A Glass Act presents a variety of subject matter, ranging from still life compositions and depictions of the natural environment to figurative and abstract works. The show contains pieces that demonstrate a masterful combination of technical expertise and artistic vision, as practiced by internationally recognized glass artists.
By collecting artists in-depth throughout their careers, RAM is able to document how artists’ ideas germinate and develop over time. Works by three leaders in the field—Dale Chihuly, William Morris, and Joel Philip Myers—demonstrate their artistic achievements from different decades in their careers. This exhibition features work by Harvey Littleton, a respected artist and teacher, displayed with pieces by a former student—Dale Chihuly. Chihuly’s pieces are also being displayed alongside Morris, who started his career in Chihuly’s studio before becoming internationally known for his own work.
Believing that this is a historically significant time for artistic advancement, RAM has concentrated on contemporary achievements in glass to capture a clear picture of the Studio Glass Movement’s development. A Glass Act showcases several examples in RAM’s collection from early leaders in the field, as well as from today’s emerging talents.