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Press Release                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Racine, WI     January 22, 2010
Come Inside the Racine Art Museum to View the Outside

Town and Country

Open January 17 through April 11, 2010, Town and Country: Urban and Rural Scenes from RAM's Collection features selected artworks from the Racine Art Museum's permanent collection that provide a lively sampling of different points of view expressed by nearly 100 individuals portraying the world around them. Presenting pieces created from 1930 to the present, this show demonstrates interpretations artists have of nature's grandeur and humanity's achievements in creating urban environments as well as RAM's breadth of collection holdings.

Pieces from RAM's Works Progress Administration (WPA) collection figure prominently in this exhibition, particularly in the images of city life. The museum's collection includes numerous examples of works created by artists living in New York City, during the Great Depression of the 1930s, who captured images of their own backyard.

Town and Country ties in with the Watercolor Wisconsin exhibition currently on display at RAM's Wustum Museum. The watercolor show is an annual, statewide competition for artists working in water-based painting media.  A number of artists who are included in this year's watercolor competition as well as in the exhibition Town and Country include: Amy Arntson, JoAnna Poehlmann, Lance Raichert, George Ronsholdt, Jan Serr, Lee Weiss and John Wickenberg.

More about the exhibition

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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Laura Gillespie
RAM Marketing Assistant
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