A relatively recent addition at the museum, contemporary glass has become an important exhibition and collection focus. The museum is committed to developing a center of national importance for the study, collection and exhibition of contemporary glass art that is non-functional in character and sculptural in essence.
The primary collecting goal is to build the permanent holdings of studio glass so they emerge as one of the museum’s major areas of strength. Emphasis is placed on efforts to make its glass collection distinctive from other institutions through a double focus: acquire key works by significant artists known for their contributions to the international studio glass movement; and to seek to add works and installations by influential artists who are traditionally not associated with the studio glass movement, but whose creative sensibilities are stimulated by the medium of glass. A key factor in the growth of the collection is to emphasize quality over quantity, and to strive to represent the very best of contemporary glass.