Racine Art Museum
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The RAM 9th Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition is Here

Open through April 8, the RAM 9th Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition features 126 entries that demonstrate the talent of over 174 artists from across the country.

By - Mar 22nd, 2018 07:00 am
Bill Reid, ARAMatherapeep Steel, paint, and found objects

Bill Reid, ARAMatherapeep
Steel, paint, and found objects

Racine, WI  March 22, 2018 – On Thursday, March 22, within the pristine white walls of an award-winning contemporary art museum, Racine Art Museum presents an untraditional exhibition showcasing fluffy, sugar-coated marshmallow PEEPS®. Open through April 8, the RAM 9th Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition features 126 entries that demonstrate the talent of over 174 artists from across the country.

This spring, visitors to the show will discover artworks made with a variety of media. While the iconic seasonal candies are still the most common material, many of this year’s works are two-dimensional paintings and works on paper, as well as innovative 3D sculptures. Inspired by inventive puns, pop culture, sports, and famous artists, the show includes pieces like Funky Peepcock fashioned in sparkling glass beads and feathers, Pop Art Peeps crafted in glazed stoneware, and Sweet Meets Wild, an inlaid box made of different hardwoods. Thirty-two quilt block entries also adorn the walls, including one entitled Radiant Peep from Rancho Mirage, California. Many of the PEEPS art entries are by local artists, families, and organizations, with several arriving from as far away as Pisgah Forest, North Carolina and Tucson, Arizona.

During the Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, March 21, Bruce W. Pepich, RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections, hosted the awards presentation to honor the most accomplished artists in this competition.

Congratulations go out to:

Adult Category
First Peep – Xanthi Merlo, Sweet Meets Wild

Second Peep – Nick Schroeder, Pop Art Peeps
Third Peep Bill Reid, aRAMatherapeep

Honorable Mentions
Debby Peck, Cleopeeptra
Jeffrey Zimmer, Blue and Yellow Stairs

Under 13 Category

First Peep – Autumn Madsen, Peeps Wars

Second Peep – Brea Stanley, Unipeep

Family/Group/Organization Category
First Peep – Sylvie Leach and Amy Witteman, The Peepxistence of Memory

Second Peep – Monica and Ian Leonard, Peep in a Jeep

Honorable Mentions

Holly and Mike Skubal, Le Petit Peep
Laura and Steve Grayson, Peeps Swap à la Joseph Cornell

Mayor of Racine’s Awards

Adult Category – Kristina Tsioutsiopoulos, Sparkling Personality Pea(P)cock

Under 13 Category – Quinn Weisser, Peepsconsin

Downtown Racine Development Award

Karen Chartrand, In a World of Peep Imagination

Racine Quilters Awards

First Peep, in Memory of Margaret V. Wargo – Kiera Langworthy, Peeperella

Second Peep – Lisa L. KC, Sailing to Peeps Island

Third Peep – Wanda Barbour, Hollywood Peeps

Honorable Mentions

Laurie Mayer, Peep Show

Judy Martin, Peeps Heaven

Visitors to the museum 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 8.

