Timothy Abler, Milwaukee
Embrace, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2019
Digital inkjet print
24 x 18 inches

Wisconsin Photography 2020

September 2 – November 28, 2020

RAM’s Wustum Museum continues a Racine tradition with the opening of Wisconsin Photography 2020—a statewide competition organized by the museum since 1979. Thanks to the support of state photographers, the exhibition continues to introduce the museum’s visitors to a wide range of photographic media and artists’ viewpoints. This year’s show features 83 pieces by 29 Wisconsin photographers.

The juried competition received online submissions from all over the state. Of 1040 pieces submitted by 104 artists, approximately one-third of the artists were accepted into this year’s show. The exhibition’s juror, Lisa Volpe, is the Associate Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. Before her time at the MFA Houston, Volpe was the Curator of the Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas, where she oversaw all areas of the museum’s collection. Additionally, Volpe has held various curatorial roles at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA), and fellowships at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Five new works from the 2020 competition have been purchased for the museum’s collection. Congratulations to the following Memorial Purchase Award winners:

Jan Hader Award
Timothy Abler, Embrace, Oaxaca, Mexico

Mary E. Mayer Award, Gift of Joan S. Patton

Michael Knapstein, Cornfield

Judy Reid Award
Elizabeth Kazda, Combs from the Rotational Symmetry with Common Objects Series

Daniel Schmidt Award
Azure Bielefeldt, Excessive

Mary Vestino Award
Dean Segal, Four Mirrors

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Appleton: Lauren Semivan; Belgium: Guntis Lauzums; Brookfield: Lew Cadkin, David Jentz; Burlington: Marni Hills; Franklin: David Kurtz; Glendale: Jim Brozek, Fred Fischer; Lake Geneva: Caroll A. Pearson; Markesan: Elizabeth Kazda; Mequon: Thomas Lemke, Cardi Toellner; Middleton: Michael Knapstein; Milwaukee: Timothy Abler, Azure Bielefeldt, Adrianna Gilgenbach, Karl Herschede, Kristine Hinrichs, Andrew Holman, Jack Kleinman, Susan Schramm, Dean Segal, Meredith Watts, Jessica Zalewski; Mount Pleasant: Celia Schulz; Muskego: Lynn Proeber; Racine: Julia Dreher; Union Grove: Larry Zamba; Waukesha: Daniel Becker

Wisconsin Photography 2020

September 2 – November 28, 2020
Timothy Abler, Milwaukee
Embrace, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2019
Digital inkjet print
24 x 18 inches

RAM’s Wustum Museum continues a Racine tradition with the opening of Wisconsin Photography 2020—a statewide competition organized by the museum since 1979. Thanks to the support of state photographers, the exhibition continues to introduce the museum’s visitors to a wide range of photographic media and artists’ viewpoints. This year’s show features 83 pieces by 29 Wisconsin photographers.

The juried competition received online submissions from all over the state. Of 1040 pieces submitted by 104 artists, approximately one-third of the artists were accepted into this year’s show. The exhibition’s juror, Lisa Volpe, is the Associate Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. Before her time at the MFA Houston, Volpe was the Curator of the Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas, where she oversaw all areas of the museum’s collection. Additionally, Volpe has held various curatorial roles at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA), and fellowships at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Five new works from the 2020 competition have been purchased for the museum’s collection. Congratulations to the following Memorial Purchase Award winners:

Jan Hader Award
Timothy Abler, Embrace, Oaxaca, Mexico

Mary E. Mayer Award, Gift of Joan S. Patton
Michael Knapstein, Cornfield

Judy Reid Award
Elizabeth Kazda, Combs from the Rotational Symmetry with Common Objects Series

Daniel Schmidt Award
Azure Bielefeldt, Excessive

Mary Vestino Award
Dean Segal, Four Mirrors

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Appleton: Lauren Semivan; Belgium: Guntis Lauzums; Brookfield: Lew Cadkin, David Jentz; Burlington: Marni Hills; Franklin: David Kurtz; Glendale: Jim Brozek, Fred Fischer; Lake Geneva: Caroll A. Pearson; Markesan: Elizabeth Kazda; Mequon: Thomas Lemke, Cardi Toellner; Middleton: Michael Knapstein; Milwaukee: Timothy Abler, Azure Bielefeldt, Adrianna Gilgenbach, Karl Herschede, Kristine Hinrichs, Andrew Holman, Jack Kleinman, Susan Schramm, Dean Segal, Meredith Watts, Jessica Zalewski; Mount Pleasant: Celia Schulz; Muskego: Lynn Proeber; Racine: Julia Dreher; Union Grove: Larry Zamba; Waukesha: Daniel Becker

Gallery of Work

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Platinum Sponsors
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Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors
National Endowment for the Arts
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors
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Tom and Irene Creecy
David Flegel
Silver Sponsors
A. C. Buhler Family
David Charak
Lucy G. Feller
Dorothy MacVicar
Bronze Sponsors
Andis Company
Tom and Jane Devine
Andrea and Tony Hauser
David and Ellen Easley
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
William A. Guenther
Tom and Sharon Harty
Angela Jacobi
Bill Keland
Knight Barry Title Group
Eric Koopmeiners and Lena Vigna

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