Arts & Lectures

Forum Series

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The Forum Series’ central programming focus is geared toward students. Lectures and performances are concerned with intellectual, social, and cultural matters of general interest to deepen and broaden students’ education at Rockford University. Participation is required for all full-time undergraduate students.

Fall 2018 Events

A full listing of Fall 2018 Forum events will soon be posted in 3 places: the Forum page on rockford.edu, the list posted in the Forum class on Canvas (not yet active), and a PDF flyer available here

How Forum Works

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Forum Series FAQs

View printable PDF: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Forum Series?
A: The Rockford University Forum series presents speakers from a variety of disciplines and performers of stature in the arts. The series is designed to provide a shared experience for students while broadening their education at the University. The Forum Committee, comprised of faculty and student representatives, selects the events.

Q: Are all students required to attend all the Forum series events?
A: All full-time undergraduate students are required to attend a minimum of two Forum series events each semester. (Exceptions: student teachers and participants in off-campus programs.) In most cases, students who reduce their course load below 12 credits at any point in the semester must still meet the Forum series requirement. Consult with SAS for further information on exceptions to this rule.

Q: Is a ticket required for Forum events?
A: Yes. A ticket is required for all Forum events. Student tickets are free with a Rockford University ID card; one free ticket per student. Tickets must be obtained at the university Box Office, located in Clark Arts Center and by email at boxoffice@rockford.edu.

Q: How is Forum series attendance taken?
A: In order to receive credit for attendance, students must fill out a Forum card at each event. Forum cards can only be obtained from the faculty member(s) at the door of the event (not other faculty, staff or student workers, etc.). The faculty member(s) will be wearing a badge to identify him/herself. Only one card will be given to each student. Students need to bring a pen to fill out the card, which they should fill out legibly and accurately.

No Forum cards will be distributed after the event has begun. If students arrive late, they will not receive a Forum card. Forum cards can only be returned to the faculty member(s) at the door of the event (not other faculty, staff or student workers). Only one card will be collected from each student. No cards will be accepted until the end of the performance—including any question and answer period—or the end of an academic procession. (All students are expected to remain seated until the entire event has concluded.)

Use of cell phones and electronic devices or other inappropriate behavior during any Forum event could result in the loss of Forum credit at the discretion of the Committee.

Q: What happens if the requirement to attend two events a semester is not met?
A: Students who fail to fulfill the Forum requirement by the end of any semester will receive an “F” for that semester.

If a student fails the Forum requirement for any semester, the only way to make up the requirement is to submit an essay via e-mail to the Forum Committee based on event recordings (available in the library) from the semester failed (and only from an event you did not attend).

If students have any existing failed Forum grades, essays are due no later than 11:59 p.m., Monday, November 5, 2018 to the Forum Committee at Forum@Rockford.edu.

Make-up essays will only be accepted via e-mail. They can be submitted at any time, but will not necessarily be reviewed at the time of submission. Essays are not reviewed over the summer.

Beware: You must make up all failed Forum grades before you can graduate. If you plan to graduate in fall, your make-up essays are due by the first Monday of November; if you plan to graduate in spring, they are due by the first Monday of April. Because essays are not reviewed over the summer, summer graduates must also submit essays by the first Monday of April.

Essay Submission Guidelines:
Copies of the Forum essays must be submitted to the Forum Committee via e-mail. The Forum Committee will only accept and pass essays that meet the following minimum requirements:

1. A minimum of two full pages, double spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1” margins, word processed. Headers are not part of the page count.

2. It must be based on viewing or listening to a recording of a Forum event that the student did not attend from the semester in which the “F” was received. Recordings are available in the Howard Colman Library and are for in-library use only.

3. The heading of the essay must include the following: student’s full name, the semester being made up and the name of the event/speaker listened to or watched.

4. The essay must clearly show the student has listened to or viewed the entire recording. In the essays, the committee is looking for a balance of summary and critical thought. That is, the essay must both summarize the entire event and respond to it, perhaps with explanation, reflection, or commentary on the content/meaning/message of the event.

5. If your essay is not written professionally, following the rules of standard written English, it may not pass. Therefore, please carefully edit your sentences for style, grammar, and punctuation.

