In the contemporary context of a pandemic, the idea that a virus could take over has been top of mind for many people. The concept of organic invasion or intrusion is not necessarily limited to biological subjects. Playing to this idea and responding to the upcoming exhibition, Alien Invasion: (Un)Familiar Forms in Contemporary Art, Racine Art Museum and RAM’s Wustum Museum invited artists to take part in the second RAM Virtual Community Art Show. In response, 59 artists from around the world submitted 58 works that touch upon the idea of organic invasion and intrusion. With a wide variety of materials represented, these works reflect the originality and imagination of contemporary artists from across the globe.
The 58 pieces in this exhibition are also accessible via tablets in the RAM galleries.
Throughout the run of the exhibition, viewers were invited to vote for their favorite piece in the show. The three artists whose pieces were voted as Audience Favorites each receive a gift certificate for a free studio art class, which may be used for options offered in-person at RAM’s Wustum Museum and online via Zoom.
Vanessa Murray, Racine, WI, Coolio
Dennis Robert, Milwaukee, WI, Communis Viridi Cataphractos Limax (Common Green Armored Slug)
Carl Hartt, Wauwatosa, WI, 3,200 Years
Artists in the Exhibition
Anahola, HI: Deyana Mielke; Brockport, NY: Jappie King Black; Burlington: Frank Korb, Gail M. Willert; Camden, ME: Linda Leach; Chevy Chase, MD: Rachel Carren; Chicago, IL: Carol A. Stitzer, Catherine Tanner; Cudahy: Carley Knight; Evanston, IL: Marilyn Lucas; Fox Point: Linda Marcus; Grafton: Cindy Hansen; Kenosha: John Bloner, Jr., Beth Cumbo, Rebecca Venn; Los Angeles, CA: Akira; Madison: Teresa Mertens-Pellitteri; Milwaukee: Karen Brittain, Janet Falk, Alexa Hollywood, Howard Leu, Patricia Obletz, Andrew Mosby Perry, Dennis Robert, Nick Schroeder. Ryan Steiskal, Valaria Tatera, Linda Wabanimkee, Kiefer Ledell Waterman, Jessica Zalewski; Monroe: Amy Carani; Mt. Pleasant: Jerrold Belland, Bernadette Brownson Borcher, Terry Evans, Ann Levin; New Holstein: Marina Jones; Oak Creek: Michael Gehrke; Oshkosh: Kyle Gorenschek; Racine: Telleha Cichantek, Jacob Drollinger, Suzanne Kadamian, Jo Labre, Jenny Maurer, Vanessa Murray, Thom Petersen, Mimi Peterson, Vicki Truka Schmitz, Katie White, Kelly Witte; Rochester, MN: Chris Allen; Saint-Eustache, Quebec: Pierre Racine; Shanghai, China: Stephanie Barenz; Shorewood: Darlene Rzezotarski; Stevens Point: Erin Prais-Hintz; Trevor: Steve Rys; Tuscon, AZ: Laura L. LePere; Waunakee: Mark Weller; Wauwatosa: Carl Hartt; Westport, Ireland: Suzie Sullivan