about us

Rockford Art Museum boasts a diverse yet concise collection, acclaimed modern galleries, museum store, office, studios and classrooms; since 2004 the museum has been a Partner in Excellence of the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Now comprised of more than 2,000 works of art, the RAM Permanent Collection consists of modern and contemporary American art from the 19th and 20th centuries through today, from American Impressionist paintings to Chicago Imagist works to African American Art from the Black South. Regional art with an emphasis on Illinois artists remains a steadfast focus.

The mission of Rockford Art Museum is to foster creativity and build community through visual arts.

CArrie Johnson

Executive Director
Chief Curator

Carrie Johnson was named Executive Director in 2019 after being Curator since 2012. As Curator she lead the development and innovative implementation of exhibitions while overseeing the care for and management of the RAM Permanent Collection. A Rockford native, she has a deep knowledge of the organization and a passion for supporting and working with artists, having also led the education department prior to becoming Curator—a position she has held longer than anyone else in the 106-year-old history of the contemporary art museum.

Carrie Johnson, Rockford Art Museum


Executive Director/Chief Curator
Carrie Johnson—cjohnson@rockfordartmuseum.org

Operations Manager/Marketing Communications + Design
Sarah Axelson–saxelson@rockfordartmuseum.org

Store Staff
Hannah Garl 

Don Zwiefelhofer

Past President
Keri Benhoff

Executive Trustees
David Boccignone
Steve Bois
John Holevas
Daniel G. Saavedra

Greg Harlan

Dana Martin

Jordan Calgaro
Jacqui Corsi
Matthew Herbig

Jerry Kortman
Steve Pitkin
Steve Platcow
Holly Squicciarini
Jack Wheeler

Trustees Emeritus
Dick Behr
Rob Funderburg
Lisa Lindman

Support Group Representatives
Greenwich Village Art Fair—Keri + Doug Benhoff
Women’s Art Board—
Anne Boccignone

As a museum, we are unable to offer appraisals or value art work; however, the following are a few resources to help:

Christine Anderson– canderson@guardianfineart.com or (414) 252-0677 ext. 214

Leslie Hindman Auctions, Chicago—(312) 280-1212 or hindmanauctions.com

American Society of Appraisers, Chicago—chicagoasa.com