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Racine, WI     January 2, 2012 
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Watercolor Wisconsin 2011 Marks 45th Year at RAM's Wustum Museum

Last month, RAM's Wustum Museum continued a splendid Racine tradition with the opening of Watercolor Wisconsin 2011. As one of the museum's most popular annual shows, this exhibition brings together the works of artists from throughout the state. Featuring 126 pieces by 77 Wisconsin artists, this year's show will be on view at RAM's Wustum Museum through April 21, 2012.
Peggy Flora Zalucha, Mount Horeb
Cuttings on Funnies #8, 2010
Transparent watercolor and India ink
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Of 292 pieces submitted by 153 artists, approximately one-third of the pieces were chosen for this year's show. 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. Nine new works were purchased for the Racine Art Museum's permanent collection, adding to RAM's holdings of extraordinary Wisconsin artists.

Congratulations to:

Richard Cape and Dr. Les Ericson Award
Harold E. Hansen, On the River Shannon, Althone, Ireland

Gordon "Corky" Christensen Award
Amy Arntson, Too Deep III

George Frederiksen Awards
Jeff Kosmala, Highway D Southern Wisconsin
Priscilla Weissenfluh, Stick Series #7

Judith Hartig-Osanka Award  Jean Crane, Untitled

Ruth Miles Awards
JoAnna Poehlmann, True Blue (Homage to Odilon Redon)
Susan M. Sorenson, Half Notes

Dale Olesen Award
Cary Hunkel, Focused

Donald Whyte Award
Edwin Kalke, Rock Art 
First Award
Priscilla Weissenfluh, Stick Series #7
Second Award
Nancy Lamers, He Man
Third Award
Carolyn Gagliardi, After the Storm - 2011

Doug DeVinny, Desperate Measures
Nathan Mortensen, Vessel
Peggy Flora Zalucha, Cuttings on Funnies #8

Robert W. Andersen, Hillside at Grandview
Amy Arntson, From a Far Point
Patrick Doughman, Not Another Trick!
Harold E. Hansen, On the River Shannon, Athlone, Ireland
Edwin Kalke, Rock Art
Brian McCormick, December 27th  Helen Napier, Untitled Janet Roberts, The Shadow Knows Susan M. Sorenson, Half Notes Sandra Wagner, Justine (age 6) Holding Buckwheat

This exhibition is made possible by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, Jay Price Ruffo, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. and Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, Racine Community Foundation, Inc. and Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Ellwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc. and Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - Clifton Gunderson LLP, CNH America LLC, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, Knight-Barry Title, Inc., Real Racine and Runzheimer Foundation.


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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