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. 

Juried by DIALOGUE CHICAGO founding director Sarah Krepp, the 2016 Rockford Midwestern is the 74th presentation of the museum’s survey exhibition of new work by contemporary artists from across the Midwest. Krepp selected 85 photographs, paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and more by 78 artists from across the Midwest. Best of Show and two Juror’s Choice awards will be presented during a preview reception for museum members and exhibiting artists – as well as the 2016 Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award, to the artist whose work has been selected for inclusion in the Rockford Art Museum Permanent Collection. 

The Rockford Midwestern Biennial and its related educational programming are sponsored by the Dean Alan Olson Foundation and Niccole Ranz, In Home Medical Group; and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and by the Armer Ahlstrand Charitable Foundation. Museum purchase award made possible by the Dean Alan Olson Foundation. RAM education programs are supported in part by Women’s Art Board. 

2016 EXHIBITING ARTISTS, JURIED BY SARAH KREPP: Mark Adkins, Oak Park, Ill.; Esther Aron, Bull Valley, Ill.; Jay Paul Bell, DeKalb, Ill.; Sue Berkey, Fairfield, Iowa; Ann Blaas, Brookfield, Ill.; David Bower, Naperville, Ill.; Gloria DeFilipps Brush, Duluth, Minn.; Patricia Brutchin, Lake in the Hills, Ill.; Paul K. Burkholder, Rockford, Ill.; Molly Carter, Rockford, Ill.; Jodie Chilcote, Spring Arbor, Mich.; Chris Cicala, Orland Park, Ill.; Ilene Curts-Thayer, Mason, Mich.; Diane Rose Dailing, Rockford, Ill.; Anita Dawson, Columbus, Ohio; Debra Joyce Dawson, Pataskala, Ohio; Sherri Denault, Bourbonnais, Ill.; Ken Dubin, Fairfield, Iowa; Steven Elbert, Columbus, Ohio; Bruce Erikson, Maineville, Ohio; Lorna Filippini, Chicago; Viktoria Ford, Urbana, Ill.; Maureen Fritchen, Racine, Wis.; Shelley Gilchrist, Evanston, Ill.; Mary Anne Goddard, Rockford, Ill.; Barbara Goldsmith, Morton Grove, Ill.; Jessica Gondek, Montgomery, Ill.; Amanda Greive, Edinburg, Ill.; Carol Hamilton, Harvard, Ill.; Samantha Haring, Cincinnati, Ohio; Tom Heflin, Rockford, Ill.; Leslie Hirshfield, Evanston, Ill.; Ellen Holtzblatt, Chicago; Kate Ingold, Chicago; Jennifer Johansson, Carbondale, Ill.; Katsy Johnson, Wilmette, Ill.; Marian Kane, Prairie du Sac, Wis.; Mark Keffer, Bedford, Ohio; JoAnn Kennedy, North Barrington, Ill.; Keren Kroul, Plymouth, Minn.; Kimberly Kuba, LaGrange, Ill.; Roland Kulla, Chicago; John Kurman, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Judy A. Langston, Park Ridge, Ill.; Cindy Lesperance, Lakemoor, Ill.; John Linquist, Machesney Park, Ill.; Jeanne Ludeke, Rockford, Ill.; Jennifer Mannebach, Oak Park, Ill.; Chandrika Marla, Northbrook, Ill.; Dianne Martia, Darien, Ill.; Kim Matthews, Minneapolis;  Tom McHale, Rockford, Ill.; Janice Meister, Crete, Ill.; Gary Mesa-Gaido, Morehead, Ky.; Zach Mory, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Jack Nixon, Wilmette, Ill.; Deborah Orloff, Sylvania, Ohio; Elizabeth Rhoads Read, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Nancy Reid, Gilberts, Ill.; David Reninger, Chicago; Sophia Ruppert, Edwardsville, Ill.; Deirdre Schanen, Campton Hills, Ill.; Justin Shaw, Warrensburg, Mo.; Dan Simoneau, Kenosha, Wis.; Anne Hayden Stevens, Wilmette, Ill.; Robert Studzinski, Bexley, Ohio; Bruce Thorn, Chicago; Michele Thrane, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Lisa Truax, Winona, Minn.; Constance Vepstas, Chicago; Cindy Vondran, Rockton, Ill.; Cara Lee Wade, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Christina Warzecha, Sycamore, Ill.; Gail Willert, Burlington, Wis.; Sigrid Wonsil, Streamwood, Ill.; Betsy Youngquist, Rockford, Ill.; Ryan Zoghlin, Chicago.

Founded in 1913, Rockford Art Museum is a non-profit organization that exists to enrich the quality of life in the Rockford region through art collection, exhibition and education. Regular admission: $7 adults, $3 students/seniors, free for children younger than age 12 and RAM members. Free Day every Tuesday, all day. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., every day. For more information call (815) 968-2787 or go to http://rockfordartmuseum.org.

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