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COLLECTION EXHIBITION EDUCATION WINTER 2017


L BOARD OF TRUSTEES

PATRONS

PRESIDENT John Holevas

John R. Anderson

PAST PRESIDENT Daniel G. Saavedra

Cheryl Bischoff

PRESIDENT-ELECT David Boccignone

Leann & Jeff Burch

Julie & Jim Buchanan

Sharyn & Joe Castrogiovanni Anita Layng Church

TREASURER Greg Harlan

Joan Davis

SECRETARY Peggy Fry

Linda Dennis

Paul Burkholder Diane Jaroch Cain Lynn Fischer-Carlson Gail Funderburg Sherri Habben Karen Harding Jerry Kortman Patrick O’Keefe Steve Pitkin David Potter Scott Prine Nancy von Lugossy Kay Wadsworth

Roger & Wendy Perks Fisher

TRUSTEES EMERITUS Dick Behr Rob Funderburg

Mary Heffran

STAFF

Mary & Bengt Kuller

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Linda Dennis

Corky & Rich Dell

Lynn Fischer-Carlson

Patty & Alex Funderburg Gail & Hugh Funderburg Cathy & Rob Funderburg Del Gloyd Judy & John Graff Paula Turner Grasso Patricia & Norm Hagman Karen Vaughn Harding

Margret Hesler Hynes Tom Killoren

Lisa & Mark Lindman Kathleen & Brent Meade

CURATOR Carrie Johnson

Diane Meltmar

OFFICE MANAGER Nancy E. Sauer

Sandra & Michael Perlow

COMMUNITY RELATIONS Sarah Bursley McNamara EDUCATION COORDINATOR Miranda Lindvall MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS + DESIGN Sarah Axelson

Laura J. Minore

Patty & Bob Rhea Dave Schroepfer Joan Stonecipher

JUNIOR PATRONS

REGISTRAR Dillon Coulahan

ages 50 and younger

EDUCATION ASSISTANT + STORE COORDINATOR Denise Glasenapp

Alexandra Rhea

Founded in 1913, Rockford Art Museum exists to enrich the quality of life in the Rockford region through a permanent art collection, frequent art exhibitions, and lifelong art education. Located inside Riverfront Museum Park (a Rockford Park District facility), RAM is supported by memberships, individual and corporate contributions, and partially supported by a Partners in Excellence 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 financial COVER: Ed Paschke, Indigo Deaux, 1988

Dear Members,

Lon & Dick Behr

Diane Jaroch Cain VICE PRESIDENTS Anita Layng Church Lisa Lindman

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

A New Year with new inspiration! On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of Rockford Art Museum, thank you for your many contributions to RAM this past year. Many of you have given to our ongoing endowment campaign, donated to the 2016 Year-End Drive, attended fundraisers, and volunteered your time and services. You are our biggest supporters, and we are truly blessed and grateful to have you as members. Three outstanding feature exhibitions will be presented in Funderburg and Kuller galleries in 2017: The Others, selections from the Francis and June Spiezer Collection; Bittersweet Observations, which explores fairy tales and fantasy; and Misfits, which surveys 1960s biker subculture through film, literature, and Danny Lyon’s iconic photography portfolio. RAM Permanent Collection exhibits will be on view throughout the year in Anderson Gallery, and the 76th Young Artist Show will be showcased there this spring. New and exciting educational programming will be offered this year, including a bus trip to the Ed Paschke Art Center in Chicago; a special performance by Artists’ Ensemble Theater of ‘Red’ at RAM; and a luncheon presentation by architect Jeanne Gang. We look to you to be our advocates that help us spread the word about RAM, and encourage you to invite your friends and family to join the museum and enjoy all it has to offer. Please go to rockfordartmuseum.org for more membership information. As we strive for excellence, your feedback is very important to us. I invite you to leave suggestions, ideas, and thoughts that will help us provide even better programs and events in the suggestion box at the museum, or email me at ldennis@ rockfordartmuseum.org. We look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Kailley Lindman Federighi

Teri Turner

Linda Dennis Executive Director

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ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM ANNUAL MEETING MON, FEB 27, 5–6 PM OPEN TO ALL RAM MEMBERS


FEBRUARY 8

ART TALKS: BRADLEY CAHILL | 12 PM

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THE OTHERS MEMBERS PREVIEW 5–6 PM | GALLERY WALK WITH THE CURATOR 6–7 PM | MEMBERS RECEPTION

