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.

ROCKFORD, Ill.—Rockford Art Museum hosts Not Without a Fight: Community Day, a free outdoor festival for all ages on Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the museum’s parking lot at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois

Rockford Art Museum’s 2019 Pop-Up Restaurant Series concludes with Chef Gagan Suri of Shree presenting “A Passage to India” on May 22 at RAM. Tickets are $75 each and are selling fast; limited seating, reservations required. Tickets for the May 22 Pop-Up are on sale now at rockfordartmuseum.org.

Josef Steakhouse & Oyster Bar hosts a Guest Bartender Night on Wednesday, May 8, to benefit Rockford Art Museum. All tips made from 5 to 8 p.m. will help support the museum’s upcoming exhibition, Chance Encounter: Julie Heffernan and Shelly Mosman (on view June 8–September 29 at RAM). 

The 2019 Pop-Up Restaurant Series at Rockford Art Museum continues on Wednesday, April 24, 7–9:30 p.m., with Chef Shendet Ismajlaj of GreenFire. Tickets are $75 each; limited seating for each event, reservations are required. Proceeds support Rockford Art Museum. Tickets for the April 24 Pop-Up are on sale now at rockfordartmuseum.org.

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its 78th Young Artist Show: Youth Division with a free public opening and awards ceremony 1–3 p.m., Sunday, April 14. On view are 375 paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media, and more by K–8 students at 65 schools in Winnebago County. Sponsored by Alpine Kiwanis, Meemic, and Women’s Art Board with in-kind support from Dick Blick, the exhibition remains on view through May 5 at RAM, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford. 

The Chicago Tribune recently profiled artist Cheryl Pope and Not Without a Fight, a solo exhibition of her work at Rockford Art Museum, in “Artist and former Chicago Golden Gloves winner Cheryl Pope welcomes a fight.”

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

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