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
Ralph Bacerra, Joanne Segal Brandford, Sandra Brownlee, Wendell Castle, Patty Cokus, Warrington Colescott, Olga de Amaral, Dominic L. Di Mare, Jack Earl, Carol Eckert, Ken Ferguson, Arline Fisch, Donald Friedlich, Suharu Fukami, Karen Gunderson, Dorothy Hafner, Hideo Hagiwara, Keiko Hara, Okiie Hashimoto, Norie Hatakeyama, Yasuo Hayashi, Vivika and Otto Heino, Shigemasa Higashida, Shoichi Ida, Masuo Ikeda, Arata Isozaki, Margaret Ponce Israel, Diane Itter, Yukihiro Iwakawa, Kiyomi Iwata, Jun Kaneko, Karen Karnes, Silas Kopf, Ken Loeber, Mariko Kusumoto, Dona Look, James Makins, Karen Thuesen Massaro, Meg McCarthy, Harrison McIntosh, John McQueen, Mary Merkel-Hess, Bruce Metcalf, Norma Minkowitz, Eleanor H. Moty, Tomoharu Murakami, Frances Myers, Harumi Nakashima, Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Michael Olszewski, Lee Barnes Peck, Don Reitz, Kait Rhoads, Ed Rossbach, Harvey Sadow, Cynthia Schira, Joel Shapiro, Ettore Sottsass, Noboru Takayama, Byron Temple, Kenji Ushiku, Peter Voulkos, Morihiro Wada, Katherine Westphal, John Wilde, Anne Wilson, Beatrice Wood, Jiro Yonezawa, and 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

Hideo Hagiwara
Starlit Night No. 12, 1980

Color woodcut, edition 31/50
23 1/2 x 17 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Norma Minkowitz
His Heart's in His Head, 1989
Cotton thread, paint, and shellac
16 x 12 x 12 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
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

Keiko Hara
Distant Rain, 2007
Monotype
11 x 11 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
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
Media Sponsors