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:
Charles E. Burchfield (1893–1967) reverently captured the awe-filled grandeur of nature, along with the fierce, deceptive beauty of the industries that threatened it. See this series of watercolors, capturing the tension between progress and preservation, paired with their field studies and sketches. This exhibition was organized by the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY.
On view: January 22 – May 31, 2021
The artists featured in this exhibition, all drawn from the permanent collection, embody a diversity of perspectives. They engage with their own environments, bringing unique life experiences to their artistic practice. Through a variety of media including prints, paintings and sculpture, this exhibition addresses the interaction of humans with the living world and each other.
On view: July 1, 2020 – February 2022
ANTIGRAVITY is an endeavor premiered in 2018 to create an annual opportunity for emerging artists. Elaine K. Ng is an artist whose work explores the physical and psychological structures of site. Her practice includes material investigations and explorations of pattern, as well as writing and research to examine the various aspects that contribute to our collective knowledge of place.
ArtRx is a response to the state of being human in America in 2020. ArtRx started as a way to process the COVID-19 pandemic. We quickly realized that if we’re talking about the unprecedented magnitude of loss and change, the awakening of the country to systemic racism needed to be part of the conversation as well. Throughout your visit, find staff responses to collection artworks through the lens of ArtRx.
On view: January 9, 2021 – January 2022
Utilizing the American landscape as both a metaphor and lens, AIDS’ Dark Terrain illustrates Robin Tichane’s spiritual and intellectual journey in the midst a global pandemic. This series of woodcut prints, created at the height of the AIDS pandemic, encapsulates Tichane’s experience and perspective as an HIV+ artist as well as his interest in Zen Buddhism, pilgrimage, color theory and Japanese printmaking techniques.
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