Treasure Trove: Establishing Jewelry and Metals Archives at RAM

January 27 - August 4, 2019

In 2013, RAM was identified as having the largest contemporary craft collection in the United States. That impressive designation is thanks to the commitment of donors—private collectors and artists primarily—who see RAM as the definitive lasting home of the artwork they have amassed and/or created. Also unique to RAM’s collection are concentrations of multiple works by individual artists. While some institutions choose to limit their acquisitions to one or two examples per artist—except in special circumstances—RAM is often interested in representing a large cross-section of a career or body of work. This extends to the development of archives that may include studio furniture, correspondence, books, and other materials that document and outline professional paths and achievements.

This exhibition focuses on select archive artists who primarily create jewelry and metalwork, highlighting their presence with a sampling from RAM’s holdings.

Exhibition Notes
Press Room

Dan Adams, Carolyn Morris Bach, Kat Cole, Michael Croft, Ben J. Cunningham, Robert W. Ebendorf, Sandra Enterline, John J. Grant, Arline Fisch, Steven Ford, David Forlano, Else Bates Freund, Terri Gelenian-Wood, Danielle Gori-Montanelli, Tina Fung Holder, Tory Hughes, Ken Loeber, Dona Look, Eleanor Moty, Harold O’Connor, Ivy Ross, Antonia Schwed, Joyce Scott, Kiff Slemmons, Mary Tingley, Cynthia Toops, Pier Voulkos, Elise Winters, and Marci Zelmanoff

Michael Croft
Rocker Chopper, ca. 2000

Damascus steel, Linen Micarta®, Rag Micarta®, and brass
9 1/2 x 4 x 3/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Carolyn Morris Bach
Woodland Goddess (Neckpiece) detail, 1995

Sterling silver, 18k-gold, copper, cow bone, and nutshell
16 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum,
Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Terri Gelenian-Wood
Futuristic Flatware, ca. 1995

Sterling silver and laminate
7 7/8 x 1 11/16 x 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Paul Wood
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Harold O'Connor
Mountain/Lake Brooch, 1996

Sterling silver, 24k-gold, and aquamarine
2 5/8 x 2 15/16 x 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Laurie Waters
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Mary Tingley
Neckpiece, 1974

Brass, copper, and copper wire
16 1/2 x 9 x 1/8 inches
Racine Art Museum,
Gift of The Estate of Mary Tingley
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Pier Voulkos
Anemone Star Neckpiece, 1995

Polymer, aluminum foil, and cotton thread
11 x 10 1/4 x 2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine


Treasure Trove: Establishing Jewelry and Metal Archives at RAM 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
David and Ellen Easley
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