Honoring Karen Johnson Boyd: Collecting In-Depth at Home and at RAM

May 27 - December 30, 2018

Karen Johnson Boyd (1924-2016) was an advocate for and a collector of art, especially contemporary American craft and works on paper. She was passionate about sharing her affinity with others and presented RAM with almost 1,700 pieces over several decades, the largest number of works given by a single donor. 

Her establishment of Perimeter Gallery in Chicago in 1982, with its emphasis on a broad range of artists, and her consistent patronage of visual art in other ways made Mrs. Boyd a distinguished­­—albeit quiet—major collector. The works gathered in this exhibition, including multiple examples by individual artists, reflect her desire to collect in-depth across disciplines and support artists’ development over a period of time while documenting their careers.

Organized by the categories of fiber art, work from Japan, work from Perimeter Gallery artists, and functional ceramics—all specialty areas of interest for Mrs. Boyd—this exhibition also contains work that is at RAM because of her influence and legacy.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Notes
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ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Jeanette Ahlgren, Ralph Bacerra, Dorothy Gill Barnes, Mary Bero, Wendell Castle, Patty Cokus, Warrington Colescott, Lia Cook, Randall Darwall, Dominic L. DiMare, Jack Earl, Carol Eckert, Lillian Elliot, Ken Ferguson, Arline Fisch, Donald Friedlich, Sueharu Fukami, Karen Gunderson, Dorothy Hafner, Hideo Hagiwara, Keiko Hara, Okiie Hashimoto, Yasuo Hayashi, Otto and Vivika Heino, Shigemasa Higashida, Shoichi Ida, Masuo Ikeda, Arata Isozaki, Margaret Ponce Israel, Diane Itter, Yukihuro Iwakawa, Kiyomi Iwata, Ferne Jacobs, Jun Kaneko, Karen Karnes, Silas Kopf, Mariko Kusumoto, Ken Loeber, Dona Look, James Makins, Karen Thuesen Massaro, Harrison McIntosh, John McQueen, Bruce Metcalf, Eleanor H. Moty, Tomoahru Murakami, Frances Myers, Harumi Nakashima, Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Walter Nottingham, Lee Barnes Peck, Don Reitz, Kait Rhoads, Ed Rossbach, Harvey Sadow, Jane Sauer, Hisako Sekijima, Kay Sekimachi, Ettore Sottsass, Noboru Takayama, Hideho Tanaka, Byron Temple, Peter Voulkos, Morihiro Wada, John Wilde, Beatrice Wood, Shoji Yoshida

Ken Loeber
Brooch, 1993

14 k-gold and South Sea pearl
2 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography by Tom Van Eynde

Lillian Elliot
Rabat, 1992

Birch bark, zippers, and silk ribbon
17 1/2 x 7 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Installation Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Installation Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Installation Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Jack Earl
Carrot Finger, 1981

White earthenware and china paint
26 1/2 x 8 x 6 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd in Honor of
William B. Boyd on the Occasion of Their 25th Wedding Anniversary
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Installation Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

 

Honoring Karen Johnson Boyd: Collecting In-Depth at Home and at RAM is made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors
Friends of Fiber Art International

Windgate Charitable Foundation

Diamond Sponsors
Tom and Irene Creecy
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors
David Flegel
Richard and Diane Ruffo
Silver Sponsors
Evinrude Outboard Motors
Lucy Feller
Racine County
Bill and Mary Walker
Bronze Sponsors
John Cram and Matt Chambers
David and Ellen Easley
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
William Guenther
Dorothy MacVicar
The Norbell Foundation
Janna and Dr. Edward Waldeck
Walmart