Rockford Art Museum opens ‘Hidden Treasures’

Rockford Art Museum’s Funderburg Gallery will open its new show, “Hidden Treasures: Selections from the Rockford College Art Collection,” with a public reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3. Show runs until May 7.

“Hidden Treasures” is divided into two main sections. While one highlights ethnographic works by regions (the Americas, Africa, Asia, Oceania), the other chronologically incorporates Old Masters, modern and contemporary art.

Ancient art, contemporary ceramic works, paintings, prints and sculptures are on display throughout the exhibition. Specific pieces include an ancient Greek amphora, a Remojadas figurine from Veracruz, Hopi wicker baskets, African ancestral masks and Oceanic drums.

“Hidden Treasures” also features prints from the college’s sister institution in Japan—Kobe College—that were gifts before World War II, and pieces from Rockford College’s collection of English caricature, the second-largest of its kind in the United States (after Yale University’s).

A portion of the exhibit showcases the history of the Rockford College Collection, and pays homage to the late professor emeritus Philip Dedrick, who was instrumental to its creation, as well as alumnae Jane Addams and Doris Emrick Lee.

Guest curator Louise L’Heureux-Giliberti, who cataloged the collection for many years, has chosen dynamic works for inclusion in the exhibition that represent more than 3,500 objects that span a variety of artistic categories. Barbara Morris serves as project manager.

“Hidden Treasures” gives community members and museum visitors a special opportunity to see the college’s permanent art collection, including many pieces that have not been on public display.

For more info, contact the Museum at 711 N. Main St., Rockford; by phone at 815/968-2787; or visit

From the Feb. 1-7, 2006, issue

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