The Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine Art Museum’s forebear, was founded on November 16, 1941. Housed on property that was given to the city of Racine to be used for a fine arts museum, Wustum has not just survived, but thrived, as a significant arts organization. With this exhibition featuring works by artists important to Wustum’s history on a variety of levels, RAM pays homage to its ancestor on its 75th anniversary.
When RAM came into existence in 2003, the role of the artist in institutional development necessarily expanded in need and scope. Artists who have played important roles at Wustum and RAM have done so not just as working artists, but also as teachers, donors, board members, volunteers, committee members, staff, activists, catalysts for large gifts, benefactors, and donors of significant archives. The artists included in this exhibition fulfill two criteria—they have been essential to the development of Wustum and RAM in one or more capacities and they are represented in RAM’s holdings.
Exhibition overview from museum website