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More than 100 Glass Demonstrations, Lectures and Exhibits to Commemorate Glass Artists

DALLAS, Texas - June 22, 2011 - Next year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of studio glass art in America. To celebrate this milestone and recognize talented artists, the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass, has initiated more than 100 glass demonstrations, lectures and exhibitions that will take place in museums, galleries and art centers across the country throughout 2012.

The American Studio Glass movement began with two glass workshops held at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. The workshops were taught by Harvey K. Littleton, who, along with scientist Dominick Labino, introduced a small furnace built for glassworking that made it possible for individual artists to work in independent studios. Glass programs were then established by Littleton at the University of Wisconsin, at the California College of the Arts by Marvin Lipofsky, and later at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), led by artist Dale Chihuly, to name but a few.

“The golden anniversary of American glass art is the perfect opportunity to celebrate artists nationwide and showcase exquisite glass collections, as well as introduce sculpture in glass to others through education, awareness and community,” said Harlan Fischer, AACG president elect. “Our goal is to energize and educate about studio glass art and we’re thankful to be celebrating this art medium’s first 50 years.”

Since 1962, glass art has become a popular and exciting medium for museums, galleries, collectors, artists, and students. One-of-a-kind glass sculptural art is found all over the United States in museums, hotels, cruise liners, botanical gardens, parks, restaurants and many other notable public spaces. So, beginning in January 2012, the year-long celebration will commence and special events and displays will take place from California, Arizona and Washington, to Florida, New York and New Jersey - and everywhere in between. Each event will be a learning experience and offer the best places to see and appreciate glass art.

Below is a sampling of anniversary events slated for 2012:

  • Exhibit, Voices of Contemporary Glass: The 50th Anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement, Boca Raton Museum of Art, January 18 - June 3, 2012
  • Installation, Michael Petry: The Touch of the Oracle, Palm Springs Art Museum, March 17 - July 29, 2012
  • Exhibit, The Legacy of Littleton: Harvey Littleton and his Wisconsin Glass Program Students, Bergstrom Mahler Museum, October 8, 2012 - February 24, 2013

“To display studio glass art’s incredible history throughout the United States, support has been secured from hundreds of art organizations and the people who have been inspired by the events of the past five decades,” said Arlene Silvers, AACG president. “AACG would like to invite the public and additional collector groups and museums to join the celebration and start planning visits to experience the exhibits and events set for next year!”

The AACG Grants Committee is accepting grant requests for 2012 anniversary projects. The next deadline is September 1, 2011. For more information regarding grant applications, online galleries, artist profiles, upcoming events and more, please visit

A listing of 2012 glass art events is ever changing and as information is finalized, details can be found online at

About AACG

The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass. The Art Alliance informs the public, including collectors, critics and curators, by encouraging and supporting museum and art center glass exhibitions and public programs, and regional collector groups. Membership is open to anyone interested in contemporary glass.


| Posted 11 Jun 21

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