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Member Meeting: Hands on—illoonimating with Bill Reid

  • Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts 2519 Northwestern Avenue Racine, WI, 53404 United States (map)

Creative and free-spirited Bill Reid will lead us in a group hands-on project. In groups of 3 or 4 we will be “illoonimating” bird silhouettes. He will be bringing all of the supplies and there is NO per person charge for this program. Wear clothes that can get messy and bring some newspaper to cover the floors.

Wisconsin artist, Bill Reid creates brightly painted metal sculpture without equal. Imaginary animals built from word play, such as the Distanteater and the Artelope tell the stories of the artist’s own folklore. Often mechanical and toy-like, his creations are made entirely of welded pieces of thin sheet metal and metal rods. The artist’s work ranges in size from super small to motor vehicle size.

The artist received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and is currently the Artist in Residence at the Prairie School in Racine, Wisconsin. His work has gained him numerous awards and has allowed him over a dozen museum exhibitions
across the country.