Rockford Art Museum hosts world-renowned glass artists: Exhibit opens to the public March 30

Rockford Art Museum hosts “HE & SHE: Vallien and Hydman-Vallien,” showcasing the work of internationally-acclaimed glass artists Bertil Vallien and Ulrica Hydman-Vallien in a joint exhibition running March 30-July 8. The exhibit, with more than 125 pieces, marks the first and only combined exhibition of this magnitude in North America for the couple.

“Rockford Art Museum has the unique opportunity to simultaneously showcase the Valliens and their different interpretations, expressions and ideas, despite sharing an interest in glass and having a personal relationship,” said Linda Dennis, executive director of the Rockford Art Museum.

Featured in the museum’s Funderburg and Kuller galleries, the massive 10,000-square-foot exhibition encompasses Bertil’s series of glass boats, maps and heads, and Ulrica’s work in glass and two-dimensional media. Special to this exhibit is a portion of Bertil’s “Karolina” installation, inspired by an old Swedish tale about a schoolgirl, Karolina. Ulrica’s work, which can be seen around the world on the tails of British Airways planes, on linen bed sets, and on Ericsson mobile phones, is showcased here through standard-setting pieces such as Snakeflowers, gold-painted vases, eggs and nests, incredible textiles, and highly-recognizable paintings. Guest curators are Barbro and Börge Kamras of VIDA Museum, Sweden.

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Schedule of events

The exhibition is supplemented with related programming, including artist presentations, curatorial and self-guided tours, hands-on workshops, and collaborative discussions offered throughout the highly anticipated exhibition. Events meant to further illuminate the Valliens’ powerful work include the following:

“HE & SHE” Artists’ Lecture by Bertil Vallien and Ulrica Hydman-Vallien—Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m., $12 adults, $10 RAM members, $8 students/seniors. Event is at Rockford College’s Maddox Theatre at Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State St., Rockford. Space is limited, call 815-968-2787 for tickets.

Reception for RAM Members and Special Guests—Friday, March 30, 5:30 p.m. Event is at Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

Public Opening/Gallery Walk featuring Ulrica Hydman-Vallien and Bertil Vallien—Saturday, March 31, 1-3 p.m., free admission. Event is at Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

Rockford Art Museum is at 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday; and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Regular admission is $5 (free for RAM members), $3 students or seniors, and free for children younger than 12.

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from the March 28-April 3, 2007, issue

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