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

Adela Akers, Carolyn Morris Bach, Michael Bailot, Dorothy Gill Barnes, Kyoung Ae Cho, Rod Cronkite, Daniel DiCaprio, Jeanne Drevas, Robert W. Ebendorf, Lillian Elliot, Justin Phillip Erny, Patty Fawn, Norma Andersen Fox, Else Bates Freund, Carrie Garrott, Lindsay Ketterer Gates, John J. Grant, Pat Hickman, Marion Hildebrandt. Jan Hopkins, Robyn Horn, Janel Jacobson, Susan W. Kilmer, Esther Knobel, Gyöngy Laky, Sungyeoul Lee, Keith Lo Bue, Ken Loeber, Marcia Macdonald, Thomas Mann, Mika McCann, John McQueen, C. James Meyer, Debora Muhl, Jane Niejadlik, Harold O’Connor, Angie Reano Owen, Audrey Peck, Michael J. Peterson, Maria Phillips, Tom Rauschke, Fran Reed, Ivy Ross, JoAnne Russo, Adrian Saxe, Hisako Sekijima, Sylvia Seventy, Cathy Strokowsky, Haley Sullivan, Lenore Tawney, Mecky Van Den Brink, Kaaren Wiken, Laura Wood, Claire Zeisler, Marci Zelmanoff.

Dorothy Gill Barnes
Nova Scotia Spruce, 1985

Red Spruce bark and lichen
17 1/4 x 14 x 9 inches
Racine Art Museum,
The Cotsen Contemporary American Basket Collection
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

(On View in May)
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

Daniel DiCaprio
Ring, 2014

African blackwood and sterling silver
1 1/2 x 1 x 4/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Robert W. Ebendorf and Aleta Braun
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Lillian Elliot and Pat Hickman
Opening, 1984

Branches, sticks, animal gut, and paint
36 x 14 1/2 x 15 inches
Racine Art Museum,
The Cotsen Contemporary American Basket Collection
Photography: Jon Bolton. Racine

Fran Reed
Red Salmon Lichen Vessel, 2001

Copper River salmon skin, hog casings, and willow branches
8 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum
The Costen Contemporary American Basket Collection
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Carolyn Morris Bach
Fish Goddess Necklace, 1992

Sterling silver, 14k-gold, and bone
16 x 2 inches
Racine Art Museum
Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine


Honoring Karen Johnson Boyd: Contemporary Clay is made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors
Friends of Fiber Art International

Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors
David Charak
Tom and Irene Creecy
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
Racine County
Bronze Sponsors
John Cram and Matt Chambers
Barbara Delaney
David and Ellen Easley
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