As one of the museum’s most popular annual shows, this exhibition brings together the works of artists from throughout the state. Of 261 pieces submitted by 146 artists, approximately one-third of the pieces were selected. This year’s show featured 98 pieces by 81 Wisconsin artists.
Jurors for this year’s exhibition were Mark Pascale and Jane Stevens. Pascale is Curator and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois. Currently, he is working on several exhibitions for the Art Institute, including a retrospective exhibition for Charles White (1918–1979), as well as an exhibition of the prints of Martin Puryear. Stevens is Associate Curator at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, where her most recent exhibition, Pathways and Portals: Art, Nature and Science, focused on how artists perceive and illustrate the world through mythology, science, nature and art. Stevens is also a photographer who has shown both nationally and internationally.
During the opening reception Bruce W. Pepich, RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections, hosted the awards presentation to honor the most accomplished artists in this exhibition. Three new works were purchased for the Racine Art Museum’s permanent collection, adding to RAM’s holdings of extraordinary Wisconsin artists.
Artists in the Exhibition
Brookfield: Christine Buth-Furness, Julia F. McMurray, Janet Roberts; Brown Deer: Diane Balsley, John G. Balsley, John W. Balsley; Delavan: Sandra Willard; Eagle River: Louise Engelbrecht; Egg Harbor: Manooch Sharifi; Elm Grove: Karen Finerty; Fox Lake: Judith Beyer; Genoa City: Jan Gorman; Glendale: Francisco X. Mora, Fred Stein; Grafton: Jean Crane; Greendale: John Vlaj; Hartford: Harold E. Hansen; Janesville: Sherry Thurner, Kenosha: Rebecca Venn; Lac Du Flambeau: Christine Alfery; Madison: Kathy Armstrong, Monique J. Isham, Brian McCormick; Marinette: Ernie Pleger; Mequon: Jan Effinger, Alice Struck, Kitty Sturrock; Milwaukee: Joyce Eesley, Suzanne Haislmaier, Helga Hilbert-Robinson, Steve Horvath, Pat King, Susan Leopold, Gene Mihleisen, Judith Gahn Murphy, JoAnna Poehlmann, Leslie Vansen; Mount Horeb: Peggy Flora Zalucha; Nashotah: Alice Rossman; Oconomowoc: Marilu McCartney, Patricia Siok, Linda Steinlein; Pewaukee: Sandra Wagner; Plymouth: Charles Ausavich; Racine: Jerrold Belland, Richard Berns, Russell Bohn, Mary Burant, Sharon Christensen, Doug DeVinny, Deedee Dumont, Lisa Englander, Nancy Greenebaum, John W. Hansen, Edwin C. Kalke, Jeff Kosmala, Thomas Lajiness, M.P. Marion, Jude Poplawski, Constance Sharp, Christine Sikora, Susan M. Sorenson, Jean Thielen, Maria Varga-Hansen, Maggie Venn, Sue Wolff; Rubicon: David Bielot; South Milwaukee: Diane Richards; Sharon: Martha Hayden; Sheboygan: James Michael; Thiensville: William Davis; Waterford: Linda Gerard Dzik; Waukesha: Bruce Boeck; Waukesha: Charles F. Wickler; Wausau: Rita Crooks, Diane Shabino; Wauwatosa: Millie Minessale; Whitefish Bay: Anne Miotke, Martha Zackey; Whitewater: Linda Tump; Williams Bay: Lynne Railsback