Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its new art exhibition Chance Encounter: Julie Heffernan and Shelly Mosman on Friday, June 7, with a free public opening 7:30–8:30 p.m. at RAM, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. The exhibition remains on view through September 29.
Chance Encounter explores paintings and photography by Julie Heffernan and Shelly Mosman. Both use opulent beauty and gritty detail to tell visual stories that disrupt one-sided histories of female figures that still exist today. The New Yorker described Heffernan’s work as “ironic rococo surrealism with a social-satirical twist,” while Mosman transforms her work into unexpected invitations for viewers to become the central figure in her narrative. Also on view are lavish, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture by Minneapolis designer Carter Averbeck of Omforme Design.
Mosman’s recent projects include collaborating with Fashion Week Minnesota to help celebrate youth and the beauty of aging. She currently lives and works in Minneapolis. Heffernan is a professor of art at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where she has taught for more than 20 years; the Illinois native currently lives in New York. Both artists are represented in the Rockford Art Museum Permanent Collection.
Chance Encounter is organized by Rockford Art Museum Curator Carrie Johnson. This exhibition and its related educational programming are sponsored in part by the Dean Alan Olson Foundation, Anne and David Boccignone and Women’s Art Board, and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Directions: Rockford Art Museum - 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103 - From I-90 and E. State St. (US Business 20): west on Business 20 6.5 miles to IL 2 north (Wyman St., first street past the Rock River); right on IL 2 five blocks to the museum complex on the right side of the one-way street (N. Main St.). From the south, I-39: west on US 20 Bypass to IL 2 (S. Main St.); north on IL 2 through the downtown to the museum.