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RAM's Wustum Museum Shows Off Talent in Third Annual Exhibition

Racine, WI    May 18, 2009

All About MeFor the third year, the Racine Art Museum, together with its education campus, RAM's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts showcases the talents of its students, teachers and staff. All About Me, open June 6 through July 10, 2009, features innovative, autobiographical art inspired by RAM's downtown exhibitions.

"This exhibition embraces the far-reaching talent and creativity within our local community and celebrates RAM's educational achievements," says RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections Bruce W. Pepich. "The autobiographical theme inspired an incomparable and refreshing variety of artworks in all media."

All About Me coincides with RAM's current exhibition in downtown Racine, Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey now through August 16, 2009. Her larger-than-life ceramic figures tell the story of her larger-than-life personality and her art adventures. Frey recounted her own life, as well as late-twentieth century culture, through her art. In this way, she was a forerunner in self-revelation by creating sculptures and vignettes based on her own personal relationships, recollections and the people she knew.

All About Me highlights works created by area families and art students on view side-by-side with well-known regional artists who teach or work at the museums. The exhibition includes a wide range of media that reflects the stunning variety of different workshops and classes taught at RAM's Wustum Museum.

Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite artworks in these categories: Most Popular, Most Creative and Most Autobiographical. Awards will be announced on Sunday, July 26, 2009 during the Audience Awards Ceremony and Reception from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Wustum. This reception also coincides with the closing of the Wustum exhibition Back to School with Therman Statom, where there will be an opportunity to meet internationally known glass artist Therman Statom.

RAM's Wustum Museum is located at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, just a few miles from RAM's downtown location. Parking and admission is always free at Wustum. Offering studio art classes since 1941, the museum is a nurturing and inspiring environment for novices, emerging artists and professional artists to experiment, practice and learn. Summer art classes start June 6. Class information is available either online at www.ramart.org/ram/education or by calling 262.636.9177.

Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey at RAM is made possible by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., The Hearst Foundation, Inc., and Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Artists' Legacy Foundation, Oakland, Diane and Richard Fisher, Friends of Contemporary Ceramics, Hal Jackman Foundation, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund, The Bransten Family Charitable Fund, UNC Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, CRAFT RESEARCH FUND, and Wisconsin Arts Board; Silver Sponsors - Jon and Sonja Hoel Perkins, PACART, and Walker Forge, Inc.; Bronze Sponsor - Diane and Jerome Phillips and Target.

All About Me: Autobiographical Works by RAM's Students and Teachers at RAM's Wustum Museum is made possible by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, SC Johnson, and The Hearst Foundation, Inc.; Gold Sponsors - Racine United Arts Fund and Wisconsin Arts Board; Silver Sponsors - Walker Forge, Inc.; and Bronze Sponsor - Target.


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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Above Center: Heidi Keyes, Solo, 2009, Acrylic, Photography: Marc Wollman