While visiting the Racine Art Musuem, I discovered that its location is where the American Bank & Trust used to stand. The same American Bank & Trust that John Dillinger & his gang robbed on Nov 20, 1933. (The robbery was recently recreated on film in “Public Enemies”.)  Parts of the bank still exist within the museum structure, but for a better idea of what it looked like back then, you can look at the b/w pic - the bank was on the corner, across the same side of the street from the Venetian.

April 9th- Field Trip to the Racine Art Museum: Students view master works in polymer.

Lena Vigna, curator of exhibits at RAM ( far left), explains the historical and artistic  significance of a Pier Voulkos’ mica shift veneer table.  Seen in this photo ( left to right)  are students Vicki Lumbert, Heidi Hollmann, Clayton Irwin and Whitney Zenk.  

 Other works specially selected by Lena Vigna from the RAM collection included pieces by Rachel Carren, Cynthia Toops, Ford/Forlano, Kathleen Dustin, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Maggie Maggio, Dan Cormier, Sarah Shriver, Pier Voulkos, Barbara Sperling, Nan Roche, Tory Hughes, Lindly Haunani and Elise Winters.   

 After having spent half the semester studying these artists works in books and in class presentations, everyone was very excited and inspired to view these very works up close and personal. Innovation, craftsmanship, color theory, and other formal issues became immediately relevant as Lena discussed each work. This was an amazing experience for all of us.

Many thanks to the Racine Art Museum and Lena Vigna for their dedication and commitment to the art of polymer and to their support of the educational exploration of students in this medium.

Cast your vote at Racine Art Museum

…RAM printed about 2,400 ballots and just under 2,000 folks had voted when I visited in mid-August.

“It’s not hundred or thousands of people voting. But the people that are voting are super serious about doing it, says Vigna. "Those who are voting are taking their time to vote. (We) often see people who have written down several different names. We see people come in, and go from piece to piece. It’s been interesting…”

Visit the Racine Art Museum and cast your vote. There are already favorites rising to the top, but there is plenty of room to make an impact. Continue reading “Cast your vote at Racine Art Museum” on OnMilwaukee.

Ο χάρτινος κήπος

Η καλλιτέχνις Elsa Mora φτιάχνει πρωτότυπες ανάγλυφες δημιουργίες από χαρτί. Για τα έργα της, που συχνά είναι τρισδιάστατα, χρησιμοποιεί αποκλειστικά οικολογικό χαρτί, σε ένα πλήθος χρωμάτων, και κόλλα. Πολλά από αυτά εικονογραφούν βιβλία, άλλα έχουν δημιουργηθεί κατά παραγγελία πελατών. Η δουλειά της εκτίθεται αυτό τον καιρό στο Racine Art Museum του Ουισκόνσιν.

Τα χάρτινα γλυπτά της…

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NEWS ! Heidi Hollmann's "Doll- Face Mask" is accepted in the 2014 Racine and Vicinity Show

Congratulations to Heidi Hollmann!

Her all polymer cane work piece “Doll-Face Mask” was accepted into the juried exhibit:

Racine and Vicinity Show 2014

August 30 - November 29, 2014

RAM’s Wustum Museum of Fine Arts continues a museum tradition with the opening of Racine and Vicinity Show: All Media Juried Competition. A glimpse into local talent, this juried exhibition showcases work from artists residing throughout Racine, Kenosha, and Walworth counties, along with RAM members from outside the area.

Racine Art Museum Fellowship Winner, and resident artist, Jerry Belland Exhibiting at RAM's Wustum Museum

 Exhibit on through November 30, 2013

RAM Artist Fellowship Lecture with Jerrold Belland October 17, 2013

Thursday, October 17
7:00 - 8:30 pm

at RAM’s Wustum Museum, 2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine

Go behind-the-scenes with Fellowship Artist Jerrold Belland and see how he developed his art concepts from inception to completion.


Field Trip to the Racine Art Museum: Wednesday, April 9

The class will have a great opportunity to view some of the master works in polymer from the collection at the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin.  This will be a wonderful and unique learning experience for all of us!

Special thanks to Lena Vigna, Curator of Exhibitions at RAM for arranging this viewing.

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