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Cultivating Collections: Glass

EXHIBITION: August 19 - December 9, 2022
Thursday, October 13, 2022, at 5-7PM
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Black and White platter with a yellow/orange middle

David Nichols, Yellow Platter, glass, 15 x 15 x 2.25 inches. Gift of David and Laura Bragman. Photo by Tina Thames.

Cultivating Collections: Glass
August 16 - December 9

Brown and blue handblown vase

Fritz Dreisbach, Witches Ball, c.1970, blown glass, 12 x 6 x 3 in. Purchased by the WCU Art Department.

Cultivating Collections is a multi-year series of exhibitions highlighting specific areas of the WCU Fine Art Museum’s permanent collection. In this year’s exhibition, student researchers tell the stories of the Museum’s glass collection, which includes a range of artists who have made significant contributions to the Studio Glass Movement in Western North Carolina. 

This gallery highlights a range of artists who have connections to the history of glass in Western North Carolina. Many of them made significant contributions to the Studio Glass Movement and are teachers, mentors, and innovators who have inspired other artists to work in glass. 

We want to thank our Student Curators, Interview Participants, and Artists for their participation in helping this exhibition come to life. Additionally, we would like to extend gratitude to Timm Muth and his team at Jackson County Green Energy Park for providing the students with hands-on experience working with glass. The WCU Office of the Provost partly funded this year's Cultivating Collections exhibition. Related field trips were funded by the WCU School of Art and Design. 

Jenna Cary 
Amanda Clark 
Fionnuala Coen 
Kyle Heavner 
Matt Madden 
Sam Martinez 
Joshua Masters 
Amber Rousseau 
Tina Thames

Cara Barker
Brunk Auctions
Fitzallen Eldridge
David Goist
Cole Johnson
Ricardo Nazario y Colón
Heidi & Ashton Nichols
Susan Rhew
WCU Hunter Library Special and Digital Collections

Museum Hours
The WCU Fine Art Museum exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. Standard Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10AM-4PM, and Thursday, 10AM-7PM. If you have any questions, please call (828)227-ARTS. 

Reception Details
Reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2022, from 5-7PM. Light refreshments and drinks will be served at BAC's Star Atrium.

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