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.
Represented artists include Sonja Blomdahl, Jose Chardiet, Dale Chihuly, Carol Cohen, Kéké Cribbs, Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Beth Lipman, Dante Marioni, Ginny Ruffner, Preston Singletary, April Surgent, Therman Statom, and Toots Zynsky. 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.
Archive artists emphasizing glass as a primary medium—and with works numbering ten or more—include Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Michael Glancy, Michael and Frances Higgins, Joel Phillip Myers, and Mark Peiser.
Another notable highlight is the presence of a large number of contemporary artist-made glass goblets. This focus largely began in 2018 with a gift of over 100 pieces by Alan and Barbara Boroff and the Kohler Foundation, Inc.