Rockford Art Museum to feature art about Rockford

The diversity, beauty and eccentricity of Rockford will be interpreted through the artwork of more than 50 artists and personalities that call Rockford their hometown including Tom Heflin, Maya Simmons, Cheap Trick and Betsy Youngquist. Sponsored by Rockford Products, “Screw City: Artists Fabricating a History of Rockford, Illinois” celebrates, investigates and debates a variety of viewpoints about Rockford’s diverse history of commerce, politics, education and demographics. Many of the pieces on display use materials “fabricated” right here in our own hometown. The nine-week exhibition opens Aug. 13 and is on display through Oct. 2. Most works in the exhibition will be for sale through the Museum’s gift shop. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rockford Art Museum’s Collection Acquisition Fund.

“This is a different way of putting a show together for me,” said Museum Curator Scott Snyder. “Since Rockford is not the usual subject of a lot of local artists’ work, I sent out a call for entries. I asked many local artists and personalities to participate in this show by creating works about their hometown. I left it up to the artist to choose the subject matter, the theme (positive or negative) and the media. What I ended up with is an exciting exhibitiion that is as diverse as our city; a fair and balanced look at a city that is as rich with controversy as it is with beauty.”

Supporting sponsors include Alpine Bank, WREX-13, Insight Communications, Rockford Ball Screw and Viking Chemical. The public is invited to attend the opening reception, Friday, Aug. 13 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Designated as a Partner in Excellence by the Illinois Arts Council, the Rockford Art Museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. The Rockford Art Museum is partially funded by the Rockford Park District and is in the Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. Admission is free to Museum members; non-members are $3; children and students are free. Information: (815) 968-2787.

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