American Glass Art


(above:The Angel of the Resurrection, Louis Comfort Tiffany's work in the First Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, 1905. Public Domain)


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Glass Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Richard Parrish: Aerial Perspectives of the American Landscape (4/11/16)

Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion (2/19/13)

Evolution/Revolution: 50 Years of American Studio Glass (1/18/12)

Let There Be Light: Stained Glass and Drawings from the Collection of Oakbrook Esser Studios (10/9/10)

Chihuly Installations at Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ (4/21/09)

Wrapped in Tradition: The Chihuly Collection of Native American Trade Blankets (5/9/08)

Josh Simpson: A Visionary Journey in Glass, 1972-2007 (11/16/07)

Domestic Reflections: Smashed Glass Assemblage by Mo Ringey (8/13/07)

Paul Stankard: A Floating World / Paper Cuts: The Art of Contemporary Paper (2/1/06)

Tiffany By Design (8/3/05)

Fusing Traditions: Transformations in Glass by Native American Artists (4/23/05)

American Studio Glass: A Survey of the Movement (7/13/04)

Glass by Debora and Benjamin Moore; text by James Houghton (3/11/04)

Chihuly Across Florida: Masterworks in Glass (12/31/03)

Richard Jolley: Sculptor of Glass (12/29/03)

Looking Within: Mark Peiser - The Art of Glass (12/22/03)

New Louis Comfort Tiffany Permanent Collection Display at University of Kentucky Art Museum (10/31/03

The Art of Tiffany (6/27/01)

Tiffany's Rare 1893 Chapel Opens at the Morse Museum (9/1/99)

Renwick Gallery Showcases Glass! Glorious Glass! (8/6/99)

The Lamps of Tiffany: Highlights from the Egon and Hildegard Neustadt Collection (7/12/99)

Holding Light: Contemporary Glass Sculpture (8/21/99)

Dale Chihuly: "Seaforms " (6/14/99)

The Lamps of Tiffany Opens at Knoxville Museum of Art (4/13/99)

Worlds of Beauty and Enchantment: The Henry Melville Fuller Collection of Paperweights (3/16/99)

Tiffany Windows Installed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (2/26/99)

American Glass: Masters of the Art (12/19/98)

Pure Vision: American Bead Artists (12/8/98)

Beads: A Cross-Cultural Medium (12/8/98)

Clearly Color: Frederick Carder's Transparent Glassware (10/12/98)

Chinese Snuff Bottles at the Norton (7/28/97)


(above: Louis Comfort Tiffany, Blossoming flower-shaped decorative goblet, between 1900 and 1907, glass, Budapest Museum of Applied Arts. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


From other web sites:

A Brief History Of The Studio Glass Movement, by Daniel Pruitt, from The Lakewood Observer. Accessed May, 2014

Agony and Ecstasy: Contemporary Stained Glass by Judith Schaechter is a 2019 exhibit at the Chrysler Museum of Art which says: "Human figures are arranged against a lushly-patterned color field in poses of transcendence or anguish, creating imagery that is powerful, provocative, beautiful, and disturbing."  Also see artist's website. Accessed 5/20

All That Glitters, an exhibit held October 1, 2011 - February 19, 2012 at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum. Materials include a .pdf gallery guide. Accessed May, 2014

American Studio Glass Movement, covering the history of the movement, from Corning Museum of Glass. Accessed August, 2015.

A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass is a 2020 exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum which says: "Each of the nineteen artists included in the exhibition examines the material and symbolic potential of glass in unique and revealing ways."  Accessed 10/20

Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard, an exhibit held November 2, 2013 - January 5, 2014 at the Lowe Art Museum at University of Miami. Accessed February, 2015

Brightly Beaded: North American Indian Glass Beadwork is a 2014 exhibit at the McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture which says: "This exhibition presents exemplary selections of beadwork, primarily from four culture areas -- Plains, Great Lakes, Subarctic, and Northeast -- and explores the techniques, as well as the functional and cultural significance of these pieces." Accessed 2/19

Dan Daily: Character Sketch is a 2020 exhibit at the Chrysler Museum of Art which says: "Known as one of the most unique voices within the field of contemporary glass, Dan Dailey pairs an industrial palette with precise draftsmanship and technical craftsmanship to produce his figurative artwork."  Also see website of artist. Accessed 11/20

Domestic Treasures -Tiffany Art Glass for the Public, an exhibit held August 08, 2005 through January 07, 2007 at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Includes Gallery Guide (PDF), Family Guide (PDF), Object Guide (PDF). Accessed August, 2015.

