Juried by Jim Dempsey of Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery, Chicago, the 2020 Rockford Midwestern is the 76th presentation of the museum's survey exhibition of new work by contemporary artists from across the Midwest. Dempsety selected 76 photographs, paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and more by 70 artists from 6 states. Best of Show and two Juror's Choice awards will be announced on opening day—as well as the 2020 Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award, to the artist whose work has been selected for inclusion in the Rockford Art Museum Permanent Collection.
Featured Artists: Elisa Ahmer (Leaf River, IL); Mitzi Allen (Chicago, IL); Les Allen (Dixon, IL) ; Ange Altenhofen (Chariton, IA); Stephen Warde Anderson (Rockford, IL); Krista Anderson-Larson (Saint Paul, MN); Nelson Armour (Chicago, IL); Brian Bartlett (Sun Prairie, WI); Jennifer Bock-Nelson (Quincy, IL); Glenn Bodish (Dixon, IL); Carrie Carlson (Orland Park, IL); Eric Carlson (Fort Wayne, IN); Marian Carow(Chicago, IL); Brent Cole (Muncie, IN); Sara Peak Convery (Chicago, IL); Melinda Cook (Freeport, IL); Gina Dabrowski (Saint Paul, MN); Anita Dawson (Columbus, OH); John DenHouter (Edwardsville, IL); Janice Elkins (Oak Park, IL); Jason Erler(Cincinnati, OH); Judith Roston Freilich (Glencoe, IL); Victoria Fuller (Chicago, IL); Rhonda Gates (Rockford, IL); Aris Georgiades (Stoughton, WI); Shelley Gilchrist(Evanston, IL); Barbara Goldsmith (Morton Grove, IL); Joshua Grotto (Chicago, IL); Marcia Haffmans (Minneapolis, MN); Susan Hensel (Minneapolis, MN); Chris Hyndman (Chicago, IL); Frank Juarez (Sheboygan, WI); Stephen Kaufman(Urbana, IL); Nathan Keay (Chicago, IL); Beverly Kedzior (Indian Creek, IL); Mark Keffer (Bedford, OH); Diane Levesque (Kenosha, WI); Erin Liljegren (Madison, WI); Michael Litewski (Zion, IL); Jeanne Ludeke (Rockford, IL); Kim Matthews(Minneapolis, MN); Tom McHale (Rockford, IL); Michael Mejia (Oak Park, IL); Judith Meyer (Rockford, IL); Christine B. Miller (Whitewater, WI); Zach Mory (Glen Ellyn, IL); Scott Mossman (Chicago, IL); Ahavani Mullen (Chicago, IL); Angie Nofsinger(Rockford, IL); Dan Oliver (Chicago, IL); Denise Orlin (Chicago, IL); Deborah Orloff(Sylvania, OH); Raúl Ortiz (Chicago, IL); Suzanne Rampage (Chicago, IL); Elizabeth Rhoads Read (Cedar Rapids, IA); Gina Lee Robbins (Oak Park, IL); Renee Robbins (Chicago, IL); Mark Rospenda (South Bend, IN); Christopher Rowley (Minneapolis, MN); Jeffrey Sanderson (Chicago, IL); Philip Spangler(Chicago, IL); John Stanicek (Aurora, IL); Mary Lou Stewart (River Forest, IL); Robert Studzinski (Columbus, OH); Sharon Swidler (Skokie, IL); Michele Thrane(Arlington Heights, IL); Tom Van Eynde (Forest Park, IL); Kathy Weaver (Chicago, IL); Beth Wemmer (Loves Park, IL); Ryan Zoghlin (Chicago, IL)
The Rockford Midwestern Biennial is organized by Carrie Johnson and juried by Jim Dempsey. This exhibition and its related educational programming are sponsored by the Dean Alan Olson Foundation and Women's Art Board; and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and by the Armer Ahlstrand Charitable Foundation.
Image: Stephen Warde Anderson, Coronavirus Costume Party, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.