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Muskegon Museum of Art L.C. and Margaret Walker Gallery A
The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 100th year, 2012, also marks the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement. To celebrate these events, The MMA presents Fifty by Fifty: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass. Fifty artists whose work and teaching is helping to define the next generation of studio glass were invited to provide recent works to display in the exhibition. Guest curators Benjamin P. Moore and Stephen Rolfe Powell, two of the top artists in the field, selected the artists for inclusion. Fifty by Fifty opens on Thursday, August 23, with a reception and talk by Moore and Powell. The exhibition runs through October 28, 2012.
Studio glass in a rich variety of sizes and colors created using a wide array of techniques will be on display. Artists involved come from across the United States and are active in teaching and glass making around the country and throughout the world. The connections between the artists highlight the depth of the studio glass community, with many studying or working at Pilchuck Glass School and the Penland School of Crafts with some of the top names in the field, including Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra, and our guest curators Benjamin Moore and Stephen Rolfe Powell. Others have studied at colleges and universities and gone on to establish their own programs or studios. Just a few of the artists exhibiting include Nancy Callan, Curtiss Brock, Janusz Pozniak, Tommie Rush, Boyd Sugiki, and Debora Moore.
An illustrated full-color catalogue that includes curator essays, artist statements, and photos of works by all the artists will be available for purchase in the MMA Gift Store by August 23.
Fifty by Fifty: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass is underwritten by SPX Corporation, the 100th Year Centennial Partner of the Muskegon Museum of Art, the Robert D. and C. Corcoran Tuttle Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, and is made possible, in part, by a 2012 Celebration Grant from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Media support is provided by MLive/Muskegon Chronicle.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2012
Muskegon Museum of Art office secretary: 231.720.2571
Thursday, August 23
5:30–7:00 pm Reception with the Artists / 7:00 pm Curators’ Talk
Enjoy refreshments, and then get acquainted with Fifty by Fifty guest curators Benjamin P. Moore and Stephen Rolfe Powell. Moore and Powell will share their experiences as glass artists during this special program. This event is free and open to the public. Call the MMA reservation line at 231.720.2598 by August 16 if you plan to attend. Attendance and program seating will be limited.
Thursdays, September, 1:00–3:00 pm
Sunday, September 9, 1:00–2:00 pm
Explore Fifty by Fifty with docent-led gallery tours.
Brown Bag Films
The following films are free and run 30 minutes.
September 8, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Glass Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day! Drop in to tour Fifty by Fifty; see a short film, and create your own glass-inspired artwork.
Thursday, September 13, 6:30pm
Walk and Talk with John Riepma
Join glass artist John Riepma as he walks us through Fifty by Fifty. John will show us his favorite works and describe some of the technical skills that the artists use to create their glasswork. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, November 1, 7:00 pm
New Century / New Art Distinguished Lecture Series
White Light by Daniel Clayman
Get acquainted with glass artist Daniel Clayman, creator of Clear Volume—the large cast glass circle that has become a signature work in the MMA’s new Centennial Collection. His lecture follows an opening reception for ReMix: The New Permanent Collection. The reception starts at 5:30 pm the same evening. Free and open to the public.