he Racine Art Museum’s recent commitment to establishing a permanent collection of polymer jewelry, beads and sculptural objects led to a groundbreaking exhibition. Back in the Fall of 2011, Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads opened and featured over 200 objects (both from RAM’s permanent collection and on loan) made of polymer, including adornment, vessels, and furniture. The show emphasized the development of this material as significant medium for artwork in recent decades.
To support the content of the exhibition as well as function as a singular resource for the historical and philosophical dimensions of the polymer medium, a 140-page hardcover book written by Rachel Carren, Bruce W. Pepich, and Lena Vigna, offers different frameworks for understanding the innovations of polymer in artistic expression.
Below is a sample of RAM’s growing polymer collection.