If the Forum Committee receives an essay with writing quality issues, the essay may be returned to you asking you to visit the Writing Center. If you are concerned about the quality of your writing, please visit the Writing Center before turning in your Forum essay. The Writing Center consultant will provide you with a report that you can attach to the electronic submission of your essay to the Forum Committee.

The essay-writing option is intended to remove only failed Forum grades from past semesters, not the current semester. The Forum Committee reserves the right to deem an essay acceptable or unacceptable. If the essay is not accepted, it must be rewritten and resubmitted (by a deadline set by the committee) in order to remove the Forum failure. Save a copy of the essay until any grade changes are finalized.

If there are any questions about the Forum policies, please contact the current Forum Administrator, Prof. Kyle Stedman at KStedman@rockford.edu

Notice: Failure to complete the Forum Series requirement bars a student from the dean’s list or distinguished scholars list and from receiving their degree.

For a quick, incomplete version of how to make up past Forum events, you can also watch this video:

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How to get tickets

Tickets are required for all Forum events. Student tickets are always free. To get tickets:

  1. Email boxoffice@rockford.edu.
  2. Call the box office at 815-226-4100.
  3. Drop by the box office (Clark Arts Center lobby) M-F, 1-5 p.m.

How to suggest an event

Want to suggest an event for the Forum series? You can do so by filling out the Forum Event Suggestions form at any time; just click here.

Each spring semester, the Forum committee makes selections for the following school year. Suggestions for the following year are most likely to be reviewed and accepted prior to March 1.

Box Office

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BOX OFFICE

The Box Office, located in the Clark Arts Center, sells tickets for the following events:

 

 Hours

Fall and Spring hours: Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Summer hours: Monday through Thursday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm

In addition, the Box Office window opens one hour prior to curtain for all events.

 

Directions

Box Office
Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4100
fax: 815-394-5167

boxoffice@rockford.edu

Fall/Spring Hours:
Mon-Fri - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Summer Hours:
Mon-Thu - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Theatres

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THEATRES

The Clark Arts Center home to the Department of Performing Arts and the Department of Art and Art History. Along with Maddox Theatre and Cheek Theatre, this Center includes drawing, sculpture, ceramics and print studios, a photography dark room, the Art Gallery, the Dance Studio, music practice rooms, fully equipped costume and scene shops, the green room, dressing rooms and costume, prop and scenery storage.

 

Maddox Theatre

Maddox Theatre is a fully equipped 572 seat proscenium theater which is home to a variety of performing arts events. Each year the department produces faculty directed shows, choral concerts and recitals in Maddox Theatre. It also hosts the University forum series and many community cultural events.

 

Cheek Theatre

Cheek Theatre is a 40′ by 50′ flexible seating black box theater. The Performing Arts department produces faculty-directed and student-directed shows, our Three Penny Theatre, in Cheek Theatre annually. In addition, Artists’ Ensemble, Rockford’s only professional theater company, is in residence on our campus and performs in Cheek Theatre throughout the year.

Box Office
Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4100
fax: 815-394-5167

boxoffice@rockford.edu

Fall/Spring Hours:
Mon-Fri - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Summer Hours:
Mon-Thu - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Performing Arts Season

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PERFORMING ARTS SEASON

Each academic year, our Performing Arts department produces a collection of theater productions open to our campus community and the general public.  In addition, Artists’ Ensemble, Rockford’s only professional theater company, is in residence on our campus and performs in our theatres in the Clark Arts Center.

The following list includes this year’s Rockford University productions. Single ticket admission for adults $12, seniors age 55 and up, and students is $9 unless otherwise noted. Group rates are available. Dates and locations are subject to change.

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Rockford University Performing Arts Season: 2018-2019

Carrie, the Musical
October 4-7, 2018 (Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday 2 pm)
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Music by Michael Gore.
Directed by Professor Jeff Hendry

Adapted from Stephen King’s novel, Carrie focuses on an awkward teenage girl with telekinetic powers whose lonely life is dominated by her mother, an oppressive religious fanatic. Carrie tries in vain to escape her unhappy home life and be accepted by her schoolmates but to no avail. When she is grossly humiliated by her classmates at the high school prom, she unleashes her wrath in a reign of destructive chaos on everyone and everything in her path.

