Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by lgillespie
We announce the recent death of the internationally known functional potter Warren MacKenzie at his home in Grant, Minnesota outside the Twin Cities on December 31, 2018. He was 94. This world-renowned ceramic artist was revered as one of the leading studio potters in the US. He influenced multiple generations of ceramic artists by serving on the faculty of the University of Minnesota from 1953 until 1990 and also by teaching workshops around the world. MacKenzie was known for wanting collectors to live with and use his pots instead of...
 
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by lgillespie
We sadly acknowledge the death of the Wisconsin artist Lee Weiss who died at the age of 90 at her Madison-area home on November 26. She was a much-respected member of Wisconsin’s visual arts community and known internationally for her large-scale watercolor paintings. Weiss was known for her ability to capture the spiritual qualities of nature—often portraying a grand subject by looking at a smaller detail of the landscape—to communicate her responses to the place she depicted. She found inspiration in world-wide travels and...
 
Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by lgillespie
We are sharing, with sadness, the death of the artist Elise Winters, a good friend of the Racine Art Museum (RAM) and an artist whose work we are archiving in the museum’s permanent collection. The Rochester, New York, native was born in 1947 and Winters’ early career was as an artist and teacher working in the media of ceramics and photography in New Jersey. However, it was her participation in the polymer medium, where she worked as an artist, educator, and advocate beginning in the mid-1990s, for which she is known nationally...
 
Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2019 by lgillespie
We note, with sadness, the death of longtime RAM friend, Joan S. Patton, who died at her Racine home on November 24 at the age of 79. Joan helped this museum in many ways for more than 45 years but her greatest contribution was as one of the museum’s original Docents, serving from the group’s inauguration in 1982 until a few months ago. Born in the Chicago suburbs, Joan came to Racine in 1967. Her first involvement with the museum was as part of a team of members of the Junior League of Racine, who inaugurated the Art Sales and...
 
Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 by lgillespie
Karen Johnson Boyd, age 91, of Racine, Wisconsin, passed away January 29, 2016, in her home following a brief illness. Born in Racine, Wisconsin, May 16, 1924, she was a lifelong resident of Racine and of Cable, Wisconsin. Throughout her life, Mrs. Boyd has been an advocate for visual artists and arts institutions across the country. She is especially remembered as a major figure in the contemporary craft field, assembling one of the country’s most respected collections of this material. To learn more about this philanthropic Racine...
 
Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 by lgillespie
We sadly acknowledge the death, earlier this fall, of Wisconsin artist Warrington Colescott who died at his home in Hollandale, near Madison on September 10. He was 97. Colescott was a greatly admired member of Wisconsin’s visual arts community from the time he came here to teach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1949 until his death. He was known internationally for his work in the etching medium and for creating beautifully drawn satirical prints that commented on the political and social issues of his time. He was also known...
 
Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by lgillespie
We note with sadness the death of longtime RAM friend, George T. Jacobi, who died in Milwaukee on September 15 at the age of 96. George served on RAM’s Board of Directors for two consecutive terms and continued as an at-large member of the museum’s Accessions and Exhibitions Committee for a period of more than 20 years as we developed and opened RAM.  Born in Manheim, Germany, George came to New York in 1940 and served in the US Army’s Signal Corps during World War II. He received his MS in Electrical Engineering at Ohio...
 
Posted on Monday, June 4, 2018 by lgillespie
We are saddened to announce the death of internationally recognized handbag designer Judith Leiber at her home in East Hampton, New York on April 28 at the age of 97. Mrs. Leiber died just hours after the death of her husband of 72 years, the painter, printmaker, and sculptor, Gerson Leiber who also died at their home. They both died of natural causes and were buried together on April 30. Mrs. Leiber has been affiliated with RAM since 2004 when we hosted the only Midwest venue of the popular 2002 traveling retrospective of her work organized...
 
Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by lgillespie
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of fiber artist Mary Giles on April 11, 2018 at the age of 73, at her home near Stillwater, Minnesota. Giles was born in St. Paul but spent much of her adult life in St. Louis where she was employed as a schoolteacher. It was there that she began working in fibers and became particularly interested in basketry techniques. She knotted dyed linen thread to create vessel forms and sculptural works that responded to the functional history of baskets, while referencing the natural environment and...
 
Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2018 by lgillespie
We note the death of another great talent in the field, the fiber artist, Katherine Westphal, who died on March 13 at the age of 99. Westphal was born in Los Angeles and received her BA and MA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. A painter in her early career, Westphal was hired to teach Design in 1946 at the University of Washington in Seattle. There she met and married fellow faculty member Ed Rossbach, moving with him when he was offered a position at UC Berkeley in 1950. While there, Westphal began designing textiles and...