Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens new feature exhibition, Deconstructing the American Landscape, on Friday, Oct. 7, with a preview for museum members that includes a gallery walk and reception with artists Sarah Krepp and Joel Ross from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a public opening with free admission and cash bar from 7 to 9 p.m. that coincides with the first night of Fall ArtScene at RAM. The exhibition remains on view through Jan. 29 at Rockford Art Museum, inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.
Sarah Krepp and Joel Ross draw inspiration from the American landscape for their distinctive, visually challenging works that explore socially complex themes in dynamically different ways. Krepp exquisitely manipulates delicately shredded tires and scraps from the road into beautifully abstract paintings and installations, while Ross uses a subtler yet equally compelling approach to create text-based sculptures, mixed media installations, and photographs documenting his hyper-temporary public art installations. Founding director of DIALOGUE Chicago, Krepp is professor emeritus and former chair of the painting program at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Ross is currently associate professor; he is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.
Related education programs held throughout the exhibition include a free artist lecture by Krepp on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.; and a free artist lecture by Ross on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.; and Coffee with the Curator on Friday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. Organized by Rockford Art Museum and curated by RAM Curator Carrie Johnson, this exhibition and its related educational programming are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and by the Armer Ahlstrand Charitable Foundation. RAM education programs are supported in part by Women’s Art Board.