaimed as the most significant collection of Chicago art that exists today. The Spiezers also amassed a brilliant grouping of studio glass from around the world.

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