‘2012 Rockford Midwestern’ opens with free public opening May 19

John Kurman, “The Smokemakers,” 2009, part of Rockford Art Museum’s “2012 Rockford Midwestern.”

Staff Report

Rockford Art Museum’s (RAM) 72nd Rockford Midwestern opens with a free public opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 19. The public opening will feature a gallery walk from 11 a.m. to noon and a free children’s art activity.

A Members’ and Exhibiting Artists’ Preview is set for 5 p.m., Friday, May 18, with awards presentations and gallery walk by RAM Curator Jessica Caddell, and a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The 2012 Rockford Midwestern marks the 72nd presentation of RAM’s juried exhibition, which began in 1913 as an annual showcase of local artists. Now a biennial competition that surveys the breadth and depth of contemporary art in the Midwest, the exhibition is open to new original artwork in any medium by artists in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin; 675 works by 234 artists were submitted for consideration.

Juror Lisa Stone selected 109 works by 91 regional artists (see list below) for the 2012 Rockford Midwestern. She is curator for the Roger Brown Study Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and serves on the boards of SPACES (Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments) and Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.

Awards presented at the preview for members and exhibiting artists May 18 include the prestigious Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award, Best of Show, First Place 2-D and First Place 3-D.

RAM is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Call (815) 968-2787 or visit www.rockfordartmuseum.org for more information.

2012 Rockford Midwestern related programming

2012 Rockford Midwestern Teacher Workshop — Wednesday, May 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: Free for teachers. Registration required. Call (815) 972-2874.

Artist Lecture: Drew Helge and Katherine Webb — Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m.: Free. Rockford natives and exhibiting artists Drew Helge and Katherine Webb offer an inside look at the 2012 Rockford Midwestern. Both have shown their work in glass and fiber, respectively, around the region.

Exhibition children’s classes

All supplies are included with all children’s classes. Registration is required by calling (815) 972-2874.

Illinois WPA Posters — Saturday, June 16, 2-3:30 p.m. For ages 5 and older ($8). Start off this class by checking out the awesome posters created by Illinois artists under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression. Once you’re inspired, make your own poster to express your thoughts and ideas.

Head of the Glass — Saturday, July 21, 2-3:30 p.m. For ages 7 and older ($10). Hone your artistic skills in this exciting introduction to glass fusion. Get inspired by the glasswork of 2012 Rockford Midwestern artist Drew Helge and create your own one-of-a-kind pendant.

Mini Midwest Diorama — Saturday, Aug. 25, 2-3:30 p.m. For ages 6 and older ($8). Make your own mini-world in this exciting class. Create a scene from everyday life in the Midwest by designing figures and backgrounds that encapsulate a moment in time.

$5 Fix

$5 Fix — Fourth Thursday of every month (May 24, June 28, July 26, Aug. 23), 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $5. RAM offers a program designed for the lunch hour. Use the Art Annex to eat your lunch before heading into the galleries for a bite-sized self-guided tour of the newest exhibitions.

2012 Rockford Midwestern exhibiting artists

“Invisible Man” by Graehound, 2011.

Aviva Alter, Chicago; Leslie Arbetman, Rockford; Christian Arrecis, Peoria, Ill.; Nicholas Barron, Oswego, Ill.; Jay Paul Bell, DeKalb, Ill.; Katie Bell, Rockford; Landis Blair, Crystal Lake, Ill.; Patricia Borowiec, Chicago; Mark Bowers, Evanston, Ill.; Jason Brammer, Chicago; Pamela Callahan, Highland, Wis.; Javier Chavira, Crown Point, Ind.; Chris Cicala, Orland Park, Ill.; Jan Clough, Macomb, Ill.; Mary F. Coats, Iowa City, Iowa; Gina Dabrowski, St. Paul, Minn.; Susan Danko, Parma, Ohio; James Deeb, Evanston, Ill.; Megan Klazura Dehner, Iowa City, Iowa; Christina Ditzler, Rockford; Tabatha Dougherty, Roscoe, Ill.; Jennifer Dyer, Rockford.

Martin Edlin, Louisville, Ky.; Drew Eurek, Rockford; Yale Factor, DeKalb, Ill.; Juan Fernandez, Highwood, Ill.; Aralina Ferrella, Toledo, Ohio; Jeffrey Fraas, Bartlett, Ill.; Emily Franklin, DeKalb, Ill.; Sheila Ganch, Chicago; Julie Ganser, Sun Prairie, Wis.; Teresa Getty, Fitchburg, Wis.; Joseph Goral, Rockford; Meico Gowan, Rockford; Graehound, Bloomington, Ill.; Corey Hagberg, Rockford; Matthew Hagemann, Chicago; Megan Harrigan, Grayslake, Ill.; Drew Helge, Rockford; Paula Henderson, Chicago; Jeanine Hill-Soldner, Algonquin, Ill.; Leslie Hirshfield, Evanston, Ill.; Nikki Hollander, Rockford.

Javier Jimenez, Rockford; Greg Jones, Sylvania, Ohio; Sarah Kaiser, Evanston, Ill.; Lisa Koch, Madison, Wis.; Emily Koehler, White Bear Lake, Minn.; John Kurman, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Tom Linden, Rockford; David Linneweh, Shorewood, Ill.; John Linquist, Machesney Park, Ill.; Victor Lopez, Glenview, Ill.; Kristy Luck, Chicago; Jeanne Ludeke, Rockford; Elyse Martin, Northbrook, Ill.; Nate Mathews, Bartlett, Ill.; Sable Matula, Rockton, Ill.; Sari Maxfield, Chicago; Kari McDonald, Rockford; Donald J. McKenna, St. Louis; Alyssa Miserendino, Chicago; Stephen Moss, Hammond, Ind.; Scott Mount, Rockford.

Hironobu Nishitateno, Loves Park, Ill.; Erin K. Nolan, DeKalb, Ill.; Bradley Nordlof, Rockford; Connie Noyes, Chicago; Alice O’Neill, Madison, Wis.; Sheila Oettinger, Chicago; Brad Pogatetz, Batavia, Ill.; Mary Porterfield, Chicago; Johwey Redington, Loves Park, Ill.; Todd Reed, Bolingbrook, Ill.; Jilian Reints, Belvidere, Ill.; Kelly Riker, Forest Park, Ill.; Tim Roby, Lake in the Hills, Ill.; Ulli Rooney, Sycamore, Ill.; Tammie Rubin, Champaign, Ill.; Jacinda Russell, Muncie, Ind.; Barbara Santucci, Rockford; Vera Scekic, Evanston, Ill.; Corrie Slawson, Cleveland Heights, Ohio; Amelia Spinney, DeKalb, Ill.; John Stanicek, Aurora, Ill.; S. Gayle Stevens, Downers Grove, Ill.; Michele Thrane, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Kimberly Thurston, Chicago; Diane Washa, Madison, Wis.; Katherine Webb, Rockford; and Jessica Witte, St. Louis.

From the May 16-22, 2012, issue

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