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2021 Call for Artists

The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB) works to encourage and enhance cultural life and public art in the Rockford, Illinois region through facilitation, recognition, and financial support of public art. The organization's Forest City Beautiful initiative is looking to produce 5-7 murals throughout the Rockford region, as well as install unique sculptures for the 2021-2023 Sculpture Biennial. Artists interested in either producing murals or providing sculptures can find more information and fill out applications through the following documents:

Call for Artists: Murals

Call for Artists: Sculptures


The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB) unveiled a permanent art installation  at Davis Park, located at 320 South Wyman Street in downtown Rockford. Vibrant 4-foot tall aluminum “ROCKFORD” letters adorn the north lawn of the park, near the corner of S. Wyman and Chestnut Streets. The letters were created under the direction of the RACVB as part of the team’s commitment to placemaking and public beautification. 

RACVB  teamed up with Embassy Suites by Hilton Rockford Riverfront to offer a Rockford-themed Staycation photo contest for residents and visitors to participate in, with the winner receiving a prize package including a one-night hotel stay at the Embassy Suites valued at $179 and a $100 gift certificate to the hotel’s The Top restaurant


CRE8IV: transformational ART highlighted eight lead artists who created nine large-scale murals in downtown Rockford. The 2019 festival was produced by RACVB and made possible by a matching grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce, Office of Tourism and in partnership of Painters District Council No. 30, Local 607. Find a map of the murals here

Zoom Virtual Mural Backgrounds

Download custom Zoom virtual backgrounds for your zoom meetings featuring some of the downtown murals painted during the 2019 CRE8IV Mural Festival!

Downtown Rockford mural Download Mural 1 
(Artist - Jenny Roesel Ustick & Atalie Gagnet)
Downtown Rockford mural

Download Mural 2
(Artist - Molly Z)

Downtown Rockford mural Download Mural 3
(Artist - Corey Barksdale)
Downtown Rockford mural

Download Mural 4
(Artist - Jenny Mathews)

Rockford Sculpture Walk

Visit the downtown Rockford area to view the 13 unique sculptures on display as part of the Rockford Sculpture Walk.  

CLICK HERE to download a map of the sculpture locations

CLICK HERE for a list of artist biographies of the 13 sculptures


urban moai figure
Urban Moai Figure

Andrew Arvenetes

(DeKalb, IL)

84" x 60" x 30" 750 lbs

heels over head
Heels Over Head

Paul Bobrowitz

(Colgate, WI)

85" x 43" x 24" 82 lbs

Crown Chakra
Crown Chakra

Gary Kulak

(Bloomfield Hills, MI)

18' x 40" x 40" 250 lbs

the generosity of creativity
The Generosity of Creativity

Teresa Lind

(Chilton, WI)

54" x 38" x 38" 500 lbs

angles shadows II
Angles Shadows II

Bill McGrath

(Batavia, IL)

72" x 20" x 72" 700 lbs


Ruth Aizuss Migdal

(Chicago, IL)

12' x 13' x 8' 4,500 lbs

Triangle Column
Triangle Column

Christopher Newman

(Chicago, IL)

12' x 2' 9" x 2' 7.5" 750 lbs

high flight
High Flight

Christopher Newman

(Chicago, IL)

13' x 2.5' x 3' 250 lbs

two cubes
Two Cubes

Christopher Newman

(Chicago, IL)

9' x 12' x 12' 450 lbs

the glorious ascent
The Glorious Ascent

Bruce Niemi

(Kenosha, WI)

10' x 4' x 3.6' 750 lbs

suzi's garden series
Suzi's Garden Series

Bruce Niemi

(Kenosha, WI)

9.5' x 8' x 3' 450 lbs

tall ship II
Tall Ship II

Bruce Niemi

(Kenosha, WI)

17' x 11' x 7' 1,200 lbs


Ben Pierce

(Cape Girardeau, MO)

8' x 3' x 3' 450 lbs

Rock River Public Art Walk

Enjoy viewing an impressive collection of public art while getting the benefits of refreshing outdoor exercise by taking the two-mile self-guided Art walk along the Rock River that launches from Nicholas Conservatory.

CLICK HERE to download a Rockford Park District map of other public works of art in Rockford.

We hope you share your photos of the sculptures using #gorockford on social media!