Racine, WI     May 28, 2013
Vote for Your Favorite!

Visitors are Invited to Racine Art Museum to Choose Their Top 10


The Racine Art Museum now has the largest contemporary crafts collection in the United States. Over the last 10 years, RAM's holdings of contemporary crafts and works on paper have nearly quadrupled. In celebration of the museum's 10th anniversary year in downtown Racine, Top 10 at 10: Favorites from RAM's Collection is on display through October 6, 2013.


Dale Chihuly

Salmon and Rose Persian Set with Cranberry Lip Wrap, 1997

Glass, Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dennis Cannaday and the Artist by Exchange, Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago

Over the last decade, RAM's permanent holdings have grown from 2,200 to over 8,000 pieces. These numbers include works in ceramic, glass, wood, fiber, polymer, metal, and mixed media-from large pieces of furniture and sculpture to art jewelry and prints. Collecting over 500 works in 2012 alone, RAM averaged almost one-and-a-half new gifts per day last year. 


This growth is an extraordinary accomplishment made possible by generous friends of Racine Art Museum and RAM's Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, including new and returning visitors to both campuses.


The museum is dedicating the year of 2013 to acknowledging the importance of the local community in building, maintaining, and growing an institution. To honor these connections, RAM is encouraging the public to decide which works from the permanent collection they find most inspiring, interesting, and compelling.


From June 1 to September 1, visitors are invited to vote for their Top 10. Winning pieces will be highlighted this fall in an exhibition in RAM's galleries as well as online at ramart.org.


Top 10 at 10 is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, The Estate of Emile H. Mathis II, in Memory of his Parents: Emil H. and Anna T. Mathis, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - The A.C. Buhler Family, CNH America LLC, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Real Racine, Robert W. Baird & Co., Runzheimer Foundation, Ruud Family Foundation.


RAM at 10 | Growing America's Craft Collection
This year marks the Racine Art Museum's 10th Anniversary in Downtown Racine. Visitors are invited to discover stunning exhibitions that shine a light on RAM's achievements over the past decade and predict an even brighter future.

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