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LINKS: AUSTRALIAN GLASS AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

October 18th, 2014 – January 25th, 2015
Palm Springs Art Museum

For more than forty years, connections between Australia and the Pacific Northwest have been forged through the relationships of artists, educational institutions, and entrepreneurs through the medium of glass. Brought together by a shared passion for glass, artists from both countries have developed long lasting and deeply influential relationships. These connections have made significant impacts on both continents forming unique “links” between Australian and American studio glass movements.

LINKS is the first museum exhibition in the United States dedicated to the wide spectrum of Australian studio glass and the connection between artists and institutions in Australia and the Pacific Northwest. This is an overdue project given the excellent quality of work being produced and its prominence in important American public and private collections. Approximately four artworks each from an impressive list of twenty-three Australian and four American artists comprise this exhibition for a total of ninety-two works.

The exhibition explores an international network of influences and exchanges that began in the mid-1970s and tells two related stories about the development of Australian studio glass and its connection with American artists and technology. The first narrative focuses on the technical and stylistic innovations in fused, cast, and cold worked glass in which Australians excel in, while the second section centers on blown (hot) glass that is prevalent in the Pacific Northwest.

The presentation traces the history of these exchanges and the work of the current generation of remarkable contemporary Australian glass artists who share its lineage and are achieving recognition throughout the world. They are not merely repeating age old glass-making traditions – they have re-invented them as a vehicle for new contemporary creative expression.

We invite you to explore this exhibition and find your own links to these amazing artists. Works by Australian artists Clare Belfrage, Giles Bettison, Gabriella Bisetto, Jane Bruce, Scott Chaseling, Cobi Cockburn, Nadège Desgenétez, Mel Douglas, Ben Edols/Kathy Elliott, Tim Edwards, Brenden Scott French, Mel George, Jeremy Lepisto, Jessica Loughlin, Klaus Moje, Tom Moore, Nick Mount, Stephen Procter, Kirstie Rea, Tom Rowney, Janice Vitkovsky, and Richard Whiteley are shown with works by American artists Steve Klein, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, and April Surgent.

Videos featuring artists working in their studios and discussing the various glass processes will play continuously in the gallery. Accompanying the exhibition is a 176-page catalog published by the Museum of Glass in association with the University of Washington Press with essays by curator Vicki Halper from Seattle; Grace Cochrane from Sydney; Margot Osborne from Adelaide; and Lani McGregor from Bullseye Glass in Portland, Oregon.

LINKS: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest has been organized by Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA. Sponsored by Ben B. Cheney Foundation, this project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; Australian National University-Canberra, School of Art; David Kaplan and Glenn Ostergaard; Craft Australia; Bullseye Glass Company; and Robert Lehman Foundation.

              

The Palm Springs showing is funded in part by David Kaplan and Glenn Ostergaard, Gilbert and Thelma Schnitzer Fund, the Contemporary Art Council and its Platinum Sponsors Rebecca Benaroya and Phyllis and Gary Schahet, Gold Sponsors Marguerite and David M. Wilson, Silver Sponsors Carol Bell-Dean and Edward Dean, and Candice Connell and Barry W. Morse.

Exhibition Season Sponsors: Dorothy and Harold J. Meyerman and Arlene Schnitzer

The fully illustrated catalogue for this exhibition is available for purchase at PSAM Museum Store: 760-322-4830