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.

Rockford Artisan Market at Rockford Art Museum features more than 20 artists and artisans with their assemblage art, block printing, ceramics, illustrations, jewelry and accessories, photography, paintings, and more, on Saturday, January 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford.The $7 event admission includes free admission at Rockford Art Museum plus a 10% discount on museum memberships purchased that day. Admission proceeds support RAM exhibitions and education programs.

Rockford Art Museum opens new feature exhibition Deconstructing the American Landscape on Friday, October 7, with a preview for museum members that includes a gallery walk and reception with artists Sarah Krepp and Joel Ross from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a public opening with free admission and cash bar from 7 to 9 p.m. that coincides with the first night of Fall ArtScene at RAM. The museum is located inside Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford.

BEST OF SHOW ($1,000; sponsored by Lon and Dick Behr): Kim Russell, Spring Green, WI (Booth 88, Drawing / Works on Paper)  

JUDGE’S CHOICE (six awards, $500 each; sponsored by Rockford Association for Minority Management, WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, Wipfli LLP, and Women’s Art Board of Rockford Art Museum): Sharon Burns, Madison WI (Booth 56, Jewelry); Jeff Hart, Aurora IL (Booth 13, Wood); Susan Otterson, Janesville WI (Booth 54, Fiber); Ken Swanson, Racine WI (Booth 77, Drawing / Works on Paper); Kirsten Walstead, Minneapolis MN (Booth 47, Ceramics); Scott Westgard, Buffalo Grove IL (Booth 15, Drawing / Works on Paper)  

HONORABLE MENTION (five awards, $100 each; sponsored by River District Association): Jacqueline Bevan, Round Lake Beach IL (Booth 32, Jewelry); Rick Cortez, La Grange Park IL (Booth 126, Mixed Media 3-D); Cameron Gillie, Madison WI (Booth 95, Photography); Ingrid Hyde, Rockford IL (Booth 83, Painting); Betsy Youngquist, Rockford IL (Booth 63, Mixed Media 3-D)  

The 2016 Greenwich Village Art Fair (GVAF) takes place Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18—rain or shine—on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., in downtown Rockford, Illinois. The annual two-day outdoor event features 136 artists, live music, a gourmet 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 23rd consecutive year; premier sponsors are Dean Alan Olson Foundation, Greenfire, 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 $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Advance tickets are $3 and are available at any Alpine Bank location and at the Rockford Art Museum Store. Ticket proceeds support RAM programs throughout the year.

Rockford Art Museum is in full bloom during new three-day event Art in Bloom (June 28–30), as works of art from the RAM Collection are creatively interpreted through floral design. Experience imaginative installations by talented local floral designers, as well as unique floral demonstrations, workshops and programs throughout the event.

Read more for full list of sponsors, participating designers, and related programming. For tickets or more information go to rockfordartmuseum.org/art-in-bloom or call RAM, (815) 968-2787. 

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens The Rockford Midwestern Biennial on Friday, June 10, with a preview for museum members and exhibiting artists that includes a gallery walk led by the juror, reception, and awards presentation from 5 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a free public opening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through Sept. 25 at RAM, located at 711 N. Main St., Rockford. 

Rockford Art Museum’s (RAM) 75th Young Artist Show continues April 10 with a free, public opening and awards recognition ceremony for its Youth Division, an annual exhibit that features outstanding artwork by K–8 students at public, private and homeschools in Winnebago County. On view are about 450 paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media and digital artwork by students at 73 schools in Winnebago County. Recognition awards, one per grade, will be announced at 2 p.m. during the free public opening Sunday, April 10, at RAM.

ROCKFORD, Ill. / March 22, 2016—The Rockford Art Museum Board of Trustees officially launched the I AM RAM campaign to support growth for the museum’s endowment fund today, with a goal set for $500,000. Trustee Anita Layng announced the launch, followed by the announcement by trustee Lisa Lindman of major pledged gifts to the fund by two local donors that total $250,000. The combined gift, made by the Lon and Dick Behr Foundation and the Funderburg Foundation, means the campaign has already reached its halfway mark. Endowment Committee Chair Rob Funderburg invited the community to participate by contributing to the fund.

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