Women are a formidable force in the growth of contemporary studio glass, despite the challenges they face receiving a level of recognition their male counterparts enjoy. This exhibit examines select female artists speaking with distinct viewpoints on social issues of politics, gender biases, stereotypes, and environmental concerns.
Contemporary artists on view include the grande dame of contemporary studio glass, Audrey Handler, as well as Susan Taylor Glasgow, Beth Lipman, Lisa Koch, Stephanie Trenchard, Carmen Lozar, Kristin Thielking, Deanna Clayton, Lisa Beth Robinson, and Jennifer Caldwell.
Audrey Handler is one of the first female students in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Glass Program under Harvey Littleton and a founding member of the Glass Art Society. She began her studies in 1964 and continues to make work from her Verona studio. We will be honoring her and her work as a separate focus during this time. As one of the first women of glass, she helped to break the proverbial glass ceiling for the celebrated women working today and we are glad to have her in Wisconsin.
Public opening – Thursday, November 15th, 5-7pm, Artist Beth Lipman will discuss her work.
Public panel discussion – Friday, November 16th at 5pm at the Neenah Public Library
Discussion with select artists including Lisa Koch, Kristin Thielking, Deanna Clayton, and
Member-only and invited guest reception at the museum will follow the panel discussion on Friday.