Beginning the week of August 3, 2020, Rockford Art Museum (RAM) will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday–Sunday each week—with no reservations required, and free admission through the end of the year.

Rockford Art Museum will reopen Monday, July 6, with new health and safety protocols in place—and free admission through the end of the year. RAM is located inside the Riverfront Museum Park building at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois, across the hall from Discovery Center Museum and next door to Burpee Museum of Natural History.

The application deadline for Rockford Art Museum’s 76th Rockford Midwestern Biennial has been EXTENDED through June 29. The 2020 Rockford Midwestern is a juried survey exhibition of new contemporary art in the Midwest today, and will be on view October 9, 2020–January 31, 2021 at Rockford Art Museum, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park building at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Application and more details are available at rockfordartmuseum.org.

I write to you today with a heavy heart. As a museum staff and board, we want to acknowledge the pain, struggle and continued fight the black community faces daily. And, as a cultural institution that promotes listening, a safe environment, and a place where we encourage individuality and unity, we strongly oppose and stand against all forms of racism and oppression. We understand the incredible effort it takes to fight against systemic racism, both in our institution and our city, and we are dedicated to this hard work. We are hopeful that the current protests will help push change that is urgently needed in our country. We lock arms with our black community and are committed to fighting alongside you for true equality.

Some Good News for the Rockford region!

The Illinois General Assembly passed a budget bill last week with several big wins for the creative sector, including $13.3 million in funding for the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and a $50 million investment for the Arts Alliance Capital Coalition that will fuel 36 projects dedicated to permanent improvement in cultural infrastructure across the state—including one in downtown Rockford.

Rockford’s Riverfront Museum Park is among the 36 coalition members set to receive major funding for capital projects that will have a lasting impact on Discovery Center Museum, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Dance Company and Rockford Symphony Orchestra, all located inside the Riverfront Museum Park building at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford. Beloved annual Rockford events like RAM’s Greenwich Village Art Fair, Discovery Center’s Bubble Fest, Countdown to Fun and more all take place on site.

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) has extended Sonic Disruptions: Buisch + Hogin through September 27 in response to the current public health crisis. The major art exhibition opened February 7 at RAM, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park building at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. The museum is currently closed, and the original closing date for the exhibition was Memorial Day, May 25.

As of March 14, and following Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Executive Order, Rockford Art Museum is temporarily closed until further notice. In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the following March/April events, programs and classes have been impacted and rescheduled, postponed or cancelled: 

Effective 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, Rockford Art Museum is temporarily closed until further notice—and all events, classes and programs at RAM are cancelled or postponed.

In response to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want you to know that the museum is currently open and taking all appropriate precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease ControlWinnebago County Health Department and the City of Rockford to keep visitors and staff healthy. 

As of March 12, Winnebago County Health Department and Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara have recommended that local businesses and organizations suspend public gatherings of 25 people or more. Because of this, Rockford Art Museum will stay open until further notice, although we are cancelling events, programs and classes for this weekend and the upcoming week

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its 79th Young Artist Show: High School Division with a free public opening and awards ceremony 1–3 p.m., Sunday, March 15. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rockford East/Cherry Valley and Women’s Art Board, the exhibition remains on view through April 11 at RAM, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park building at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. 

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