Hosted by the Racine Art Museum (RAM) at RAM’s Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Get the Picture: The Arthur P. Haas Wisconsin Photography Collection showcases 40 works from the ongoing juried photography competition, Wisconsin Photography. This represents just a sample of over 100 pieces that RAM has been able to acquire since the exhibition’s inception in 1979. This show will be open August 23 – November 16, 2019, alongside the RAM Artist Fellowship Exhibition 2019.
Over the last four decades, Wisconsin Photography juried exhibitions at RAM’s Wustum Museum have showcased the state’s photographers working with a wide range of subjects and in a variety of styles. These shows have provided a pool of high-quality work from which the museum has been able to grow its holdings of regional photography.
Arthur P. Haas (1930–1982) was a Racine native and an award-winning photographer who spent a lifetime visually chronicling Racine in his role as staff photographer for The Journal Times, the city’s daily paper. In addition to his own work, Haas served as a mentor and informal teacher to many younger, area photographers. Upon his death in 1982, a Memorial Purchase Fund—orchestrated by his sister Dorothy Haas with gifts from family and friends—was established. These monies allow RAM to further support regional photographers by acquiring works from Wisconsin Photography each year for the museum’s permanent collection.
Exhibitions at Racine Art Museum are made possible by: Platinum Sponsors – Anonymous, Windgate Foundation; Diamond Sponsors – David Charak, Tom and Irene Creecy, National Endowment for the Arts, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Ruffo Family Foundation Inc.; Gold Sponsors – Anonymous, David Flegel, Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, Racine Community Foundation, Trio Foundation of St. Louis, Twin Disc, W.T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors – A.C. Buhler Family, Andis Foundation, Evinrude Outboard Motors, Lucy G. Feller, Dorothy MacVicar, Real Racine, We Energies Foundation, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors – John Cram and Matt Chambers, Barbara Delaney, David and Ellen Easley, Educators Credit Union, The Furniture Society, Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway, William A. Guenther, Kirsten and Emily Maki Foundation, The Norbell Foundation, Charles H. Patton and Family in Memory of Joan S. Patton, Janna and Dr. Edward Waldeck, Bill and Mary Walker; Media Sponsors – 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Wisconsin Public Radio.