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Lino Tagliapietra, Angel Tear, ca. 2011, Blown glass, 33 3/4 x 22 x 5 1/2 in., Collection of Henry and Sharon Martin

Glass Today: 21st-Century Innovations
June 21–Sept. 21, 2014
Opening Reception
2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 22, 2014

A sequel to the NBMAA’s popular 2008 glass exhibition, Glass Today: 21st-Century Innovations, celebrates glass as a material for contemporary art—sculpture, installation, video and even painting and printmaking.

This group exhibition, curated by Assistant Curator Anna Rogulina, brings together over 80 works by 66 artists united by their ability to manipulate the properties and potentialities of the medium. Three themes—Nature & Landscape; Form & Color; and Narrative & Symbol—serve as loose connective tissue between the sheer diversity of techniques, aesthetics and conceptual goals achieved by each of the exhibiting artists.

We invite you to take advantage of the many exciting programs happening in conjunction with this exhibition. Please consult our website, calendar and program listings in this newsletter for more information about lectures, trips, and studio classes offered this summer!

Special funding has been provided by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, the Bailey Family Fund for Special Exhibitions, and the Kathryn Cox Endowment Fund for Special Exhibitions with additional support from the Connecticut Department of Economics and Community Development Office of the Arts through the New Britain Commission on the Arts.

Participating Artists

Giles Bettison, Mary Beth Bliss and Peter Vanderlaan, Martin Blank, Peter Bremers, Latchezar Boyadjiev, Nancy Callan, Sydney Cash, José Chardiet, Nicole Chesney, Dale Chihuly, Daniel Clayman, Amber Cowan, Dan Dailey, Steffen Dam, Andrew Erdos, Josepha Gasch-Muche, Peter Greenwood, Mundy Hepburn, Eric Hilton, Richard Hornby, David Huchthausen, Sidney Hutter, Anja Isphording, Luke Jerram, Richard Jolley, John Kiley, Vladimira Klumpar, Stephen Knapp, Jon Kuhn, Thérèse Lahaie, Karen LaMonte, Shayna Leib, K. William LeQuier, Beth Lipman, Marvin Lipofsky, Carmen Lozar, Linda MacNeil, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Benjamin Moore, Debora Moore, Sibylle Peretti, Stephen Rolfe Powell, James Randolph, Mark Reigelman II, Jill Reynolds, Christopher Ries, Martin Rosol, Richard Royal, Brian Russell, Toland Sand, Judith Schaechter, Thomas Scoon, Josh Simpson, Raven Skyriver, Carmen Spera, Dan Spitzer, Ivana Šrámková, Ethan Stern, Preston Singletary, Lino Tagliapietra, Bertil Vallien, Norwood Viviano, David Walters, Steven Weinberg, and Toots Zynsky

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Details of paintings (from upper left): Joanne Greenbaum, Untitled, 2012; Lisa Beck, Channel, 2013; Andrew Masullo, 5358, 2011–12; Keith Mayerson, Iconscape 4, 2012; Adam Henry, #5, 2012; Joshua Abelow, Running Man, 2013

This One's Optimistic: Pincushion
Curated by Cary Smith
June 7-Sept. 14, 2014
Opening Reception
2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014
Curator Remarks at 3 p.m.

This One’s Optimistic: Pincushion is a densely hung, salon style exhibition that includes paintings and drawings by 38 contemporary artists, all of whom are known for their excellence in making work that leans heavily towards abstraction. Their styles are vastly different and will, in close proximity, create a wide-ranging visual experience, which can be seen as a current reflection of a slice of what is going on within the art community. A unifying theme among all the artwork is that of an intuitive, positive, human force—one that is authentic, smart, original, and inventive—and always with a warm beating heart.

Smith believes there is a heightened collective awareness that we share due to the immediate exchange of digital information among us. As Smith finds himself often sitting in front of his computer looking, watching, listening—and posting images of his own work along with the work of other artists he admires—he finds that in short bits of time he can view art from all over the globe. This exhibition is a snippet of that world for all to view in real time, in real space where the heart of the artist is ever present.

Participating artists

John Phillip Abbott, Joshua Abelow, Lisa Beck, Trudy Benson, Timothy Bergstrom, Michael Berryhill, Ross Bleckner, Todd Chilton, Steve DiBenedetto, Amy Feldman, Michelle Grabner, Joanne Greenbaum, Clare Grill, Adam Henry, Daniel Hesidence, Xylor Jane, Bill Komoski, Joshua Marsh, Chris Martin, Andrew Masullo, Keith Mayerson, Douglas Melini, Tom Nozkowski, Carl Ostendarp, Ann Pibal, Josh Podoll, Lisa Sanditz, James Siena, Jennifer Wynne Reeves, Alexander Ross, Julie Ryan, Jackie Saccoccio, Russell Tyler, Dan Walsh, Chuck Webster, Garth Weiser, Stanley Whitney, Michael Williams, B. Wurtz, Tamara Zahaykevich

Cary Smith is an artist who lives in Farmington, CT.
More information about him can be found at:

Beth Lipman, Aspects of (American) Life
(illustration 2)

Special Opening Reception
Beth Lipman, Aspects of (American) Life
Wednesday, May 14, 2:30 p.m.

Canceled due to severe storm weather/flight delay. The installation is still scheduled to be completed by May 16.

