Rockford Arts Museum

Rockford Art Museum | (815) 968-2787
711 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
fax (815) 316-2179
Rockford Art Museum Store | (815) 972-2865
Like many art museums around the country founded about the same time, Rockford Art Museum began in the late 19th century with a different name, but with the same purpose that exists today: to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages through a permanent collection, frequent exhibitions, and lifelong education.No matter its moniker—Rockford Sketch Club (1887), Arts and Crafts Society, Art Association (1913), Art Guild, Art League, Art Club, Burpee Art Gallery (1936), Burpee Art Museum, and Rockford Art Museum (1986) among them—its goals have been to attract memberships in order to acquire and sustain a permanent collection within a permanent gallery space of its own, for the educational and cultural expansion of its community. This group of men and women has always had the mission of making life in Rockford better.

Rockford Art Museum boasts a diverse yet concise collection, acclaimed modern galleries, museum store, office, studios and classrooms; since 2004 the museum has been a Partner in Excellence of the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Now comprised of more than 1,900 works of art, the RAM Permanent Collection consists of modern and contemporary American art from the 19th and 20th centuries through today, from American Impressionist paintings to Chicago Imagist works to outsider art in new and mixed media; sculpture; photography; and contemporary glass. Regional art with an emphasis on Illinois artists remains a steadfast focus.

Important museum collections include the Arnold Gilbert Photography Collection, Hager Collection of self-taught African American art, Stevens Collection of contemporary art, Wiiken Collection of studio glass, and the Francis and June Spiezer Collection, called "the most significant collection of Chicago art, inside or outside the city" by art critic Paul Klein.

A non-profit, public museum, RAM is supported by memberships, individual and corporate contributions, and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and by the Armer Ahlstrand Charitable Foundation. Proceeds from Women's Art Board, Evergreen Ball, Greenwich Village Art Fair, Art with a View, Art in Bloom, and the Rockford Art Museum Store provide additional support.

All text and images published on the Rockford Art Museum website are for personal and/or educational use only. Neither  text nor images published herein are for use in the public domain unless already established as such. Any commercial use or publication is strictly prohibited. Reproduction, redistribution or exploitation, for personal or corporate gain, is strictly prohibited. Images of artworks and archival material on the RAM website are copyright Rockford Art Museum unless otherwise noted. Artworks are copyright respective artist or representative per applicable national and international laws. RAM strives to respect copyright in a manner consistent with its nonprofit educational mission.

Rockford Art Museum's mission is to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by communicating the pleasure, appreciation and meaning of visual arts through programs of collection, exhibition and education.
OCT 13, 2017–JAN 28, 2018 

Misfits surveys 1960s biker subculture through film, literature, and Danny Lyon’s iconic photography portfolio, The Bikeriders. This feature exhibition incorporates a portion of that decade’s social landscape, exploring the influence the movement made on filmmakers, authors, and artists during this turbulent, exciting, and experimental era. 

Misfits is organized by Rockford Art Museum, curated by RAM Curator Carrie Johnson. This exhibition and 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.

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