Eyes for Glass: The Price Collection, an exhibit held March 18 - August 8, 2010 at the Bellevue Arts Museum. Accessed August, 2015.

Frabel Art Foundation website. Accessed August, 2015

A Fragile Peace:  The Magic of American Cameo Glass From The Touma Collection is a 2016-17 exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art which says: "In the early 1980s, Kelsey Murphy was working as a graphic designer and sign painter in Cincinnati, when she began to experiment with the use of sandblasting apparatus to etch flat glass. After she achieved success in the elementary phases of this technique, she delved further into the glass decorating process, and with her partner, Robert Bomkamp (a former machinist in the aerospace industry), developed the ability to do highly detailed relief carvings in glass." Accessed 3/17

Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination is a 2019 exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum which says: " Recently, she has created work that combines traditional glass sculpture with Augmented Reality (AR) technology to create an interactive viewer experience. Visitors to the exhibition Reforestation of the Imagination will use a downloadable app that superimposes digital information over seemingly barren sculptures, creating two distinct realities to explore."  Also see press release and artist's website Accessed 12/19

GLASSTASTIC is a 2017 exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center which says: "GLASSTASTIC is BMAC's third exhibit inspired by the Kids Design Glass program at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. In fall 2016 we asked kids in grades K-6 to submit drawings and descriptions of their own imaginary creatures." Accessed 4/17

Hans Godo Fräbel: Reflections of Glass on Water exhibition at the McKee Botanical Garden, from Accessed August, 2015.

Iridescence - A Celebration is a 2019 exhibit at the The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art which says:"Chemical techniques using the same elements found in soil made it possible for leading artists of the period to develop variations of this shimmering surface."  Audited 4/20

Judson Studios website for Los Angeles, CA, architectural glass studio owned since 1897 by five generations of the founding family. Accessed August, 2015.

Jellies: Living Art, an exhibit held May 15, 2009 - May 26, 2011 at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Accessed February, 2015.

John Littleton & Kate Vogel: Fused Expression is a 2017 exhibit at the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University which says: "Littleton and Vogel are a husband-and-wife team of American studio glass artists who have worked collaboratively since 1979. They are considered to be among the third generation of American Studio Glass Movement artists." Also see the artists' website. Accessed 2/17

Josh Simpson: Galactic Landscapes is a 2018 exhibit at the Berkshire Museum which says: "This solo show of innovative works by renowned glass artist Josh Simpson reflects his fascination with astrophysics, deep space, and the cosmos."   Accessed 10/18

The Matrix Series: Glass Art of Brent Kee Young is a 2018 exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art which says: "All pieces in this exhibition are constructed of flame worked borosilicate glass rods reminiscent of webbing that create open, but often recognizable shapes when connected."  Also see artist's website. Accessed 12/18

In October 2012 The Metropolitan Museum of Art launched MetPublications, an online resource that offers in-depth access to the Museum's print and online publications, covering art, art history, archaeology, conservation, and collecting. Titles relating to American representational art available for free viewing via.pdf download or online reading as of 2013 include: Louis Comfort Tiffany at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney (1999). Accessed August, 2015.

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: American Glass from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties is a 2011 exhibit at the Corning Museum of Glass which says: "This exhibition showcased the amazing works of Mt. Washington and its successor, the Pairpoint Corporation, one of America's longest-running luxury glass companies (1837-1957)." Accessed 10/18 

The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, Queens, New York, says: "THE NEUSTADT is a premier collection of Louis C. Tiffany's celebrated lamps, windows, metalwork, and rare archival materials, including over a quarter of a million pieces of original Tiffany flat glass and glass jewels used to create his iconic designs." The website contains an illustrated collection catalog, a 14-min video on how to make a leaded-glass lampshade, information on current, past and traveling exhibits, and more. Accessed 11/16

The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter's Stained-Glass Art is a 2021 exhibit at the Des Moines Art Center which says: "The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter's Stained-Glass Art is the first survey and major scholarly assessment of this groundbreaking artist's 37-year career...The Path to Paradise will feature approximately 45 of Judith Schaechter's stained-glass panels along with a selection of related drawings and process material."   Also see the website of the artist. Accessed 6/21 Also see: The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter's Stained-Glass Art is a 2020 exhibit at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester which says: "Judith Schaechter (b. 1961) has stretched the medium of stained glass into a potent and incisive art form for the 21st century, boldly paving her path in the diverse arena of contemporary art."  Accessed 11/20

Pilgrim Cameo Glass from the Touma Collection is a 2013 exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art which says: "Pilgrim Glass Corporation was established in Ceredo, W.Va., in 1949 by Alfred Knobler, and it became known for its many rare colors of glass, especially cranberry. In 1987, Kelsey Murphy and Robert Bomkamp joined the company and soon began experimenting with the cameo glass technique." Accessed 3/17

Playing with Fire: 50 Years of Contemporary Glass, an exhibit held November 20, 2012 to August 25, 2013 at the Museum of Arts and Design. Includes audio tour. Accessed March, 2015.

