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Jeffrey Zimmer, Racine
Peeps at the Museum
Wood, canvas, paper, paint, string, and found objects
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

On Thursday, April 11, an untraditional exhibition showcasing fluffy, sugarcoated marshmallow PEEPS® began its tenth year within the award-winning contemporary architecture of the Racine Art Museum. Open through April 28, the RAM 10th Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition features 165 entries that demonstrate the talents of over 237 artists from across the country, a number that makes it the largest PEEPS show ever at the museum.

This spring, guests to the exhibition will discover pieces made with a variety of media. While the seasonal candies are still the most common material, the 10th anniversary show also includes pieces like The Hope Peep, a PEEPS necklace fashioned in rhinestones and glitter to rival the most recognizable of the British Crown Jewels; Confession of a Carrot Eater crafted in glazed stoneware as a counterpoint to artist Jack Earl’s Carrot Finger, a piece in the museum’s collection; and Greeting from Mount Peepmore!, a celebratory monument to PEEPS expertly sculpted in Styrofoam.

During the Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, April 10, Bruce W. Pepich, RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections, hosted the awards presentation to honor the most accomplished artists in this competition.

RAM congratulates the following award winners:

Adult Division
First Peep – Jon Leach, Nightpeeps – An Homage to Edward Hopper
Second Peep – Jeffrey Zimmer, Peeps at the Museum
Third Peep – Richard Marklin, Jr., Raul the Rooster

Honorable Mentions 
Laura Leach, The Peck – Inspired by Gustav Klimt
Debby Peck, Peepster Bunny
Chris Proeber, Gotcha
Nick Schroeder, Confession of a Carrot Eater

Young Peeples Awards (Under 13)
First Peep – Autumn Madsen, Vikings and the Peep Sea Serpent
Second Peep – Leo Schmitz, The Amazing Peepza
Third Peep – Sophie Estrada, My Little Peeps

Honorable Mentions
Julia Donaldson, Cyberpeep
Tessa Locklair, Plié Peep

First Peep – Matthew Adams, Ben Bixby, Trenton Kralovitz, Eli Lindemann,
and Carlos Thomas, Peepzilla
Second Peep – Aaron Costic and Anik Zuleta, Starry Night by Peep Van Gogh
Third Peep – Prairie School’s Upper School Glass Studio Class, School of Peeps

Racine Quilters Awards
First Peep, in Memory of Margaret V. Wargo – Lisa L. KC, Farmer Pees and His Chicks
Second Peep – Shari Wallin, The Measure of a Peep
Third Peep – Kenna Zakrzewski, Untitled

Honorable Peep Mentions
Betsy Moore, Sewing Peepsfully
Carol Preston, Get in Touch with Your Inner Tube: Peeps Tube the French Broad River, NC
Robert Tucker, Babes in Peepland

Mayor of Racine’s Awards
First Peep – Jeff Ternes, Farmer MAGA Gregor’s Fence Found Ineffective
Second Peep – Nicole Zimmer, Racine Peeps Baseball

Over the last ten years, many entrants have been become experts in marshmallow candy as a material, using methods like carving, painting, hole punching, gluing, and melting to manipulate PEEPS into incredible shapes. For this show, Richard W. Marklin, Jr. melted a flock of PEEPS to make Raul the Rooster, a realistic barnyard bird; while April Harris and Autumn Kyle assembled the holiday treats into a bust of Black Panther Peeper. For a complete list of PEEPS artwork in the exhibition, please visit ramart.org.

Visitors to RAM are encouraged to vote for their favorite PEEPS work of art to decide who will take home the coveted PEEPles Choice Award. Voting continues through the end of the exhibition on Sunday, April 28.

The RAM 10th Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition is made possible in part by RAM Platinum Sponsors: Friends of Fiber Art International and Windgate Foundation; and organized by the RAM Museum Store and Guest Relations.

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