Posted on Monday, June 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 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...
 
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by lgillespie
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of Imogene Powers Johnson on May 3, 2018, at the age of 87. Gene, as she was affectionately known, moved to Racine when she married the late Sam Johnson who was the longtime Chairman of SC Johnson. She became a major benefactor in her adopted community, supporting a wide range of causes, placing particular emphasis on her two passions of education and the environment. Gene is particularly known for founding The Prairie School in Racine but was also instrumental in the establishment of...
 
Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by lgillespie
We are sorry to share with you news of the death of another major figure in the contemporary ceramics field. The nationally known ceramic sculptor and educator, Paula Winokur died on February 4, 2018 at the age of 82. She made her reputation creating porcelain sculptures that referenced the landscape. Their white surfaces were folded and manipulated in ways that recall how the land and its elements change and shift over periods of time. Some of her wall pieces are subtly colored with glazes and ceramic pencil drawings. Sometimes, she would...
 
Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by lgillespie
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of polymer artist Tory Hughes on February 18, 2018 at the age of 59. Hughes, who was based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was an internationally known artist, teacher, and innovator who was a revered figure in the US polymer field. As an artist, she was particularly adept at using the polymer medium to mimic other materials including the surfaces of marble, metal, ivory, and semi-precious stones such as malachite. She used the techniques she developed to create handmade books, vessels, containers...
 
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by lgillespie
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Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by lgillespie
We announce, with sadness, the death of internationally respected ceramic sculptor Betty Woodman on January 2, at the age of 87. Woodman’s career developed during an era when it was challenging for ceramic artists and for women to have the same kinds of full careers their male colleagues in the sculpture field were able to attain. However, she managed to produce an impressive body of work in a career of remarkable achievements. She moved from her early work in functional ceramics to creating large-scale sculptural versions of the...
 
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by lgillespie
We have learned, with sadness, of the recent death of significant contemporary craft artist, Marjorie Schick. A pioneer in contemporary art jewelry, Schick created non-traditional adornment, often colorful and over-sized. Her work is in RAM’s permanent collection and it was prominently featured in RAM’s 2011 exhibition, To Wear or Not to Wear.  To read more about her career