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Mark Peiser, Mountain Landscape, hemispherical wedge shaped orange cast crystal sculpture with rusticated bottom and an interior yellow moon, 8 x 10 x 2" deep, collection of The Johnson Museum

Judith Schaechter, Joan of Arc, n.d., 39 x 35 x 6”, stained glass in light box, Collection of Cassandra and Horace Irvine

Dale Chihuly, Blue and Beyond Blue, glass chandelier, 9.5 x 6', Stephen B. Lawrence Fund and additional donors

Contemporary Glass: Chihuly and Beyond
July 11 - Oct. 26, 2008

The NBMAA will explore the art of studio glass and its explosive popularity in recent years in an exhibition including internationally known artists Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra, as well as more than 50 well-known international and American glass artists.

The exhibition will correspond with the Museum's acquisition of Chihuly's 9 x 7' chandelier, a major artwork acquired for the NBMAA's new Chase Family Building. In June, the chandelier will be permanently installed above the LeWitt Staircase leading from the first to second floor of the Museum. School children and young Museum visitors will be invited to enter a competition to name the chandelier after it is installed.

Chihuly attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where he studied interior design and architecture. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly earned a Master of Science in glass blowing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he later established a glass program and taught for more than a decade. In 1968, Chihuly was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and became the first American glass blower to work in the prestigious Venini Fabrica in Murano, Italy. Chihuly co-founded the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA and is credited for spear-heading the avant-garde development of glass as a fine art.

Tagliapietra was born in Murano, where he was apprenticed to a glass studio at age 11 and worked under the internationally known master Archimede Seguso. He later worked as a glass blower and designer at other glass studios including Galliano Ferra, Venini, La Murrina, and Effetre International. Tagliapietra is known for his excellent craftsmanship and his ability to bring together the best of classic and contemporary design. He is also known as an inspiring teacher who helped link the traditions of Venice to the contemporary glass world of the United States. In 1979, Tagliapietra came to Seattle to teach at the Pilchuck School, thus beginning a long tradition of sharing centuries old Venetian techniques with American glass artists, which had begun with Gianni Toso in the mid-1970s at the Great California Glass Symposium.

In addition to Chihuly and Tagliapietra, the exhibition will include work by some 50 artists, and a variety of styles, subject matter and techniques will be represented. Included in the exhibition will be former NEW/NOW artist Mundy Hepburn and well-known glass artists Peter Greenwood, Dennis Peabody and Josh Simpson.

The exhibition will be documented in an illustrated brochure with an essay by William Warmus, one of the foremost glass experts in the country, and a series of educational programs, artist talks and other events will compliment it. The exhibition is presented by Bank of America with support from The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.


For more glass, see Tacoma's Museum of Glass' live streaming Hot Shop!

Sam McKinniss' Doubting Thomas
Sam McKinniss, Doubting Thomas, 2008, oil on canvas, 30 x 30", collection of the artist

NEW/NOW Sam McKinniss: Fierce Doubt
Aug. 8, 2008 - Oct. 12, 2008

The portraits of Hartford artist Sam McKinniss will be featured from Aug. 8 – Oct. 12, 2008 in Fierce Doubt, his first museum show. An opening reception will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14.

McKinniss says his work rarely strays from portraiture, exploring themes related to desire, love, pop music, the male gaze, and the history of painting.

“For the same reasons why sad songs are the best pop songs, unrequited love is the best love because it incites the most intensely felt emotion,” says McKinniss. “A portrait inspires this kind of one-sided desire, the kind that hurts so badly even though you can’t get enough.”

“The purpose of these works is to fully exercise my inability to capture any subject, no matter how accurately I can render one’s likeness. The thought that I might literally capture with a portrait or in some way own another person is ludicrous. I can not hold on to anybody. I have chased each sitter with my gaze and they have momentarily succumbed to my advances. Thus each painting is a failed attempt at love; that is, a failed attempt at holding onto another human being. At best, they are emotionally exacting, flat representations of real people,” the artist explains.

McKinniss was born in 1985 in Northfield, MN, but moved to Connecticut at an early age. In 2007, he received a BFA from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, where he studied painting with Stephen Brown and Carol Padberg. Also in 2007, McKinniss won the prestigious GO! emerging artist contest at Real Art Ways in Hartford. His solo exhibition TRUE LOVE is on view at Real Art Ways this summer.


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