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Laura and John Fraser collection comes to RAM

MUSEUM CAMPUS — Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its new feature exhibition, The Laura and John Fraser Collection, Friday, Feb. 9.

The Laura and John Fraser Collection surveys one of the most recent major gifts to the Rockford Art Museum Permanent Collection in its entirety. The Fraser Collection is a stellar compilation of 122 contemporary paintings, prints, drawings, mixed media, sculptures, and ephemera by an international roster of 57 artists, including several local and regional artists.

“We are happy to share this art with the City of Rockford and visitors to the museum,” the Frasers wrote. “We hope these pieces are a welcome learning activity for young and old, and that visitors find something new and exciting when viewing the work.”

Artists represented include by John Andrews, Anne Bach, Nelleke Beltjens, Steven Beyer, Gerd Borkelmann, Betty Cleeland, Jeffery Cote de Luna, Gordon Dorn, Jacob El Hanani, Heide Fasnacht, Lynn Fischer-Carlson, Joyce Gelick, Dorothee Joachim, Vadim Katznelson, Wayne Kimball, Barbara Koenen, Robert McCauley, Erik Neff, Bob Nugent, John Pittman, Katy Pittman, Gordon Powell, Richard Rezac, Brigitte Riesebrodt, Cherri Rittenhouse, Yuko Sakurai, Rebecca Shore, Eric Snell, Buzz Spector, Mario Trejo, Richard Tuttle, and more.

Concurrent exhibitions on view at RAM include the 77th Young Artist Show, opening March 4, and additional selections from the Rockford Art Museum Collection.

The Laura and John Fraser Collection is organized by Rockford Art Museum, curated by RAM Curator Carrie Johnson. This exhibition and related educational programming are sponsored by a grant from the Community Grants Program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois with support from the Community Arts & Humanities Fund, and by a grant from Smith Charitable Foundation; 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.

The exhibit opens with a preview reception for museum members, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 9, including a gallery walk with the Frasers. A free public opening follows from 7-8:30 p.m. at RAM, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. The exhibition remains on view through May 28.

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