RACINE — Art imitated Easter Thursday night as the Racine Art Museum unveiled its latest showcase of Peeps-inspired works.
With works ranging from a “Peep of Oz” to a “Peep for Pope,” more than 110 pieces are included in the fourth annual International Peeps Competition, on display now through April 14 at the RAM, 441 Main St.
Originally devised as a way to bring attention to the museum’s gift shop, the competition has continued to grow with entries included from Racine, Madison and even Kansas City, Mo.
Trinity Lutheran third-grader Amanda Billerbeck entered this year’s contest with a mini-golf inspired Peeps display named “Mini-a-chirp Golf,” taking second-place in the 12 and under category.
Billerbeck answered both the question of whether she had fun completing this year’s project and whether she would enter again next year with the same emphatic “Of course!”
Awards were handed out by museum staff for a number of categories including first-place prizes to: 12 and under, Wesley Paffrath of Racine; 13 to 18, Dominique and Savannah LeFever of Racine; adults over 18, Emily Anderson of Milwaukee. Awards were also given to groups and favorites selected by individual staff and Racine Mayor John Dickert.
Despite having his own likeness highlighted in the work “Bruce Peepich,” RAM Executive Director Bruce W. Pepich selected “PEEPrates of the Caribbean” as his favorite piece.
Pepich handed out prizes at Thursday’s award ceremony, including packages of Peeps, that he joked were likely unappealing to winners who may have indulged in their mistakes during the creative process.
“It’s about long term relationships between the community and art and establishing the idea that this isn’t an ivory tower,” Pepich said. “You just can’t take yourself too seriously.”
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: The 4th annual “International Peeps Competition”
WHERE: The Racine Art Museum, 411 Main St.
WHEN: March 29 - April 14 during normal RAM hours