From Nature: Contemporary Artists and Organic Materials

February 17 - October 6, 2019

From Nature features primarily objects—sculptural, functional, and wearable—that incorporate items from the natural world as a means to explore materials and a way to investigate a variety of social, personal, environmental, and cultural issues. RAM’s collection, with its emphasis on contemporary craft, offers a unique platform for this conversation as so much of the work is built is from organically-based media such as wood, paper, and clay. The works included here emphasize the natural as a found object—perhaps manipulated, but not in a way that dramatically disguises the source. Elements such as feathers, stones, shells, twigs, and hair play structural, metaphorical, or decorative roles in these artworks created during the last few decades.

Exhibition Notes
Press Room

Roger Asay, Michael Bailot, Dorothy Gill Barnes, Michael Bauermeister, Dail Behennah, Linda Bills, Jill Nordfors Clark, Rod Cronkite, Akemi Daniells, Rebecca Davis, Robert W. Ebendorf, Justin Phillip Erny, Patty Fawn, Arline Fisch, Norma Andersen Fox, Elsa Freund, L. Flecther Hartline, Marion Hildebrandt,  Jan Hopkins, Shoichi Ida, Mary A. Jackson, Janel Jacobson, Susan W. Kilmer, Esther Knobel, Gyöngy Laky, Ken Loeber, Daniel Mack, Thomas Mann, K. Lee Manuel, John McQueen, C. James Meyers, Clifton Monteith , Judy Mulford, Harold O’Connor, Audrey Peck, Michael J. Peterson, Maria Phillips, Binh Pho, Tom Rauschke, Fran Reed, Ivy Ross, JoAnne Russo, Norm Sartorius, Hisako Sekijima, Sylvia Seventy, Steve Sinner, Doug Stock, Mecky Van Den Brink, Kaaren Wiken, Laura Wood, and Marci Zelmanoff

John McQueen
Untitled #210, 1989

Burdock burrs and willow twigs
15 x 20 x 20 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Donna Moog
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Jan Hopkins
Isadora, 2008

Grapefruit peel, waxed linen, Alaskan Yellow Cedar bark
lotus pod tops, and Sharlyn melon peels
28 x 14 x 9 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
in Honor of Bruce W. Pepich’s 35 Years of Service to RAM
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

C. James Meyer
Bray (Ring with Box), 2005

18k-gold, rocks, wood, diamond, and Plexiglas®
1 1/4 x 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Robert W. Ebendorf and Aleta Braun
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Ken Loeber
Brooch, 1980

Sterling silver and shell
2 ½ x 2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton. Racine

Ivy Ross and Robert W. Ebendorf
Neckpiece, 1991

Found metal objects, aluminum bottle cap, glazed ceramic
                                                                     bead, seashells, fossil, metal, and dyed linen cord
28 x 6 x 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Robert W. Ebendorf and Aleta Braun
Photography: Tom Van Eynde


From Nature: Contemporary Artists and Organic Materials is made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors
David Charak
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation, Inc.

Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
A. C. Buhler Family
Evinrude Outboard Motors
Lucy G. Feller
Dorothy MacVicar
Bronze Sponsors
John Cram and Matt Chambers
Barbara Delaney
Andrea and Tony Hauser
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
William A. Guenther
Kirsten and Emily Maki Foundation
The Norbell Foundation
Charles H. Patton and Family in Memory of Joan S. Patton


Janna and Dr. Edward Waldeck
Bill and Mary Walker
Media Sponsors