ROCKFORD, Ill. / March 22, 2016—The Rockford Art Museum Board of Trustees officially launched the I AM RAM campaign to support growth for the museum’s endowment fund today, with a goal set for $500,000. Trustee Anita Layng announced the launch, followed by the announcement by trustee Lisa Lindman of major pledged gifts to the fund by two local donors that total $250,000. The combined gift, made by the Lon and Dick Behr Foundation and the Funderburg Foundation, means the campaign has already reached its halfway mark. Endowment Committee Chair Rob Funderburg invited the community to participate by contributing to the fund.

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its 75th Young Artist Show: High School Division with a free, public opening and awards ceremony 1–3 p.m., Sunday, March 6. Jurors Michael Barnes and Jason Judd chose 137 pieces by 109 students from 17 area schools for the annual student exhibit, which remains on view through April 3 at RAM, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. 

Rockford Art Museum opens new feature exhibition The Wonderful World of Stephen Warde Anderson on Friday, February 12, with a preview for museum members that includes a gallery walk and reception with the artist from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a free public opening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at RAM. The museum is located inside Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford.

Rockford Art Museum opened new exhibition Phyllis Bramson: In Praise of Folly – A Retrospective, 1985–2015 last month with a reception for the artist and a full house. Bramson, a Wisconsin native and School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumna and faculty member, returns to RAM Thursday, Nov. 19, to give a free lecture about her prolific body of work. In a recent review Wall Street Journal art critic Peter Plagens said Bramson “is something of a beloved artist in Chicago. It isn’t hard to understand why.”

Evergreen Ball is the signature holiday fundraising gala of Rockford Art Museum. Held inside the museum galleries on Saturday, Dec. 5, the 27th annual event features fine dining by Chef Paul Sletten of Abreo, live music by High Society Orchestra, plus a silent auction, wine auction, and much more. Feature exhibition Phyllis Bramson: In Praise of Folly (on view through Jan. 31) serves as the stunning backdrop. Black tie optional, valet parking. Proceeds benefit RAM exhibitions and education programs throughout the year.

Rockford Art Museum opens new exhibition Phyllis Bramson: In Praise of Folly – A Retrospective, 1985–2015 on Friday, Oct. 9 with a preview reception and gallery walk with the artist for museum members from 5 to 7 p.m., immediately followed by a free public opening from 7 to 9 p.m. Live music and a cash bar begin during the members preview and continue through the public opening. Sponsored by BMO Private Bank, the solo retrospective exhibition remains on view through Jan. 31 at RAM, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. 

The 2015 Women’s Art Board Luncheon features an engaging one-woman performance by academic entertainer Barbara Rinella based on The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour—and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News by Sheila Weller. Limited seating, reservations required by Oct. 8. Tickets for this annual fundraising event are $45 per person or $450 per table of 10; table assignments are determined by order of response. For tickets or more information call Rockford Art Museum at (815) 968-2787.