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.

Rockford Art Museum also offers free admission and extended hours on Saturday, October 8 from 4 to 9 p.m. as part of Fall ArtScene, a citywide event coordinated by Rockford Area Arts Council.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Sarah Krepp and Joel Ross draw inspiration from the American landscape for their distinctive, visually challenging works that explore socially complex themes in dynamically different ways. Krepp exquisitely manipulates delicately shredded tires and scraps from the road into beautifully abstract paintings and installations, while Ross uses a subtler yet equally compelling approach to create text-based sculptures, mixed media installations, and photographs documenting his hyper-temporary public art installations. Founding director of DIALOGUE Chicago, Krepp is professor emeritus and former chair of the painting program at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Ross is currently associate professor; he is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

DECONSTRUCTING THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE
OCT 7, 2016–JAN 29, 2017 | ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM


MEMBERS PREVIEW
FRI, OCT 7, 5–7 PM

GALLERY WALK + RECEPTION WITH THE ARTISTS

PUBLIC OPENING
FRI, OCT 7, 7–9 PM

FREE ADMISSION, CASH BAR
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM
711 NORTH MAIN STREET, ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS


To attend the MEMBERS PREVIEW on FRI, OCT 7, 5–7 PM:
http://rockfordartmuseum.org/connect/become-a-member 

Related education programs held throughout the exhibition include a free artist lecture by Krepp on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m.; a free artist lecture by Ross on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m.; and Coffee with the Curator on Friday, January 20 at 10 a.m., free. 

Organized by Rockford Art Museum and curated by RAM Curator Carrie Johnson, this exhibition and its related educational programming are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and by the Armer Ahlstrand Charitable Foundation. RAM education programs are sponsored in part by Women's Art Board.

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