BEST OF SHOW ($1,000; sponsored by Lon and Dick Behr): Kim Russell, Spring Green, WI (Booth 88, Drawing / Works on Paper)  

JUDGE’S CHOICE (six awards, $500 each; sponsored by Rockford Association for Minority Management, WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, Wipfli LLP, and Women’s Art Board of Rockford Art Museum): Sharon Burns, Madison WI (Booth 56, Jewelry); Jeff Hart, Aurora IL (Booth 13, Wood); Susan Otterson, Janesville WI (Booth 54, Fiber); Ken Swanson, Racine WI (Booth 77, Drawing / Works on Paper); Kirsten Walstead, Minneapolis MN (Booth 47, Ceramics); Scott Westgard, Buffalo Grove IL (Booth 15, Drawing / Works on Paper)  

HONORABLE MENTION (five awards, $100 each; sponsored by River District Association): Jacqueline Bevan, Round Lake Beach IL (Booth 32, Jewelry); Rick Cortez, La Grange Park IL (Booth 126, Mixed Media 3-D); Cameron Gillie, Madison WI (Booth 95, Photography); Ingrid Hyde, Rockford IL (Booth 83, Painting); Betsy Youngquist, Rockford IL (Booth 63, Mixed Media 3-D)  

The 2016 Greenwich Village Art Fair (GVAF) takes place Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18—rain or shine—on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., in downtown Rockford, Illinois. The annual two-day outdoor event features 136 artists, live music, a gourmet marketplace, children's art activities, and more. Established in 1948, Greenwich is the longest running art fair of its kind in the Midwest. Alpine Bank is the presenting sponsor for the 23rd consecutive year; premier sponsors are Dean Alan Olson Foundation, Greenfire, and The Rock River Times

Gates are open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday. Admission at the gate is $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Advance tickets are $3 and are available at any Alpine Bank location and at the Rockford Art Museum Store. Ticket proceeds support RAM programs throughout the year.

Rockford Art Museum is in full bloom during new three-day event Art in Bloom (June 28–30), as works of art from the RAM Collection are creatively interpreted through floral design. Experience imaginative installations by talented local floral designers, as well as unique floral demonstrations, workshops and programs throughout the event.

Read more for full list of sponsors, participating designers, and related programming. For tickets or more information go to or call RAM, (815) 968-2787. 

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens The Rockford Midwestern Biennial on Friday, June 10, with a preview for museum members and exhibiting artists that includes a gallery walk led by the juror, reception, and awards presentation from 5 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a free public opening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through Sept. 25 at RAM, located at 711 N. Main St., Rockford. 

Rockford Art Museum’s (RAM) 75th Young Artist Show continues April 10 with a free, public opening and awards recognition ceremony for its Youth Division, an annual exhibit that features outstanding artwork by K–8 students at public, private and homeschools in Winnebago County. On view are about 450 paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media and digital artwork by students at 73 schools in Winnebago County. Recognition awards, one per grade, will be announced at 2 p.m. during the free public opening Sunday, April 10, at RAM.

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.