PUBLIC OPENING 7–8:30 PM | FREE ADMISSION

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EXHIBITION PROGRAM COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR | 10–11 AM

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RAM ANNUAL MEETING | 5–6 PM OPEN TO ALL RAM MEMBERS

MARCH 5

76TH YOUNG ARTIST SHOW: HIGH SCHOOL FREE PUBLIC OPENING + AWARDS | 1–3 PM

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ART TALKS: KAILLEY LINDMAN FEDERIGHI | 12 PM

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EXHIBITION PROGRAM LECTURE: VESNA STELCER | 7–8 PM

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EXHIBITION CHILDREN’S CLASS AFTER-EFFECTS | 10–11:30 AM

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EXHIBITION PROGRAM BUS TRIP: ED PASCHKE ART CENTER | 9 AM–5 PM

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ARTISTS’ ENSEMBLE THEATER PRESENTS: ‘RED’ AT RAM | 7:30 PM

APRIL 9

76TH YOUNG ARTIST SHOW: YOUTH DIVISION FREE PUBLIC OPENING + AWARDS | 1–3 PM

14–15 SPRING ARTSCENE @ RAM | FRI 5–9, SAT 4–9 FREE ADMISSION, OPEN LATE 18 27

JEANNE GANG LUNCHEON | 12 PM GIOVANNI’S, 610 N BELL SCHOOL RD, ROCKFORD

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GREENWICH VILLAGE ART FAIR ARTIST APPLICATION DEADLINE apply at zapplication.org

CORK + CANVAS: OBSERVATIONAL PAINTING WITH JEANNE LUDEKE | 6:30–8:30 PM

MAY 12

EXHIBITION CHILDREN’S CLASS WINDOW INTO YOUR IMAGINATION | 10–11:30 AM

Susanne Doremus, Interior with Mirror, 1984


COLLECTION EXHIBITION EDUCATION THE LAURA + JOHN FRASER COLLECTION NEW TO THE PERMANENT COLLECTION

The Rockford Art Museum Permanent Collection was established in 1913 with a donation of artwork from two local members. Now a nonprofit museum, RAM has always relied on the generosity of donors, collectors, and supporters not only for help raising funds for the care of its collection but also for continuing its strategic growth. RAM has been the fortunate recipient of several major collections that have spurred growth in targeted focus areas of the Permanent Collection throughout its recent history, including the Arnold Gilbert Photography Collection, Hager Gift of Self-Taught African American Art, Wiiken Collection of Studio Glass, Stevens Collection, and most notably, the critically acclaimed Francis and June Spiezer Collection; selections from the Spiezer Collection are on view February 10–May 29 in feature exhibition The Others. Strikingly similar to the Spiezer Collection, Rockford Art Museum is proud to introduce its most recent major gift – the Laura and John Fraser Collection, a stellar compilation of 122 contemporary pieces by an international roster of 57 artists that also includes several local and regional artists. When first proposed, the Frasers shared why they chose specific works, and why they entrusted their collection to this museum: Steuart Pittman, Ivasion: Bettendorf, Iowa, 2006

We chose these works to donate to Rockford Art Museum to increase the depth of holdings for artists you already have in the collection, and to provide additional artists (mostly from the Midwest) to complement existing holdings. Why RAM? We have had a long relationship with the city of Rockford, its artists and Rockford Art Museum itself. It is a strong regional museum with an excellent space to store and show art. We thought RAM would be the perfect recipient for this donation. We are happy to share this art with the city of Rockford and visitors to the museum. 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.

—Laura and John Fraser

Robert McCauley, Tagged II, 1986

FRASER COLLECTION ARTISTS: John Andrews (4) Anne Bach (2) Nelleke Beltjens (3) Steven Beyer (2) Gerd Borkelmann Betty Cleeland Jeffery Cote de Luna Gordon Dorn (2) Jacob El Hanani Heide Fasnacht Lynn Fischer-Carlson Peter Flanary John Fraser (27) Joyce Gelick Shane Huffman

Kate Ingold Dorothee Joachim Vadim Katznelson (6) Jay Kelly Wayne Kimball Matthew Kluber Barbara Koenen Harald Kröner Joan Livingston Lisa Lockhart Christine LoFaso Brock Lueck Julia Mangold Robert McCauley (3) James Michaels

Robert Middaugh Tad Mike (2) Liz Modaff Erik Neff (5) Bob Nugent Ellen Pettengell (2) Michael Pfisterer John Pittman (10) Katy Pittman Steuart Pittman (2) Perry Pollock Gordon Powell Kathy Reeves (4) Pierre Auguste Renoir Richard Rezac

