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“Eye Contact” by Bruce Ambuel, 2009. Arthur P. Haas Memorial Purchase Award from “Wisconsin Photography 2012.”

RACINE — “Get the Picture: The Arthur P. Haas Wisconsin Photography Collection” showcasing 40 works from the ongoing juried photography competition, “Wisconsin Photography,” will continue through Saturday, Nov. 16, at Wustum Museum, a campus of the Racine Art Museum at 2519 Northwestern Ave.

This represents just a sample of more than 100 pieces that RAM has been able to acquire since the exhibition’s inception in 1979. The show will be open alongside the “RAM Artist Fellowship Exhibition 2019.”

Over the last four decades, “Wisconsin Photography” juried exhibitions at Wustum Museum have showcased the state’s photographers working with a wide range of subjects and in a variety of styles. These shows have provided a pool of high-quality work from which the museum has been able to grow its holdings of regional photography.

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Arthur P. Haas (1930-1982) was a Racine native and an award-winning photographer who spent a lifetime visually chronicling Racine in his role as staff photographer for The Journal Times, the city’s daily newspaper. In addition to his own work, Haas served as a mentor and informal teacher to many younger, area photographers. Upon his death in 1982, a Memorial Purchase Fund, orchestrated by his sister Dorothy Haas with gifts from family and friends, was established. These monies allow RAM to further support regional photographers by acquiring works from “Wisconsin Photography” each year for the museum’s permanent collection.

Wustum Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There is no admission fee. For more information, go to www.ramart.org.

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