The Speaker Series kicks off as a series of free public talks by visual artists and cultural producers in Rockford, Illinois. This series provides a platform for the cultural producers to share their history, practice, and ideas with the Rockford area community. All talks will be recorded and submitted to the Rockford Visual Art Archive.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Carrie Johnson is the Curator of Rockford Art Museum, responsible for the overall management and development of the RAM Permanent Collection as well as the organization and production of all feature exhibitions. She joined the RAM staff in December 2006, and was named Curator in July 2012.
Johnson has helped facilitate a bevy of recent acquisitions to RAM, including works by Deborah Butterfield, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Dan Ramirez, and Vera Klement; Fatherless Print Posse; plus several major collections to the museum, including the Susan and Steven Pitkin Collection (work by critically acclaimed self-taught African American artists); Laura and John Fraser Collection (122 works by an international roster of 57 contemporary artists); and the Jeff Stevens Collection (31 works by 14 artists, many of which are working Illinois artists). Johnson coauthored the 2013 book on the history of the museum and its collection, RAM 100: Rockford Art Museum, 1913–2013. Feature exhibitions curated by Johnson at RAM include Cheryl Pope: Not Without a Fight, Dwellings, The Laura + John Fraser Collection, Misfits, Bittersweet Observations, The Others, Deconstructing the American Landscape, The Wonderful World of Stephen Warde Anderson, Phyllis Bramson: In Praise of Folly, Printmakers Ball, Carlos Rolón: Now and Then, Tradiciones, Modern Metaphors, and many more.