Rockford Art Museum unveils Rockford Midwestern Jan. 22

"Cherries," 2009 archival inkjet (digital), by Gregory Lang, Rockford.

From press release

The 2010 Rockford Midwestern marks the 71st presentation of Rockford Art Museum’s (RAM) juried exhibition, which began in 1913 as an annual showcase of local artists, then expanded eligibility and was known as the Stateline Vicinity Show through 1998. Now a biennial competition, the Midwestern is open to artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. RAM’s commitment to presenting the breadth and depth of contemporary art in the Midwest is evident in this biennial favorite.

Original paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photographs were eligible. Artists are allowed to submit three entries for consideration. Juried into this year’s exhibition were 81 works of art by 48 artists. Awards, including the prestigious Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award ($2,000), Best of Show ($1,000), First Place 2-D ($750) and First Place 3-D ($750), will be presented Friday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., during the exhibition opening.

The 2010 juror was noted Milwaukee gallery owner and collector Tory Folliard. Established in 1988, Tory Folliard Gallery features landscape, still life and figurative art by the most accomplished contemporary sculptors and painters of the region. Artists from Wisconsin and Illinois are prominently featured.

RAM acknowledges the Dean Alan Olson Foundation for its longtime funding of the Purchase Award, presented to the artist whose work has been selected for inclusion in the RAM Permanent Collection.

The 2010 Rockford Midwestern remains on display in the museum’s Funderburg and Kuller galleries through Sunday, April 25.

The exhibition opens with a preview for RAM members and exhibition artists Friday, Jan. 22. The preview includes a gallery walk at 5 p.m. led by Kortman Gallery Director Doc Slafkosky and a reception and awards presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The public opening is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23, with free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a free gallery walk at 11 a.m.

For more about this biennial exhibition, call (815) 968-2787 or log on to Rockford Art Museum is at 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

"Highway Landscape #MW95," 2009, acrylic, by Jay Paul Bell, Dekalb, Ill.

2010 Rockford Midwestern children’s educational Programs

Children’s educational programs associated with the 2010 Rockford Midwestern exhibition include the following:

Write Yourself In: Create Your Own Story-book—2-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, for ages 6 and older, $8: Make your very own book, inspired by work from the 2010 Rockford Midwestern. Learn paper cut techniques and discuss ways to fill your books with symbols, words, images and personal narrative. All supplies included.

Pixels to Print: A Digital Photography Workshop—2-4 p.m., Saturday, March 20, for ages 8 and older, $8: Work with photographer Mark Bond to explore digital photography. Take your own unique picture to use as a canvas. Students will then explore composition and content, and use hand-manipulation techniques to create one-of-a-kind pictures. Cameras and supplies provided.

Fly Into Your Imagination: Printmaking for Beginners—2-4 p.m., Saturday, April 17, for ages 8 and older, $8: Tour the 2010 Rockford Midwestern and view the woodcuts and linocuts by artists Erin K. Nolan and Alfred Stark. After viewing the images and styles of work, create your own decorative kite using a linoleum print block of your own. All supplies included.

To register for a children’s educational program, call RAM Education Coordinator Stacey Sauer at (815) 972-2874.

2010 Rockford Midwestern artists

Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka, Ames, Iowa; Tom Aprile, Iowa City, Iowa; Jay Paul Bell, DeKalb, Ill.; Katie Bell, Rockford; Elisa R. Boughner, Glenview, Ill.; David Bower, Naperville, Ill.; Derrick Buisch, Madison, Wis.; George C. Clark, Chicago; Suzanne Cohan-Lange, Chicago; Frances A. Cox, Evanston, Ill.; Megan Harrigan Cox, Grayslake, Ill.; John Deill, Rockford; Ricardo Manuel Díaz, Chicago; Ingrid Dohm, Rockford; Stephanie Doty, West Terre Haute, Ind.; Tod Fassbender, Blue Mounds, Wis.; Lynn Fischer, Machesney Park, Ill.; Shelly Gilchrist, Evanston, Ill.; Mille Guldbeck, Grand Rapids, Ohio; Matthew P. Hagemann, Chicago; Karen Hanmer, Glenview, Ill.;  Virginia Hatwich, Rockford; Tom Heflin, Rockford; Leslie Hirshfield, Evanston, Ill.; Tom Hollenback, Menomonie, Wis.; Christine A. Holtz, St. Louis, Mo.; Eric Holubow, Chicago; Kim A. Holz, Wonder Lake, Ill.; Matthew Johansson, Loves Park, Ill.; Robert Jordan, Marengo, Ill.; Megan Louise Klazura, Rockford; Roland Kulla, Chicago; John Kurman, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Gregory Lang, Rockford; Judy A. Langston, Park Ridge, Ill.; William Lemke, Waukesha, Wis.; Robin McCauley, Rockford; Keith C. Nelson, Milwaukee; Erin K. Nolan, DeKalb, Ill.; Bradley Nordlof, Rockford; Bonnie Peterson, Houghton, Mich.; Nancy Pirri, Chicago; Ulli Rooney, Sycamore, Ill.; Amy Sacksteder, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Joel Sheesley, Wheaton, Ill.; Alfred Stark, DeKalb, Ill.; Bruce Thayer, Mason, Mich.; and Katherine M. Webb, Rockford.

From the Jan. 20-26, 2010 issue

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