The Racine Art Museum Welcomes Back Glass Artist Therman Statom
Photography: Marc Wollman, Racine, WI
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.
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
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
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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