Spooked: Words & Music for the Dead of Night
Friday, October 26, 7:30 pm
Maddox Theatre, Rockford University
Professor Timm Adams, conductor/director

Join us—if you dare—for one ghoulish night of ghostly sounds, sinister songs, and haunted tales in a Halloween program that will send chills down your spine! Rockford University Performing Arts Department partners with the RU English Department, Rockford Public Library, and Rock Valley College Concert Choir for a night you will not soon forget. In addition to music by classical composers J.S. Bach, György Orbán, and Benjamin Britten, the choirs will also present macabre musical tales from Sweeney Todd, Nightmare Before Christmas, Phantom of the Opera, and Rocky Horror Picture Show. The two winners of the Rockford Public Library/English Department’s “It’s Alive!”: Ghost Story Writing Contest will read their award-winning short stories, and short selections from two of Shakespeare’s darkest scenes will round out the haunted evening. A Costume Contest with prizes of up to $100 gift card will commence at 7:15, and the performance will begin at 7:45.
Don’t miss this spooktacular evening! Suggested donations—$5 for students, $10 for adults—will go to benefit the Friends of Performing Arts’ Star Challenge.

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
November 15-18, 2018 (Thursday-Saturday,  7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.)
Cheek Theatre, Clark Arts Center
By Alan Ball
Directed by Deborah Mogford

An irreverent and funny look at the intricacies of friendship and the power of similar dressing. It is summer and five women wearing identical unique bridesmaids dresses have survived the elaborate wedding ceremony to find themselves at the ostentatious wedding reception being held on the estate of the bride. There is only so much they can take, so they seek sanctuary in an upstairs bedroom. Each woman has her own reason for avoiding the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on these five very different women are surprised to discover a common bond. This wickedly funny and touching celebration of life explores the nature of sisterhood and the ever-present question about the behavior of men. You can’t live with them, but can you live without them?

Winter Concert
Wed., Dec.5, 2018, at 7:30 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Professor Timm Adams, conductor/director
no tickets required, free will donations accepted at the door

Our choral/vocal concerts in December and May each year highlight the impressive work of our choral groups: Regent Singers, Vocal Collective, Women’s Ensemble, and Gospel Choir. These compelling programs feature a broad variety of music from classical choral repertoire and contemporary a cappella to jazz and musical theater works. 

Orchesis & Rockford City Dance Concert
Thur. – Sat., Jan. 31, Feb. 1-2, 2019, at  7:30 p.m. 
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Produced in collaboration with various local artists under the direction of our Rockford University Dance instructor, Penna Broman ’86, in honor of Jayne Poor. Rockford University Dance Company, Orchesis was originally founded by the late Professor Jayne Poor, who is remembered for her passionate dedication to dance as an artist and educator at our institution and in the Rockford community.

Techies the Musical (a workshop)
February 21 – 23, 2019 (Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.)
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Carner and Gregor 

Two disenfranchised clans battle for survival… they’re the theater geeks of West Side High School. When sophomore assistant-stage-manager Joan sees her techie comrades ignored and belittled by spotlight-hungry actors, she leads a rebellion, sacrificing friendships and putting even her post-college ambitions in jeopardy. But as funding cuts threaten the very theater program itself, will the actors and techies be able to work together to save their high-school home? Or will vanity and the pitiless search for justice destroy them all? It’s “Wicked” meets “West Side Story” in this fourth-wall shattering pop-rock musical comedy about being weird and fighting for respect in one of the most judgmental places on earth: high school.

All Shook Up
April 25-28, 2019 (Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.)
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Book by Joe DiPietro
directed by Kyle Donahue, Rockford University Performing Arts alum ’03

This happy musical is inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into a “square” little town in a “square” little state rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.

Spring Concert
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 7:30 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Professor Timm Adams, conductor/director
no tickets required, free will donations accepted at the door

Seasonal music featuring Regent Singers, Women’s Ensemble, and the Rockford University Vocal Collective a cappella group.

Box Office
Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4100
fax: 815-394-5167

boxoffice@rockford.edu

Fall/Spring Hours:
Mon-Fri - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Summer Hours:
Mon-Thu - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Music Ensembles

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MUSIC ENSEMBLES

The Music program at Rockford University has something for everyone, whether you wish to earn a degree in music or simply take private violin lessons, sing in a choir, or play in a pit orchestra. Rockford University has numerous opportunities to use or develop your musical talents, including four vocal ensembles, two musicals each year, the RU Music Club, private instruction, and an opera workshop.