Brigitte Riesebrodt (2) Cherri Rittenhouse (3) Yuko Sakurai (2) Rebecca Shore Eric Snell Buzz Spector Nick Tomasic (2) Mario Trejo Richard Tuttle + Mary Hunt Kahlenberg Peter Weber Kim Westcott Denise Yaghmourian


COLLECTION EXHIBITION EDUCATION THE OTHERS

SELECTIONS FROM THE FRANCIS + JUNE SPIEZER COLLECTION FEB 10–MAY 29, 2017 | ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM FRI, FEB 10 MEMBERS PREVIEW 5–6 PM | GALLERY WALK WITH THE CURATOR 6–7 PM | MEMBERS RECEPTION PUBLIC OPENING 7–8:30 PM | FREE ADMISSION

Gladys Nilsson, Hall of Mirrors, 1980–81

The Others explores 50 iconic selections by 44 seminal artists from the 200-piece Francis and June Spiezer Collection of Rockford Art Museum, critically acclaimed as the most significant collection of Chicago art that exists today. The Spiezers also amassed a brilliant grouping of studio glass from around the world. On view are 32 paintings, prints, and drawings by Ed Paschke, Ray Yoshida, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Karl Wirsum, Nicolas Africano, Stephen Warde Anderson, Walter E. Andersons, Phyllis Bramson, Roger Brown, Susanne Doremus, Sarah Barnhart Fields, Julis Fish, Mark Sumner Forth, Michelle Grabner, Steven Hudson, Richard Hull, Jackie Kazarian, Mike Lash, Jim Lutes, Jacqueline Moses, Lorraine Peltz, Dan Ramirez, Scott Reeder, Kate Rosen, Rebecca Shore, Hollis Sigler, and Maria Tomasula; and 18 glass, metal and ceramic sculptures by Kéké Cribbs, Tom Czarnopys, Josh Garber, David Gilhooly, Nina Levy, John Littleton and Kate Vogel, Joseph Litzenberger, Joel Philip Myers, Holly Rittenhouse, Les Sandelman, Lino Tagliapietra, Tony Tasset, Janusz Walentynowicz, and Karen Zoot Wolfe.

Joel Philip Myers, White Hand, 1973

Francis and June Spiezer were known for their passionate support of (usually emerging) artists. “Let other people who live in other cities support their galleries; we have to support ours,” she said in a 2003 interview. “Francis and I both knew we would buy primarily from Chicago galleries and Chicago artists because we could talk to them. When I see Josh Garber, he knows who we are and we know who he is, no matter how famous he gets. Even with Ed Paschke, every time he’d see us he’d say, ‘I know that Red Sweeney lives in your house.’ … I love these artists and I love the artwork.” Concurrent exhibits include the 76th Young Artist Show and additional selections from the Spiezer Collection. Related programs include a lecture by Ed Paschke Art Center Chair Vesna Stelcer and a bus trip to Paschke Art Center with a walking tour of nearby Chicago galleries like the ones the Spiezers frequented. The Others is organized by Rockford Art Museum, 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.


COLLECTION EXHIBITION EDUCATION THE OTHERS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING PROGRAMMING SUPPORTED IN PART BY WOMEN’S ART BOARD

COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR FRI, FEB 24, 10–11 AM, FREE NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

CHECK ROCKFORDARTMUSEUM.ORG FOR NEW AND UPDATED PROGRAM OFFERINGS

76TH ANNUAL YOUNG ARTIST SHOW SPONSORED BY WOMEN’S ART BOARD

Get the inside scoop (and grab a cup of joe) during this lively conversation with RAM curator Carrie Johnson about the latest feature exhibition.

ARTIST LECTURE SERIES: ED PASCHKE ART CENTER CHAIR VESNA STELCER THU, MAR 16, 7–8 PM, FREE NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED Join Vesna Stelcer, chair of Chicago’s Ed Paschke Art Center, for an insightful conversation about the iconic Spiezer Collection artist, his impact on Chicago art, and his enduring legacy.

AFTER-EFFECTS (AGES 5+) SAT, MAR 18, 10–11:30 AM, $8 REGISTER BY MAR 13 AT ROCKFORDARTMUSEUM.ORG Tour The Others and view scenes set in the future. Imagine traveling through space and looking down at life on Earth. What would you see? What would you want to save for your return? Create a time capsule collage of your favorite earthly things! All supplies included.

