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On June 15, 2021, Racine Art Museum’s (RAM’s) Wustum Museum of Fine Arts continued a longstanding Racine tradition with a twist—this year’s opening reception and awards presentation for Racine and Vicinity Show were virtual.

Racine Art Museum Exhibitions 

This juried exhibition—the latest in the museum’s longest-running exhibition series—showcases work from artists residing throughout Racine, Kenosha, and Walworth counties, along with RAM members from inside or outside the area. Featuring 99 diverse pieces by 96 artists, Racine and Vicinity Show 2021: All Media Juried Competition will be on display through August 14, 2021.

Juror Diana Bolander, who has been the curator at the Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, since 2018, selected both the pieces on display as well as the award winners for this year’s exhibition.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

First Award
Janet Roberts, The Ingenue

Second Award
Meghan Burke McGrath, Twelve Hour Brunch

Third Award
Beth Tivol, Honey, I Shrunk the Cookware!

Merit Awards
Marilyn Propp, Slow Spin
Baiba Rozite, Orange Doris
Nick Schroeder, Landscapes of the Mind: The First Tram of the Morning
Courteney Timm, Quarantine Dream Home

Further information about this exhibition is available on the RAM website here.

Exhibitions at Racine Art Museum are made possible by: Platinum Sponsors—Anonymous, Nicholas and Nancy Kurten, Wingate Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Administration; Diamond Sponsors—Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Ruffo Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors—Anonymous, David Charak, Tom and Irene Creecy, David Flegel, Herzfeld Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine Community Foundation, Kathy Robins, Trio Foundation of St. Louis, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Silver Sponsors—A.C. Buhler Family, Andis Foundation, Lucy G. Feller, Ben and Dawn Flegel, Ron and Judith Isaacs, Johnson Financial Group, Bill Keland, Dorothy MacVicar, RDK Foundation, Inc., Real Racine, Twin Disc, Inc.; Bronze Sponsors—Anonymous, Susan Boland, Virginia Buhler, Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research, Educators Credit Union, Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway, Tom and Sharon Harty, Andrea and Tony Hauser, The Norbell Foundation, Bill and Mary Walker; Media Sponsors—88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Wisconsin Public Radio.

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.

The Racine Art Museum campuses are currently operating with limited hours, open Wednesday through Saturday from Noon to 4:00 pm. Both museums encourage all visitors and staff who have not been fully vaccinated and those who feel more comfortable wearing a mask to continue doing so in public areas at RAM and RAM’s Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. Masks are still required for in-person art classes and workshops at Wustum.

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