‘2014 Rockford Midwestern’ opens May 16 at Rockford Art Museum

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The 2014 Rockford Midwestern is the 73rd presentation of Rockford Art Museum’s (RAM) survey exhibition of contemporary art in the Midwest today. The biennial competition was open to original artwork in any medium by residents of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin; 260 artists submitted 738 works for consideration.

The show opens to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 17, with free admission. A members’ and artists’ preview is from 5 to 6 p.m., Friday, May 16, with a gallery walk for members and exhibiting artists from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The show will remain on exhibit through Sept. 28.

2014 juror William Lieberman selected 80 works by 58 artists for inclusion and awards (Best of Show, First Place 2-D, First Place 3-D), which will be presented during the May 16 preview for members and exhibiting artists.

The resulting exhibition offers a broad spectrum of styles and media, including photography, works on paper, painting, drawing, sculpture, video, collage, and ceramic sculpture,” he said. “A combination of narrative ideas, intellectual content, superb craftsmanship, and the innovative execution of techniques were factors that influenced my decisions.”

Lieberman is owner and director of Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Founded in 1976, the influential contemporary art gallery represents artists from across the nation, including prominent Midwest artists Phyllis Bramson, Roger Brown, William Conger, Josh Garber and Maria Tomasula.

Also presented during the preview is the 2014 Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award, to the artist whose work was selected by Rockford Art Museum for the RAM Permanent Collection. The 2014 Rockford Midwestern and its related educational programming are sponsored by the Dean Alan Olson Foundation and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. The museum purchase award is sponsored by the Dean Alan Olson Foundation. All RAM education programs are supported in part by Women’s Art Board of Rockford Art Museum.

RAM is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Admission is $7 adults, $3 seniors and students, free for members and children younger than 12, $2 per person for groups of 10 or more, with Donation Day every Tuesday during regular hours. For more information, call the museum at (815) 968-2787 or visit www.rockfordartmuseum.org.

2014 Rockford Midwestern’ artists

Jean Alexander-Frater, Chicago; Joanne Aono, Chicago; Elizabeth Allen Augustine, Manhattan, Ill.; Janet Ballweg, Bowling Green, Ohio; Trenton Baylor, Caledonia, Wis.; Jeremy Black, Brookfield, Ill.; Shannon Blosser-Salisbury, Ohio, Ill.; Susan Boehm, Lake Geneva, Wis.; David Bower, Naperville, Ill.; Gloria DeFilipps Brush, Duluth, Minn.; Paul K. Burkholder, Rockford; Eric Carlson, Warrensburg, Mo.; Molly Carter, Rockford; Jason Conny, Chicago; Diana Delgado, Chicago; Gregory Dickenson, Milwaukee; Thad Duhigg, Worden, Ill.; Ruth Esserman, Chicago; Jeff Evans, Rantoul, Ill.; Juan Fernandez, Glendale Heights, Ill.; Thomas Ferrella, Madison, Wis.; Astrid Fuller, Chicago; Shelley Gilchrist, Evanston, Ill.; Rebecca Hamlin Green, Chicago; Denis Hagen, Wheaton, Ill.; Jennifer Halvorson, Muncie, Ind.; William Haun, Rockford; Brian Hierstein, Rockford; Kim Holz, Wonder Lake, Ill.; Carl Holzman, Chicago; Robert Jordan, Marengo, Ill.; JoAnn Kennedy, North Barrington, Ill.; Chris Kienke, Urbana, Ill.; Deanna Krueger, Chicago; John Kurman, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Judy A. Langston, Park Ridge, Ill.; Margaret Leininger, Oak Park, Ill.; William Lemke, Waukesha, Wis.; Nate Mathews, Bartlett, Ill.; Jennifer McNulty, Oak Park, Ill.; John Messley, Rockford; Tess Michalik, DeKalb, Ill.; Justin Miller, Brookfield, Ill.; Shelly Mosman, Minneapolis; Jack Nixon, Wilmette, Ill.; Bradley Nordlof, Rockford; Paul Pinzarrone, Machesney Park, Ill.; Brad Pogatetz, Batavia, Ill.; Iga Puchalska, Rockford; RHB, Chicago; Wendy S. Rolfe, Peosta, Iowa; Emma Saperstein, Chicago; Stoney Sasser, Bloomington, Ill.; Christine Simpson-Forni, Chicago; Constance Vepstas, Chicago; Cindy Vondran, Rockton, Ill.; Candace Wark and Shirley Nannini, Chicago; and Russ White, Chicago.

2014 Rockford Midwestern’ programs

Note: All programs take place at Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

Teacher Workshop — Thursday, May 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free for teachers. Registration required, call (815) 972-2874.

Artists Lecture Series — Thursdays, June 26, July 24 and Aug. 21 7 p.m. Free.

Children’s Classes — $8 per class, $20 for all three classes. Supplies included. To register, call (815) 972-2874. Schedule is as follows: “Magical Mosaics,” for ages 6 and older, is from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 21; “Animation Workshop with Artist Iga Puchalska,” for ages 8 and older, is from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 26; and “Stop, Drop + Roll,” for ages 8 and older, is from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23.

Posted May 15, 2014

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