Regent Singers

Regent Singers is a mixed (SATB) performance ensemble that performs a wide variety of choral music ranging from the Renaissance to Contemporary and from classical literature to folk songs and spirituals. Much of the music performed by Regent Singers is acappella, although there is occasional piano accompaniment and even collaboration with chamber orchestra. The culmination of each semester’s preparation is a final performance at the Winter or Spring Performing Arts concert.


Vocal Collective

The Rockford University Vocal Collective is a select, mixed choral ensemble of 15 singers that performs a wide variety of choral literature, from Renaissance polyphony to jazz and popular music. The ensemble serves as an ambassador for the university, performing at university functions and representing Rockford University at community events such as sports games, corporate events and city gatherings. Students from all four classes and from many disciplines make up the Vocal Collective. Vocal Collective has sung at local high schools, homeless shelters, churches and country clubs.


Women’s Ensemble

Women’s Ensemble is open to all women on campus. A wide variety of music written for treble voices is studied and performed, including arrangements of pop/jazz/show tunes. In addition to the final Performing Arts Concert at the end of each semester, Women’s Ensemble regularly performs at the beloved Candlelight Carole service each December.


Gospel Choir

The Gospel Choir is open to all students and brings to Rockford University the tradition of gospel music in American culture. Led by Adjunct Professor Charles Matlock, this performance ensemble explores the rich repertoire and performance practice found in the gospel tradition and exists in part to preserve and affirm the African American culture in the city of Rockford.


Opera Workshop

Opera Workshop is offered every other year in the spring, and offers students the opportunity to explore the classical side of the ever-popular marriage between music and theater. The course addresses the preparation, study and performance of representative scenes from the opera repertoire. The semester’s work culminates in an Evening of Opera Scenes.


RU Music Club

If you play an instrument, consider playing with the RU Music Club, a student-directed band that rehearses once a week and alternates semesters playing jazz and rock.There are also fine community bands and orchestras in the Rockford area that welcome student participation.

 

Pit Orchestra

Rockford University is also proud to produce some of the best theater in the region, including two full-scale musicals each year. Student musicians have the opportunity to audition for and play in the pit orchestra for pay. Other students may be more interested in auditioning for a role in the show or helping out behind the scenes. Whatever your interest, there are opportunities for students from all disciplines to get involved. Two beautiful performance spaces and a highly experienced creative team make theater at Rockford University an experience to treasure your entire life.


Private Instruction

Private instruction is available at the university in voice, piano, and most woodwind, brass and string instruments, including guitar. Many music classes are available to all students and include such courses as The Art of Listening, World Music, and Fundamentals of Music. The music faculty, both full-time and adjunct, is made up of some of the finest award-winning, professional musicians in Northern Illinois.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the music offerings at Rockford University, please call or e-mail Professor Timm Adams in the Performing Arts Department at 815-226-4102 or TAdams@rockford.edu.

Forum Series

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FORUM SERIES

The Rockford University Forum Series presents speakers in a variety of disciplines who have achieved success both nationally and locally, and performers of stature in the arts. The Forum Series’ central programming focus is geared toward students. Lectures and performances are concerned with intellectual, social, and cultural matters of general interest to deepen and broaden students’ education at Rockford University. Participation is required for all full-time undergraduate students.

Forum Series presenters and events cover a broad spectrum of scope and genre. Some recent events have included the Tibetan lamas from Drepung Loseling Monastery and their creation of a mandala—a sacred sand painting; Holocaust survivor Zev Kedem, the compelling speaker who worked with Steven Spielberg on the movie Schindler’s List; Oscar Arias, former president of Costa Rica and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on a Central American Peace Plan; quadriplegic Olympic bronze medal rugby player Mark Zupan; film documentarian Barbara Martinez Jitner, who produced “La Frontera;” Davar Ardalan, author of “My Name is Iran;” and traditional University events like the President’s Opening Convocation, Charter Day Convocation, and theater productions.

Admission is free* but tickets are required. Please contact the Box Office at 815-226-4100 for additional information. To request and reserve tickets, please email BoxOffice@rockford.edu.
*Except theater performances for the general public; Rockford University students receive one free ticket to each Performing Arts event upon request with valid ID.

The Forum Series’ central programming focus is geared toward students. Lectures and performances are concerned with intellectual, social, and cultural matters of general interest to deepen and broaden students’ education at Rockford University. Participation is required for all full-time undergraduate students.

