Walter Samuel Haatoum Hamady
Almost Like Having a Philosophy (Dos a Dos/Feather in Yr Cap, Box #3 Reworked), 1990-91
Found objects, paper, and wood
20 1/4 x 11 x 7 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton

In Between: Contemporary Artists Working in Two and Three Dimensions Featuring Dennis Lee Mitchell

February 28 – August 31, 2024
at Racine Art Museum

Possibly for ease of categorizing, artists tend to be classified by the materials they primarily use or the types of work most often created—a ceramic sculptor, a jeweler, a painter. Yet, it is not uncommon for artists to shift between media within their creative process—some may favor certain materials but flex between two- and three-dimensional work, while others may create drawings as sketches for objects or as stand-alone works. There are no strict rules that govern the extent or articulation of these changes in working methods.

In Between showcases artists via multiple works made of different materials and/or pieces that reflect a fluency between two and three dimensions, including wearables. Rooted in RAM’s collection, the exhibition specifically highlights the work of Dennis Lee Mitchell, a Virginia-based artist who once favored clay, but for some time has been creating large-scale “smoke drawings” with an acetylene torch.

Further examples include Barbara Brandel, who constructed hand-woven tapestry wall works and wearable garments; Dale Chihuly, who created large-scale drawings and prints with shapes and colors that echo and extend the context of his sculptural glass work; Carol Eckert, who creates drawings that plot out the thread colors used to craft her fiber works; and Russell T. Gordon, who is known for paintings and prints, but also constructed ceramic wall pieces.

More About the Exhibition

Gallery Guide (PDF)

Press Room

Some Artists in the Exhibition

Garry Knox Bennett, Barbara Brandel, Frank Boyden, Dale Chihuly, Chunghi Choo, Richard DeVore, Eddie Dominguez, Carol Eckert, Terri Gelenian-Wood, Russell T. Gordon, Kay Khan, Dennis Lee Mitchell, Masako Onodera, Christina Smith, Kevin Sampson, Toshiko Takaezu, James Tanner, Cynthia Toops, Peter Voulkos, Ann Wolff

In Between: Contemporary Artists Working in Two and Three Dimensions Featuring Dennis Lee Mitchell

February 28 – August 31, 2024
at Racine Art Museum
Walter Samuel Haatoum Hamady
Almost Like Having a Philosophy (Dos a Dos/Feather in Yr Cap, Box #3 Reworked), 1990-91
Found objects, paper, and wood
20 1/4 x 11 x 7 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton

Possibly for ease of categorizing, artists tend to be classified by the materials they primarily use or the types of work most often created—a ceramic sculptor, a jeweler, a painter. Yet, it is not uncommon for artists to shift between media within their creative process—some may favor certain materials but flex between two- and three-dimensional work, while others may create drawings as sketches for objects or as stand-alone works. There are no strict rules that govern the extent or articulation of these changes in working methods.

In Between showcases artists via multiple works made of different materials and/or pieces that reflect a fluency between two and three dimensions, including wearables. Rooted in RAM’s collection, the exhibition specifically highlights the work of Dennis Lee Mitchell, a Virginia-based artist who once favored clay, but for some time has been creating large-scale “smoke drawings” with an acetylene torch.

Further examples include Barbara Brandel, who constructed hand-woven tapestry wall works and wearable garments; Dale Chihuly, who created large-scale drawings and prints with shapes and colors that echo and extend the context of his sculptural glass work; Carol Eckert, who creates drawings that plot out the thread colors used to craft her fiber works; and Russell T. Gordon, who is known for paintings and prints, but also constructed ceramic wall pieces.

More About the Exhibition

Gallery Guide (PDF)

Press Room

Some Artists in the Exhibition

Garry Knox Bennett, Barbara Brandel, Frank Boyden, Dale Chihuly, Chunghi Choo, Richard DeVore, Eddie Dominguez, Carol Eckert, Terri Gelenian-Wood, Russell T. Gordon, Kay Khan, Dennis Lee Mitchell, Masako Onodera, Christina Smith, Kevin Sampson, Toshiko Takaezu, James Tanner, Cynthia Toops, Peter Voulkos, Ann Wolff

Sample of Work in the Exhibition

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Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

The Estate of Karen Johnson Boyd
David Charak
Judith and David Flegel Fund
Ron and Judith Isaacs
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Racine Community Foundation logo
Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors

City of Racine’s Grow Racine Grant
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation
Ruth Arts Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Anonymous
Tom and Irene Creecy
Richard and Patricia Ehlert
Trio Foundation of St. Louis
W.T. Walker Group, Inc.
Wisconsin Arts Board

Silver Sponsors

Anonymous
Baird
Beta Diagnostic Labs
A.C. Buhler Family
Lucy G. Feller
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Jim Harris
Sharon and Tom Harty
Horizon Retail Construction, Inc.
Lise Iwon
J. Jeffers & Co.
Johnson Financial Group
Dorothy MacVicar
Jan Serr and John Shannon

Bronze Sponsors

Ellen and Joseph Albrecht
Andis Foundation
Susan Boland
Virginia Buhler
Dave’s Wine Garage
Educators Credit Union
Express Employment Professionals
Bill and Debbie Keland
Susan Manalli
Jean and Alex Mandli, Jr.
The Prairie School
Cathy Stanghellin
Twin Disc, Inc.

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