Community Foundation awards grant to Rockford Art Museum

The Rockford Art Museum was recently awarded a grant of $7,500 by the Community Needs Fund of the Community Needs Foundation of Northern Illinois.

The grant will enable the Museum to bring a significant and historic exhibition, “Reuniting an Era: Abstract Expressionists of the 1950s,” to Rockford and its surrounding communities. This 10-week exhibition brings together the works of both recognized and lesser-known abstract artists who took part in this important era of American art.

The Rockford Art Museum has furthered its position as an important regional cultural institution by continually elevating its exhibition standards. In 2003, the Museum received the prestigious Mayor’s Arts Award for the historically important and visually powerful exhibition, “An Inside View: Highlights From the Howard University Collection.”

Founded in 1913, the Rockford Art Museum serves the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin areas. R. Robert Funderberg, Jr. is president of the Museum’s board of trustees.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is a not-for-profit community foundation that supports charitable programs in the four-county area of northern Illinois comprising Winnebago, Boone, Ogle and Stephenson counties. Since its founding in 1953, the Foundation has given nearly $26 million in grants to community projects and organizations.

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