Racine Art Museum Remembers Lloyd Cotsen

It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Lloyd Cotsen, collector and philanthropist, passed away peacefully at home on May 8, 2017.  He lived an extraordinary life for 88 years, with a loving spirit and a generous heart.  We will all miss his judgment and his artistic sensitivity as his vital work continues.
Mr. Cotsen began collecting in the early 1960s, and had a particular interest in fiber art. In 2008, he donated a large collection of baskets by contemporary artists to RAM. This 151 piece collection augmented the museum’s existing collection of 300 basket works, making RAM one of the largest public repositories of this type of art in the United States.
In an excerpt from the 2008 publication, Basketworks: The Cotsen Contemporary American Basket Collection, Bruce W. Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections wrote: “The arrival of the Cotsen Contemporary American Basket Collection at RAM positively impacts a permanent collection that is already actively documenting the basket making field. This gift established a broad record of a wide range of activity that took place in the fibers field at the end of the 20th century. We are very grateful to him for his generosity to RAM and thank him for the supportive contributions he has made to the field of contemporary fibers."
On May 21, 2017, RAM opened The Box Project: Uncommon Threads showcasing commissioned works by 36 of the world’s top fiber artists. These artists, many of whom work on a large scale, were challenged to create an original piece within the confines of a small box. Organized by the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research (CFAR) with RAM, this traveling exhibition presents works commissioned by Lloyd Cotsen between 2004 and 2013 together with 22 large-scale fiber art pieces on loan. Open through August 27, 2017, RAM is the only Midwestern venue for this show before its final stop in Washington, D.C. We are honored to present The Box Project: Uncommon Threads at RAM as a tribute to Mr. Cotsen’s legacy.
If you would like to read more about Mr. Cotsen, please follow the links below from the LA Times and The New York Times.

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