Fall 2018 Lineup

View and print a PDF flyer of this semester’s events. – coming soon

President’s Opening Convocation   
Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D.

Friday Aug. 24, 12 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
The 2018-19 Rockford University academic year begins with a formal convocation and remarks by President Eric W. Fulcomer. Held since 1851, this longtime tradition includes a faculty procession in full academic regalia.

 


Rock Solid Success Seminar
Timothy Alexander

Thursday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Alexander is a faith-driven young man who has dedicated his life to motivating and inspiring others. His drive and determination helped him become a college football player when many believed that dream was impossible due to a car accident that left him paralyzed. During the session, he will tell his story and challenge those in attendance to live a life of resiliency. Read more about Timothy’s story at Inspired by TA.


Constitution Day: Dark money, free speech and the right to know
David Berman, Ph.D.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 3 p.m.
Fisher Memorial Chapel
Dark money. The name itself carries ominous undertones, undertones that critics of this relatively new campaign-finance phenomenon of hidden contributions claim reflect a genuine threat to democracy. Its defenders argue that the dark money approach to funding political campaigns is merely an extension of Americans’ basic right to free speech. In this Constitution Day lecture, we’ll hear from Dr. Berman, Senior Research Fellow at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University.


Carrie the Musical
Thurs. – Sat., Oct. 4-6, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 7, 2 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Adapted from Stephen King’s novel, Carrie focuses on an awkward teenage girl with telekinetic powers whose lonely life is dominated by her mother, an oppressive religious fanatic. Carrie tries in vain to escape her unhappy home life and be accepted by her schoolmates but to no avail. When she is grossly humiliated by her classmates at the high school prom, she unleashes her wrath in a reign of destructive chaos on everyone and everything in her path.


Justice and Return: The comics and illustrations of Leila Abdelrazaq
Leila Abdelrazaq
Friday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m.
Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall
This Palestinian author and artist will discuss her biographical and autobiographical comics, and the way she has used the comic form to make Palestinian issues accessible to a broad range of audiences. She will also discuss the political importance of storytelling in marginalized communities, and the power of self-publishing and zine-making as a tool for activism. Read more about Leila’s art on her website here.


The Power of Food for Health
Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.
Regents Hall, Burpee Center
Please join Dr. Neal Barnard, president of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, as he discusses the science behind what you eat. Learn how food can help you tackle cholesterol, weight problems, diabetes, and heart disease and even improve brain function. Dr. Barnard will discuss the benefits of a plant-based diet along with offering practical guidance on how to turn your health around, starting one bite at a time.


Factfulness
Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Monday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Factfulness is the stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. In this interactive conversation presented with Rockford’s Connect2Peace organization, you’ll hear 10 instincts that distort our understanding of the world and how the thinking habit of factfulness can help. You’ll also learn about Dollar Street, an innovative data visualization program that uses data to depict how people really live.


Rockford’s Daughter: Reintegrating the life of Ellen Gates Starr as a social reformer, artist, activist, and religious seeker
Annie Storr, Ph.D.
Monday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Fisher Memorial Chapel
Rockford alumna Ellen Gates Starr (1859-1940) may be one of America’s most important under-studied figures of the early 20th Century. Side by side with her lifelong friend, alumna and Nobel Laureate, Jane Addams (1860-1935), she co-founded Chicago’s famous Hull-House. Part of this story is her role as an articulate conveyor of ideas, both directions, between the Progressive Midwest and the Britain of the Suffrage Movement, the Arts and Crafts Movement, the Social Gospel and Modern literary circles. Dr. Annie Storr is a Resident Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Research Study Center and teaches Gallery-Based Teaching and Learning in the Museum Studies Program at Harvard.


History of White People in America
Pierce Freelon

Monday Nov. 12, 3 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Freelon is a captivating speaker and performer, whose presentations about race, politics, technology and culture leave audiences entertained and enlightened. He will provide an in-depth look at race as a cultural construct, in this multimedia presentation that grapples with the question of a post-racial America, and explores the redemptive, healing and emancipatory power of music and poetry. Freeelon is also the founder of Blackspace, a digital maker space in Durham, NC, where young people learn about music, film and coding. He has taught music, political science, and African American studies at UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University.


