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Racine, WI    February 19, 2015

Racine Art Museum Showcases Recent Acquisitions to its Contemporary Craft Collection



One of RAM's more popular exhibitions in recent memory was Mariko Kusumoto's 2010 exhibition of elaborate metal box constructions. She uses a wide array of metalsmithing techniques to create interactive sculptures that continuously open and unfold to reveal hidden elements. Now through July 12, 2015, the Racine Art Museum (RAM) is pleased to again display Kusomoto's sculpture Byobo, which has just entered the museum's collection. RAM thanks long-time benefactor, Karen Johnson Boyd, for continuing to donate exciting works like this to its permanent contemporary craft collection.

Mariko Kusumoto

Byobu (detail), 2004-06

Nickel silver, brass, sterling silver, magnet, and decals

Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd

Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

RAM also presents two major acquisitions in hollowware that have recently arrived. On display through July 12, 2015, Chalice and Paten were created by the American silversmith Harold Schremmer (1928 - 2014) for Reverend Ronald O. Crewe, longtime pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Racine.


Fr. Crewe presented these items to RAM on the occasion of his retirement in memory of his parents, Kenneth Owen and Marie Kersten Crewe of Racine. They are the first examples of liturgical artworks to enter the museum's collection.

Harold Schremmer

Chalice and Paten, 1963

Sterling silver and 14k-gold plate

Racine Art Museum, Gift of Reverend Ronald O. Crewe

in Cherished Memory of His Parents

Kenneth Owen and Marie Kersten Crewe of Racine

Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine


This exhibition is made possible in part by RAM Platinum Sponsors: Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, and Windgate Charitable Foundation.

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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