Today’s hours: 10am – 4:30pm
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Bending Brilliance: Neon and Plasma Sculpture

Abbey Normal, Jacob Fishman

Abbey Normal, Jacob Fishman

09.10.2016 – 02.19.2017

Bending Brilliance: Neon and Plasma Sculpture is an exhibition of works by artists who use light as their medium. Since the early 20th century, neon lights have been used in advertising signage. From those beginnings the art form has evolved to include works by artists who use light, dark and shadow to transform an environment, create a composition or extend the familiar genre of signage to playful use of puns and thought-provoking themes.

In this exhibit, view work from neon artists who play with light and illumination. In the kinetic plasma sculptures science and art blend to provide a sense of animation, science fiction and wonder for the viewer. Together, these artists provide a magical and whimsical combination of individual styles.

Exhibiting artists include

John E. Bannon Sarah Blood
Bradley Corso Jacob Fishman
Roy Tom Galbraith Petrie Fishman
Ed Kirshner Mitch LaPlante
Bruce Nauman Jed Schleisner
Wayne Strattman Monica Wulfers
Michael Young

Exhibit Programming

Public Opening – Artist Demo and Exhibit Tour
Saturday, September 10, 1-4:30pm
1-2:00pm at the Neenah Public Library – Jacob Fishman and Ed Kirshner discuss the history of neon and plasma.
3-4:30   Gallery walks and demonstrations in the museum galleries

Tom Galbraith—talking about process and science, as well as the differences in plasma and neon
Jed Schleisner—process and initial use in signage and its history
Jacob Fishman- history, process and science.

Art After Dark
Make a unique memory with friends as you experience Art After Dark at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah.  With local actors as your guides, grab a craft beer or soda and escape into the world of Art After Dark as you explore our current exhibition of neon and plasma sculptures. Museum admission is free, beverages will be available for purchase.

Third Thursdays, 5-7pm

September 15 December 15
October 20 January 19
November 17 February 16


This exhibit is sponsored by










Illusion Series

Sweet Summer, Illusion Series 1994

Rick Ayotte began his career as a scientific glassblower, but his love of nature, and his friendship with Paul Stankard, allowed him to explore glass as a creative means of expression. This collection of 125 of his finest works highlights an engaging career that joins his passion for nature with his artistic destiny. The collector and artist relationship is evident through the growth and development of this artist’s journey in both worlds.

Gordon Park has amassed probably the most extensive and representative collection documenting Rick Ayotte’s career. We are fortunate to be able to share with you the richness of this collection. See the work of Rick Ayotte in the second floorS Mabel R. McClanahan Study Gallery.