Rockford Art Museum to host Midwestern Biennial exhibit

By Anne E. O’Keefe
Rockford Area Arts Council

leslie-hirshfieldThe Rockford Art Museum (RAM), 711 N. Main St., opens the Rockford Midwestern Biennial juried exhibition Friday, June 10. RAM members are invited to a gallery walk with juror Sarah Krepp, founding Director of Dialogue Chicago, at 5 p.m. followed by the awards presentation, concluding by 7:30 pm. The exhibition is open to the public for free that evening from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and remains on view through September 25.

There will be 85 photographs, paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and more by 78 artists from across the Midwest. There are 10 artists from Winnebago and Boone Counties included in this show. The awards presented June 10 include: Best of Show, two Juror’s Choice, and the 2016 Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award. The work selected for the purchase award will be added to the Rockford Art Museum Permanent Collection.

RAM’s related educational programs for this show include Live Figure Drawing with Diane Rose Dailing, for creatives 21 and older on July 28 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $40 which includes supplies, instruction and wine.

Art in Bloom is a three-day event, (June 28-30), in which art from the RAM Collection will be creatively interpreted through floral design. You will be able to experience imaginative installations by talented local floral designers, as well as unique floral demonstrations, workshops and programs throughout the event. Collaborators are: Anderson Japanese Gardens, Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, and Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, with support from the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Admission is free with regular museum admission, except for a ticketed Art in Bloom Preview Party (June 27, 6-8 p.m., $35) and related programming. For tickets or more information call RAM, 815-968-2787.

jeanne-ludekeDavid Boccignone, Financial Advisor for Ameriprise and President-Elect of RAM is chairing the new event. “The inspiration came from a conversation with my mom, Judy Boccignone, who is a member of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, which does an event, Bouquets to Art,” said Boccignone.

“I loved the idea of finding a way to draw more guests to the Rockford Art Museum by having people see a slice of our permanent collection through the prism of 17 amazing floral designs. We need to continuously find ways to make art accessible, because I believe that art has a role to play in each of our lives,” Boccignone continued.

Participating designers include representatives of Anderson Japanese Gardens: Broadway Florist (Tina Kot); Diana’s Living Designs (Diana Behr); Event Floral (Erin Stoffregen, Diane Didier-Adolphson, Jordan Calgaro, Kim Dazey); Shirley Grace Floral Design (Beth Edwards); Kishwaukee College Floral Program (Janet Gallagher); Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden (Jim Wojtowicz); London Avenue Designs (Lori Eickhoff, Will Diaz); Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens (Clayton Guler); O’Fallon’s Fine Flowers (Amy Caruana, Kathy Caruana); Poska (Louise Poska); and Terra Bella Floral Boutique & Photography (Miriam Solares, Bethany Pedersen).

If you are looking for a great way to spend Father’s Day on June 19, Rockford Art Museum will be free for dads from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. You can also visit for upcoming events.

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