By Shane Nicholson
The 74th Young Artists Show will open on Sunday with a free, public showing followed by an awards ceremony at the Rockford Art Musem (RAM), 711 N. Main St., from 1-3 p.m.
Over 150 pieces of art completed by students within 50 miles of RAM were chosen by jurors from nearly 1100 submitted.
“As an artist-educator that lives in Rockford I was extremely impressed with the artworks submitted for this exhibition,” said Lee T. Sido, Assistant Director of NIU’s School of Art and one of two jurors on the RAM panel.
Nancy Fewkes is the other juror for Sunday’s ceremony.
“I viewed a wide range of images and ideas created with highly competent techniques,” continued Sido. “I applaud not only the artists but also the teachers for their achievements.”
At 2 p.m. Sunday the Best of Show, Best 2D, Best 3D, Portfolio Scholarship, Women’s Art Board Scholarship, two Juror’s Choices and many Honorable Mentions winners will be announced.
“Rockford Art Museum understands the dynamic role that art experiences and art education play in the lives of students and the cultural development of its community,” said Linda Dennis, Executive Director at RAM.
“We are committed to young, emerging artists in the Rockford region.”
Students and teachers receive free admission throughout the entire Young Artist Show including the Youth Division (April 12-May 17).
Other exhibits are also on view at RAM including pieces from the RAM Permanent Collection and feature exhibition “Carlos Rolón/Dzine: Now and Then.”
The Women’s Art Board is sponsoring the event along with partial support by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
“As a former high school art teacher it is amazing to see the passion for art that is evident in the student work,” says Rich hacker, RAM’s Education Coordinator, “but also that it is being supported by not only the teachers and students but also an institution like RAM.”
For more information on this or other exhibits visit rockfordartmuseum.org.