Urban Wood Encounter 2015: RAM Explores Contemporary Furniture

September 25, 2015 - January 3, 2016

This show emphasizes creative uses for urban wood, which is rescued from trees that are not harvested for their timber value, and might usually find their way into landfills when they succumb to age, injury, or disease. Urban Wood offers an expansive lens for understanding material use and value. A collection of a wide range of furniture and objects, this exhibition reflects regional artists applying their individual styles and personal interests to this often-discarded wood. Aligning with its contemporary crafts focus, RAM is the first museum to feature this annual event, which also showcases area talent.


Exhibition Guide
Press Room

Artists scheduled to participate in Urban Wood Encounter 2015 include: Jarrod Beglinger, Robert “Andrew” Black, Michael A. Doerr, Fabian Fischer, Kevin Giese, ICON Modern, Mike Jarvi, Joe La Macchia, Tom Loeser, Aaron Malinowski, Erich Moderow, Paul Morrison, Joseph Murphy, Charles Radtke, Keaton Rogers, Anthony Saporiti / Thuy Khuu, Andrew Yencha
Robert "Andrew" Black
Walnut Chairs, 2014
36 x 22 x 22 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Don Kerkhof
Tom Loeser
Dig 23, 2015
Maple and shovel handles
46 x 22 x 22 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Bill Lemke
Kevin Giese
Elm Cabinet, 2015
American elm, maple, and brass
47 x 13 x 10 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
Charles Radtke
Skewed Cabinet #1, 2013
42 x 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Charles Stevens
This exhibition is made possible by: Platinum Sponsors – Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors – Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, W. T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors – Racine County, Racine United Arts Fund, Real Racine, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors – EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, Modine Manufacturing Foundation, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Polyform Products, Inc., Ruud Family Foundation, Inc., Wisconsin Public Radio.