Lincoln Middle School’s Golden-Crowned Kinglet Mural

Artists: Lincoln Middle School students

Title: Unknown

Location: Corner of 9th and State St. near 1230 E State St, Rockford, IL 61104

Date: 2019

Description: Rockford Lincoln Middle School students painted a mural on the wall behind the Revell Avenue Strong House! They chose the Golden-crowned kinglet as the bird they wanted to feature on their mural. Thanks to their teacher, Mrs. Jillian Myers, the United Way of Rock River Valley, and SwedishAmerican for collaborating on this mural.

Sources:

  1. Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Rockford Public Art Trail.” Website Accessed 8/3/2023. https://www.gorockford.com/things-to-do/public-art-trail/
  2. Audubon Mural Projects. Website accessed 8/30/2023: https://www.sinnissippiaudubon.org/audubon-mural-project/?_gl=1*1wvkrks*_ga*MTEyMjc3ODU2Ni4xNjkzNDEwMTE4*_ga_X2XNL2MWTT*MTY5MzQxMDExNy4xLjAuMTY5MzQxMDEyNy41MC4wLjA.

Evergreene Studios “City Scapes” Mural

Artist: Evergreene Studio
Title: City Scapes
Location: 216 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL
Date: 1980
Illinois Bell officials dedicated the mural in 1980 to help in the continued progress and redevelopment of the central business district.

Source: Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Rockford Public Art Trail.” Website Accessed 8/3/2023. https://www.gorockford.com/things-to-do/public-art-trail/

Eddaviel Montero and Emily Klonicki’s Mural, “SOMNIUM”

Artist: Eddaviel Montero and Emily Klonicki

Location: 715 N. Madison Street, Rockford, IL 61107

When: 2022

“A sleepy industrial lot on Madison Street, in downtown Rockford, IL is about to be transformed into the center of an immersive and unforgettable multi-media exploration of new frontiers in public art.

SOMNIUM: The book of Dreams and Nightmares, the psychedelic invention of Domincan-based visual artist, Eddaviel Montero, and Rockford-based artist, Emily Klonicki, combines traditional public mural art with new media, music, animation, and dance into a three-dimensional performative production that transforms the way the public interacts with and experiences community and public arts.

Presented by the publisher Mentes Extremófilas and sponsored by The Rockford Area Arts Council, SOMNIUM combines an unprecedented cadre of talent and collaboration from across the globe: Jason Judd and Iga Puchalska (Rockford, IL–Projection and Animation), Raymond Jaquez (Santo Domingo, DR–Music and Voice Narration), Bill Houtkamp (Rockford, IL–Sound and Projection Tech) Odilius Vlak (Santo Domingo, DR– Narration) Gretchen Stark (Rockford, IL–Choreography) and Ella Lakey (Milwaukee, WI– Choreography), Zach Stephens (Rockford, IL–Poi, Flow Choreography), Alize Jireh (Fox River Grove, IL– Photography and Videography)

Performances happen on Fridays and Saturdays at both 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. from September 30 to October 15, 2022. Tickets available on the website.” – NPR

Sources:

  1. Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Rockford Public Art Trail.” Website Accessed 8/3/2023. https://www.gorockford.com/things-to-do/public-art-trail/
  2. Northern Public Radio, website accessed on August 9, 2023: https://www.northernpublicradio.org/community-calendar/event/somnium-the-book-of-dreams-and-nightmares-21-09-2022-09-27-22

Eddaviel Montero’s Book Mural

Artist: Eddaviel Montero

Location: 765 N. Madison Street, Rockford, IL 61107

When: This 2021 mural was a collaboration with the Rockford Public Library to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge “Reading Colors Your World” theme.

Source: Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Rockford Public Art Trail.” Website Accessed 8/3/2023. https://www.gorockford.com/things-to-do/public-art-trail/

Dustin Eckhardt’s Illinois Flora and Species Mural in Loves Park

Artist: Dustin Eckhardt
Location: 5314 N. 2nd Street, Loves Park, IL
When: Created in 2022 as part of CRE8IV transformational artA colorful character immersed in a playful environment of local Illinois flora and species, with an emphasis on native pollinators.

Source: Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Rockford Public Art Trail.” Website Accessed 8/3/2023. https://www.gorockford.com/things-to-do/public-art-trail/

Dustin Eckhardt’s Pelicans Mural in Rockton, IL

Artist: Dustin Eckhardt
Location: 122 South Prairie Street, Rockton, IL
When: CRE8IV 2023Playfully drawn pelicans and native florals bring a whimsical vibe to downtown Rockton.

Source: Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Rockford Public Art Trail.” Website Accessed 8/3/2023. https://www.gorockford.com/things-to-do/public-art-trail/

Corey Hagberg’s Mural

Artist: Corey Hagberg

Date: This mural was a RAAC ArtsPlace project completed in 2014

Location: Under the Jefferson Street Bridge near 301 N Madison St, Rockford, IL 61107

Source: Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Rockford Public Art Trail.” Website Accessed 8/3/2023. https://www.gorockford.com/things-to-do/public-art-trail/

Chris Silva’s Mural on the NW Corner of State St. and N. 2nd St.

Artist: Chris Silva

When: Created in 2019 as part of CRE8IV transformational art.

Location: NW Corner of State St. and N. 2nd St., address is 422 E State St, Rockford, IL 61104

 

Source: Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Rockford Public Art Trail.” Website Accessed 8/3/2023. https://www.gorockford.com/things-to-do/public-art-trail/

Brett Whitacre’s Baltimore Oriole Mural on N. Church Street

Artist: Brett Whitacre

Location: Near 205 N Church St, Rockford, IL 61101

When: Created in 2019 as part of CRE8IV transformational art.

Sources:

  1. Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Rockford Public Art Trail.” Website Accessed 8/3/2023. https://www.gorockford.com/things-to-do/public-art-trail/
  2. Cosier, Susan. “The Audubon Mural Project Takes Flight in Rockford, Illinois.” Audubon Magazine. Online article accessed 8/30/2023: https://www.audubon.org/news/the-audubon-mural-project-takes-flight-rockford-illinois
  3. Audubon Mural Projects. Website accessed 8/30/2023: https://www.sinnissippiaudubon.org/audubon-mural-project/?_gl=1*1wvkrks*_ga*MTEyMjc3ODU2Ni4xNjkzNDEwMTE4*_ga_X2XNL2MWTT*MTY5MzQxMDExNy4xLjAuMTY5MzQxMDEyNy41MC4wLjA.

Brett Whitacre’s N. 2nd Street Mural

Artist: Brett Whitacre
Location: 5545 N 2nd St, Loves Park, IL 61111
When: Created in 2022 as part of CRE8IV transformational art.
Using 108 different colors, gradients fill this space to spell “LOVES” showing through subtly for this “Heart of the Midwest” city.

Source: Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Rockford Public Art Trail.” Website Accessed 8/3/2023. https://www.gorockford.com/things-to-do/public-art-trail/