Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its 78th Young Artist Show: High School Division with a free public opening and awards ceremony 1–3 p.m., Sunday, March 3. Sponsored by Alpine Kiwanis, Meemic and Women’s Art Board, the exhibition remains on view through March 31 at RAM, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford.

Rockford Art Museum’s second installment of its popular POP-UP RESTAURANT SERIES, highlighting top local restaurant chefs in the museum galleries, begins February 27 with CHEF PAUL SLETTEN of AbreoEach POP-UP RESTAURANT AT RAM will showcase an innovative, multiple course prix-fixe menu alongside the museum’s current feature exhibition Cheryl Pope: Not Without a Fight, and will include a lively “Did You Know” conversation about food and art with RAM Curator Carrie Johnson

‘Cheryl Pope: Not Without a Fight’ kicks off Feb. 8 with free public opening at Rockford Art Museum, daily free admission for ages 18 and under

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens new art exhibition Cheryl Pope: Not Without a Fight on Friday, February 8, with a free gallery walk with the artist from 5 to 6 p.m. and free public opening until 8:30 p.m. at RAM, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. The exhibition includes free admission every day for ages 18 and under, and artwork information is presented in both English and Spanish; it remains on view through Memorial Day, May 27.

The Rockford Art Museum Permanent Collection was featured in the story “Large Gifts Reflect and Define Museum’s Identity” by Guy Stephens on WNIJ Northern Public Radio, the Rockford region’s National Public Radio affiliate.

Arts Alliance Illinois, the nation’s largest statewide network of arts advocates, published an article spotlighting Rockford Art Museum in its December newsletter. Also highlighted was the growing attention on Rockford, referencing the major press coverage touting its comeback and Amazon Air’s expansion, a high-profile adaptive-reuse development, and international praise for locally made, Kartemquin-produced documentary Minding the Gap.

J.R. Kortman Center for Design hosts Jingle Bling! holiday jewelry shopping party on First Friday, Dec. 7, to benefit Rockford Art Museum. Fifteen percent of proceeds from jewelry sales from 5:30 to 8 p.m. will be donated to RAM.

This holiday season Rockford Art Museum kicks off its Donation Drive starting on #GivingTuesday, November 27. Your donations will provide supplies for weekly educational programming and museum activities, and will assist us in providing classes to schools that do not usually have access to these programs. Now through the end of December supplies can be donated at the Nordlof Center, RPL’s Hart Interim Library, Rockford Roasting Company, Wired Cafe, Katie’s Cup, Prairie Street Brewing Company and Rockford Art Museum.

Rockford Art Museum presents several new programs this holiday season, including the Art of Yoga, a new monthly programming series that kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 27.  

The Rockford Art Museum Collection is featured in a new long-term exhibition, Tiger, Calf, Bird, at the University Club of Chicago in downtown Chicago. 

Local fashion boutique b jones hosts a one-day shopping event on Friday, Nov. 16, to benefit Rockford Art Museum (RAM). Fifteen percent of all sales made from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be donated to the museum to help support RAM programs. The boutique is located at Edgebrook Shops, 1655 N. Alpine Rd., Rockford. For more details about the event contact b jones at (815) 397-8135 or go to bjonesstyle.net. 

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