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Glass Collection

With an ever expanding catalog, Racine Art Museum’s collection of works made of glass offers a chance to look at the material—and artistic uses of it—in depth with hundreds of examples created by some of the best known names in the field as well as emerging talents. Believing that the last few decades have been a historically significant time for artistic advancement, RAM has concentrated on the achievements of glass in the US and abroad to capture a clear picture of the movement’s growth.

As is true with all facets of RAM’s collections policy, multiple examples by a single artist are acquired to demonstrate his or her process of development over a period of time. Not only are there sculptures, reliefs, and vessels, there is also adornment.

RAM regularly exhibits works made primarily of glass in both collection and loan exhibitions—investigating the media in concentrated ways such as Handle With Care in 2012, which featured new acquisitions to the collection, and in the same year, the ground-breaking survey of artists who use glass to make adornment, Cutting Edge: RAM Explores Contemporary Glass Jewelry. Those represented in RAM’s collection use a variety of techniques and processes and the group survey exhibitions tend to reflect the myriad possibilities that the material offers.

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