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Press Release                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Racine, WI    December 20, 2010

Prize Winners Selected as Watercolor Wisconsin 2010 marks 44th Year at RAM's Wustum Museum
WW10 Sturrock
Kitty Sturrock, Mequon
 Orchids in Daylight, 2010
Photo: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
On Sunday, December 12, RAM's Wustum Museum continued a splendid Racine tradition with the opening of Watercolor Wisconsin 2010. As one of the museum's most popular annual shows, this exhibition brings together the works of artists from throughout the state. Featuring 98 pieces by 81 Wisconsin artists, this year's show will be on view at RAM's Wustum Museum through April 30, 2010.

Of 261 pieces submitted by 146 artists, approximately a third of the pieces were chosen for Watercolor Wisconsin 2010. During the opening reception Bruce W. Pepich, RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections, hosted the awards presentation to honor the most accomplished artists in this exhibition. Four new works from this year's competition were purchased for the Racine Art Museum's permanent collection, adding to RAM's holdings of extraordinary Wisconsin artists.

Purchase Awards: George Frederiksen Memorial Award for Red Branch by Anne Miotke, Whitefish Bay; Ruth Miles Memorial Award for Little Red Riding Hood by Francisco X. Mora, Glendale; Jacqueline Pease Miller Memorial Award for Carrion Berry by Lynne Railsback; and Charles Veenstra Memorial Award for Icy Penetration by Doug DeVinney.

Cash and merchandise prizes were awarded to the following artists whose pieces were selected among the best in the show.

First Award: Icy Penetration by Doug DeVinny, Racine
Second Award: Bagged and Tagged (Homage to John Wilde) by JoAnna Poehlmann, Milwaukee
Third Award: Carrion Berry by Lynne Railsback, Williams Bay
Awards of Merit: Desert Sunrise by Deedee Dumont, Racine; Late Winter Tree by Brian McCormick, Madison; and Red Branch by Anne Miotke, Whitefish Bay

Merchandise Awards: Three Stones by Diane Balsley, Brown Deer; His Garden by John G. Balsley, Brown Deer; Dreamscape by Jean Crane, Grafton; Farm Muse by Rita Crooks, Wausau; White Roses with Paisley Cloth by Joyce Eesley, Milwaukee; Below the Surface #1 (Blue) by Suzanne Haislmaier, Milwaukee; Eildon Hills and the River Tweed, Scotland by Harold E. Hansen, Hartford; Fall Colors by Steve Horvath, Milwaukee; Gather Around by Monique J. Isham, Madison; Dance with Big Daddy by Edwin C. Kalke, Racine; Summer in the Wisconsin Hills by Jeff Kosmala, Racine; Untitled by M.P. Marion, Racine; Jungle Love by Alice Rossman, Nashotah; Orchids in Daylight by Kitty Sturrock, Mequon; Rising Energy by Maggie Venn, Racine; and Profile by Martha Zackey, Whitefish Bay

Exhibiting Artists by Wisconsin Community:
Brookfield: Christine Buth-Furness, Julia F. McMurray, Janet Roberts; Brown Deer: Diane Balsley, John G. Balsley, John W. Balsley; Delavan: Sandra Willard; Eagle River: Louise Engelbrecht; Egg Harbor: Manooch Sharifi; Elm Grove: Karen Finerty; Fox Lake: Judith Beyer; Genoa City: Jan Gorman; Glendale: Francisco X. Mora, Fred Stein; Grafton: Jean Crane; Greendale: John Vlaj; Hartford: Harold E. Hansen; Janesville: Sherry Thurner, Kenosha: Rebecca Venn; Lac Du Flambeau: Christine Alfery; Madison: Kathy Armstrong, Monique J. Isham, Brian McCormick; Marinette: Ernie Pleger; Mequon: Jan Effinger, Alice Struck, Kitty Sturrock; Milwaukee: Joyce Eesley, Suzanne Haislmaier, Helga Hilbert-Robinson, Steve Horvath, Pat King, Susan Leopold, Gene Mihleisen, Judith Gahn Murphy, JoAnna Poehlmann, Leslie Vansen; Mount Horeb: Peggy Flora Zalucha; Nashotah: Alice Rossman; Oconomowoc: Marilu McCartney, Patricia Siok, Linda Steinlein; Pewaukee: Sandra Wagner; Plymouth: Charles Ausavich; Racine: Jerrold Belland, Richard Berns, Russell Bohn, Mary Burant, Sharon Christensen, Doug DeVinny, Deedee Dumont, Lisa Englander, Nancy Greenebaum, John W. Hansen, Edwin C. Kalke, Jeff Kosmala, Thomas Lajiness, M.P. Marion, Jude Poplawski, Constance Sharp, Christine Sikora, Susan M. Sorenson, Jean Thielen, Maria Varga-Hansen, Maggie Venn, Sue Wolff; Rubicon: David Bielot; South Milwaukee: Diane Richards; Sharon: Martha Hayden; Sheboygan: James Michael; Thiensville: William Davis; Waterford: Linda Gerard Dzik; Waukesha: Bruce Boeck; Waukesha: Charles F. Wickler; Wausau: Rita Crooks, Diane Shabino; Wauwatosa: Millie Minessale; Whitefish Bay: Anne Miotke, Martha Zackey; Whitewater: Linda Tump; Williams Bay: Lynne Railsback

RAM's Wustum Museum is located at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine, just a few miles from the downtown location at 5th and Main Streets. Wustum Museum also boasts a long history of offering quality art programs to children and adults of all ages. Works from RAM's collection and exhibitions serve as inspiration for Wustum's excellent art programs. Art classes for adult and children begin January 17, 2011. Look for class listings in the mail, online at http://ramart.org/ram/Art-Classes.html or contact Wustum Museum at 262.636.9177 for more information.

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 - Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund and Wisconsin Arts Board; Silver Sponsors - Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation and Real Racine; Bronze Sponsors - Clifton Gunderson LLP, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Friends of Fiber Art International and Knight-Barry Title, Inc.

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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