Small Gifts from Big Donors - Part 2

June 18 - September 24, 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.

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

Junichi Arai, Mary Bero, Brother Thomas Bezanson, Rose Cabat, Kat Cole, Ramón Puig Cuyàs, Wouter Dam, Virginia Davis, Daniel DiCaprio, Robert W. Ebendorf, Teresa Faris, Elsa Bates Freund, Albrecht Greiner-Mai, Chris Heilman, David Hopper, David R. Huchthausen, Jack Ink, Nancy Koenigsberg, Zachery Lechtenberg, K. William LeQuier, Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, Rosemarie Lierke, Tara Locklear, Tom McGlauchlin, Harrison McIntosh, Gary Noffke, John Nygren, Bryan Petersen, Joyce Roessler, Michael F. Rohde, Jolanta Rudzka-Habisiak, Jo Anne Russo, Preston Singletary, Gizella Solti, Lisabeth Sterling, Lino Tagliapietra, J. Fred Woell and Jim Cotter, Beatrice Wood, and Laura Wood

John Nygren
Blue Ridge Landscape Vessel with Three Trees (#1355), 1978

Racine Art Museum, Gift of Donald and Carol Wiiken
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Kat Cole
Summit Bundle Brooch, 2012

Steel, enamel, brass, and found objects
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Robert W. Ebendorf and Aleta Braun
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Teresa Faris
Collaboration with a Bird III, #15, 2013

Sterling silver and wood altered by bird
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Robert W. Ebendorf and Aleta Braun
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Rose Cabat
Feelie (Weed Pot), 2005

Glazed porcelain
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Devra Breslow
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Nancy Koenigsberg
Concentric Open Teal Cubes, 1998

Coated copper wire
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Camille and Alex Cook
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

This exhibition is made possible by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsors: 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, 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, Family Foundation, Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild; Media Sponsor - 88NINE Radio Milwaukee.