Georgina Treviño
Sacred Purse, 2021
Found keychains and found vintage purse
16 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Windgate Foundation Contemporary Craft Acquisition Grant
Photography: Jon Bolton

RAM Showcase: Four Jewelers and the Artists of Color Acquisition Fund

March 1, 2022 – January 13, 2024
at Racine Art Museum

Utilizing rich and varied materials like sea grass, silicone, recycled keychains, and bronze, the contemporary artists featured in this exhibition create evocative and poetic adornment. Each artist undertakes investigations linking media, conceptual threads, and notions of wearability. They create jewelry that also functions as a way to explore the world—covering topics such as organic growth; personal, cultural, and social history; pop culture; and heritage. What further connects the featured work is that every piece is new to RAM as part of the first round of acquisitions specifically focused on supporting artists of color. These additions reflect RAM’s desire to further broaden the scope of creative voices that comprise the museum’s permanent collection.

While RAM has maintained its status as the largest contemporary craft collection in North America for almost a decade, dedicated funds for acquisitions are not typical as the institution primarily relies on gifts of artwork. In 2022, the museum combined a recent grant focused on acquiring works in craft media with an objective to increase historically underrepresented artists and purchased the work of seven artists of color. Critically, most of these objects were purchased directly from the artists themselves.

Part of the recently formed RAM Showcase exhibition series, this first show to focus solely on new artists of color in the collection features the work of Lorena Angulo, Tanya Crane, Seulgi Kwon, and Georgina Treviño. Because documenting these artists and sharing their stories is especially critical, panels detailing biographical information and artist statements are included alongside the artwork.

RAM Showcase: Four Jewelers and the Artists of Color Acquisition Fund

March 1, 2022 – January 13, 2024
at Racine Art Museum
Georgina Treviño
Sacred Purse, 2021
Found keychains and found vintage purse
16 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Windgate Foundation Contemporary Craft Acquisition Grant
Photography: Jon Bolton

Utilizing rich and varied materials like sea grass, silicone, recycled keychains, and bronze, the contemporary artists featured in this exhibition create evocative and poetic adornment. Each artist undertakes investigations linking media, conceptual threads, and notions of wearability. They create jewelry that also functions as a way to explore the world—covering topics such as organic growth; personal, cultural, and social history; pop culture; and heritage. What further connects the featured work is that every piece is new to RAM as part of the first round of acquisitions specifically focused on supporting artists of color. These additions reflect RAM’s desire to further broaden the scope of creative voices that comprise the museum’s permanent collection.

While RAM has maintained its status as the largest contemporary craft collection in North America for almost a decade, dedicated funds for acquisitions are not typical as the institution primarily relies on gifts of artwork. In 2022, the museum combined a recent grant focused on acquiring works in craft media with an objective to increase historically underrepresented artists and purchased the work of seven artists of color. Critically, most of these objects were purchased directly from the artists themselves.

Part of the recently formed RAM Showcase exhibition series, this first show to focus solely on new artists of color in the collection features the work of Lorena Angulo, Tanya Crane, Seulgi Kwon, and Georgina Treviño. Because documenting these artists and sharing their stories is especially critical, panels detailing biographical information and artist statements are included alongside the artwork.

Sample of Work in the Exhibition

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Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

Judith and David Flegel Fund
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Ron and Judith Isaacs
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors

Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors
Anonymous
David Charak
Silver Sponsors
Art Bridges
A.C. Buhler Family
Andis Foundation
Baird
Lucy G. Feller
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Annette Hirsh Family
J. Jeffers & Co.
Dorothy MacVicar
RDK Foundation

Jan Serr and John Shannon
Bronze Sponsors

Anonymous
Susan Boland
Virginia Buhler
Butcher & Barrel/Amos Los Tacos
Educators Credit Union
Express Employment Professionals
Get Behind the Arts Studio Tour
William A. Guenther
Tom and Sharon Harty
Tony and Andrea Hauser
David and Judy Hecker
Bradley Lynch
Carlotta Miller
Larry and Barbara Newman
The Norbell Foundation
The Prairie School
Georgiana Treivush
Twin Disc, Inc.
Deb and Will Walker

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