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Racine, WI     June 5, 2014
RAM's Wustum Museum Has Some Pretty Interesting Characters Inside


Open June 6 through August 16 at RAM's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Some Pretty Interesting Characters: Works form RAM's Collection, Chapter 1 features contemporary works in two dimensions that depict compelling characters and engaging stories.

Rosita Johanson, Tales My Father Told Me, 1994
Dyed cotton fabric, dyed cotton thread, metallic thread, and wood
 Racine Art Museum, Gift of Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Arguably, any work of art tells a story--whether through materials, the process of making, or what is depicted. In various ways and different media, the works featured in Some Pretty Interesting Characters portray people, animals, places, or objects (or all of these). They offer a particular scene that seems to be pulled from a larger series of moments, with action that happens both before and after the time or person that is specifically represented. The characters help to define the action, and provide emotion and information.


Whether portrait, fantastical scene, or historical fiction, the works presented here offer a beginning point for a larger narrative. While the artists may have had a particular tale in mind when creating a piece, they often purposefully allow for a wide variety of interpretations. Visitors are invited to use their imagination to "complete" these stories.


The concept of visual storytelling is further explored in a companion exhibition, Some Pretty Interesting Characters: Works from RAM's Collection, Chapter 2, on display downtown at the Racine Art Musuem, June 22 - September 28, 2014. Both exhibitions, drawn from RAM's collection, highlight a diversity of materials and a variety in approaches to one topic.


The Art of Storytelling

This summer, RAM explores storytelling through images and objects. While at RAM's Wustum Museum, visit Telling Tales: RAM's Community Art Exhibition, open June 5 - August 16. The exhibition features works created by area families and art students on view side-by-side with well-known regional artists who teach or work at the museum. The exhibition includes a wide range of media that reflects the stunning variety of different workshops and classes offered at Wustum.


Through August 31, visitors to RAM's downtown location will discover Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Contemporary Art showcasing artists that use a variety of media and techniques to craft stories about the human condition. Their imaginative works employ exaggerated, surreal, perplexing, or dreamy scenarios rooted in the traditions of fairy tales, legends, and myths.


Visit www.ramart.org to learn more about story-related and family-friendly events scheduled throughout the summer at both museum locations.

Some Pretty Interesting Characters: Works from RAM's Collection, Chapters 1
and 2 are made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor - Sam and Gene Johnson Fund; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - 88NINE Radio Milwaukee, CNH Industrial, Corner House, Craft in America PBS Series, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, Miracle on Canal Street, The Norbell Foundation, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Real Racine, Robert W. Baird Foundation, Ruud Family Foundation, Carol C. Saunders

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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