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.

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. 

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