The Rockford Midwestern surveys the breadth and depth of contemporary art in the Midwest today. First held as an annual showcase for local artists, this biennial juried exhibition marks its 72nd presentation in 2012. Artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin were eligible to participate. More than 230 artists submitted 674 works for consideration by 2012 Juror Lisa Stone, curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award will be presented May 18 at the preview for museum members and exhibiting artists.
This exhibition is organized by Rockford Art Museum. The museum purchase award is made possible by support from the Dean Alan Olson Foundation. The 2012 Rockford Midwesternis sponsored by Jill and Tom Becker, Fran and Jim Knutson, Amy and Dean Olson, Pat and Jim Olson, Jane Smith; and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.