The Rockford Art Museum Young Artist Show has been a Rockford tradition since it began in 1941. Students in public, private, and home schools are eligible to participate in this annual show that is consistently the most popular exhibition of the year. The highly competitive juried High School Division is open to students in grades 9–12 within 50 miles of RAM, and the Youth Division features grades K–8 in Winnebago County.

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION | MAR 5–APR 2 FREE PUBLIC OPENING + AWARDS SUN, MAR 5 | 1–3 PM 2017 JURORS: Katie Martin-Meurer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee + Chris Sisson, Rockford University

YOUTH DIVISION | APR 9–MAY 7 FREE PUBLIC OPENING + AWARDS SUN, APR 9 | 1–3 PM

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RAM STUDIO ARTIST CLASSES SPRING SESSION 1 | JAN 31–MAR 16 Ed Paschke Art Center

BUS TRIP TO ED PASCHKE ART CENTER SAT, MAR 25, 9 AM–5 PM, $40 REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY MAR 6 CALL RAM AT (815) 972-2874 Join RAM staff on this daylong bus trip to Chicago with a guided tour of the Ed Paschke Art Center, a stop for lunch, and a walking tour of art galleries.

OBSERVATIONAL PAINTING WITH JEANNE LUDEKE (AGES 21+) THU, APR 27, 6:30–8:30 PM, $40 REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY APR 24 Participants will create observational paintings with instruction from Ludeke, a local artist and educator whose work is included in the RAM Permanent Collection. Whether you’re an experienced artist, or just having a fun night out, this spin on RAM’s Cork + Canvas series is not to be missed. Cost includes supplies, instruction, and wine.

WINDOW INTO YOUR IMAGINATION (AGES 8+) SAT, MAY 20, 10–11:30 AM, $8 REGISTER BY MAY 15 AT ROCKFORDARTMUSEUM.ORG Tour The Others and see many different kinds of artwork created out of glass! Think about what shapes, images, and colors interest you, and paint directly on your own glass-like surface. All supplies included.

$70 MEMBERS, $75 NON-MEMBERS

SPRING SESSION 2 | MAR 21 – MAY 11 $80 MEMBERS, $85 NON-MEMBERS TO REGISTER CALL RAM AT (815) 972-2874 Led by local artist Jasmina Jovanovic, these classes offer the adult artist an opportunity to paint in a studio atmosphere. Individual instruction is offered for all levels of experience. Each class is limited to 10 participants and fills quickly. Learn more at rockfordartmuseum.org.

RVC WHIZ KIDS + ADULT CLASSES SPRING 2017 For current offerings and registration information go to rockfordartmuseum.org.


MUSEUM EVENTS AND SUPPORT GROUPS MANY THANKS

WOMEN’S ART BOARD

Rockford Art Museum’s signature holiday gala Evergreen Ball was held Dec. 3. The 28th annual event featured a black-and-white masquerade theme and included dining by Chef Paul Sletten of Abreo, music by High Society Orchestra, plus silent, wine, and centerpiece auctions to raise funds for RAM.

SHERRI HABBEN, PRESIDENT

Many thanks to Co-Chairs Linda Dennis, Anita Layng Church and Lisa Lindman, and committee members, guests, contributors, donors, advertisers, volunteers – and special thanks to sponsors Alpine Bank; Sharyn & Joe Castrogiovanni, Gail & Hugh Funderburg, Kim & John Griffin / Kelley Williamson Company, Periodontics of Rockford, Patty & Bob Rhea, Woodward Inc.; Jane Smith, Therese & Scott Trenhaile; Jessie & Bill Dannenmaier, Women’s Art Board; Illinois Bank & Trust, UTC Aerospace Systems, WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, and Wipfli.

