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Tiffany Studios, River Of Live Window, early 20th century. Leaded glass. Photography by: John Faier. Courtesy: Driehaus Museum. 

Wednesday February 21, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

For first time, a prized set of Tiffany works travel from their Chicago museum home

A treasure trove of Louis Comfort Tiffany masterpieces is going on its first-ever tour. Sixty pieces that have never before travelled outside of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago form a new exhibit titled "Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection," which will remain on display through May 27, 2018 at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati. This exhibition will be followed by a national tour of eight U.S. venues through 2021. At its conclusion, the works will return to the Driehaus Museum.

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Carolyn Swan Needell will take over as the Barry Curator of Glass on April 2nd.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

Chrysler Museum announces scholar Carolyn Swan Needell will be its new curator of glass

The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, has announced that Carolyn Swan Needell, P.h.D., will be the new Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass, assuming the position on April 2, 2018. In September 2017, Chrysler Museum of Art’s previous curator, Diane Wright, announced her departure to take on the role of curator of glass at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio. The Chrysler holds one of the largest glass art collections in the world with more than 10,000 objects spanning 3,000 years. The core of its collection comes from its namesake, Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., who donated thousands of objects from his private collection to the Museum. With Swan Needell’s 15 years of experience in the study of glass, she hopes to engage audiences of all interests and backgrounds.

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Mary Van Cline, Dan & Owen, 2017.

Wednesday February 14, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

Artist Mary Van Cline's self-financed portrait project is her love letter to the glass-art community

In her own art practice, Mary Van Cline often blends pâte de verre elements with large-scale images rendered on photosensitive glass plates, creating a dynamic interplay between two- and three-dimensionality. But recently she's turned her focus squarely on the two-dimensional with an ambitious photography project. Since early 2017, she's been traveling the U.S. to take photographs of glass artists, prominent dealers, collectors and critics in an effort to document and immortalize the unique artistic ecosystem that defines the Studio Glass world. Since earning her MFA in glass sculpture and design from MassArt in 1982, Van Cline has been an active participant in this community, but more recently, she's realized that it's on the verge of a major transition as the major players are aging. In response, she launched "The Documenta Project," which she has financed almost entirely on her own, in which she hopes to build an archive of life-size photographic portraits that capture the unique personalities of the major figures.

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Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts Exterior Facade.

Friday February 9, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

The Lowe Art Museum unveils renovated Paley Pavilion and a year of special events

To honor the 10th anniversary of the Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts, Miami’s Lowe Art Museum has declared 2018 as the "Year of Glass," which will be commemorated through new exhibitions and programs. The event kicked off with a February 6 party featuring a lecture from artist Therman Statom. The site of this celebration is the newly-renovated Palley Pavilion that houses a $3.5-million collection of work by international glass and ceramic artists. Designed by architect Ronald Mateau, the gallery was designed with plenty of natural light to showcase the innate qualities of glass.

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Anne Vibeke Mou, Diamond Window, 2016. Diamond point engraving on glass. courtesy: the corning museum of glass.

Thursday February 8, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

The Corning Studio announces 2018 Artist Residents, as well as recipients of new Whitehouse Research Residency

The Corning Museum of Glass has announced the recipients for its 2018 Artists-in-Residence program and they include: Anne Vibeke Mou, Jim Butler and Frederick Kahl, Pavlina Čambalová, Trenton Quiocho and Erika Tada, Aaron Pexa, Charlotte Potter and Penelope Rakov. The 2018 recipients of the brand-new David Whitehouse Artist Residency for Research are Annie Cattrell, Claire Bell, Josh Simpson, and Anna Riley. Every year, the Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass invites artists from all over the world to be a part of its residency program. Through the program, the artist spends a month at the Studio to further develop works. They also have access to the Museum, Rakow Research Library, and other Studio resources.

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Justin Ginsberg, Catching Glass Formed by Water #1, 2016. Glass. H 7 in, W 9 in, D 6 ½ in. Courtesy: Traver Gallery.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

OPENING: Justin Ginsberg puts glass inquiries on display in Traver exhibit opening February 1

Justin Ginsberg has always been one to push the limits of glass and his upcoming exhibit, “LIQUID / ROPE / COILING” at Traver Gallery is no exception. It features a multitude of works from the past seven years, including drawings, videos, and glass pieces that were conducted during residencies at The Museum of Glass, S12 Studios, the Pilchuck Glass School, and the Toyama Institute of Glass. The exhibit opens on Thursday, February 1, 2018 and concludes on Saturday, March 31, 2018. The artist will attend the opening night from 5 PM -8 PM. Since 2013, Ginsberg has also been the head of the glass area at the University of Texas in Arlington, as well as an assistant professor of practice there.

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Laura Donefer, Todesmarche Revisited, 2013. Cast glass and concrete. W 180 in. courtesy: alfstad& contemporary.

Monday January 22, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

EXHIBITION: Laura Donefer's meditation on historical suffering is on view in "Shine the Light"

While glass artist Laura Donefer's works had dealt with violent themes in the past, their severity and scope reached new heights in her 2013 work, Todesmarche Revisited. The 15-foot long glass and cement work is comprised of approximately 900 cast glass feet, commemorating the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust through a reference to the eponymous Nazi Todesmarche, or "Death March." It can now be seen again at Alfstad& Contemporary of Sarasota, Florida, as part of the exhibition, "Shine the Light." The show recontextualizes Donefer's monumental work with photography by Charlotte Schmitz, and a film by Deborah Haber and Dave Marshall, each exploring persecuted voices of the past and present. It was curated by Deborah Haber of DEEP Arts, a non-profit arts organization focused on promoting new work, and runs through February 2nd. On Wednesday, January 24 at 4pm and Friday, January 26 at 6:15pm, Haber and Donefer will be discussing "Shine the Light" as part of Alfstad& Contemporary's Artist Talks Series.

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