The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted life in ways that are difficult to comprehend. Massive illness and loss of life, economic hardship, daily restrictions, anxieties, and uncertainties—all things that are concerns for so many simultaneously. In addition, a dialogue about race and systemic inequality is front of mind as large-scale protests continue across the United States and around the world.
In the midst of this—indeed in the midst of other major crises as well, like World Wars and the Great Depression of the 1930s in the US—artists create.
Wanting to include the community in a creative conversation about these unique times, RAM and RAM’s Wustum Museum invited artists to take part in this inaugural Virtual Community Art Show. 105 artists from around the world submitted 103 works created during the global health crisis of 2020. Artists were able to submit images of artwork addressing any subject, as long as the artwork was created in the first part of 2020. Whether turning to prevailing social and cultural issues or using art as an outlet to focus energy and concentration, these artists underscore the value of the creative process.
ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Albuquerque, NM: Robbin Lou Bates; Anahola, HI: Deyana Mielke; Ashland, OR: Richard Newman; Brookfield: Janet Roberts; Burlington: Frank Korb, Gail M. Willert; Caledonia: Veronica Gagliano Averkamp; Cedarburg: Vicki Reed; Chicago, IL: Wallace Bowling, Ahavani Mullen, Catherine Tanner; Contoocook, NH: Kathleen Dustin; Cudahy: Carley Knight; Elmhurst, IL: Ann Duncan Hlavach; Fort Atkinson: Amy Weh; Fox Point: Linda B. Marcus; Grafton: Anuva Alam; Joliet, IL: Patricia Stirniman; Kiel: Linda Dolack; Kenosha: John Bloner, Jr., Darleen Coleman, Beth Cumbo, Rachelle Graham, Rebecca Venn, Jared Weber; Los Angeles, CA: Laura and Dean Larson; Madison: Eric Baillies, Teresa Faris, David O. Williams; Mankato, MN: Brian Frink; Mauston: Diane Dahl; Mequon: Tamara Niy; Milwaukee: Pamela Anderson, Stephanie Bartz, Karen Brittain, Tai Hardie, Eric Koester, Ck Ledesma, Madeline Martin, Sheila Miller, David Colin Mueller, Gary Warren Niebuhr, Patricia Obletz, Tim Panicucci, Rosy Petri, Andrew Mosby Perry, Rosalie Robison, Amy J. Smith, Beth Stoddard, Nancy Sturino, Valaria Tatera, Kiefer Ledell Waterman, Felonee Marie Webster, Jessica Zalewski; Mount Pleasant: Jerry Belland, Eileen Black; Muskego: Terry A. Fischer; Necedah: Catherine Williams; New Lisbon: Cindy Costello, Terri Fish; Oak Creek: Joshua Endres; Oconomowoc: Abigail Engstrand, Karla Fuller, Anne Raskopf, Jamie Stevens; Oostburg: Cherie Burbach; Racine: Tracy Bernhardt, Jill Castillo, Caye Christensen, Telleha Cichantek, Tom Coe, Lisa Englander, Pat Gilbert, Alexander Greiveldinger, Suzanne Kadamian, Alex Mandli, Deb Marett, Janet Mrazek, Sterling M., Kate Peterson, Vicki Truka Schmitz, Harold Solberg, Dyan Tishuk, Maggie Venn, Katie White, Kelly Witte, Marc Wollman; Rhinelander: Alias Wentworth; Santa Ana, CA: Kelly Hoffman; Shanghai, China: Stephanie Barenz; Shorewood: May Klisch, Paul Matzner, Darlene Wesenberg Rzezotarski; South Glastonbury, CT: Libby Mills; South Milwaukee: Kasia Drake-Hames; Sparta: Sarah Gillert; Stevens Point: Erin Prais-Hintz; Tremont, IL: Nichole Gronvold-Roller; Trevor: Steve Rys; Tustin, CA: 2Roses (Corliss and John Lemieux Rose); Waukesha: Marty Christensen; Whitefish Bay: Diane Zeni and Jack Shanley; Zion, IL: Michael Litewski