2017 ART TALKS WED, FEB 8 + WED, MAR 8 12 PM, DOORS OPEN 11 AM RAM, 711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD PER LECTURE: $20 EACH, $12 STUDENTS/SENIORS Annually presented by Women’s Art Board, speakers for this year’s two-part series are Sycamore sculptor Bradley Cahill (February 8), and Chicago food writer, photographer, and blogger Kailley Lindman Federighi (March 8). Lunch included with lecture reservation, required one week prior. LECTURE + LUNCH: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED LECTURE ONLY: TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR FOR TICKETS OR MORE INFO CALL RAM, (815) 968-2787

ARTISTS’ ENSEMBLE PRESENTS ‘RED’ AT RAM FRI, MAR 31, 7:30 PM, $30 EACH Directed by Artists’ Ensemble Theater Artistic Director Richard Raether, AE members Stephen F. Vrtol III and David A. Gingerich perform a memorable one-nightonly stage reading of Tony Award-winning Red by John Logan, with a pre-show talk by RAM Curator Carrie Johnson on the work of painter Mark Rothko (subject of the play). Brief audience talk-back and informal reception immediately follow. Courtesy of Lisa Lindman

PATRONS LISA LINDMAN, CHAIR

FOR TICKETS OR MORE INFO CALL AE THEATER BOX OFFICE, (815) 394-5004

Patrons support RAM at the highest philanthropic levels of membership. Annual dues are $1,000 each; Junior Patron (age 50 and younger), $500. Perks include remarkable opportunities for art-focused trips, stateside and abroad, and memorable experiences off the beaten path. TO UPGRADE YOUR MEMBERSHIP TO PATRON OR JUNIOR PATRON OR FOR MORE INFO CALL RAM, (815) 968-2787

JEANNE GANG LUNCHEON PRESENTED BY WOMEN’S ART BOARD TUE, APR 18, 12 PM, DOORS OPEN 11 AM, $55 EACH GIOVANNI’S, 610 N BELL SCHOOL RD, ROCKFORD This fundraising luncheon features a special presentation by Belvidere native Jeanne Gang, an internationally acclaimed architect and MacArthur Fellow whose award-winning projects include Chicago skyscraper Aqua and RVC’s Starlight Theatre. Ticket proceeds help Women’s Art Board support RAM educational programming. LIMITED SEATING, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY APR 11; CORPORATE TABLES AVAILABLE FOR TICKETS OR MORE INFO CALL RAM, (815) 968-2787 OR PURCHASE ONLINE AT ROCKFORDARTMUSEUM.ORG


WINTER 2017 THE OTHERS SELECTIONS FROM THE FRANCIS + JUNE SPIEZER COLLECTION FEB 10–MAY 29

ROCKFORDARTMUSEUM 711 N. MAIN STREET ROCKFORD, IL 61103

Non–Profit Org US Postage PAID Rockford, IL Permit No. 1652

ARTISTS’ ENSEMBLE THEATER PRESENTS ‘RED’ AT RAM MAR 31 76TH YOUNG ARTIST SHOW HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION MAR 5–APR 2 YOUTH DIVISION APR 9–MAY 7 JEANNE GANG LUNCHEON APR 18

SAVE THE DATE ART IN BLOOM PREVIEW PARTY | JUN 26 ON DISPLAY | JUN 27–29

EVENT RENTALS

WEDDING RECEPTIONS + CORPORATE EVENTS

LOCATION RAM is located inside Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, seven miles from I-90 (Business 20 Exit). All exhibitions and events are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Free parking. HOURS open daily, 10 am–5 pm ADMISSION Adults: $7 | Students and Seniors: $3 RAM members and children under 12: FREE Group Rate (10+): $2 per person Free Day: Tuesday (group rates apply) CONTACT Office: (815) 968-2787 Store: (815) 972-2865 staff@rockfordartmuseum.org

ROCKFORDARTMUSEUM.ORG

Rockford Art Museum provides a memorable event space for wedding receptions and corporate events. Galleries have open floor plans, high ceilings and terrazzo floor, offering unlimited possibilities. For availability, a list of preferred caterers and more information call RAM at (815) 968-2787.

MEETINGS + WORKSHOPS

Includes tables and chairs, use of A/V equipment, free Wi-Fi

CHILDREN’S BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Includes invitations, free museum admission and RAM-led art activity. Families provide cake, refreshments and decorations. For availability, party themes and more information call RAM at (815) 968-2787.

FUNDERBURG + KULLER GALLERIES • Capacity: 350 seated/500 standing • Duration: up to 6 hours • Fee: $3,500 ANDERSON GALLERY • Capacity: 100 seated/200 standing • Duration: up to 3 hours • Fee: $2,500

ART ANNEX • Capacity: 50 • Fees based on length of rental: $25/hour; $100/half-day; $200/full-day

ART ANNEX • Capacity: 25 • Duration: Up to 2 1/2 hours • Fees based on number of guests, including adults attending: $150 | up to 18 people $175 | 19-25 people


Rockford Art Museum Newsletter | Winter 2017