In 1913, Rockford Art Museum began as a small local arts group. Nearly 100 years later, the organization occupies and enjoys one of the largest gallery spaces in the state and is consistently named a Partner in Excellence of the Illinois Arts Council.
Funderburg and Kuller galleries primarily feature contemporary surveys of regional and national artwork. Anderson Gallery dedicates more than 5,000 square feet of exhibition space to constantly changing displays of the museum's Permanent Collection. Comprised of more than 1600 works of art, this diverse collection mainly consists of 20th Century American art, American Impressionist paintings, historical and contemporary photography, and pieces by self-taught African American artists. Nationally and internationally renowned contemporary art glass further rounds out the collection's focus areas.
The RAM Art Annex also serves as the museum's current education space. Exhibitions, classes, lectures, artist-in-residence and tours bring thousands of adults and children to Rockford Art Museum each year. Rockford Art Museum Store provides additional financial support for museum operations.