Rockford Art Museum hosts March 9 lecture

Internationally-known artist and collector Keith Achepohl presents “Planting the Seeds and Reaping the Harvest,” a lecture and gallery walk at Rockford Art Museum that is free and open to the public, at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 9.

The event is part of the museum’s current exhibition, “Hidden Treasures: Selections from the Rockford College Art Collection,” sponsored by Rockford College.

Achepohl is one of the featured artists of the college’s collection—his piece is hanging next to Salvador Dali’s work in the exhibition—and has lectured around the world.

In addition to heading the print-making program at the University of Iowa’s School of Art and Art History, and being an artist in his own right, Achepohl is also an avid art collector. The Art Institute of Chicago recently featured an exhibition of pieces from his private collection, “For Hearth and Altar: African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection.”

His Rockford lecture focuses on the unique qualities of the Rockford College Art Collection, and he shares his expertise regarding various approaches to beginning and enhancing personal art collections.

Achepohl’s works are featured in more than 80 collections of museums, institutions and corporations across the globe, including: The National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), The Library of Congress, The Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Philadelphia Art Museum, Biblioteca Nacional (Madrid, Spain), Kobe Art Museum (Kobe, Japan) and Rockford College.

“Hidden Treasures” remains on display in the Rockford Art Museum’s Funderburg Gallery through Sunday, May 7.

Rockford Art Museum is in Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Regular 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, and free for everyone on Thursdays. For more information, call 968-2787 or visit

From the March 8-15, 2006, issue

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