UPCOMING EXHIBITION

MY WAY: AFRICAN AMERICAN ART FROM THE BLACK SOUTH

OCT 8, 2021–JAN 23, 2022

Exhibition and Free Admission sponsored by Janella and Matthew Herbig
Exhibition sponsored by Coleman CPA and Consulting, Inc and the Rockford Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau

FRI, OCT 8
Members Gallery Walk with RAM Board Member Steve Pitkin | 5:15–6 PM
Members Preview | 6–7 PM

FRI, OCT 8
Free Public Opening | 7–8:30 PM

Stemming from the roots that gave rise to Blues, Jazz and Gospel music, My Way: African American Art from the Black South surveys a collection of 156 works of art representing the styles and practices of this incredibly unique and inspired group of 46 artists including 8 original quilts constructed by the Gee's Bend quilters in rural Boykin, Alabama. 

Artists include: Thornton Dial, Purvis Young, Lonnie Holley, Mary T. Smith, Joe Light, Lorraine Pettway, Mose Tolliver, and more.

My Way is organized collectively by the Rockford Art Museum curatorial staff and Collections/Exhibitions Committee. The exhibition and its related educational programming are sponsored by Coleman CPA and Consulting, Inc., Matthew and Janella Herbig and the Rockford Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau and partially supported by a Partners in Excellence grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and Women's Art Board of Rockford Art Museum.

Image: Lucy Pettway, Crosscutsaw, n.d., fabric. Collection of Rockford Art Museum. Gift of James Hager.