Racine Art Museum will receive a grant from Racine Community Foundation to support the expansion of the RAM on the Road program to include all Racine Unified School District second-grade students. RAM's Wustum Museum is nationally known for its outreach programs that encourage at-risk children to stay in school and help establish an environment of lifelong interest in the arts. RAM on the Road drives the museum's quality educational art programs to the community delivering art teachers, materials and supplies to schools, day cares, senior centers, and everywhere along the way.
The internationally known art jeweler, Nel Linssen, died on August 1, 2016 in the Netherlands where she lived her entire life. She was born in 1935 and began her art career as a figurative textile artist in the 1970s. Exposure to quilts led to Linssen’s experimentation with paper and its flexibility. Her first exhibition of paper bracelets took place in 1986 and she has since become well-known for using this everyday material to make subtly colored, rhythmically structured neckpieces and bracelets. Her work is particularly noted for the textures and kinds of paper she utilized and her folding and construction techniques. Her work is in many jewelry collections in museums around the world. RAM currently owns four examples of Linssen’s work—two neckpieces and two bracelets. Her work has been in RAM’s collection since the arrival of the first bracelet in 2008 in the Donna Schneier jewelry collection. She was most recently shown at RAM in Paper/Plastic: Contemporary Adornment in 2016.
For more information on the artist and her work, visit her website or Art Jewelry Forum
Randall Darwall, one of the finest hand weavers in the US, died Friday, January 13, 2017. Born in 1948, he studied painting but became attracted to the structure of the weaving process early in his career. Over the following decades, he created hand-woven cloth that is surprising in its complex color palette shifts and patterns. Working in silk to develop glowing color surfaces, he has become internationally known for the scarves and shawls made from his lush painterly fabrics. For over 25 years Darwall had also been working collaboratively with his life partner, Brian Murphy, who designs clothing made from Darwall’s cloth. Darwall studied at Harvard College and the Rhode Island School of Design. The work of this greatly-admired artist is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. RAM holds an archive of 22 Darwall works that began to arrive in the collection in 1992. A number of these pieces were included in RAM Collects Contemporary Art to Wear which just closed on December 30.
View Darwall's segment on the PBS Series Craft in America
The internationally recognized ceramic sculptor, Akio Takamori, died last Wednesday, January 11, 2017. He was born in 1950 in Japan where he received his initial introduction to ceramics. He moved to the US to study further at the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA) and Alfred University in New York (MFA). His first national attention came in the 1980s for large-scale dimensional vessels that depicted nude figures. He then started a long-term series of freestanding figures of Japanese villagers that were frequently displayed in groupings. Takamori was a much-loved teacher who served on the art faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1993 until his retirement in 2014. Takamori’s work is in museum collections around the world including: the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. RAM owns six examples of his work which have been a part of RAM’s collection and exhibition programs since the arrival of two pieces in the Donna Moog Teapot Collection in 2000.
Read a story on the artist from The Seattle Times