Header Photo: Rachel Comande; Michelle James, "Family Portrait"

On Thursday, March 21, the Racine Art Museum (RAM) will present the 15th edition of a popular, non-traditional exhibition showcasing art made from or inspired by colorful marshmallow PEEPS®. Open through April 13, the RAM 15th Annual International PEEPS® Art Exhibition features 123 creative and entertaining entries that demonstrate the talent of artists from across the country.

Curating an exhibition that showcases PEEPS® artwork is somewhat unexpected for a museum. However, the concept of working with unusual materials is supported by RAM's mission to exhibit, collect, preserve, and educate in the field of contemporary craft—a subsect of art that focuses on handmade work created traditionally from ceramic, fiber, glass, metal, polymer, and wood. Artists consistently push material boundaries, so the idea that artists sometimes utilize and experiment with materials produced for purposes other than art-making can be seen throughout RAM's exhibitions and many works in the museum's permanent collection—the largest contemporary craft collection in North America.

Over the years, many PEEPS Art Exhibition entrants have become experts in marshmallow candy as a material, using methods like carving, painting, hole punching, gluing, and melting to manipulate PEEPS® into incredible shapes. While the seasonal candy is still the most common material, the 15th anniversary show also includes pieces made in various other media.

Racine Art Museum Peeps Exhibit
Photo: Rachel Comande; Veronica Gagliano Averkamp, "The Peepsicle"

On Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. CDT, RAM Marketing and Communications Specialist Tyler Potter will host a Virtual Awards Presentation via Facebook Live. Awards are based on clever and skilled use or representation of PEEPS® in adult, children, and group categories. A Facebook account is not required to watch the live broadcast. In addition to the awards selected by RAM, visitors are invited to vote for their favorite creation, naming one popular artwork worthy of the coveted PEEPles Choice Award. This vote has been taken very seriously since the inception of the annual exhibition. With guests allowed only one per visit, they circle the works of Peeps® art, taking notes about the exhibition, and then often lobbying for their eventual favorite. The award will be announced after the closure of the exhibition.


Racine Art Museum Peeps Exhibit
Photo: Rachel Comande; Ann Burke, "The Peepsons"


Out-of-state enthusiasts and other would-be museum visitors are invited to view the exhibition from the comfort of home during a Live Virtual Tour of the RAM 15th Annual International PEEPS® Art Exhibition. This intimate glimpse of the show will be broadcast on the RAM Facebook page at 12:00 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, April 9. The exhibition tour—along with the Virtual Awards Ceremony—will also be available to watch on demand on Facebook, YouTube, and the RAM website after the live broadcast has concluded.


Racine Art Museum Peeps Exhibit
Photo: Rachel Comande; Mel Westmeyer, "Puddy Tat Has a Tweeptooth"


Exhibitions at Racine Art Museum are made possible by: Platinum Sponsors—The Estate of Karen Johnson Boyd, David Charak, Judith and David Flegel Fund, Ron and Judith Isaacs, Nicholas and Nancy Kurten, Racine Community Foundation, Barbara Waldman, Windgate Foundation; Diamond Sponsors: City of Racine's Grow Racine Grant, Ruffo Family Foundation, Ruth Arts Foundation; Gold Sponsors—Anonymous, Tom and Irene Creecy, Richard and Patricia Ehlert, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Reliance Controls Community Fund, Trio Foundation of St. Louis, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Silver Sponsors—Anonymous, Baird, Beta Diagnostic Labs, A.C. Buhler Family, Lucy G. Feller, Ben and Dawn Flegel, Jim Harris, Sharon and Tom Harty, Horizon Retail Construction, Inc., Johnson Financial Group, Dorothy MacVicar, Jan Serr and John Shannon, Visit Racine County; Bronze Sponsors—Ellen and Joseph Albrecht, Susan Boland, Dave's Wine Garage, Educators Credit Union, Express Employment Professionals, Bill and Debbie Keland, Susan Manalli, Jean and Alex Mandli, Jr., Norbell Foundation, Cathy Stanghellini, Twin Disc; Media Sponsor—88Nine Radio Milwaukee.



RAM Exterior

About the Racine Art Museum

The two campuses of the Racine Art Museum—RAM in downtown Racine at 441 Main Street and RAM's Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts at 2519 Northwestern Avenue—are located in Racine, Wisconsin, a historic community on the shores of Lake Michigan. RAM is home to the largest contemporary craft collection in North America and has a reputation for its award-winning architecture and nationally recognized exhibition program. RAM's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts is home to the organization's diverse, award-winning art education programs and has presented significant art exhibitions since the 1940s.

Both campuses of the Racine Art Museum are currently operating with limited hours, open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. Both museums encourage all visitors and staff who are not fully vaccinated and those who feel more comfortable wearing a mask, to continue doing so in public areas at RAM and RAM's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. Some in-person art classes and workshops at Wustum still require masks, determined on a case-by-case basis.