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
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

More About Us

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

Operation Manager + Design
Sarah Axelson–saxelson@rockfordartmuseum.org

Assistant Curator + Chief Preparator 
Frances Downey–fdowney@rockfordartmuseum.org

Education + Engagement Manager
Jaymee Fedor (on leave through October)
Chloe Gale (interim)–education@rockfordartmuseum.org

President
Keri Benhoff

Past President
David Boccignone

Executive Trustees
Steve Bois
John Holevas
Daniel G. Saavedra

Treasurer
Greg Harlan

Secretary
Holly Squicciarini

Trustees
Jim Bennett
Diane Jaroch Cain
Jordan Calgaro
Todd Fischer-Free
Jerry Kortman
Dana Martin
Steve Pitkin

Trustees Emeritus
Dick Behr

Rob Funderburg
Lisa Lindman

Support Group Representatives
Greenwich Village Art Fair—Valerie Olafson
Women’s Art Board—
Anne Boccignone