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Racine, WI     January 29, 2010
The Racine Art Museum Showcases Highlights from its Significant Glass Collection

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In celebration of glass artist Therman Statom's installation in RAM's Windows on Fifth Street Gallery, the museum is showcasing highlights from its collection of contemporary artworks in glass. Open January 31 through June 6, 2010, A Glass Act: First Rate Glass from RAM's Collection presents a variety of subject matter, ranging from still life compositions and depictions of the natural environment to figurative and abstract works. The show contains pieces that demonstrate a masterful combination of technical expertise and artistic vision, as practiced by internationally recognized glass artists.

Glass has been prized for centuries for its transparency and ability to ignite color when exposed to light. The media is popular with artists because of the many ways in which this adaptable material can be handled. The Studio Glass Movement started in the 1960s when glass was starting to be melted in small-scale studio kilns instead of large glass factories. This new method freed artists to work in single person studios or small university art departments where intense experimentation has taken place.

Believing that this is a historically significant time for artistic advancement, RAM has concentrated on contemporary achievements in glass to capture a clear picture of the Studio Glass Movement's development. A Glass Act showcases several examples in RAM's collection from early leaders in the field, as well as from today's emerging talents.

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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