Warrington Colescott
Washington Video Down in the Think Tank, 1982
Watercolor and ink on paper
29 1/2 x 21 3/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, the Karen Johnson Boyd Collection
Photography: Jarvis Lawson

Wisconsin Artists: 1960–90

September 20, 2023 – February 3, 2024
at Racine Art Museum

This exhibition surveys art in Wisconsin from 1960 to 1990. Not only was this an exceptionally fertile time in the history of a state with a (surprising to some) rich and layered history of creative production, it is also the period that Don Reitz—an artist with a concurrent exhibition at RAM—taught in the ceramics department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The work on display was specifically created during this period while the artists lived in Wisconsin. Identifying similarities among artists in a region can be daunting since there can be multiple points of comparison and contrast—as is the case with any group of people. The goals of this exhibition are not to define the work relative to the region, but to showcase it both as a way to contextualize Reitz’s work and celebrate those involved in building the legacy of art in this state, especially in the years leading up to the establishment of RAM and its 2003 opening.

All work—including works on paper, baskets, furniture, jewelry, painting, and ceramics—is drawn from RAM’s collection and reflects the range of ideas, media, and processes at play in the state and memorialized within the museum’s holdings.

More About the Exhibition

Exhibition Notes (PDF)

Press Room

Artists in the Exhibition

Robert Barber, Jerrold Belland, Jan Buckman, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Robert Burkert, Sandra Byers, Gibson Byrd, Warrington Colescott, John N. Colt, Christopher Davis-Benavides, David F. Driesbach, Lisa Englander, Jim Escalante, Susan Stamm Evans, Donald Friedlich, Verne J. Funk, Martha Glowacki, Sherman Groenke, Ruth Grotenrath, Walter Samuel Haatoum Hamady, Audrey Handler, Gary Hanks, Annette Zolin Hirsh, Kent Ipsen, Randy Johnston, Ruth Lee Kao, Jerome Karidis, Anne Kingsbury, Jim Lee, Marlene Lipinski, Ken Loeber, Tom Loeser, Dona Look, George L. McDonald, Ruth Miles, Eleanor H. Moty, Frances Myers, Harry Nohr, Charlie Olson, Danny Pierce, JoAnna Poehlmann, Tom Rauschke, Sister Remy Revor, Adolph Rosenblatt, Joseph Rozman, Bruce D. Saille, Diane Sheehan, Jean Stamsta, Anthony C. Stoeveken, Linda Threadgill, Mary Tingley, Christel-Anthony Tucholke, Tom Uttech, Lee Weiss, John Wilde, and Kaaren Wiken

Wisconsin Artists: 1960-90

September 20, 2023 – February 3, 2024
at Racine Art Museum
Warrington Colescott
Washington Video Down in the Think Tank, 1982
Watercolor and ink on paper
29 1/2 x 21 3/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, the Karen Johnson Boyd Collection
Photography: Jarvis Lawson

This exhibition surveys art in Wisconsin from 1960 to 1990. Not only was this an exceptionally fertile time in the history of a state with a (surprising to some) rich and layered history of creative production, it is also the period that Don Reitz—an artist with a concurrent exhibition at RAM—taught in the ceramics department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The work on display was specifically created during this period while the artists lived in Wisconsin. Identifying similarities among artists in a region can be daunting since there can be multiple points of comparison and contrast—as is the case with any group of people. The goals of this exhibition are not to define the work relative to the region, but to showcase it both as a way to contextualize Reitz’s work and celebrate those involved in building the legacy of art in this state, especially in the years leading up to the establishment of RAM and its 2003 opening.

All work—including works on paper, baskets, furniture, jewelry, painting, and ceramics—is drawn from RAM’s collection and reflects the range of ideas, media, and processes at play in the state and memorialized within the museum’s holdings.

More About the Exhibition

Exhibition Notes (PDF)

Press Room

Artists in the Exhibition

Robert Barber, Jerrold Belland, Jan Buckman, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Robert Burkert, Sandra Byers, Gibson Byrd, Warrington Colescott, John N. Colt, Christopher Davis-Benavides, David F. Driesbach, Lisa Englander, Jim Escalante, Susan Stamm Evans, Donald Friedlich, Verne J. Funk, Martha Glowacki, Sherman Groenke, Ruth Grotenrath, Walter Samuel Haatoum Hamady, Audrey Handler, Gary Hanks, Annette Zolin Hirsh, Kent Ipsen, Randy Johnston, Ruth Lee Kao, Jerome Karidis, Anne Kingsbury, Jim Lee, Marlene Lipinski, Ken Loeber, Tom Loeser, Dona Look, George L. McDonald, Ruth Miles, Eleanor H. Moty, Frances Myers, Harry Nohr, Charlie Olson, Danny Pierce, JoAnna Poehlmann, Tom Rauschke, Sister Remy Revor, Adolph Rosenblatt, Joseph Rozman, Bruce D. Saille, Diane Sheehan, Jean Stamsta, Anthony C. Stoeveken, Linda Threadgill, Mary Tingley, Christel-Anthony Tucholke, Tom Uttech, Lee Weiss, John Wilde, and Kaaren Wiken

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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