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Press Release                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Racine, WI     October 8, 2010

RAM Presents In-Depth:
John McQueen and Carol Eckert

John McQueen
John McQueen, Untitled #142 aka Stumps, 1998
 Racine Art Museum, The Cotsen Contemporary American Basket Collection Photography: Jon Bolton
The Racine Art Museum focuses on the works of two internationally recognized fiber artists. Open October 17, 2010 through February 6, 2011, Collection Focus in Fibers: John McQueen and Carol Eckert at RAM features over 25 works from RAM's permanent collection. While their work may seem very different in character, both McQueen and Eckert explore scale and structure in interesting ways. Both artists will share the same gallery at RAM, which will be installed to create a dialogue between the different ways in which they create work and their choices in using scale to communicate their messages.

Carol Eckert, Crane Vigil, 1993
 Racine Art Museum,
 Gift of Marcia and Alan Docter Photography: Jon Bolton
Instead of representing each artist with one quintessential example in its collections, RAM has exerted efforts to collect artists in depth throughout their careers. The museum believes this process allows it to better document the development of artistic ideas and concepts and to accurately record career growth and aesthetic explorations over a period of time. RAM does this for the purpose of historic documentation, but more importantly, to assist it in conducting programs of public education by demonstrating to its audience how artists' ideas develop and how aesthetic investigations shape a career.

RAM will produce a 20-page booklet with full-color illustrations for both John McQueen and Carol Eckert. These collection study guides include a 3,000-word essay on the significance of each artist to the field and their career development. Study guides will be available free to RAM members and with paid RAM admission. The 20-page guide is also available for $5 plus shipping by calling the RAM Museum Store at 262.638.8200.

The presentation of this exhibition at the Racine Art Museum 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 -  National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund,
Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation, and Wisconsin Arts Board; Silver Sponsors - Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation and Real Racine; Bronze Sponsors - Clifton Gunderson LLP, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Friends of Fiber Art International, and Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group.

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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For more information or to request images, please contact:

Laura Gillespie
RAM Marketing Assistant
262.638.8300 x 114