Chance Encounter explores paintings and photography by Julie Heffernan and Shelly Mosman. Both use opulent beauty and gritty detail to tell visual stories that disrupt one-sided histories of female figures that still exist today. Also on view are lavish, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture by Minneapolis designer Carter Averbeck of Omforme Design. Mosman’s recent projects include collaborating with Fashion Week Minnesota to help celebrate youth and the beauty of aging. Heffernan is an Illinois native and professor of art at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where she has taught for more than 20 years. Both artists are represented in the Rockford Art Museum Permanent Collection. 

Chance Encounter is organized by Rockford Art Museum Curator Carrie Johnson. This exhibition and its related educational programming are sponsored in part by the Dean Alan Olson Foundation, Anne and David Boccignone, and Women’s Art Board, and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

About Rockford Art Museum:
Founded in 1913, Rockford Art Museum exists to help make life in Rockford better for people of all ages through a permanent art collection, frequent art exhibitions, and lifelong art education. RAM is located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Learn more at