Rockford Art Museum proudly presents its 77th Rockford Midwestern Biennial, a juried survey of recent contemporary art in the Midwest. The 2022 Rockford Midwestern is on view October 7, 2022–January 22, 2023 at Rockford Art Museum, at 711 North Main Street, Rockford, Illinois.
Congratulations to this year’s award recipients:
BEST OF SHOW: Renee McGinnis, Nesting Protocol
JUROR’S CHOICE: Amy Cannestra, Draining and Gretchen Jankowski, Reef
THE DEAN ALAN OLSON PURCHASE AWARD (to be included into Rockford Art Museum’s Permanent Collection): Tom McHale, Flow #7
Artists included in this year’s biennial:
Colette Wright Adams, Marcia Babler, April Behnke, Jill Birschbach, Spooky Boobs, Molly Brennan, Paul Burkholder, Amy Cannestra, Gary Cudworth, Sherri Denault, VA. dePintor, Christopher Duran, Drew Eurek, Indira Freitas Johnson, Maureen Fritchen, Richard Gessert, Shelley Gilchrist, Denis Hagen, Samantha Haring, Gayle Hernandez, Kristine Hinrichs, Carol Irving, Joseph Ivacic, Gretchen Jankowski, Mark Keffer, Letha Kelsey, Daniela Kouzov, Ruth Lantz, J Myszka Lewis, Michael Litewski, Linda Marcus, Ashley Martinez, Renee McGinnis, Tom McHale, John Verl McNamara, Maggie Meiners, Katherine Nemanich, Ann Orlowski, Louise Pappageorge, Marilyn Propp, Kimberlee Rocca, Katherine Rosing, Fran Sampson, Edwin Shelton, John Siblik, Jim Spelman, Marissa Voytenko, Joan Webster-Vore, Sara Willadsen, Laura Williams
March 1: Applications Open
June 12: Entry Deadline
August 2: Jurying notifications sent out
August 4–September 3: Artwork delivery window
October 7 (5-8 PM): 77th Rockford Midwestern Biennial Opening/Awards Ceremony
October 7–January 22: Exhibition Dates
The Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award ($2,000)
Best of Show ($750),
Two Juror’s Choice awards ($500 each)
One juror is selected for each Rockford Midwestern; they are not employed by the museum. Jurying will be based on the digital images artists submit. Please note: Your images must represent the actual artwork competing for display October 7, 2022–January 22, 2023, in the 77th Rockford Midwestern Biennial at Rockford Art Museum; substitutions are not allowed.
The Juror for the 2022 Rockford Midwestern Biennial is Frank Juárez. Juárez is an award-winning art educator, artist, author, publisher, and former gallery director. Juárez brings two decades of art education and arts management experience organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, and facilitating professional development workshops for artists. This has placed him at the forefront of promoting Wisconsin artists, networking, and attracting regional, national, and international artists to collaborate and exhibit in Wisconsin.
Frank Juárez is the art department chair at Sheboygan North High School, contributing editor of SchoolArts Magazine, and publisher of Artdose Magazine.
Artists who are current residents of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio or Wisconsin, and at least 18 years old are eligible to enter. Up to 3 original works of art executed by the applicant within the last two years are eligible; work created before 2020 will be disqualified for consideration by the juror. Types of work may include paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, or digital media. No dimension may exceed 96 inches (8 feet) and no weight may exceed 150 pounds.
How to Apply
The deadline has passed to apply to join us for the 2022 Rockford Midwestern Biennial.