Rockford Art Museum not moving to RVC campus
Construction scheduling and deadlines associated with the proposed Arts Instructional Center do not allow sufficient time for the Rockford Art Museum to thoroughly evaluate all the other opportunities presented to it by the community. Therefore, Rock Valley College and the Rockford Art Museum announce that at the present time, the Rockford Art Museum will not be relocating to the Rock Valley College campus.
AIC building plans are on a structured timeline. Don Williams, chief operating officer and vice president of College Support Services, reports that the preliminary design for the new AIC has been approved by the Capital Development Board and the College, and the preparation of construction documents has begun. The construction documents phase will take 25 to 26 weeks to complete. Of course, the bid phase itself cannot begin until state funding is secured, says Don Williams, but the college needs to plan for the bid process to begin if state funding is obtained this next budget year.
The Board of Trustees of the Rockford Art Museum continues to explore all options to achieve its mission of communicating the pleasure, appreciation and meaning of the visual arts in the community, says Tara Blazer, executive director of the Rockford Art Museum. While we recognize RVCs need to move the AIC project forward, future partnerships with Rock Valley College remain an exciting prospect.
RVC President Chip Chapdelaine underscores the rich exchange that has taken place concerning a possible partnership. We have learned a great deal from working with the Rockford Art Museum, says Chapdelaine, and, frankly, I believe other fruitful dialogue has occurred and will continue to take place throughout our community from our joint exploration of this plan.
Rockford Art Museums new President Rob Funderburg says the museum fully supports the colleges effort to build a new Arts Instructional Center. The museum applauds the college for expanding arts education in our area, and the entire region will benefit from their efforts.