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION Arizona: Suzannah Schreckhise, Fayetteville; California: Robert Tucker, Rancho Mirage; Illinois: Beach Park: Patty Garrett; Chicago: Wallace Bowling, Christie’s Chicago – Paula Kowalczyk, Steve Zick, Cathy Busch, Briar Koehl, Shalenie Sanker, Ash Liu, and Julia Zanussi, Ashly McCord; Evanston: Marilyn Lucas; Gurnee: Pat Tennerman; Naperville: Rebecca Nyman; Winthrop Harbor: Diane Clark, Liz Spannraft; Michigan: Sue Dannenberg, Waterford; North Carolina: Carol Preston, Pisgah Forest; Wisconsin: Burlington: Kara, Mia, and Maggie Lakatos; Caledonia: Veronica J. Gagliano, Nicki Zimmer; Colgate: Alexandros Tsioutsiopoulos, Dionisios Tsioutsiopoulos, Kristina Tsioutsiopoulos, Konstantina Tsioutsiopoulos; Edgerton: Kelly Hausknecht; Franklin: Karen Fairbanks; Franksville: Sandy Gibbs, Josiah, Lilly, and Sally Lamberton, Autumn Madsen; Carolyn Siler, Jeanne and Anik Zuleta; Germantown: Ian and Monica Leonard; Greendale: Michele Dambeck; Greenfield: Teri Kroll, Laurie Mayer, Glenn, Maria, and Leena Meyers; Hartland: Debby Peck; Kenosha: Wanda Barbour, Lucille Iacullo, Alma Lindl, Pam Schmidt, Joan Soens, Chelsea Van Aken, Mary Ann Welker, Patricia Young; Milwaukee: Cookie Anderson, Benjamin Franklin School, Jolie Collins, Deb Dakich, Kate Fons, Grace Hopkins, Bridget King, Jayden Kirk, Korinthia Klein, Kiera Langworthy, Emanuel Lopez, Sarah A. Phillips, Nick Schroeder, Coco Tsioutsiopoulos, Dimitrios Tsioutsiopoulos, Kiefer Waterman, Aden Weisser, Quinn Weisser; Mount Pleasant: Ann Richards, Connie Brandt, Sue Buhler-Maki, Karen Chartrand, Ann Gedemer, Adele Helmle, Diane Kamm, Catherine Rolfson; Muskego: Adria Day, Chris Proeber, Emily Proeber, Lynn Proeber, Parker Septon; Pewaukee: Holly and Mike Skubal; Pleasant Prairie: Rosy Shea; Port Washington: Joya Locklair, Tessa Locklair; Racine: Kate Alphs, Jayda Burger, Kathy Collins, Crossroads, Pam DeGroot, Tom, Jenni, Abbie, and Morgan Determan; Julia Donaldon; Emma Donaldson, Sophia Dougherty, Natalie, Gabriella, Aubrey and Grandma Linda Deschler, Chris Fabio, Gavin Fox, Gracie Friesema, Laura and Steve Grayson, Diane and Delaney Hansen, Linus and April Hansen, JoAnn Haselhuhn, Ann Henkes, Janice Henshaw, Colton Hiphe, Lillian Holland, Lisa L. KC, Destiny Klinkhammer, Cheryl Langel, Laura Lehman, Sam Locklair, Judy Martin, Xanthi Merlo, Judi Moore, Sharon Nyman, Holly Ottum, Amanda Cosgrove Paffrath, Wolfgang Peepzart, Amanda Peterson, Racine Friendship Clubhouse, Jil Radtke, Patricia Reed, Bill Reid, Alyssa Roberson, Patty Roberson, Donna and Jeff Robinson, Linda Ronczka, Seventh Graders at St. John’s Racine Lutheran School, Kathy Simon, Cole Stehling, Sydney Stehling, Sarah Strande, Carol Sze, Evan, Nathaniel, and Pam Vallejos, Shari Wallin, Ashlyn Wasik, Pat Widmaier, Marc Wollman, Jeffrey Zimmer; Saint Francis: Brian and Mae Timmerman; South Milwaukee: Kennadie Vallee; Sturtevant: Vanessa Chuchara; Union Grove: Brea Stanley; Watertown: Lori Kolosowsky, Nina Slowik; Wauwatosa: Laura Leach, Sylvie Leach, Brodie Spolar, Lee Spolar, Jeff Ternes, Amy Witteman; West Allis: Finn McShane, Mark McShane.

The RAM 9th Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition is made possible in part by RAM Platinum Sponsors – Friends of Fiber Art International and Windgate Charitable Foundation; PEEPS Patrons – Dorothy Constantine, Lisa Englander and Bruce W. Pepich, Joey’s West, Kewpee Sandwich Shop, Lakeview Pharmacy, Penny McGuire and Richard M. Smith, Holly and Bob Ottum, Sew ‘n Save of Racine, Cherry and Jim Wardrip, Nancy Wheeler; PEEPS Prize Providers – Colectivo Coffee, Dover Flag and Map, Downtown Racine Corporation, Hot Shop Glass, Jimmy John’s, Kara Lakatos, Northern Lights Gallery, Office of the Mayor, City of Racine, Pick ‘n Save South, Piggly Wiggly on Erie Street, The Racine Zoological Society, Sharon Ramquist, Red Onion Café, Sheepish, James Sheppard, Karen Urben, Lena Vigna, Sarah Weber, Jessica Zalewski; and is organized by RAM Museum Store and Guest Relations.

Racine Art Museum is also grateful to Corey Mason, Mayor, City of Racine for taking time out of his hectic schedule to choose his award winners.

The Racine Art Museum is located at 441 Main Street, Downtown Racine. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sundays Noon – 5:00 pm and closed Mondays, and Easter Sunday, April 16. Museum admission is $7 for adults, with reduced fees for students and seniors. 

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