In commemoration of the 50th anniversary in 2012 of the studio glass movement in the United States, the Norton Museum of Art is presenting three studio glass programs: an installation, a demonstration, and an exhibition,  which open on Jan.18, 2012.

The American Studio Glass movement began with two glass workshops held at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962, and quickly spread to art programs in Wisconsin, California, and Rhode Island. The Toledo workshops introduced a small furnace built for glass-working that made it possible for individual artists to work in independent studios. The Norton is among more than 100 institutions across the country recognizing the work of glass artists.

The three programs are as follows:

 

  • Beth Lipman: A Still Life Installation: Renowned, Wisconsin-based glass artist Beth Lipman, just named one of 50 United States Artists Fellows for 2011, has created a large-scale glass construction (65”x78”x41”), inspired by 17th- and 18th-century still lifes by artists such as Daniel Seghers, Jan Fyt, and Juan de Arellano that Lipman selected from the Museum Collection. The commissioned work, titled One and Others, will be on view with still life paintings and photographs in the Museum’s European galleries from Jan. 18 through May 27, 2012.
  • The Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow: In conjunction with the Beth Lipman installation, the acclaimed Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow is bringing its mobile glass art studio to the Norton for a nearly 10-weeke run from Jan. 18 through March 25, 2012. The Roadshow is the world’s premiere mobile glassblowing unit, a mobile “hotshop” housed in a 28-foot-long trailer.  The Roadshow will operate on the Norton campus six days a week with a schedule of nine public programs each day during which Corning glassblowers will demonstrate complex glassmaking techniques, offer hands-on-workshops, and present glassblowing performances. Beth Lipman is scheduled to join them at least once. *Admission to the Roadshow is an additional $3, but free to Museum Members as well as children under 13 years old.

      

  • Studio Glass: Works from the Museum Collection: Organized by the Norton Museum of Art and curated by Jerry Dobrick, Curatorial Associate, The Museum will showcase a selection of studio glass from its Permanent Collection to coincide with the Beth Lipman installation and the visit by the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow.  Works by internationally recognized artists Dale Chihuly, William Morris, and Toots Zynsky will be featured with other outstanding examples of contemporary studio glass. 

 The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and  is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children12 and under.  Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. For additional information, please call 561-832-5196, or visit www.norton.org.

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