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. Berns, Wading 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.