Collection Focus: Ken Loeber

September 15, 2013 - February 2, 2014

Ken Loeber manipulates metal-as well as other media such as coral, pearls, and shells-into compelling adornment, hollowware, and flatware. Embarking on what has been described as a "sculptural exploration of mass and space," Loeber creates work that reflects both his observations of the world around him and his desire to craft compositions that are rooted in harmony and balance.

The core of this exhibition is a group of over 30 pieces spanning the artist's career that have recently been promised to RAM's permanent collection by long-term Loeber collector and RAM supporter Karen Johnson Boyd. These works represent major stages in the artist's development from both his one-of-a-kind and production jewelry lines as well as his hollowware pieces. These intended gifts will join seven works by Loeber already presented to RAM's collection by Mrs. Boyd between 1991 and 2013.


MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
A collection study guide accompanying this exhibition is available free to RAM members and with paid museum admission. The guide features an essay on the significance of the Loeber's work along with color images of his pieces within RAM's permanent collection. The 20-page guides are also available online or by calling RAM Museum Store at 262.638.8200.
Exhibition Notes
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EXHIBITION EVENTS

Ken Loeber
White Rouge Pin, 2012
18k-gold and pearl
1 3/4 x 9/16 x 7/16 inches
Collection of Karen Henrietta Keland
Photography: Ralph Gabriner
Ken Loeber
Brooch, 1998
18k-gold and Alaskan white coral
Racine Art Museum, Promised Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Tom Van Eynde, Chicago
Ken Loeber
left: Serving Spoon, 1991
Sterling silver and black coral
Racine Art Museum, Promised Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
center: Tea Strainer, 1989
Sterling silver and black coral
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
right: Condiment Fork, 1990
Sterling silver and black coral
Racine Art Museum, Promised Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Tom Van Eynde, Chicago
Ken Loeber
Brooch, 1993
14k-gold and South Sea pearl
Racine Art Museum, Promised Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Tom Van Eynde, Chicago
Ken Loeber
Rose Pin, 2006
Sterling silver and 18k-gold
Collection of Ken Loeber and Dona Look
Photography: Ralph Gabriner
 
This exhibition is made possible in part by: Presenting Sponsors- Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd; Emile H. Mathis II Estate, in Memory of his Parents: Emil H. and Anna T. Mathis; SC Johnson; Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - National Endowment for the Arts; Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Elwood Corporation; Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation; Racine Community Foundation; W.T. Walker Group, Inc.; Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - The A.C. Buhler Family; CNH America LLC; Corner House; Craft in America PBS Series; E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc.; Educators Credit Union; In Sink Erator; The Norbell Foundation; Perimeter Gallery, Chicago; Real Racine; Robert W. Baird & Co.; Runzheimer Foundation; Ruud Family Foundation; Carol C. Saunders.