Small Gifts from Big Donors - Part 1

February 19 - June 4, 2017

When opening boxes from donors, RAM staff have often expressed the time-honored phrase, “good things come in small packages.” Taking that saying at face value, this exhibition series focuses on the small-scale gifts of twelve significant donors to RAM’s collection. These supporters have given large numbers of artworks over the years. Thanks to their gifts combined with those from other donors, the museum now owns over 9,000 pieces, making it America’s largest contemporary craft collection.

The collectors honored in this exhibition series include Dale and Doug Anderson, Devra Breslow, Gail M. Brown, David and Jacqueline Charak, Camille and Alex Cook, Lloyd Cotsen, Robert W. Ebendorf and Aleta Braun, Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, Jane and Arthur Mason, Donna Moog, Donna Schneier and Leonard Goldberg, and Donald and Carol Wiiken.

Throughout 2017, selections from their gifts will be featured, with four donors represented at a time. Some have also given larger size and/or two-dimensional works that do not fit the parameters of the gallery space. This gallery was chosen to offer visitors an intimate viewing and to see “at a glance” what types of work have appealed to these collectors.

Part 1: February 19 – June 4, 2017
Part 2: June 18 – September 24, 2017
Part 3: October 8, 2017 – February 4, 2018

Exhibition Notes
Timeline – 75 Years of Art at RAM's Wustum Museum
Press Room

Carolyn Morris Bach, Dorothy Gill Barnes, Kathleen Browne, Jan Buckman, Tessa Clegg, Colette, Karen Dahl, Virginia Dotson, Kathleen Dustin, Eva Eisler, David Ellsworth, Ron Fleming, Patti Q. Hill, Sergei Isupov, Tamiko Kawata, Esther Knobel, Naomi Kobayashi, PoShun Leong, Mel Lindquist, Linda MacNeil, Fritz Maierhofer, Matt Moulthrop, Jay Musler, Dennis Nahabetian, Michael J. Peterson, Fran Reed, Hisako Sekijima, Anna Skibska, Kiff Slemmons, Christina Y. Smith, Silke Spitzer, Polly Adams Sutton, Pier Voulkos, and Hiroshi Yamano

Kathleen Dustin
Madonna Purse, 1998

Polymer, cord, rubber, and sterling silver
5¼ x 7 ¼ x 3 inches
Racine Art Museum, Dale and Doug Anderson
Photography: Penina Meisels

Dorothy Gill Barnes
Pine Dendroglyph, 1995

Pine and Pine bark
8 ¼ x 7 x 4 inches
Racine Art Museum, The Cotsen Contemporary
American Basket Collection
Photography: Jon Bolton. Racine

Karen Dahl
Buel to E, 1988

Glazed earthenware with lustre and paint
6 1/8 x 8 5/8 x 5 7/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Jamie Bennett
Ambage No. 7, ca. 1990

Enamel, metal and 18k-gold
3 ¾ x 2 ½ x 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, The Donna Schneier Jewelry Collection
Gift of Donna Schneier and Leonard Goldberg
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Hiroshi Yamano
From East to West, ca. 1990

Glass with gold and silver leaf
13 x 8 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine


This exhibition is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor - Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, SC Johnson; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, W.T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors - Andis Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, Real Racine, Runzheimer International Ltd, United Way Racine County, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - CNH Industrial, EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation. Orkney Springs Retreat, Ruud Family Foundation, Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild, Wisconsin Public Radio.