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Press Release                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RAM Announces Inaugural Awards Program

Racine, WI    May 13, 2009

RAM entrance 72The Racine Art Museum is pleased to announce its inaugural RAM Legacy Awards Program: The RAMMYS. The purpose of this recognition program is to honor the long-term supporters, artists, volunteers and teachers who have made significant contributions to the success of RAM and RAM's Wustum Museum. The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at the Racine Country Club starting at 11:30 am.

Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton, longtime supporter of the arts and Chairperson of the Wisconsin Arts Board, will be guest speaker at the RAMMYS luncheon.

The Racine Art Museum is proud to present the following awards to these very special honorees:
The Karen Johnson Boyd Legacy Support Award recognizes individuals, artists, corporations and foundations for their philanthropic support.
The Johnson, Keland and Boyd Families
Willard and Mary Walker
The Allen and Virginia Buhler Family

Corporations and Foundations
The Johnson Family of Companies:
S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.,
JohnsonDiversey, Inc.,
Johnson Outdoors Inc.,
Johnson Financial Group
Twin Disc
The Wisconsin Energy Corporation Foundation

The Volunteer Service to RAM Award recognizes volunteers for their time and talent devoted to the growth of the museum's programs.

Ray Farley
Jane Gittings
Peg Lukow
Jay Price Ruffo

The RAM Collection Founders Award recognizes donors who have been instrumental in the development of the museum's permanent collection through gifts of artwork or support.

Dale and Doug Anderson, New York

The cost to attend the RAMMYS is $40 per person. All RAM Members can look forward to receiving a formal invitation in the mail. Others interested in attending may call 262.638.8300 to make reservations or to inquire about more information.

Together, the two campuses of the Racine Art Museum, RAM in downtown Racine at 441 Main Street and the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, seek to elevate the stature of contemporary crafts to that of fine art by exhibiting significant works in craft media with painting, sculpture and photography, while providing outstanding educational art programming.

Docent led contemporary craft and architectural tours of the museums are available. Both campuses of the Racine Art Museum, are open to the public Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and are closed Mondays, Federal holidays and Easter. RAM is open Sunday Noon - 5:00 pm, while Wustum is closed Sundays. An admission fee of $5 for adults, with reduced fees for students and seniors, applies at RAM. Admission to Wustum is free. Members are always admitted without charge to either campus.

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For more information or to request images, please contact:

Laura Gillespie
RAM Marketing Assistant
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