Local photographers featured in new exhibit at Rockford Art Museum

“Motif No. 1,” by Bradley Nordlof

Exposed: Akerlund, Hampton, Nordlof opens with free public opening April 27

Staff Report

Rockford Art Museum (RAM), 711 N. Main St., Rockford, presents Exposed: Akerlund, Hampton, Nordlof from April 26 to Aug. 11.

Exposed focuses on the photographic passions of three local photographers — Nels Akerlund, Brian Hampton and Bradley Nordlof — whose varied techniques and backgrounds represent the diversity and style of photography today. Together, these artists use photography to express their passions and expose their respective talent within a medium

“Crocodile Lion,” by Brian Hampton

that is continually changing. About 60 pieces are on view in this 15-week exhibition.

Nels Akerlund has photographed world leaders, rock legends, politicians and icons of this generation for more than two decades. His new body of work draws in the viewer with portraits of local residents in their day-to-day environment; he has the ability to capture a moment of everyday life and transform it into raw wonderment.

Brian Hampton’s passion for conservation and love for capturing wildlife in their natural environment provide a glimpse into a world most people never see. Through his photography, he hopes to encourage others to protect the dwindling populations of many species around the world and preserve them for future generations.

Known for awe-inspiring subject matter, Bradley Nordlof often explores remote areas in search of nature that truly stirs emotions. Pushing the boundaries with texture, vivid color and composition, he produces magnificent, large-scale landscapes of the natural world.

“The Most Rev. David Malloy,” by Nels Akerlund

Exposed: Akerlund, Hampton, Nordlof opens with a preview for museum members Friday, April 26, and a free public opening all day Saturday, April 27. The members preview offers a 5 p.m. gallery walk with the artists, and a 6-7:30 p.m. members’ reception. The free public opening runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 27.

Exhibiting artists lecture series

Learn more about Exposed exhibiting artists during this special series of three free lectures at RAM (no reservations required). Lectures are at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 9 (Brian Hampton); 7 p.m., Thursday, May 30 (Nels Akerlund); and 7 p.m., Thursday, June 27 (Bradley Nordlof).

Teacher workshop

Wednesday, May 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m., free for teachers; registration required by calling (815) 972-2874. This after-hours event gives teachers a special overview of the newest RAM exhibition. The workshop includes a private, docent-led tour of Exposed: Akerlund, Hampton, Nordlof, hands-on activity related to the exhibition, and take-home packet with supplemental materials for classroom use. Snacks, coffee, water provided. Space is limited, and registration is required.

Children’s classes

Children’s classes are $8 per class, $20 for all three, supplies included. To register, call (815) 972-2874. Following is the schedule of children’s classes:

Lions & Tigers & Cheetahs, Oh My!” — 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18, for ages 6 and older. These aren’t your average cats! Tour the exhibition to see photographs of these large cats in their natural environment, then head to the Art Annex to learn what separates a lion from a leopard. Using tempera and watercolor paints, you’ll create your own big cat to take home.

Let’s Get Technicolor” — 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 15, ages 6 and older. Famous painters Matisse, Chagall and Warhol are known for their unusual color choices. Early photographers often used paints to create realistic tints for their photos. Learn new tricks to this old art form by adding your own colors to basic black-and-white photos. Wild colors encouraged!

Blue Prints” — 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, July 13, ages 6 and older. Art and science combine when participants create solar-powered art. Learn about an antique photographic process called cyanotype, then head outside to watch your photograph develop in the sunlight.

Visit rockfordartmuseum.org or call RAM at (815) 968-2787. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily.

From the April 24-30, 2013, issue

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