The Rockford University Art Gallery provides a varied series of art exhibitions and related programming in support of the Department of Art and Art History and is an important educational and cultural resource for the campus and community. The Gallery is located in the Clark Arts Center, the locus of the University’s Department of Art and Art History.

Spring 2017 Exhibits

Kristina Paabus & Max Seinfeld
Exhibition Dates: January 27 – March 3, 2017

Friday, January 27

6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Reception for the artists
5:00-6:00pm Artist lectures in CAC 111

In the works of Paabus and Seinfeld, moments of intimacy emerge amongst layers of tension. Both artists create balance using abstract, formal elements and explore architecture and language. The interplay of color, line, space, and texture in Max Seinfeld’s minute sculptures represents the action and emotion found in both relationships and the environment. Kristina Paabus’ drawings and prints use dramatic spaces and gestural lines to create complex environments that examine structural systems of logic. Seinfeld’s accents of color that highlight shapes and movement complement Paabus’ concentrated negative space and layering of patterns. Both artists explore spatial relationships with engaging details that instill a desire to investigate the constructs of society.

Sara Willadsen
Exhibition Dates: March 20 – April 22, 2017

Friday, April 21
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Reception for the artist

The work of Sara Willadsen is an investigation of formal art elements and the artistic process. She combines traditional art media, such as paint, ink, graphite, and colored pencil, with found materials, and creates layers of depth both physically and aesthetically. Willadsen often appropriates her own work by employing past patterns and marks to create new structures and environments. While Willadsen’s found objects balance the mark of the hand, she occasionally utilizes digital fabrication technology to manipulate paper and add rigidity and organization to her otherwise surreal abstractions.

Disparate Conditions, BFA Show
Exhibition Dates: April 28 – May 13, 2017*

Friday, April 28

6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Reception for the artists

An exhibition featuring the work of graduating Rockford University art majors as a culmination of their development of an artistic voice and direction.

*The Gallery will be open following Commencement on May 13, 2017 from 3-6pm.


Rockford University Art Gallery
Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Christina Warzecha, Gallery Director

Admission is free.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
3-6pm, or by appointment.

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The gallery does not accept unsolicited exhibition proposals.