Collection Focus: Mary Giles

  • 441 Main St.
  • Racine, WI

With a cabinetmaker father and a mother who knitted, quilted, and did Scandinavian decorative painting known as rosemaling, Mary Giles (1944–2018) seemed destined to work creatively with her hands. Revered for her willingness to push the boundaries of form and concept, Giles made objects throughout her career that reflected her interest in materials and traditional basketmaking techniques. An affinity for the natural world cultivated during her youth fueled the artist’s investigations of various media including waxed linen, porcupine quills, and a number of metals like copper and iron.

In its current makeup, RAM's fiber collection is anchored by artists interested in baskets and basketmaking techniques. Mary Giles, with 19 pieces now at RAM and others promised, is one of te most well-represented fiber artists with works spanning over three decades. RAM has been acquiring Giles' work since the early 2000s through gifts from donors, but these pieces have never been brought together in a single gallery space until now.

  • October 21, 2020 - January 23, 2021
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: 441 Main St., Racine Art Museum, WI
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Collection Focus: Mary Giles