Sixty Years of Wisconsin Glass: The Hyde Collection
October 23, 2021 – January 16, 2022
Jeffrey Stenbom, Everlasting Impact, 2015. Kiln-cast glass and brass. Gifted 2021, Karen and James Hyde Foundation
Sixty Years of Wisconsin Glass examines the past and present of one of contemporary art’s most visually striking movements. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of both MOWA and the Studio Glass movement, the exhibition features work by thirty glass artists ranging from early, groundbreaking experiments of Harvey Littleton and his students at University of Wisconsin – Madison to the contemporary, conceptually driven work from the hot shops of Beth Lipman and Jeffrey Stenbom. The university experience is central to the story of Wisconsin glass. Many of the artists trace their artistic origins to either the University of Wisconsin in Madison or in River Falls. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue chronicle MOWA’s Karen and James Hyde’s decade-long focus on building a collection of contemporary glass.