RAMM presents major exhibition at Rockford Art Museum

Rockford Association for Minority Management (RAMM) will present an African-American exhibition, An Inside View: Highlights from the Howard University Collection at the Rockford Art Museum Feb. 7- April 9, 2003. The exhibition opens with a public reception at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 in the Museum’s galleries.

Founded in Washington, D.C., in 1867, Howard University is recognized as one of the oldest and most prestigious African-American universities in the United States. Howard University Gallery of Art is composed of more than 4,000 works of art including paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings. Nearly 100 selected works will be on view at the Rockford Art Museum through mid-April. African-American artists represented include Edmonia Lewis, Aaron Douglas, Archibald Motley, Jr., Henry O. Tanner, Elizabeth Catlett, Charles White, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence.

The artworks featured in the 10-week-long exhibition offer a glimpse of the richness that composes the Howard University Collection. “These masterpieces illustrate the breadth and scope of our cultural legacy while providing a rich resource for the study of African-American and American art of the 19th and 20th centuries,” said Dr. Tritobia Hayes, Benjamin, director of Howard University Gallery of Art.

Selected works from An Inside View: Highlights from the Howard University Collection were included in the national tour of To Conserve a Legacy, which traveled to such notable institutions as The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York), and the Addison Gallery of American Art (Massachusetts).

Rockford Association for Minority Management (RAMM) President Rebecca Cook Kendall is proud to present “these historically important and visually powerful artworks to the Rockford community; we thank Rockford dentist and RAMM member Dr. H. Cyrus Oates, a 1978 alumnus of Howard University, for his role in obtaining these works for the enjoyment and enrichment of our entire community.”

This exhibit is presented to the Rockford community through the generosity of Rockford Association for Minority Management (RAMM), Alpine Bank, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Rockford Register Star and 13 WREX-TV.

The Rockford Art Museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Rockford Art Museum is in Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. Admission is free. For information, call (815) 968-2787.

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