2016 RAM Artist Fellowship Recipients

Sponsored by the Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation

The RAM Artist Fellowship Program aims to showcase the diversity and vitality of the Racine/Kenosha visual arts community by supporting the professional development of its artists.

In recognition of these four artists who are at different stages of their careers and are creating outstanding work, each will be awarded $2,500. The fellowships may be used for any expenses that will assist in the development of new work and advance their artistic careers, e.g. equipment and supply purchases, studio rental, travel, etc.

Concurrent solo exhibitions featuring each recipient's work will be presented at RAM's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, August 18 through November 25, 2017. A color brochure will accompany this fellowship show. By increasing critical attention and exposure for recipients, the program fosters their continued creative and professional development.

The third biennial exhibition features the work of the following artists:

Tim Abel, Kenosha
In the making, I can see my place within this large network; I can impose my own order, which exists only because I do. It is an ordering, but the order becomes evident after the fact. This relief is only temporary as the material I ultimately turn to is ephemeral and the arrangement short term. I work primarily with and on paper to make sewn and collaged wall-works and temporary installations. These works visually translate found pattern in natural, man-made structures, contemporary and traditional surface patterns.

Martin Antaramian, Kenosha
What makes something real? This question is what drives my artwork. The creation of a formal language completely changed the way in which we perceive our world. We created words so that we may label and describe what we have observed. Our realities have become constructed around objects or ideas that we can label and understand. The inspiration for my artwork comes from the desire to make the world I live in so intricate, and unexpected that it breaks down peoples preconceived notions of what things should look like to the point where they almost need to redefine it. Every single object in our world is a sculpture, and I want people to see them as such.

Kristen Bartel, Racine
Concepts in my work stem from my desire to analyze and understand common constructs of success, comfort, beauty and ownership. My work is an attempt at interpreting these constructs in connection to my personal relationships with landscapes and climates. My visual interpretations often expose contradictions. The print has particular resonance in my conceptual analysis, as many of these constructs swelled through modernization and mechanical reproduction- histories and processes intrinsic to the printed image.

Lisa Bigalke, Kenosha
Most people have a place that makes them feel alive. For me this is being outside with my feet in the grass. Farm, park, garden--it doesn't matter, as long as plants are growing. The bulk of my imagery has come from places explored with friends -- the Chequamegon National Forest, Grant Park in Milwaukee, or even my garden. The overlapping and concentrated use of the pattern puts the viewer into the realm of my journey- for they travel on my journey through the image. Those who look once may just find a pretty landscape; those who get lost in the color and pattern find the meaning.

The next RAM Artist Fellowship application process will begin in July 2017 with the entry deadline in January 2018. For More Information