Racine, WI     October 24, 2013
You Picked It  
Top 10 at 10: Your RAM Favorites 
In celebration of RAM's 10th anniversary, Racine Art Museum is dedicating 2013 to acknowledging the importance of the local community in building, maintaining, and growing an institution. To honor these connections, RAM encouraged the public to vote on which collection piece they found most inspiring or interesting. Over the summer, multiple gallery spaces within the museum were filled with over 100 works from the collection. The voting results formed the basis for Top 10 at 10: Your RAM Favorites, open now through February 9, 2014. This exhibition combines the top vote-getters with work that is new to the collection as selected by RAM curatorial staff.  

Jon KuhnPendulum Cluster, 1998

Glass, Racine Art Museum, Gift of Carol Griseto

Installation funded in part by Marx - Saunders Gallery, Chicago

Photography: Sue Buhler-Maki

In essence, this exhibition functions as the museum's response to the public's choices. The new works included play off of the subject, media, or formal qualities of the winners and serve to highlight the dynamic nature of RAM's sizable collection. 
Visitors cast more than 2,150 votes, with Carol Cohen's Little Compton garnering the largest number, making this glass work an official fan favorite. Due to size, fragility, or site-specific installation, several of the top 10 winners will not be moved from their current locations in the museum to this gallery space. For this reason, RAM has added more of your favorites to the exhibition. The top fifteen works are featured with signage indicating their ranking from the summer's vote. 
There are several interesting points revealed through the voting process. For instance, ten of the Top 15 works were displayed in the first floor gallery, near the RAM reception area. Clay, by number, is the most prominent media in RAM's collection, representing approximately a quarter of the craft holdings (over 1,100 works). This is relatively consistent with the fact that one-third of the Top 15 selected by the public are ceramic. Yet, only one of the Top 15 works is a print. This percentage is greatly disproportionate to the make-up of the permanent collection, which is almost half works on paper. 
More statistics about the summer exhibition's vote may be found at www.ramart.org.

RAM would like to thank all the visitors who voted for their favorite collection piece during this summer's exhibition, Top 10 at 10: Favorites from RAM's Collection, for making this follow up show possible. 

This exhibition is made possible in part by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd; 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 - CNH America LLC; Corner House; Craft in America PBS Series; E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc.; Educators Credit Union; In Sink Erator; The Norbell Foundation; Perimeter Gallery, Chicago; Real Racine; Robert W. Baird & Co.; Runzheimer Foundation; Ruud Family Foundation; Carol C. Saunders. 

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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