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Birds and Bones: The Work of Ron Bell, Mark Crisanti and Kevin Veara

Monday, February 18, 2013  
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Rockford, Ill., — The Rockford College Art Gallery will host the Birds and Bones exhibit, opening February 22 and running through March 22, 2013. The opening reception will be Friday, February 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. The Rockford College Art Gallery is located in the Clark Arts center on the Rockford College Campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford , Ill.

The exhibition Birds and Bones brings together the unique vision of three contemporary artists whose works resonate with varying aspects of the natural world. Ron Bell melds aesthetics and mechanics in his inanimate sculptures, constructed of metal, wood, glass and natural bone. Mark Crisanti’s nostalgic and highly personal hybrid images that are part human, part bird make use of figurative painting and relics from the past. Kevin Veara’s lush paintings speak of the abundance and beauty as well as the fierceness and danger in nature as he depicts birds and plants of the Sangamon River Valley.

The exhibition will be curated by Aron Packer of the Packer Schopf Gallery and Molly Carter of the Rockford College Art Gallery. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. and by appointment. Contact the Rockford College Art Gallery for more information at (815) 226 – 4000.


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Rockford College is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The College offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Arts in Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Rockford College is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a "College with a Conscience,” Rockford College currently serves approximately 1,250 full-and part-time students. Rockford College announced on October 2, 2012 that it will officially change to Rockford University effective July 1, 2013. For more information on the College’s transition, visit:

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