A new exhibition, Searching for Excellence, opens Friday, September 8 at Bergstrom- Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. The exhibition includes a curated selection of more than 60 contemporary glass sculptures from the private collections of nearly 20 Midwest glass art collectors.
The exhibit includes works from founders of the Studio Glass Movement up to and including contemporary masters. Represented artists include Dale Chihuly, Harvey Littleton, Lino Tagliapietra, William Morris, Paul Stankard and more than 45 others.
In conjunction with the exhibit opening, glass collectors from Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, Washington, California, Arizona and throughout the Midwest will gather at the museum for a symposium, “Leaving a Legacy”, to address issues facing collectors today,
Featured speakers include James Yood, Associate Professor of New Arts Journalism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Dr. Jutta Page, Executive Director of The Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University, Dr. William Ganis, chair of the Art and Design Department at Indiana State University, contemporary glass artist, David Huchthausen and Corey Hampson of Habatat Galleries.
Symposium participants will also tour the studios of area glass artists and view demonstrations by Michael Meilahn, Wes Hunting and Charles Savoie. A celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass will be held Friday evening at the museum.
More information about the symposium can be found here.