Robert McCauley: A Retrospective opens Oct. 28

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Spanning an artistic career of more than two decades, Rockford Art Museum’s new exhibition, Robert McCauley: A Retrospective, gives viewers a chance to reflect on one of Rockford’s artistic treasures—McCauley himself.

The world was introduced to the work of Robert McCauley in 1979 during a group show at the ARC Gallery in Chicago. He is known throughout the art world for a very closely tied, yet continually evolving body of work that forces viewers to engage in the contrasting struggle between humanity and nature. McCauley is chairman of the Rockford College Art Department.

McCauley’s earlier pieces utilized materials often associated with construction (copper, wood, lead, tin) to deconstruct complex environmental issues that he pushed to the forefront of his message. His more recent works reinforce his commentaries on man’s responsibility to his surroundings and on nature as a whole.

Robert McCauley: A Retrospective is on display Friday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Jan. 22, in Funderburg Gallery of Rockford Art Museum, with a reception that is free and open to the public at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28. Premier sponsor for the exhibition is Friends of Rockford Art Museum; supporting sponsor is Women’s Art Board.

Highlights of McCauley include the following:

Store Front I-J, 1981, mixed media on paper, Rockford Art Museum Permanent Collection;

Figure #1, 1978, mixed media drawing, courtesy of Freeport Arts Center; and

Discovery of Slowness II, 2005, oil on canvas, collection of Robert McCauley.

Rockford Art Museum is in Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursday to 7 p.m.), Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Museum admission is $3, free for children and students. Free on Thursdays. For more information, call 968-2787 or visit

From the Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2005, issue

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