Inspired by the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States, The Rockwell Museum is proud to announce our 2020 theme, ADVANCING WOMEN.

Current Exhibitions

The Rockwell Museum collection portrays the spirit, character and values of America through the eyes of American artists.

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Our collection is more than a sampling of traditional American artists – the pieces housed within our Museum walls convey the story of the American experience. A diverse and unique display, the artwork prompts us to think critically and challenge our conceptions of the great American West and the people who live there.

Our collections and rotating exhibits serve great purpose in the community. These works of art are functional teaching pieces – they present some of our best opportunities to connect with our audiences, young and old.  

Here is what you’ll see at The Rockwell Museum right now:  

Spotlight Exhibition

Ilonka Karasz, Group of Figures, 1923. Lithograph on paper, 12 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. Kenneth Sigmund. GMOA 2006.218.

Prints By Women: Selected European and American Works from the Georgia Museum of Art

January 31 – April 26, 2020

Organized by the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens

To kick off our year of Advancing Women, this exhibition includes 46 prints—woodcuts, lithographs, drypoints, etchings, screenprints and more—ranging from the 19th through the 21st centuries, each by a different European or American woman artist. “Prints by Women” uses works from the Georgia Museum of Art’s permanent collection to provide a visual chronicle of art by women.

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Special Exhibitions

Thomas Sully, Isabel Alexander, 1828, oil on panel, 18.875 x 14.75 in. Arnot Art Museum Purchase with Support from Mrs. Franklin K. Iszard, Alexander D. Falck, Jr., and Catherine Klimacek; 1982.

Showing Off: 19th Century Portraiture from the Arnot Art Museum

October 4, 2019 – February 2, 2020

Paintings were the primary mode of portraiture in the 19th century, as photography was still not yet widely available, and provided a vehicle through which to “show off.”  This selection of paintings on loan from the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY, features portraits of women and children. In the patriarchal society of 19th century America, women and children’s portraits reinforced the success of their male head of household. 

showing off

Three Generations:Pablita Velarde, Helen Hardin and Margarete Bagshaw

Helen Hardin (Tsa-Sah-Wee-Eh), (1943-1984), Untitled: Robes, 1973. Acrylic on canvas. 2018.7.10.

January 10, 2020 – January 2021

This exhibition supports that theme by recognizing the multi-generational work of one family of Santa Clara women: Pablita Velarde, Helen Hardin and Margarete Bagshaw. The works featured here were made possible through the generous donation of Keith and Martha Bryant.



Antigravity: Needle-and-bowl by Melissa Vandenberg

Forget Me (K)Not by Melissa Vandenberg

March 8, 2019 – February 16, 2020

Melissa Vandenberg finds inspiration in ordinary materials, using items like matches, quilts, stickers, popsicles and temporary tattoos to address issues of power, mortality, patriotism and pride. Vandenberg used hundreds of handkerchiefs to create a site-specific installation in The Rockwell’s rotunda entryway. Vandenberg also had the opportunity to serve as a Guest Artist in the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Shop Amphitheater.


Lock, Stock & Barrel

Lock, Stock and BarrelOngoing

This selection of historic long arms and handguns is from the Robert F. “Bobby” Rockwell, III collection. From the American Revolution to the Hollywood cowboy, these historic firearms help tell the story of America and explores two and a half centuries of innovation in technology.

Historic Firearms



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