Category: Polymer Collection Project

Polymer Art’s Superhero: Meet Bruce Pepich

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Posted in Interviews, Polymer Collection Project

Bruce W. Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections at the Racine Art Museum. I’ve witnessed Philippe de Montebello trying to weave his magic on a potential major donor to his Metropolitan Museum of New York. Philippe’s pitch, smooth and seductive, had a well rehearsed air to it. Across an antique dining room table in New Jersey, with works by Miró, de Chirico and Edvard Munch adorning the walls, he glided through a presentation that had obviously worked so effectively for him with countless other donors. Although the man’s skills were impressive, the hosts this evening didn’t sign over the

Here’s An Incentive

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Posted in Polymer Collection Project, Publications

Pier Voulkos, Neckpiece (detail), c. 1995 (see credits below) As a reader of this website, you’re familiar with the “Collection Project,” our effort to put polymer art on the map and into the permanent collections of major museums throughout the nation. In order to ensure publication of the first hardcover museum catalog on the medium, and to help underwrite a major exhibition of polymer art at the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin, we've set a goal to raise $100,000. You may have already decided to support that effort. But if you haven’t taken the time yet to write out a

Support The Polymer Collection at RAM

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Posted in Polymer Collection Project

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin I hear a phrase ringing in my ears: “Yes, we can!” It’s not Barak Obama’s voice I’m channeling, but my own silent incantations. As of today, I’m attempting to build a grassroots movement of our own, a coming together of polymer art advocates who gather at this site for what we might think of as a community organization project.

The Collection: Part 2

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Posted in Polymer Collection Project

On the wish list of the Racine Art Museum, WI Dan Cormier, Fiji Mermaid, 2000 Using a photo portfolio that featured outstanding examples of available polymer art, Elise began to contact some of the nation’s most noted museum curators.  She did hours of investigative research on specific museums, and issues relevant to the concept.   She made appointments and then took trips to Texas, California and Wisconsin with the specific goal of explaining her project to curators whom she believed might become supporters.  After each trip, Elise returned home more knowledgeable, more confident, and more sure of her direction.  We

The Collection: Part 1

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Posted in Polymer Collection Project

On the wish list of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Elise Winters, Citron Cascade RUFFLE, neckpiece, 2009 Over the past few months PAA readers may have noticed posts on different pieces that Elise Winters titled, “Selection from the Collection.”  Aside from being a catchy sounding phrase, what does this really mean?  The explanation entails a step back in time, so please follow along.  There is an exciting ending.