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Press Release                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Racine, WI    July 8, 2010
Get Up Close and Personal with Eccentric Insects Now at RAM

Betsy Youngquist and R. Scott Long bring their fantastical mosaic sculptures to RAM. The artists chronicle the lifecycle of the
Hines Emerald Dragonfly, the only dragonfly on the Federal List of Endangered Species. The Hines Emerald is indigenous to Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri.
Photography: Larry Sanders
Youngquist Dragonfly

To coincide with All the Buzz: Insects Invade RAM, the Racine Art Museum has invited six artists to create a series of small-scale environments inspired by insects. Open through October 17, 2010, Eccentric Insects will be crawling with bugs executed in various craft media. Designed for RAM's Ruffo and Schumann Galleries, this exhibition is the first time that these small galleries have been used so intimately and personally.

RAM welcomes four teams who developed bug habitats: glass sculptor Wesley Fleming (MA), mixed media artist Andrea V. Uravitch (VA), beadwork and mosaic sculptors Betsy Youngquist and Scott Long (IL) and jewelry artists Roberta and David Williamson (OH). For these site-specific installations, the artists were asked to create work that would fit within nine feet of wall cases. They had to work in media for which they are known, deal in some way with insect imagery and the installation could not contain any living materials.
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 Helen Bader Foundation, 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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