Join us to celebrate the unveiling of Beth Lipman's Aspects of (American) Life. The latest addition to the Museum's Appropriation & Inspiration series, this installation relates directly to Thomas Hart Benton's epic murals The Art of Life in America. Borrowing objects depicted in the murals, Lipman creates a monumental three-dimensional still-life sculpture from clear glass as a meditation on the good fortunes of wealth and prosperity as well as the misfortunes that ensue from their abuse.

Don't miss the opportunity to meet this world-renowned glass artist and learn about one of her largest projects to date.

David Borawski, God Save Your Mad Parade, 2014, Digital Image, Courtesy of the artist

New Media: David Borawski
Apr. 26–Aug. 31, 2014

Closing Reception
1-2 p.m, reception, 2:30 p.m., artist remarks
Sunday, August 31

Opening Reception
5:30-8 p.m., Friday, May 2, 2014

Hartford-based multi-media installation artist David Borawski likes to take the viewer on a visual and conceptual ride, leading you down a path then leaving you to find your way home. Unleashing ideas, images and ready made materials that the viewer may not normally consider as art supplies, Borawski’s work draws upon social and political events that have influenced major shifts in our collective consciousness, positioning them as eerie precursors to present-day circumstances.

God Save Your Mad Parade is an installation that addresses anarchy and the proliferation of crime and lawlessness at both ends of the wealth and class spectrum, through video, sound and sculpture. Borawski assembles video clips of ceiling fans and projects them onto the gallery floor. At the same time, the viewer is subjected to a digitally manipulated soundtrack of surveillance and helicopter noise. Other elements will include plastic chain, fabric bandanas and corrugated cardboard. Borawski explains, “chains suggest restraint and control. That is the function of law and authority, chains stop someone from doing something.” As the Sex Pistols lyrics conclude, “no future for me, no future for you.”


More information on the artist can be found at and

Joe Fig, Petah Coyne: May 9, 2013, 2014, Mixed media, 17 3/4" x 21 1/4" x 21 1/4". Courtesy of Tierney Gardarin Gallery

NEW/NOW: Joe Fig
Apr. 19–July 20, 2014
Opening Reception
3:30-5 p.m., Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014
Artist's remarks at 4 p.m.
followed by book signing

When walking through a museum it is easy to forget that the perfectly hung paintings and well-lit sculptures are products of a long and arduous process. They are the end results of many moments of creative inspiration, but also a myriad of physical and logistical details. It is these details—aspects of an artist’s daily routine—that motivated the artist Joe Fig to embark on a life-long exploration of the working lives of his fellow professional artists. This exhibition, entitled NEW/NOW: JOE FIG, presents a series of sculptures and paintings representing the studios of some of today’s leading contemporary artists, including Petah Coyne, Tara Donovan and Ursula Von Rydingsvard. All of the artists represented are women working in the New York area, and each portrait reflects the intimacies and subtleties of who they are as people and what they do as artists.

Fig visits and interviews each artist in order to fully and accurately document their process. This allows for a rare look into the self-made universe of the artist’s studio. The resulting artworks are both a celebration of the wonders of the creative process and a revelation regarding the rather mundane tasks involved in making art. Fig’s process of documentation and translation gradually evolves into a portrait of the artist and her creative process.

Joe Fig's studio is in Collinsville, Connecticut. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and his sculptures, paintings and photographs can be found in numerous museums, including the Parrish Art Museum, the Norton Museum and the Fogg Art Museum. His acclaimed book Inside the Painter’s Studio explores the day-to-day practicalities of 24 leading contemporary artists and is currently in its sixth printing. He received both his BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts and is represented by Tierney Gardarin Gallery in New York.

The NEW/NOW Series is made possible by the generous support of Marzena and Greg Silpe.

Soo Sunny Park Concept

Soo Sunny Park
Opening Reception
2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014

The Museum is delighted to announce plans to unveil the third site-specific installation for February 2014 to animate the LeWitt Family Staircase where undulating, effervescent abstract forms seemingly float above the staircase landing. The artist, Soo Sunny Park, is known for creating otherworldly, immersive installations that transform their environments into seas of dancing light, reflection and shadow. Her proposal for the LeWitt Family Staircase is no exception.

As the artist explains, “The space will be filled with sinuous, large, sprawling structures on two opposing walls (units composed of weaving of metal grid and clear, iridescent, “edge glowing” Plexi glass), which transmit, reflect, and refract light while the painted dark walls of the gallery are enclosed with images that echo the shadows and reflections of the gleaming sculpture. The images are articulated with charcoal and graphite.” Changing light conditions will reveal different facets of the sculpture, so that during different times of day it will be transformed from translucent and clear to colorful and prismatic. The installation will harness daylight and artificial light as mediums with which to create, blurring the line between the physical drawing and the light drawing.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Soo Sunny Park received her BFA in painting and sculpture from Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio and a MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Park is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant; Grand Prize winner of the 19th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition; The Helen Foster Barnett Prize, National Academy Museum, New York; Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture residency, Skowhegan, Maine; Cité Internationale des Arts studio residency, Paris, France, and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts & Literary Arts Residency, Bellagio, Italy.

Her most recent installations are Capturing Resonance (2011–12), created with composer Spencer Topel for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Unwoven Light (2013) for Rice Gallery in Houston, Texas. Park lives and works in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she is Associate Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College.