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Press Release                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Racine, WI    May 21, 2010
RAM's Wustum Museum Shows Off Local Talent in Fourth Annual Exhibition

David Gaura, Franksville, Attack, 2010
 Stainless steel, Photography: Jessica Zalewski
Guara Attack

For the fourth year, the Racine Art Museum, together with its education campus, RAM's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts showcases the talents of its students, teachers and staff. Creepie Crawlie, open June 5 through August 19, 2010, features innovative artwork with creatures that CREEP or CRAWL or FLY inspired by RAM's downtown exhibitions.
"Insects inspire! The natural world has a way of motivating us. This multi-media exhibition is filled with thoughtful responses to those creatures that buzz and crawl and fly and hover," says RAM Curator of Exhibitions Lena Vigna. "We are so pleased to showcase the talent and creativity of our local community."
Creepie Crawlie coincides with RAM's current lineup of exhibitions in downtown Racine - All the Buzz: Insects Invade RAM now through September 2010. All the Buzz is an exciting collection of exhibitions and programs featuring an artistic focus on insects. These shows highlight nationally recognized artists Catherine Chalmers, Jennifer Angus and JoAnna Poehlmann. For more information about these exhibitions, events and classes, visit www.ramart.org.

Creepie Crawlie showcases works created by area families and art students on view side-by-side with well-known regional artists who teach or work at the museums. The exhibition includes a wide range of media that reflects the stunning variety of different workshops and classes taught at RAM's Wustum Museum.

Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite artworks in the following categories: Most Popular, Most Creative and Most Creepie Crawlie. Awards will be announced on Thursday, August 19, 2010 during the Audience Awards Ceremony and Reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Wustum.
RAM's Wustum Museum is located at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, just a few miles from RAM's downtown location. Parking and admission is always free at Wustum. Offering studio art classes since 1941, the museum is a nurturing and inspiring environment for novices, emerging artists and professional artists to experiment, practice and learn. Summer art classes start June 7. Class information is available either online at www.ramart.org/ram/education or by calling 262.636.9177.
The presentation of this exhibition at the Racine Art Museum was 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, The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation, and Wisconsin Arts Board; Silver Sponsors - Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation and Real Racine; Bronze Sponsors - E. C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., In Sink Erator, 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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