Randy Strong- Glass Master is a 2018 exhibit at the Napa Valley Museum which says: "Randy Strong, an award winning artist, designer, and master craftsman -- has created elegant and highly sought-after works in blown glass for over 40 years in his Berkeley, California studio."  Also see artist's website.   Accessed 8/18

Reforestation of the Imagination is a 2019 exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum which says: "Ginny Ruffner (b. 1952) is an artist best known for her elegant sculptures and mastery of glass techniques. Recently, she has created work that combines traditional glass sculpture with Augmented Reality (AR) technology to create an interactive viewer experience."  Also see news release and artist's website Accessed 11/19

Retrospective: Stephen Rolfe Powell, an exhibit held June 27 - October 24, 2010 at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Accessed February, 2015.

Robert Willson: A Texan in Venice is a 2003 exhibit at the Corning Museum of Glass which says: "Robert Willson (1912-2000) was a Texas artist with a lifelong passion for glass and for watercolors. With these materials, he explored color, reflection, and transparency." Also see website concerning the artist.  Accessed 10/18

Secrets of Tiffany Glassmaking is an ongoing exhibit at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.The museum says: "This exhibition, updated and reinstalled on September 4, 2012, addresses the processes that Tiffany's many companies used to produce everything from glass mosaics and molded buttons to leaded-glass lamps and windows." The article includes a 5-page object guide, a 4-minute video and links to other articles. Accessed August, 2015.

"Stanford's Memorial Church, the Stained Glass Windows of the Nave designed and created by Frederick Stymetz Lamb" from the April 2010 issue of Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery monthly newsletter. An online archive of monthly newsletter articles dates from 2007. Accessed August, 2015.

Wesley Fleming: Silvestris, Wild and Untamed is a 2020 exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center which says: "Fleming forms these delicate sculptures by moving colored rods of glass in and out of the flame of a propane torch to reach a temperature between 2,000 and 4,000 degrees. The artist then masterfully pulls, twists, and shapes the molten glass into remarkably lifelike specimens. These moments, captured in glass, remind us of the beauty and activity all around us in the natural world."  Accessed 12/20

Whence I Come is a 2017 exhibit at the Brinton Museum which says: "The Brinton Museum presents the exhibit Whence I Come, featuring works in fused glass and ceramics by internationally-known artist Marianne Vinich from Lander. Marianne is an artist and an educator of incredible versatility who creates works in glass, ceramics, paint and jewelry." Also see video from Wyoming Arts Council. Accessed 9/17

Windows and Wonders-Tiffany from the Morse Vaults, an exhibit held October 11, 2005 through August 31, 2007 at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Includes Object Guide (PDF), Family Guide (PDF), Highlights. Accessed August, 2015.


Online videos:
Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass presents six videos regarding American studio glass including a 24 minute video titled "Pioneers of Studio Glass" which was produced by WGTE Public Media for the AACG. "It is a fascinating look at the 1962 Toledo Workshops where Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino first experimented with making glass outside of the factory setting..." according to AACG. Accessed August, 2015.

CBS News / Sunday Morning presented on September 2, 2012 Art and History of Studio Glass Making [5:51] including stories of pioneers of the American studio glass movement plus information on an exhibit titled Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012 at the Toledo Museum of Art. Accessed May, 2015.

Dale Chihuly visits Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss his Gardens of Glass. This event took place on June 19, 2008, as part of the Authors@Google series. [1:02:48] Accessed May, 2015.

Dale Chihuly [8:32] Glass blower Dale Chihuly talks about his work and his significant impact on the Studio Glass movement. Accessed May, 2015.

Glass artist Dale Chihuly's website contains videos including projects, exhibitions and public installations. Accessed May, 2015.

Frabel Video Gallery from the Frabel Glass Studio and Gallery. Accessed August, 2015.

In 2004 the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA hosted the "Summer Hot Shop Artists Series" that ran from May 14 through September 7, featuring seasonal residencies by glass artists in the Museum's Hot Shop. During the residencies the Museum's Web site featured a special section devoted to the Summer Hot Shop Artists Series including biographies, images and streaming video of the artists in the Hot Shop..[Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.] The museum also offers the Upstream Video Channel. Accessed May, 2015.

