Art Talks lecture Feb. 15 at Rockford Art Museum

Staff Report

Feb. 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Rockford Art Museum (RAM). A special centennial exhibition of the RAM Permanent Collection (Through the Ages: 100 Years of RAM) will be on view Aug. 23, 2013-Jan. 26, 2014, at RAM. For more details, contact RAM at (815) 968-2787 or

Also on Feb. 15, the museum will host the second in a three-part Art Talks Lecture Series. Annually presented by Women’s Art Board of RAM, the three-part Art Talks Lecture Series features talks by notable artists and art educators. “Unveiled” is the 2013 theme.

This year marks not only the centennial of RAM, but also the 50th anniversary of Women’s Art Board — and the 20th anniversary of Art Talks.

Featured in the 2013 series are RAM Collection artist and current Artist-in-Residence Jeanne Ludeke of Rockford (January); RAM Collection artist Diane Simpson of Chicago; and Professor Emeritus Dimitri Liakos, founder of ALPHA: Friends of Antiquity at NIU and current co-president of the Classical Art Society of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Simpson will present the second lecture, “The Architecture of Dress: Clothing Structures Revealed,” beginning at noon, Friday, Feb. 15, at RAM, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Admission is $10 at the door or $8 for students and seniors. RAM Collection artist Simpson creates sculptures and drawings that evolve from a diverse range of sources, including clothing and architecture.

The third lecture will be presented by Liakos at noon, Friday, March 8, in the theater inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. Admission to that lecture is also $10 at the door and $8 for students and seniors. Title of his talk is “The Draped, the Nude, and the Naked in Greek Art and the Exultation of Physical Beauty.”

Former chairman of the Art History Department at Northern Illinois University (NIU) for 25 years, Liakos, founder of ALPHA: Friends of Antiquity at NIU, is associated with the Classical Art Society of the Art Institute of Chicago is former president and current co-president.

From the Feb. 13-19, 2013, issue

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