RACINE — “Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions” showcases artworks new to Racine Art Museum since the donation of more than 200 polymer pieces in 2011. The exhibit takes place through June 24 at RAM, 441 Main St.
These recent gifts have introduced new artists to the collection and expanded upon existing bodies of work by incorporating different types of objects or broadening the scope of years represented. Referencing the significance of the groundwork laid in earlier years, the exhibit includes pieces that were part of the original gift that established RAM’s polymer collection, the largest of its kind in the world.
While art jewelry comprises the biggest portion of the holdings in this material, there are also examples of sculpture, furniture with polymer veneers, and vessels. This exhibition also debuts a teapot by Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, “Seeking Solace,” which is the first piece purchased with RAM’s Polymer Art Acquisition and Care Fund. This endowment was established to support the “care and feeding” of pieces already in the museum’s collection and acquire new polymer works.
The exhibit ties artwork together based on material commonality. Remaining consistent with RAM’s desire to look at the field in a broad context, polymer objects have also been — and will continue to be — shown in exhibitions alongside craft made with other media.
Docent led contemporary craft and architectural tours of the museums are available.
The Racine Art Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for youth ages 12-18, full-time students and seniors age 62 and older. There is no charge for children 11 and younger.