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Press Release                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Racine, WI     May 5, 2010
The Racine Art Museum Welcomes Back  Glass Artist Therman Statom

Photography: Marc Wollman, Racine, WI
Statom Windows

The Racine Art Museum welcomes back internationally known glass artist Therman Statom for a behind-the-scenes tour of his exhibition Outside the Box in RAM's Windows on Fifth Gallery. On Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm, Statom will guide visitors his installation, subtitled Quattro Stagoni, with RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections Bruce W. Pepich.

Statom returned earlier this spring to slightly modify the work Quattro Stagoni (or "Four Seasons" in Italian). The installation includes elements that suggest aspects of each season - progressing from frosty areas of glass and glowing colors of reflective ice to floral imagery and vessels that suggest growing pods and buds.
RAM commissioned Statom to create this year-long exhibition specifically for its Windows on Fifth Gallery. The windows feature lively painted glass arrangements of unusual objects that encourage viewers to create their own imaginative connections. For the first time since its opening, RAM has allowed an artist to alter its spaces in the windows. Statom has painted on the frosted glass walls that divide the window space from the main first floor gallery. While not the largest space he has worked with, this is Statom's first exhibition at an art museum that has been held in so public a space: visible on the sidewalk.
Statom has taught workshops for adult students throughout his career and frequently welcomes the opportunity to serve as artist-in-residence for community projects, working with local children. On Friday, May 21 at 2:00 pm, Therman will tour a group of students from Racine's Walden III Middle and High School through the changes and addition to his exhibition. He was also lead the students in a hands-on art activity. 
This exhibition 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 - Racine United Arts Fund and Wisconsin Arts Board; Silver Sponsors - Helen Bader Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, Inc., and Walker Forge, Inc.; Bronze Sponsors - Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group, 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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