Handle with Care: Recent Acquisitions in Glass

June 10 - October 7, 2012

Handle with Care: Recent Acquisitions in Glass features works made of glass that were recently gifted to RAM. This exhibition not only celebrates the arrival of significant works, it is also linked to a nationwide anniversary of studio glass in America. 

The beginning of the American studio glass movement is most often traced back to 1962 when Harvey K. Littleton established two glass workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art that brought artists, scientists, and experienced professional glass blowers together. These early proponents envisioned independent studios for glassblowing, a scenario that was not possible up to that point with the established technology. Such workshops provided forums for information sharing across disciplines and launched glass programs at universities while simultaneously sparking an interest in artists to experiment with the material. These efforts encouraged experimentation and interest and secured a place in contemporary craft for this compelling and dynamic medium.

A series of lectures, demonstrations, and exhibitions are taking place across the United States as studio glass celebrates 50 years. Handle with Care is the smaller of two exhibitions that RAM will host in honor of this anniversary. This fall, we will exhibit over 20 artists in Cutting Edge: Contemporary Glass Jewelry, scheduled to open October 28.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Notes
Press Room

Racine Journal Times, August 30, 2012: Glass Art Shows

 

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Dale Chihuly, Laura De Santillana, Fritz Dreisbach, Erwin Eisch, Michael Glancy, Audrey Handler, Richard Jolley, Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora Mace, Robert Levin, Robert Clark Palusky, Mark Peiser, Collin Reid, David Schwarz, Susan Shapiro, Paul Stankard, Lisabeth Sterling, Frantisek Vizner, Ann Wolff, and Brent Lee Young

Mark Peiser
Green Glade, 1981
Glass
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Stanton and Judith Brody
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Joel Philip Myers
Solskin, 1986
Blown glass
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Barry Friedman, Ltd.
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora Mace
Small Pear, 1994
Glass
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Charles Bronfman
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Richard Jolley
Tropical Fish Vase Bowl, ca. 1985
Glass
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Stanton and Judith Brody
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora Mace
Bird Bowl, 1983
Glass
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Stanton and Judith Brody
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
 

This exhibition is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Presenting Sponsors – Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, Jay Price Ruffo, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors – Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors – Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board, Bronze Sponsors – Clifton Gunderson LLP, CNH America LLC, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation, The Norbell Foundation, Real Racine, and Runzheimer Foundation.