Rockford Art Museum (RAM) Curator Carrie Johnson is the first featured speaker of the New Genres Art Space (NGAS) Speaker Series, which kicks off Thursday, July 25, 6:30–7:30 PM. NGAS is located on the second floor of Rockford Public Library’s Nordlof Center at 118 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. This series of free public talks by visual artists and cultural producers in Rockford provides a platform for cultural producers to share their history, practice, and ideas with the Rockford area community.

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) hosts the latest installment of its popular paint-and-sip series, “Cork + Canvas: Painting with Bob” on Tuesday, July 23, 6–8 PM at RAM, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Participants will create a painting with Bob while enjoying drinks from Prairie Street Brewing Co. during this Ross-inspired event. Cost is $45 per person ($40 for RAM members), which includes art supplies and two drinks. Registration is required at rockfordartmuseum.org/education/adults.

A recent episode of the short film series ‘Our City, Our Story’ features Rockford Art Museum (RAM) Curator Carrie Johnson, who has held the position since 2012—longer than anyone else in the 106-year-old history of the contemporary art museum.

The newest installment of the popular programming series “Coffee with the Curator” takes place 10–11 AM on Friday, July 12, at Rockford Art Museum (RAM), 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Get a behind-the-scenes look into the process of creating the museum’s new exhibition Chance Encounter with RAM Curator Carrie Johnson. Free admission, and free coffee provided by Rockford Roasting Company.

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) will be open 10 AM–5 PM on Thursday, July 4. The museum will return to regular Thursday hours next week (10 AM–7 PM). The current feature exhibition is Chance Encounter: Julie Heffernan and Shelly Mosman (on view June 8–September 29 at RAM). RAM is also a Blue Star Museum this summer, offering active-duty servicemembers and up to five family members free museum admission from Armed Forces Day (May 18) through Labor Day (September 2).  

About 300 people attended the sold-out Fashion in Bloom: Cocktails + Living Couture event on Thursday, June 27, to support Rockford Art Museum (RAM), located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Fashion in Bloom is a major fundraiser for RAM that takes place at the conclusion of the museum’s three-day event Art in Bloom. Sponsors, partners and in-kind donors helped make the second annual Fashion in Bloom an overwhelming success. Proceeds help support Rockford Art Museum exhibitions and related educational programming throughout the year.

Fashion in Bloom: Cocktails + Living Couture, a fundraiser for Rockford Art Museum (RAM) during Art in Bloom, takes place on Thursday, June 27 at RAM, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., fashion show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $60/standing or $75/reserved runway seating, and on sale now at rockfordartmuseum.org. Proceeds help support Rockford Art Museum.

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) presents Art in Bloom for the fourth year with an imaginative display of live florals and other organic material based on the museum’s feature exhibition Chance Encounter: Julie Heffernan + Shelly Mosman. Art in Bloom will on view to the public June 25, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., and June 26–27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at RAM, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Admission is free with RAM admission; regular rates apply all week ($7/adults, $3/seniors and students, free for children under 12 and museum members). 

The three-day event kicks off with the ticketed Art in Bloom Preview Party (Monday, June 24, 6–8 p.m.$40, tickets at rockfordartmuseum.org), with a first look at this year’s designs, a chance to meet the designers, and hors d’oeuvres from Abreo Restaurant

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens new art exhibition Chance Encounter: Julie Heffernan and Shelly Mosman on Friday, June 7, with a free public opening from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at RAM, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. The exhibition remains on view through September 29.

RAM will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer

Rockford Art Museum announces it will join museums nationwide in participating in the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. The 2019 program will begin earlier than in past years, launching on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and ending on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day. Military can find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

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