Sonic Disruptions art exhibition supported by a CFNIL Community Grant

CFNIL supports 'Sonic Disruptions' Exhibition at Rockford Art Museum with a Community Grant

Rockford Art Museum is proud to announce that it has received a $2,500 grant for Sonic Disruptions: Buisch and Hogin (on view February 7–May 25). The grant was awarded by the Donald V. and Britta A. Peterson Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’ Community Grants Program.

Sonic Disruptions features paintings by Derrick Buisch and Laurie Hogin who use color, imagery, narrative and symbols to stimulate our senses and challenge our perceptions. Buisch is an art professor at the University of Wisconsin while Hogin is Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; both are represented in the Rockford Art Museum Permanent Collection. Also featured in this 15-week major exhibition is a custom-designed playlist and reading list of the artists’ favorite music and books, plus related educational programming—including free artist lectures by both (Hogin on February 18, Buisch on March 31).

Sonic Disruptions kicks off Friday, February 7 with a free public opening 7–8:30 p.m., and with both artists in attendance. The exhibition remains on view through Memorial Day, May 25, at Rockford Art Museum, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park building at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois.

“We are so grateful for the support of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois! This grant award helps us bring featured artists Laurie Hogin and Derrick Buisch to Rockford to give artist lectures and—even more importantly—it makes it possible for us to offer free admission to these exhibition-related programs.” Rockford Art Museum Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson said.

About Rockford Art Museum:
Founded in 1913, Rockford Art Museum exists to enrich the quality of life in the Rockford region through a permanent art collection, frequent art exhibitions, and lifelong art education. RAM is located inside the Riverfront Museum Park building at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois.  Board Chair is David Boccignone; Executive Director/Curator is Carrie Johnson. Connect with us on Facebook @rockfordartmuseum and Instagram @rockfordart #rockfordartmuseum, and go behind the scenes with us on our free mobile app. Learn more at

About the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois:
The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for current and future needs of Northern Illinois. Since its founding in 1953 CFNIL has granted more than $73 million for charitable purposes. Learn more about CFNIL’s grantmaking and commitment to endowment at

Derrick Buisch, Radio, 2016. Courtesy of Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee.
Laurie Hogin, Firebird with Poison Fruits and Scavenging Companion Species (From the Illustrated Guide to New and Emerging Species), 2019. Courtesy of Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee.


Sarah Bursley McNamara
Community Relations