Rockford Art Museum (RAM) will be open holiday hours, 10 AM to 3 PM, on December 24, and closed December 25. Bold Abstractions: Paintings from the Thoma Collection is on view through January 26 at RAM with FREE daily admission throughout the exhibition provided by support from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.

Interim Executive Director Carrie Johnson has been officially named Executive Director/Curator of Rockford Art Museum (RAM).

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) will be closed Thursday, November 28, and open regular hours on Friday, November 29 (10 AM–5 PM). Bold Abstractions: Paintings from the Thoma Collection is on view through January 26 at RAM with FREE daily admission throughout the exhibition provided by support from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) isn’t the only art museum showcasing postwar American abstraction this season.

Bold Abstractions: Paintings from the Thoma Collection is on view through January 26 at RAM with free daily admission throughout the exhibition provided by support from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. This 15-week major exhibition, organized by Carrie Johnson, executive director/curator of Rockford Art Museum, marks the first time the couple’s significant post-war painting collection has been shown at a public institution.

The newest installment of the popular programming series “Coffee with the Curator” takes place 10–11 AM on Friday, November 15, 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 Bold Abstractions with RAM Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson. Free admission, and free coffee provided by Rockford Roasting Company.

Rockford Art Museum presents its 15th annual Portfolio Day art college fair on Monday, Nov. 18, from 10 AM to 3 PM with 19 colleges and universities on site to meet with students. The only program of its kind in the Rockford region, Portfolio Day at RAM connects students interested in collegiate art programs with some of the best in the Midwest. Free admission, free portfolio reviews and free workshops for students. No registration required. Rockford Art Museum is located inside the Riverfront Museum Park building at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois.

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens new art exhibition Bold Abstractions: Paintings from the Thoma Collection on Friday, October 11, with a gallery walk 5:15–6 p.m., members preview 6–7 p.m., and free public opening 7–8:30 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 January 26, 2020. Support for Bold Abstractions—including free daily admission to all museum visitors—is provided by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. Bold Abstractions at Rockford Art Museum marks the first time the Thoma’s significant post-war painting collection has been shown at a public institution.

‘The Big Chair’ by the late Jim Julin (1956–2012) has been freshly painted and restored to its original color by Rockford artist John Deill.

Rockford Art Museum Curator Carrie Johnson was recently promoted to Chief Curator and named Interim Executive Director of the museum. 

Johnson has been with RAM for the past 13 years, most recently as Curator, leading the development and innovative implementation of exhibitions while overseeing the care for and management of the RAM Permanent Collection. A Rockford native, she has a deep knowledge of the organization and a passion for supporting and working with artists, having also led our education department prior to becoming Curator. 

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