Cutting Edge: RAM Explores Contemporary Glass Jewelry

October 28, 2012 - February 17, 2013

Following a historical precedent for utilizing glass in adornment, contemporary artists create dynamic art jewelry that underscores the aesthetic and theoretical potential of an ancient material.  This exhibition represents the intersection of two important elements of artistic production—art jewelry and glass. Whether engaging with long-standing traditions, such as producing millefiore beads, or utilizing glass in equally compelling yet inherently modern conceptual frameworks—these artists emphasize the flexibility and variability of glass as a medium for expression. The exhibition will be marked by artists using a variety of techniques and exploring a broad range of subject matter. 

While given more attention recently, art jewelry made using glass represents an important yet sometimes overlooked element of contemporary glass. RAM’s exhibition will highlight artists who regularly utilize glass in their work and consistently address the medium in their practice.

Exhibition Gallery Guide (pdf)
Exhibition Glossary (pdf)
Press Room
Racine Journal Times, August 30, 2012: Glass Art Shows


Earthenware and fused glass jewelry by modern maker Elsa Freund will add historical dimension. Significantly, several of the artists who will be featured are also represented in RAM’s permanent collection through jewelry, small objects, or both—artists such as Donald Friedlich, Jacqueline Lillie, Linda MacNeil, Julie Mihalisin, James Minson, Judy Onofrio, and Joyce Scott. Others whose works are included: Dolores Barrett, Patty Cokus, Jane D’Arensbourg, Charlene Foster, Foster/Malone, Carrie Garrott, Karen Gilbert, Suzanne Golden, Gesine Hackenberg, Valerie Hector, Kristina Logan, Pavel Novak, Barbara Packer, Kait Rhoads, Joyce Roessler, Erica Rosenfeld, Axel Russmeyer, Philip Sajet, Melissa Schmidt, Blanche Tilden, and Jette Vogt.
Elsa Freund
Bracelet, 1961
Glass, sterling silver, and glazed stoneware
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Betty Gregg Black
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Linda MacNeil
Mesh 6-95 Necklace, 1995
Glass and 24k gold
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Joyce Scott
Neckpiece, 1991
Glass beads, thread, and wire
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Marilyn Radke
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Blanche Tilden
Long Grand Palais (detail), 2011
Glass and sterling silver
Collection of the Artist
Photography: Marcus Scholz

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 - Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Clifton Gunderson LLP, CNH America LLC, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation, Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group, The Norbell Foundation, Real Racine, and Runzheimer Foundation.