Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions

January 28 - June 24, 2018

Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions showcases artworks new to RAM since the donation of over 200 polymer pieces in 2011. These recent gifts have introduced new artists to the collection and expanded upon existing bodies of work by incorporating different types of objects or broadening the scope of years represented. Referencing the significance of the groundwork laid in earlier years, Polymer Art includes pieces that were part of the original gift that established RAM’s polymer collection, the largest of its kind in the world.

In 2011, the Racine Art Museum organized Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads, an exhibition featuring works made of polymer, a workable plastic-based compound used to make modeling clays, such as Fimo® or Sculpey®. Primarily comprised of works that had been gifted to RAM, Terra Nova emphasized the development of polymer as an expressive medium in recent decades. In addition, RAM produced a book of the same name and hosted a symposium so that leading artists could come together to discuss the past, present, and future of the material.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Notes
Press Room

FURTHER READING
BOOK: Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads
RAM CATALOGUE: Art Jewelry of the 1980s and 1990s: The Donna Schneier Collection   
RAM GALLERY GUIDE: (in)Organic (2014-2015)

EXHIBITION SHOP 

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Fran Abrams, Kathleen Amt, Shellie Brooks, Rachel Carren, Stephen Ford, David Forlano, Dan Cormier, Sienna DeGovia, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Kathleen Dustin, Lori Feiss, Gwen Gibson, Michael Grove, Ruth Anne Grove, Lindly Haunani, Tory Hughes, Donna Kato, Judith Kuskin, Maggie Maggio, Wendy Wallin Manilow, Sandra McCaw, Karin Noyes, Linda Pedersen, Daniel Peters, Nan Roche, Sarah Shriver, Barbara Sperling, Cynthia Toops, Pier Voulkos, Melanie West, and Elise Winters.

Fran Abrams
Warmth of the Fire,  2014

Polymer
20 x 20 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Jeffrey Lloyd Dever
Seeking Solace (Teapot), 2011

Polymer, plastic-coated wire, and steel wire
5 1/8 x 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Polymer Art Acquisition and Care Fund
Photography: Gregory R. Staley

Lindly Haunani
Sushi Platter, 1992

Polymer, powdered pigment, and metal leaf
2 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Penina Meisels

Maggie Maggio
Temptation (Neckpiece), 2012

Polymer
12 1/2 x 15 3/8 x 6 1/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Wendy Wallin Malinow
Poison Cameo Bracelet, 2014

Sterling silver, fine silver, polymer, pearls, and velvet
7 7/8 x 1 7/8 x 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artists in Memory of Kenneth V. Wallin
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Sarah Shriver
Fish Cane Polished Bracelet, 1998

Polymer and elastic
2 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Elise Winters and Sherwood Rudin
Photography: Penina Meisels

Pier Voulkos and Daniel Peters
Side Table, 1998

Wood and polymer
24 1/8 x 15 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Laura Oskowitz
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

 
 

Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions is made possible by: Platinum Sponsors - Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor - Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, W.T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors - Andis Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, Runzheimer International Ltd., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - Burlington Graphic Systems, Inc., CNH Industrial, EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Real Racine, Ruud Family Foundation, United Way of Racine County; Media Sponsors - 88NINE Radio Milwaukee