Racine, WI     August 23, 2013
RAM Artist Fellowship Inaugural Exhibition

Presented by Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation


Opening at RAM's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts on August 30, the RAM Artist Fellowship Inaugural Exhibition showcases the diversity and vitality of the Racine/Kenosha visual arts community. This exhibition is a series of solo shows featuring the work of four Racine and Kenosha area artists - Jerrold Belland, Doug DeVinny, Kimberly Greene, and Kathleen Laybourn - representing a diverse range of styles and media. The show continues through November 30, 2013.

Clockwise from Left to Right: Jerrold Belland, Doug DeVinny, Kimberly Greene, and Kathleen Laybourn

Sponsored by a grant from the Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, the biennial RAM fellowships provide support for the professional development of the community's artists. Additionally, the program distinguishes the region as a place that values the arts and enhances the area's desirability as a place for artists to work and live.


Comprised of work already in existence, as well as new pieces created since the fellowship period began in January 2012, this inaugural exhibition offers a sampling of the dynamic visual arts scene in this corner of southeastern Wisconsin.


A public school art teacher for 34 years, recipient Jerrold Belland stayed involved in the art world and for decades kept long studio hours. Today, he maintains a studio at the Racine Business Center where he cultivates a creative life that is, in his own words, "by turns, maddening, cruel, and emotionally fulfilling."


Doug DeVinny's work has been shown in over 150 exhibitions, including 13 solo shows, 42 regional and national group invitational exhibitions, 47 national juried exhibitions, seven national invitational exchange portfolios--which have been widely exhibited, including Venice Biennale-and 17 Watercolor Wisconsin exhibitions.


Kimberly Greene is an Assistant Professor of Art at Carthage College. Previously, she taught at Michigan State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Baton Rouge Community College. Greene has participated in numerous exhibitions-upcoming and recent examples include The Wisconsin Triennial at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and R. U. R. at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis. 


Kathleen Laybourn received her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of New Mexico where she was awarded the Raymond Jonson Fellowship for artistic and academic excellence. Currently, she is involved in community art education and participates in numerous exhibitions.


RAM at 10 | Special Anniversary Event

Meet the artists during the RAM Artist Fellowship Inaugural Exhibition Preview and Opening Reception on Thursday, August 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at RAM's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. Light refreshments will be served. Wustum Museum is located at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine.


Further details about this year's featured artists as well as general information about RAM Artist Fellowships, including an artist prospectus for the next application period, is available at the museum's website, ramart.org.


This exhibition is made possible 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, Corner House, 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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