Focal Point: 2014 RAM Year in Review
2014 held some amazing first time events for RAM as well as the staples in the RAM calendar that the community knows and loves. We wanted to take the time to pause at this hectic time of year to look back and appreciate many of the things that we were able to accomplish with some hard work and the support of our excellent board, members and volunteers!
Art to Heart XXII
The 22nd iteration of Art to Heart was again greatly successful, bringing art, healing, laughter and fun to an excellent group of patrons of the Richmond Art Museum and Reid Hospital Foundation. In its history, Art to Heart as raised over $1 million dollars in support of these two organizations.
Meltdown Winter Ice Festival
2013 marked the first annual Meltdown Winter Ice Festival in Richmond, Indiana. RAM was the 501c3 fiscal sponsor of the event which boasts nationally known ice sculptors who create amazing works in ice for public viewing and live Ice Fights where sculptors duel to see who can create the best work, decided by the audience! The community showed overwhelming support financially and bodily as more than 6,000 showed up to see the ice. http://richmondmeltdown.com/
Art Is... Mexico
The Art Is... program is an annual hands-on, multicultural children's exhibit for K - 3. The 2014 year focused on Mexico, and students learned about the culture through art and craft. Over 2,000 students from 13 different schools are served by this program. Special thanks to West End Bank for their continued support of Art Is...
Room 912 I.U. East Partnership
RAM partnered with IU East as they opened a gallery/classroom space in downtown Richmond, IN. In addition to holding some college art classes, giving senior art students studio space, and a nice gallery to host exhibitions, RAM is offering daytime art instruction, Taste of the Arts Tuesdays, Mommy / Daddy and Me classes, and our popular Cork and Canvas events in the space.
RAM was selected as Web Canopy Studios Website Giveaway Contest Winner
RAM would like to thank Web Canopy Studio for the redesign of the RAM website. With their expertise, RAM patrons may now register for classes online as well as maintain memberships and make donations through the redesigned website. We have seen an increase in traffic on the website since the redesign in April! The clean layout makes it easy to find current and upcoming exhibits, special events and classes, as well as the ability to browse through images of the RAM Permanent Collection online! Thank you to John Akin and Derric Watson for their hard work and interest in making the RAM website a highly functional, user-friendly place where interested individuals can get the information they need!
Conservation Efforts Continue
M.T. Nordyke Landscape
RAM continues to focus on improving the care and condition of its holdings. The excellent relationship with Barry Bauman in Chicago has been invaluable in preserving much of the Permanent Collection. This year, RAM was able to conserve 9 paintings, ensuring that generations to come will be able to enjoy the RAM collection for many more years.
Permanent Collection: Archiving, Inventory and Digitizing
RAM needs to thank Sally Toschlog, Jay Cobb and Jan Brady for their efforts behind the scenes. Each is playing an important role in organizing different aspects of the RAM holdings. Sally is updating the RAM accessions and making detailed notes about pieces in the RAM collection. Jay is using our PastPerfect software to digitize our collection accession records, complete with descriptions, images and more, and Jan is archiving our files, catalogs and the vast holding of Roy Hirschberg images RAM has. We thank them heartily!
Phantoscope High School Film Festival Moves to Indiana State Museum
RAM partnered to move the Phantoscope High School Film Festival to the Indiana State Museum for the first time ever. RAM brought in writer/director Mick Garris from L.A. to speak to the students about film, career choices and creativity. It was an excellent program and will be held at ISM in 2015.
Tourism Conference and RAM Yarn Bombing
RAM hosted the annual Tourism Conference put on by the Wayne County CBV and brought in the Cincinnati Yarn Bombshells who yarn bombed the front of McGuire Hall!
Secret Garden Tour 2014
RAM held another excellent Secret Garden Tour that included some outstanding gardens and one beautiful home. Thank you to the 2014 gardeners as well as to the 2015 hosts. We will see another great tour this coming summer; be ready for it in June!
Young Artist Camps
We hosted two more successful weeks of summer art camp for youth! Students of all ages participated in a variety of activities including, drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture and more!
The Secret Ingredient Art Inspired Runway and Butterfly Release
RAM hosted the Art Inspired Runway with special guest judge Richard Hallmarq in celebration of the 35 years in business. We were also the beneficiary of the funds generated in the annual Butterfly Release in front of the Secret Ingredient. Thanks to all our patrons and the community members who remembered their loved ones at the release. Through your generosity, Jeanne Rush was able to present RAM with a $3500 check!
For the second year in a row, RAM invited local and regional potters to set up shop on our front lawn and showcase/sell pottery! Nearly 20 potters attended. There was a hands on booth for children and adults, as well as live wheel demonstrations. We had live music and food as well! We are looking forward to another excellent year in 2016 with more food, music and pottery!
Max Harter Estate Gift
RAM received a generous estate gift from the late Max Harter. We are grateful to Max and will miss him at our exhibit openings. Thank you, Max!
Richmond Group Book Launch and Exhibit
The Richmond Group Artists book, published by IU Press, and written by RAM Executive Director Shaun Dingwerth, launched in May to rave reviews. RAM alone has sold nearly 800 copies, not to mention the book's availability online. RAM also hosted the exhibit corresponding with the book which opened in October and featured historical images of the group and 50 excellent paintings by the group's members. The exhibit will travel in 2015 to the Indiana State Museum and will open in February.
- 116th Annual Exhibit of Richmond and Area Artists & Holiday Art Mart
Continuing the tradition, RAM hosted its 116th Annual Exhibit, the oldest juried art contest in Indiana. It was the largest exhibit in our history, showing nearly 160 artworks in the professional division. Congratulations to all the winners and participants, especially Roy Boswell, who, in another first for the Annual, won the Sarah and John Lechieter Best of Show award for the second year in a row. We look forward to the 2015 exhibit!
We also held the Holiday Art Mart, a juried miniatures show which boasts amazing small works of art in many mediums, all for $250 or less. Patrons found excellent gifts and originals for themselves and loved ones again this year. Both the artists and RAM benefit from the sales of artwork from the Holiday Art Mart.