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Press Release                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Racine, WI     April 29, 2011


The Racine Art Museum Celebrates
its Eighth Anniversary


Located steps from Lake Michigan, the Racine Art Museum is one of North America's largest craft museums, right here in Southeastern Wisconsin. Since its expansion, RAM's permanent collection has grown to over 5,000 remarkable pieces of both fine arts and contemporary crafts. Award-winning architecture has brought visitors from around the United States, earning the Racine Art Museum a national reputation. RAM features changing exhibitions of contemporary craft objects in ceramics, fibers, glass, metals and wood, as well as paintings, sculptures and works on paper, by internationally recognized artists.

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Photography: Skip Simonsen, Racine

See How
We Have Grown

Throughout Mother's Day weekend, RAM offers visitors a chance to see all the museum has to offer. Starting on Friday, May 6, as part of First Friday in downtown Racine, RAM offers free admission and extended hours, from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.  From 4:00 to 8:00 pm, a free hands-on art project invites visitors to create artwork inspired by the museum's current exhibitions.

Also on Friday, May 6, RAM's Annual Awesome Art Sale is a terrific opportunity to purchase original, museum-quality artwork by well-known artists at affordable prices. Many one-of-a-kind works of art are priced under $50. This is a fabulous time to add to an art collection or start one now!

On Sunday, May 8, the Racine Art Museum continues the celebration of its eighth anniversary in downtown Racine with free admission and delightful refreshments. Visitors are invited to enjoy new works from the museum's spectacular collection of contemporary crafts from Noon to 5:00 pm. In the Museum Store, Mom is sure to find the object of her desire to celebrate her special day.  Featuring wonderful, handmade gifts from across the country and around the world, she's sure to pick a splendid scarf, a high-style handbag or joy-inspiring jewelry.  RAM is located at 441 Main Street, Racine.

At RAM's Wustum Museum, RAM hosts the opening reception of Racine Unified's Student Art Exhibition, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Since the 1940s, RAM's Wustum Museum has presented shows of artwork created by area school children from grades K through 12. Curated by the school system's art faculty, the exhibition demonstrates the excellence achieved by the students and their teachers.

In addition to the art show opening, Wustum features the RAM on the Road Reveal at 3:00 pm on May 8. Also known as Wustum on Wheels, RAM on the Road is a vehicle covered with art, loaded with art supplies and set to bring the joy of creating art to kids and adults of all ages. RAM on the Road will literally drive the museum's quality educational art programming to the community, bringing art teachers, materials and supplies to schools, day cares, senior centers and everywhere along the way. Serving people of all ages, RAM on the Road will offer hands-on art projects at schools and enriching creative experiences to people with memory loss and their caregivers at senior centers and living facilities.  RAM's Wustum Museum is located at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine.

Help Our Community Grow
In an effort to improve literacy among the families in Racine County, RAM will be accepting new and gently used books for the Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency's (RKCAA) community book drive. Their mission is to raise enough books for every RKCCA Head Start child to help them begin their own library. In addition, the organization hopes to increase the number of books available to families to use from RKCAA's own lending libraries.

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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Laura Gillespie
RAM Marketing Assistant
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