The Racine Art Museum has the largest craft collection in the United States. Over the last 10 years RAM's holdings have almost quadrupled, from 2,200 to over 8,000 pieces. Over half of these pieces represent the museum's focus on contemporary crafts from internationally recognized artists in ceramics, fibers, glass, metals, polymer, and wood. These include works by Dale Chihuly, Joel Philip Myers, Wendell Castle, Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Lia Cook, Peter Voulkos, Albert Paley, Toshiko Takaezu, Arline Fisch, and several hundred more.
The remaining items in the collection are a combination of 1930s art from the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project, which was the museum's first acquisition, along with works on paper, paintings and sculpture.
PLEASE NOTE: 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.
Collection images, left to right:
The Devil Made Me Do It, 1988
Rattan, wood, and paint
Gift of Barbara S. Rosenthal and Kenneth W. Juster
Woodland Ruffle Cuff (detail), 2008
Polymer and acrylic
Gift of the Artist
Golden Enigma, 1992
Glass and copper with gold plating
Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Queen of Hearts, ca.1990
Stoneware with glazes and lustre
The Donna Moog Teapot Collection
Analog Series, 1993
Gift of Jane and Arthur Mason