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Racine, WI     June 16, 2012
Go Behind-the-Scenes
with Artist Christine Lee
Next Featured Artist in RAM's Windows on Fifth Gallery


The Racine Art Museum has commissioned artist Christine Lee to create the next installation in RAM's Window on Fifth Gallery showcasing a large construction of notched units made from salvaged lumber scraps. On Friday, August 3 at 6:30 pm, go behind-the-scenes with Lee when she debuts her exhibition, Christine Lee: Interlocked. This event occurs during First Friday in Downtown Racine. Visitors to the museum will also enjoy free RAM admission, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, along with a free hands-on art event, 4:00 to 8:00 pm. 
Christine Lee Study for RAM Windows Installation, detail
Salvaged wood and sawdust
Inspired by the well-known children's building blocks, Lincoln Logs, and made specifically for RAM's window gallery space, this installation combines ideas about environmental sustainability and material abundance with concepts regarding play and a sense of wonder. With a background in woodworking and furniture design, Lee manipulates and configures a variety of surplus items, such as recycled or salvaged wood, phone books, and fire hoses, to create her work. Through a process of building, rearranging, and deconstructing, she embarks on an investigation of materials that ultimately suggests a new way to understand everyday objects.

Christine Lee is a West Coast/Midwest-based artist, designer, and educator who received her BSA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 and an MFA in furniture design and woodworking from San Diego State University. Lee has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, Aspen Art Museum, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design. 


This exhibition is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - Clifton Gunderson LLP, CNH America LLC, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation, The Norbell Foundation, 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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