Colorado Collects Glass: A Celebration of the American Studio Glass Movement

CO collects exhibtion2011December 14, 2011-March 18, 2012 in the Mezzanine Gallery

This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement.  The American Studio Glass movement began with two glass workshops held at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. The workshops were taught by Harvey K. Littleton, who, along with scientist Dominick Labino, introduced a small furnace built for glassworking that made it possible for individual artists to work in independent studios. Glass programs were then established by Littleton at the University of Wisconsin, at the California College of the Arts by Marvin Lipofsky, and later at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), led by artist Dale Chihuly and others.

Colorado is home to a number of outstanding glass collections and five of the most important are represented in this exhibition.  Highlights from the Heller, Johnese, Kaminsky, Landy, and Mandel collections are featured.   Each collection reflects the tastes, interests and passions of the individual collectors.  All the objects in the exhibition were made by major American studio glass artists and provide the viewer with a broad overview of the techniques and subject matter that have occupied those artists since 1962.

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.

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