The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. See listings of related videos in this catalogue indexed by partner name. WGBH/Boston Forum Network and WPBT uVu presented a April 27, 2007 lecture "Dale Chihuly's Glass Garden" by Nora Quinlan, researcher, Alvin Sherman Library, NSU. WGBH Forum Network says: "The NSU Glass Garden by Dale Chihuly in the atrium of the Alvin Sherman Library on the Nova Southeastern University campus is a rare opportunity for the public to view and enjoy a beautiful one-of-a-kind glass sculpture for free. Watch as this permanent exhibit is installed and learn a bit about Chihuly's creative process." Accessed May, 2015.

DVD and VHS videos:

Chihuly DVD Collection is a 4-disc boxed set released in 2004, produced by the Museum of Glass. Each DVD is 60 minutes with an additional 30 minutes of special features. The videos explore the relationship of nature and glass as Chihuly and his team work in a variety of outdoor locations, and then install glass among the lush flora at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory. A comprehensive collection, the Chihuly DVD Collection is a globe-trotting adventure that leads to greater understanding of the man and his art. ASIN: B0000D1FJH.

Chihuly In Charlotte is a 2000 video directed by Stuart Grasberg and produced by WTVI, Charlotte Public Television..Stuart garnered several awards during his broadcasting career, including five Emmy Awards.

Chihuly Over Venice is a 1998 PBS Home Video released by Home Vision Entertainment. The planning and realization of an ambitious project by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly is documented in this absorbing PBS presentation. Chihuly collaborated with master glassblowers from four countries to achieve his collection of spectacular chandeliers for public display over the canals of Venice. From Finland to Ireland to Mexico to Italy, Chlhuly and the participatlng artisans join together for a creative 90 minute odyssey.

Defying Gravity: An Historic Achievement In Glass Featuring Josh Simpson is a 60 minute PBS television documentary in DVD format that follows renowned glass artist Josh Simpson as he crafts the largest glass object of his career: a luminous 100-pound "Megaplanet." Cameras capture every step of the year-and-a-half process from commission to creation. The film features interviews with the makers of custom tools required for the project; Simpson's triumphs, disappointments, technical obstacles and inspiration, and the grand unveiling of the "Megaplanet" at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. WGBY, the PBS station in Springfield, Massachusetts, filmed the documentary. View online this clip from the WGBY video [9:04]

Pilchuck Founders Totem Pole. Seattle Art Museum brought this film to the attention of TFAO. For a January 25, 2008 viewing SAM says: "Don't miss this special screening of Pilchuck Founders Totem Pole, a production of Pilchuck Glass School. Students and artists from around the world collaborated to create a totem pole that represents the school's founders: artist Dale Chihuly and patrons John Hauberg and Anne Gould Hauberg. Noted glass artist Preston Singletary, who directed fabrication and installation of glass elements in the Pilchuck totem pole, will answer questions after the screening."

Pioneers of Studio Glass is a DVD produced by WGTE Public Media for the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. "It is a fascinating look at the 1962 Toledo Workshops where Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino first experimented with making glass outside of the factory setting..." according to the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. Call AACG at 214-890-0029 with questions.

Tiffany's Glass Mosaics is a 2017 exhibit at the Corning Museum of Glass which says: "When you hear the words "Tiffany" and "glass," you may immediately think of leaded glass windows or luminous lamps, but artist Louis C. Tiffany expressed his passion for color and glass most innovatively in the technique of mosaic. From monumental architectural installations to inkwells for desktops, Tiffany's Glass Mosaics will be the first museum exhibition focused exclusively on this aspect of Tiffany's extraordinary artistic career."  Also see press release  Accessed 6/17

Transformed by Flame - The Glass Art of Frabel. DVD. 2007 [56:46] The HDTV PBS documentary: Transformed by Flame - The Glass Art of Frabel, will take the viewer on a trip to Germany and the Czech Republic to showcase the history of glass, the Frabel Studio and Hans Godo Frabel.



FIFTY BY FIFTY: Celebrating 50 Years of Studio Glass, 64 pages. The Muskegon Museum of Art's website says: "To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Studio Glass movement and the 100th Anniversary of the Muskegon Museum of Art, the MMA invited 50 artists whose work and teaching helped to define the next generation of studio glass to contribute to this exhibition. Guest curators Benjamin P. Moore and Stephen Rolfe Powell, two of the top artists in the field, selected the artists for inclusion. The accompanying book includes full-color images of the works in the exhibition, along with curatorial essays and artist statements.


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