As one of the museum’s most popular annual shows, this exhibition brings together the works of artists from throughout the state. Of 262 pieces submitted by 166 artists, approximately one-half of the pieces were selected. This year’s show featured 114 pieces by 100 Wisconsin artists.
Jurors for this year’s exhibition were Victor Armendariz and Aron Packer. Armendariz has been Assistant Director at Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago, Illinois since 1997. He has represented the gallery in speaking engagements and exhibitions across the country, including SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art) in Chicago, New York City, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Packer is Partner/Director of Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. He has been a gallery director for over two decades. With an original interest in folk art, Packer has curated and juried hundreds of exhibitions throughout his career. His recent focus is on contemporary art, that is “little obscure,idiosyncratic, and the road not obviously taken.”
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
Burlington: Sandra Nowicki; Cedarburg: Patrick Doughman, Bruce Hustad, Tom Kubala, Sandra Pape; Delavan: Sandra Willard; East Troy: Sandra Kessel; Elkhorn: Kay Meyer; Fontana: Susie Williams; Fort Atkinson: Bethann Moran; Fox Point: Barbara Friedman, Patricia Neibor; Germantown: Mary Boettcher; Glendale: Kathleen Bergstrom, Roselie Rentz; Grafton: Jean Crane; Greenville: Deborah Vandenbloomer; Hartford: Harold E. Hansen; Hartland: Barbara Sorenson Rambadt; Kenosha: Dennis Bayuzick, James Block, Muriel Cunningham, Don Hinrichs, Diane Levesque, Bob Marcella, Carlotta Miller, Helen Napier, Jami Rutherford, Amy Misurelli Sorensen, John Terhardt, Greg Uttech, Rebecca Venn; Lake Mills: Amy Arntson; Lake Tomahawk: Joanne Nock Olsen; Madison: Carrie Hunkel, Elizabeth Ivers, Helen Klebesadel; Marinette: Ernie Pleger; Mequon: Jan Effinger, Kathleen Nelson, Betty J. Rubner, Diane Schlitz, Lois Buley Wirth; Milwaukee: Ann Baer, Shari Brzinski, Joyce Eesley, Suzanne Haislmaier; Steve Horvath, Joel Jaecks, Madeline Martin, Gene Mihleisen, Judith Gahn Murphy, JoAnna Poehlmann, George Ronsholdt, Pat Zandron; Mount Pleasant: Robert W. Andersen, Richard Berns, Eileen Black, Karen Chartrand; Muskego: Jan Wood; Nashotah: Alice Rossman; North Prairie: Charlene Southworth; Oconomowoc: Virgi Driscoll, Marilu McCartney; Oshkosh: Huey aka William Greider, Joye Moon; Racine: Regina Baker, Jerrold Belland, Russell Bohn, Mary Ann Bresnahan, Karen Brittain, Karen Broman, Doug DeVinny, Deedee Dumont, Lisa Englander, Pat Gilbert, Nancy Greenebaum, Edwin C. Kalke, Barbara Kukla, Laura Lehman, Mary E. Nelson, Thom Petersen, Kate Peterson, Don Ricchio, Phil Saxon, Susan M. Sorenson, Sue Wolff; Salem: Harry Wirth; Sturtevant: Janet Mrazek; Theresa: Nancy Lamers; Thiensville: William Davis; Waterford: Norman Abplanalp, Edith Kubicek; Wausau: Diane Shabino; Wauwatosa: Carolyn Simpson, Chris Sommerfelt; Whitefish Bay: Ney Fraser, Anne E. Miotke; Whitewater: Christine B. Miller, Linda Tump; Williams Bay: Lynne Railsback