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Press Release                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Racine, WI     July 3, 2009
RAM's Wustum Museum Hosts
Wisconsin Photography 2009

WI PhotographyOn August 9, 2009, RAM's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts continues a Racine tradition with the opening of Wisconsin Photography 2009. Featuring 90 pieces by 45 Wisconsin photographers and video artists, this year's show will be on view at RAM's Wustum Museum through November 25, 2009.

Wisconsin Photography is a juried exhibition for photographers and video artists, organized by RAM's Wustum Museum since 1979. Thanks to the diversity of the state's artists, the exhibition continues to introduce the museum's visitors to a wide range of photographic media and artists' viewpoints.

This was the first year that RAM accepted digital entries. This innovation to the juried exhibition contributed to the large number of applications received from all over the state. Of 761 pieces submitted by 78 artists, less than a quarter of the pieces were chosen for this year's show. Nine new works from this year's competition will be purchased for the Racine Art Museum's permanent collection, adding to RAM's holdings of extraordinary Wisconsin artists. The Curator of Collections makes these purchases for the collection.

Exhibiting Artists by Wisconsin Community:
Cudahy: Susan Lukas; Fort Atkinson: Alison Dorval; Franksville: Anna Ross; Glendale: Murray Weiss; Green Bay: Mary Ann Carter; Kenosha: Paul Brnak; Lake Geneva: Caroll A. Pearson; Madison: Patricia Delker, Donald Sylvester; Manitowoc: J. Shimon and J. Lindemann; Mequon: George Lottermoser, Bernie Newman, Mark A. Stall; Milwaukee: Mark Brautigam, Ney Tait Fraser, Joel Jaecks, Gary S. Kampe, Robert Magill, Richard Yehl, Jessica Zalewski; Mukwonago: Bernard M. Spinelli; New Berlin: Robert W. Baron, Christine J. Sobczak; Oconomowoc: John Hart; Oshkosh: Erv Schroeder; Racine: Melissa Alexander, Thomas J. Aviles, Slawomir Bala, Eileen Black, James Charnon, Don Nels Johnson, James A. Kipfer, Jason W. Madson, Leonard Peterson, Lewis E. Schultz, Kim Smith, Marc Wollman; Salem: Gabrielle Bakanec; South Milwaukee: Amzel Jean Short; Shorewood: Janice Mahlberg; Sullivan: Lawrence W. Oliverson; Waukesha: JoAnn O'Hare; Wauwatosa: Eddee Daniel; West Allis: William Zuback; Whitefish Bay: Linda Schwam Merkel

Rod Slemmons chose the 90 pieces by 45 Wisconsin artists that are represented in Wisconsin Photography 2009. Slemmons is Executive Director at The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.

The opening reception for this exhibition will be held at the Racine Art Museum's Wustum campus on Sunday, August 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. During the opening reception, Bruce W. Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections, will host the awards presentation for this exhibition beginning at 3:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

RAM's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts is located at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine, just a few miles from Racine Art Museum's downtown location at 5th and Main Streets. As always, visitors to Wustum Museum enjoy free admission and parking. Wustum also boasts a long history of offering quality art programs to children and adults of all ages. Works from RAM's collection and exhibitions serve as inspiration for Wustum's excellent art programs. Art class listings for adult and children can be found online at www.ramart.org or by contacting RAM's Wustum Museum at 262.636.9177 for more information.

This exhibition is made possible by: Presenting Sponsors: Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, SC Johnson, The Hearst Foundation, Inc. and Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors: Racine United Arts Fund and Wisconsin Arts Board; Silver Sponsors: Walker Forge, Inc.; Bronze Sponsors: Arthur P. Haas Memorial Fund and 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 right: Robert W. Baron, New Berlin, Vienna Chef, 2005, Archival ink jet