Racine Art Museum will host several one-day Guest Artists-in-Residence in 2017. As part of RAM's commitment to support local and regional artists, it provides programming that helps cultivate emerging talents in Southeastern Wisconsin and opportunities for creatives to work and grow in this region.

Thank you to the Art Seed Grant and Racine Arts Council for their generous support of this program.

Meet Artist-in-Residence Jeff Baenen

Jeff Baenen is a wood artist who resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin.   He has been crafting beautiful, one-of-a-kind sculptural boxes for over ten years using a combination of flat work, turning, and carving.

Jeff did not start his artistic endeavors with just wood as a medium.  He had a love for watercolor, scratchboard, pastels and pointillism. This love still continues but once he had a location for a studio the art of box making soon took over.  Studying the works of notable box makers such as Andrew Crawford, Philip Weber, and Peter Lloyd just fueled his passion. He couples that passion with the belief that the box should not only be a functional piece but sculptural as well. Soon after the box making began the public started taking notice. He started entering his boxes in woodworking  and fine art shows. The most notable accomplishment was being named the 2009/2010 and 2013/2014 Master Craftsman for the Woodworking Shows. This national win was backed with exposure in two national woodworking magazines.

For more information about this program, please contact RAM Curator of Education Tricia Blasko at 262.636.9573.

2017 Guest Artist-in-Residence, Jeff Baenen
2017 Guest Artist-in-Residence, Jeff Baenen
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2017 Guest Artist-in-Residence, Jeff Baenen