Antifragile: Contemporary Glass 

April 6–July 28, 2013 Past Exhibitions
Image for Beth Lipman,Goblets, Coral, and Oysters, 2012,Glass, wood, paint, glue, Lent by a private collection,Photo by Eva HeydBeth Lipman, Goblets, Coral, and Oysters, 2012, Glass, wood, paint, glue, Lent by a private collection, Photo by Eva Heyd

Image for Michael Meilahn,Husk-a-Ruckus: An Installation,Cast bronze and blown glass, photo by Shane Van BoxtelMichael Meilahn, Husk-a-Ruckus: An Installation, Cast bronze and blown glass, photo by Shane Van Boxtel

This exhibition will shatter any preconceptions you might have had about glass and will make you think about glass in a new, fresh light while marveling at what masters of their medium can do. Antifragile will demonstrate that the studio glass movement is alive and well in Wisconsin and that the selected artists, many of whom have national and international reputations, are producing work with remarkable confidence, originality and panache.

Studio glass, compared to other art forms such as painting and sculpture, is relatively speaking, still in its infancy having only begun in Madison in the early 1960s. What is remarkable is that over the subsequent 50 years it has reached a level of sophistication and maturity beyond anyone’s imagination. Instead of factory-produced decorative and functional glassware being the norm, artists became designer/makers, enhancing their skills to the point where glass is almost used as a canvas to convey meaning, message and inspiration. Stellar examples of this are in this exhibition, together with others who have taken the possibilities of glass further, creating conceptual pieces that address such subjects as genetically modified foods, climate change, mortality inherited from the 17th century tradition of still-life paintings, and light being the source of creation and discovery.

Participating Artists

Stephan Cox, River Falls
James and Renee Engebretson, Hudson
Steve Feren, Fitchburg
Audrey Handler, Verona
Wes Hunting, Princeton
Lisa Koch, Madison
Beth Lipman, Sheboygan Falls
Thomas and Rebecca Maras, Hudson
Mick Meilahn, Pickett
Karen Naylor, Wilmot
Nolan Prohaska, New Richmond
Chuck Savoie, Ripon
Douglas and Renee Sigwarth, River Falls
Stephanie Trenchard and Jeremy Popelka, Sturgeon Bay