Collection Focus: Dorothy Gill Barnes and David Ellsworth

November 20, 2011 - January 15, 2012

The Racine Art Museum delves into natural color with over 35 works by two leading internationally recognized craft artists. Open November 20, 2011 through January 15, 2012, Collection Focus: Dorothy Gill Barnes and David Ellsworth spotlights the use of organic materials, primarily wood and bark of various trees. Although each artist’s work is very different in terms of structure and the process of creation, their sculptural objects and vessels will be displayed together to establish a visual and critical survey of their similarities and differences.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Barnes and Ellsworth Exhibition Notes

American Craft, December/January 2012
David Ellsworth: Teaching to Learn

Collection study guides focusing on each of the two artists will be available, free to RAM members and with paid RAM admission. Each guide will feature an essay on the significance of the artist's work along with color images of their pieces within RAM's permanent collection. The 20-page guides are also available online for $5 plus shipping by calling the RAM Museum Store at 262.638.8200.

EXHIBITION EVENTS

Dorothy Gill Barnes
Banded Pine Bark Basket, 1984
Pine bark
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Barnes Family
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
David Ellsworth
Vessel, 1987
Macassar ebony
Racine Art Museum, Promised Gift of Jane and Arthur Mason
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Dorothy Gill Barnes
Pine Branch Stripped, 1987
Pine branches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Donna Moog
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
David Ellsworth
Stratum Sphere #7, 1999
Spalted sugar maple
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Jane and Arthur Mason
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Dorothy Gill Barnes
Summer Pine, 1997
Pine bark
Racine Art Museum, The Cotsen Contemporary American Basket Collection
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
David Ellsworth
Vessel, 1986
Red elm burl
Racine Art Museum, Promised Gift of Jane and Arthur Mason
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
 

This exhibition is made possible by: Presenting Sponsors – Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, Jay Price Ruffo, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. and Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors – Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, Racine Community Foundation, Inc. and Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors – Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc. and Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors – Clifton Gunderson LLP, CNH America LLC, Educators Credit Union, Friends of Fiber Art International, In Sink Erator, Knight-Barry Title, Inc., Real Racine and Runzheimer Foundation