Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Nicholsons' of Racine
Karen Johnson Boyd in her Frank Lloyd Wright designed home
Bruce W. Pepich and Karen Johnson Boyd
With sadness, RAM honors the passing of Racine philanthropist and art collector Karen Johnson Boyd. She died peacefully on Friday, January 29 at the age of 91. "This is a sad day for RAM's extended family and for the entire field of contemporary craft," said Bruce W. Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections at RAM. "Karen's generosity of spirit, her enthusiasm for this field, and her commitment to thoughtful financial support are things we honor today and for which we are very grateful. We will miss this extraordinary woman very much."
The Racine Art Museum, located at 441 Main Street, Racine, Wisconsin, holds the largest and most significant contemporary craft collection in North America, with more than 8,000 objects from nationally and internationally recognized artists. RAM's mission is to elevate the stature of craft to fine arts by presenting ceramics, fibers, glass, metals, polymer, and wood alongside paintings and sculptures.
RAM plays a vital role in arts education at RAM's Wustum Museum, where community outreach programs and studio art classes are taught by regionally and nationally known artists working in craft media.
Most shows at RAM change three times each year and there are no galleries solely dedicated to the permanent collection. If you are interested in seeing work in a particular medium, please contact the museum prior to your visit to verify what is in our current exhibitions.