Racine, WI     August 28, 2013
It Takes a Community


In celebration of RAM's 10th anniversary, the museum is dedicating 2013 to acknowledging the importance of the local community in building, maintaining, and growing an institution. Integral to the artistic climate of greater Racine, RAM's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts has long supported the creative endeavors of the local community. Open August 30 through November 30, Close to Home: Local Artists from RAM's Collection emphasizes artists closely connected to the Racine and Kenosha area. This is the latest in a long line of illuminating exhibitions at Wustum that focus on artists in the region and their relationship to the seminal art institutions of Racine Art Museum and Wustum.

Richard H. BernsWading While Waiting, 2004

Acrylic and watercolor marker

Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

With purchase awards from past Watercolor Wisconsin and Wisconsin Photography competitions, as well as gifts of paintings and works on paper from area collectors over the years, RAM's holdings of local artists' works are particularly strong in these materials. While comprised primarily of two-dimensional work, Close to Home clearly reflects the diversity of artists working in the community over the last several decades. Subject matter and style are as individual as the artists themselves-reflecting larger cultural and social interests as well as artistic and aesthetic trends. 


RAM at 10 | Special Anniversary Event

RAM Artist Fellowship Inaugural Exhibition

Presented by Osborne and Scekic Foundation

August 30 - November 30, 2013

Emphasizing either former or current Racine and Kenosha area artists, Close to Home was deliberately conceived as a complement to the RAM Artist Fellowship Inaugural Exhibition, which also celebrates the creativity evident in our community. The RAM Artist Fellowship Program aims to showcase the diversity and vitality of the Racine/Kenosha visual arts community by supporting the professional development of its artists. The inaugural exhibition features the work of local artists Jerrold Belland, Doug DeVinny, Kimberly Greene, and Kathleen Laybourn.


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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Laura Gillespie
RAM Marketing Assistant