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Racine, WI     April 1, 2013  
RAM's 4th Annual International PEEPS® Exhibition 
Bigger and Better Than Ever!
Photography: Susan Silver
Within the pristine white walls of the Racine Art Museum, an untraditional exhibition is open through April 14 showcasing fluffy, sugar-coated marshmallow PEEPS®.
RAM's 4th Annual International PEEPS® Exhibition features 110 entries showcasing the talents of over 145 artists. Visitors will discover colorful creations such as Crème de la Peep featuring a hand-crafted bronze PEEP, a local Racine favorite in Kewpeeps, and The Man from RAM: Bruce Peepich.

During the Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 28, Bruce W. Pepich, RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections, hosted the awards presentation to honor the most accomplished artists in this competition. In addition to Pepich, judges included John Dickert, Mayor of the City of Racine; Susan Boland, RAM Board President, Chief Operations Officer at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare; and Alex S. Mandli, Artist and Instructor.

Congratulations to:

Ages 12 and under - First Peep

Wesley Paffrath - RAM Celebrates 10 Years of Art
for the Peeps  

Ages 13 to 18 - First Peep
Dominique and Savan leFever - Peep-iñata

Adults over 18 - First Peep
Emily Anderson - Starry Night II

Groups/Collaborations - First Peep
Eric Houghton and Meg Wolfers - Die Walkü-peep



First Fridays return to Downtown Racine on April 5. At RAM, enjoy FREE admission from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Visitors to the museum are encouraged to vote for their favorite PEEPS® work of art to decide who will take home the coveted PEEPles Choice Award. Make "Pretty in Peeps" creations during RAM's Free Family Hands-On Art Activity from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Voting continues through Saturday, April 13.

Competition sponsored by RAM Museum Store.

Exhibitions are made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, Emile H. Mathis II Estate, in Memory of his Parents: Emil H. and Anna T. Mathis, RAM Society Members, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., and Windgate Charitable Foundation.

RAM's Fourth Annual International PEEPS® Exhibition is made possible by: PEEPS Patrons - Buckets Pub, Belinda J. Cronin, Merchants Moving & Storage, Lisa Englander and Bruce W. Pepich, Janna and Edward Waldeck, and Nancy Wheeler; PEEPS Prize Providers - Apple Holler, Art Metals Studio, Avenue Gallery & Frame, Dimple's Imports LLC, Dover Flag & Map, Family Video, Funky Hannah's, H & H Meats & Catering Inc., Hobo International, Hot Shop Glass, Johnson Keland Management, Inc., Just Born, Inc., Jane Kurylo, Independent Branch Leader for the Longaberger® Company, Barbara and Steve Namowicz, Sarah Nielsen, The Red Onion Café, Salute Italian Restaurant, Sugar Shack Sweet Shoppe, The Main Credentials, and Waves Pub and Grill.

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