Racine Art Museum
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RAM’s Wustum Museum to Host 53rd Year of Watercolor Wisconsin

One of Wustum's most popular shows, Watercolor Wisconsin is an annual statewide competition organized by the museum since 1966.

By - Oct 28th, 2019 02:00 pm
Katie Musolff Chukar Amongst the Leaves, 2019 Watercolor

Katie Musolff
Chukar Amongst the Leaves, 2019

Racine, WI  October 28, 2019

On December 8, 2019, Racine Art Museum’s (RAM’s) Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts will continue an important Racine tradition with the opening of Watercolor Wisconsin 2019. One of Wustum’s most popular shows, Watercolor Wisconsin is an annual statewide competition organized by the museum since 1966. Limited only by their materials—aqueous media such as acrylic and watercolor—artists are free to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional works on paper. Contemporary artists bring both traditional and experimental approaches to the established guidelines, resulting in a varied and dynamic exhibition even 53 years later. The exhibition will be on display at Wustum through April 18, 2020.

Jurors for this year’s show are Lal Bahcecioglu—Manager of Exhibitions and Collections at the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, Illinois—and Paula Kowalczyk—Associate Vice President, Regional Account Manager for Christie’s in Chicago. Bahcecioglu and Kowalczyk considered 262 works submitted by 145 Wisconsin artists, narrowing down the selection to 106 works by 85 artists.

The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for Watercolor Wisconsin 2019 will be held at RAM’s Wustum Museum, 2519 Northwestern Avenue in Racine on Sunday, December 8, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. During the reception, Bruce W. Pepich, RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections, will host the awards presentation. Refreshments will be served.

Artists in the Exhibition
Appleton: Gary Hanks; Argyle: Sarah Aslakson; Bayside: Judith Murphy; Beloit: Brian Hartmann; Brookfield: Julia Pagenkopf, Jean Pascek; Burlington: Sandra NowickiCedarburg: Patrick Doughman, Tom KubalaCudahy: Kari Widor; Delavan: Sandra Willard, East Troy: Sandra Kessel; Fredonia: Katie MusolffGlendale: Pat Hidson, Ann Tarantino Smith; Grafton: Wallis Coffman, Jean CraneGreendale: James Hartel; Hartford: Harold E. Hansen; Kenosha: Dennis Bayuzick, Don Hinrichs, Robert Marcella, Carlotta Miller, Sujit Sughi, Rebecca Venn; Lac du Flambeau: Christine Alfery; Lake Mills: Amy Arntson, Gail JuszczakMadison: Cary Hunkel, Aletha Jones, Helen Klebesadel, Jack Kloppenburg, Barbara Koykkar, David O. Williams; Mequon: Alice StruckMiddleton: Michael Kratochwill; Milwaukee: Joyce Eesley, Ney Tait Fraser, Steve Horvath, Gene Mihelsen, Kathy Morgenroth, Kathleen Nelson, JoAnna Poehlmann, Adam Stoner, Kiefer Ledell Waterman; Mount Pleasant: Robert W. Andersen, Doug DeVinny; Muskego: Jan Wood; Nashotah: Alice Rossman; Neenah: Kathryn Wedge; New Berlin: Julie SanFelipe; North Prairie: Margaret Schumann, Charlene Southworth; Oconomowoc: Virgilyn Dirscoll, Pat Rodell; Pleasant Prairie: Tim Alho; Racine: Regina Baker, Jerry Belland, Karen Broman, Susan Buhler, Caye Christensen, Deedee Dumont, Lisa Englander, Pat Gilbert, Nancy Greenebaum, Barbara Kukla, John Nowicki, Lance Raichert, Alicia Sala, Sue Smith, Susan M. Sorenson, Kelly WitteStevens Point: Lois Freeberg-Hagen; Sturtevant: Jenny Pham; Waterford: Linda Gerard Dzik, Edith Kubicek; Waukesha: Bruce Boeck, Paul Burmeister; Wausau: Diane Shabino; Wauwatosa: Carolyn SimpsonWhitefish Bay: Anne Miotke; Whitewater: Christine B. Miller, Linda Tump; Williams Bay: Lynne RailsbackWind Lake: Ann Schubert.
Exhibitions at Racine Art Museum are made possible by: Platinum Sponsors — Anonymous, Windgate Foundation; Diamond SponsorsDavid Charak, National Endowment for the Arts, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Ruffo Family Foundation Inc.; Gold Sponsors — Anonymous, Tom and Irene Creecy, 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 — Andis Company, John Cram and Matt Chambers, Barbara Delaney, David and Ellen Easley, Educators Credit Union, Eye Care Center of Waterford, 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 Sponsors88Nine 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.

Docent-led contemporary craft and architectural tours of the museums are available. Both campuses of the Racine Art Museum, are open 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 $7 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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