Friday, Oct. 28, is the opening reception of Robert McCauley: A Retrospective. If you are a member, you may be the first to experience this from 5:30 to 7 p.m., opening to the public from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The energy that fills the Museum for such openings is incredible. This would be a great time for you to join the Rockford Art Museum, if you arent already a member. Members get to see it first and get cool benefits like a discount in the awesome gift shop!
I also recommend you join the artist on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. as he takes you on a gallery walk sharing his thoughts and concepts behind the pieces on exhibit. This exhibit will run through Jan. 22, 2006, so if you are unable to attend the opening or gallery walk with the artist, you will still have plenty of opportunity to see it.
This retrospective is a chance for museum-goers to absorb one of Rockfords many artistic treasures. His career, spanning more than two decades, continually evolves. McCauley is currently a professor and chairman of the Rockford College Department of Art.
While you are there, you may also take in an exhibit by Jason Salavon, Indiana-born, raised in Texas and currently based in Chicago. Salavon uses a software process of his own design for generating and reconfiguring masses of communal material to present new perspectives of the familiar. You will think you need new glasses.
The 17th annual Evergreen Ball is slated for Dec. 3, and is held at the Museum. The Museum is a rich, artistic asset to our community, which also benefits greatly from a community of volunteers responsible, in part, for its success. The energy and passion of staff, artists and volunteers continues to benefit us all.
Anne E. OKeefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.
From the Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2005, issue