Sport Management Symposium
Thursday Nov. 29, 7 p.m.
Regents Hall, Burpee Center
Speakers from various areas in the field of sport and recreation management will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to careers in sport management and to share their tips for success. This event is organized by members of Professor Jason Hunter’s Senior Seminar class. A full list of participants is TBA.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Forum Series? The Rockford University Forum Series presents speakers from a variety of disciplines and performers of stature in the arts. The series is designed to provide a shared experience for students while broadening their education at the University. The Forum Committee, comprised of faculty and student representatives, selects the events.

Are all students required to attend all the Forum Series events? All full-time undergraduate students are required to attend a minimum of two Forum Series events each semester. (Exceptions: student teachers and participants in off-campus programs such as Washington Semester or study abroad programs) In most cases, students who reduce their course load below 12 credits at any point in the semester must still meet the Forum Series requirement. Consult with SAS for further information on exceptions to this rule.

Is a ticket required for forum events? Yes. A ticket is required for all Forum events. Student tickets are free with a Rockford University ID card; one free ticket per student. Tickets must be obtained at the university Box Office, located in Clark Arts Center. Contact the Box Office at 815-225-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu.

Department Information

Box Office
Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4100
fax: 815-394-5167

boxoffice@rockford.edu

Fall/Spring Hours:
Mon-Fri - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Summer Hours:
Mon-Thu - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Art Gallery

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ROCKFORD UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY

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.


Fall 2018 Exhibitions

“Justice and Return”

Justice and Return

 

Exhibition Dates: September 14 – October 12, 2018

Friday, October 5 – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Artist Talk in Severson

6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Reception in the Gallery 

Graphic novelist Leila Abdelrazaq’s work uses comics as a medium to explore her Palestinian heritage, diaspora, history, memory, and borders. Her work fuses art and activism to help readers understand the history and present reality of the Palestinian struggle for justice and return, while working to bring forward issues of concern within the Palestinian communities both at home and diaspora. The exhibit will feature illustrations from comics such as Baddawi, The Opening, as well a number of short comics, zines, and poster illustrations. An artist lecture will precede the closing reception and will be held in Severson Auditorium from 5-6pm. 


“Convergent Narratives”

Convergent Narratives

 

Exhibition Dates: October 22 – December 7, 2018 

Friday, October 26: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Reception in the Gallery

“Convergent Narratives” will feature the ceramic and two-dimensional works that appropriate southern culture used to build personal lore, by KC Weldon and Arden Cone. The sculptural work by Kelsea Nichols that connects landscape and manufactured environment. Showed in contrast these works play with a sense of grounding and history can be uprooted or given a new perspective. These artists also engage with time and its ability to shape reality. Eric Cortez’s work gives form to time by cumulative mark making, while the patterns and bookmaking of Zeinab Saab take ownership of a history both shared and personal. While the paintings of Giovanna Pizzoferrato freeze an articulate moment, that becomes both beautiful and confrontational.

Department Information

Rockford University Art Gallery
Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815.226.4105
Christina Warzecha, Gallery Director
CWarzecha@Rockford.edu

Admission is free.

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

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The gallery does not accept unsolicited exhibition proposals.

Arts & Lectures

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ARTS AND LECTURES

“…those best results of civilization upon which depend the finer and freer aspects of living must be incorporated into our common life…if we would have democracy endure.” – Jane Addams
 
The speakers, artists, scholars, dedicated citizens and performers, who are our guests on campus throughout the academic year, are role models for our community. Events include exhibits and lectures from the Art Gallery, speakers and performers within the Forum Series, and the Performing Arts line-up of plays and musicals. These events invite all members of our campus community, as well as members of the general public, to share in moments that explore different cultures, uplift unique art forms, and connect themes from the classroom to our modern and changing global society.
 
Reflecting the variety and scope of programming, such noted speakers as Dr. James Orbinski of Doctors Without Borders, South Africa’s Naomi Tutu, Pakistan’s former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and Arun Gandhi, grandson of spiritual leader Mohandas “Mahatma” Ghandi, all have visited the campus. Other offerings have included a slide lecture by world famous installation artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, a vocal recital by Jubilant Sykes, and a lecture by Oscar Arias, Nobel Laureate and former president of Costa Rica.

Department Information

Box Office
Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4100
fax: 815-394-5167

boxoffice@rockford.edu

Fall/Spring Hours:
Mon-Fri - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Summer Hours:
Mon-Thu - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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