Current and Upcoming Exhibits

 

Paperweight collectors are commonly interested in many types of glass art.  We try to maintain a listing of exhibits where you can see not only paperweights but also blown, sculpted, etched, engraved, and assembled creations in glass, especially those where work by PCA-registered artists is included. Many exhibits listed here also have an on-line presence, but all are in places that you can visit to see glass art in person. Where noted, we may sponsor exhibits or the institutions that provide them. Otherwise, however, we are not implying that the Paperweight Collectors Association claims credit or responsibility for these exhibits or the artwork in them.


 Special Exhibit: In Her Voice – Influential Women In Glass

The Sandwich Glass Museum in Sandwich, MA is pleased to present its 2021 Special Exhibition, "In Her Voice: Influential Women in Glass". Featured are the works of 17 glass artists, who have challenged the concepts of traditional glassmaking by using innovative glass techniques or by re-imagining glass as a medium for self-expression. The artists include: Mariel Bass, Christina Bothwell, Nancy Callan, Amber Cowan, Elizabeth Crawford, Alissa Farber, Carrie Gustafson, Robin Grebe, Dorothy Hafner, Claire Kelly, Yukimi Matsumoto, Kait Rhoads, Momo Schaefer, Randi Solin, Debbie Tarsitano, Jen Violette, and Toots Zynsky.

The exhibit runs from July 1 through October 31, 2021. Learn more at sandwichglassmuseum.org or visit the museum in person at 129 Main Street, Sandwich, MA.


 Art In Craft Media

Works in glass, fiber, wood, clay, and metal which have been completed in the past two years are highlighted in the "Art in Craft Media" exhibition at the Burchfield Penny Art Center at 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14222  from Saturday, July 10 to Sunday, November 28, 2021.  The exhibition includes artwork by PCA artist Victor Trabucco:

 Victor Trabucco AIC #1 Victor Trabucco AIC #4  Victor Trabucco AIC #2   Victor Trabucco AIC #3

 


 New On View

This exhibition showcases more than 200 acquisitions of paperweights and contemporary studio glass collected by Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass during the past three years. A special highlight includes a significant selection of antique and contemporary glass paperweights from the collection of longtime supporters Gary and Marge McClanahan. New On View includes important works from artists such as Lisabeth Sterling, Marvin Lipofsky, Ken Rosenfeld, Debbie Tarsitano, and Marc Petrovic, many of which have never been publicly exhibited.

The exhibition runs from May 28 to August 22, 2021 at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, 165 N. Park Ave. Neenah, Wisconsin 54956. For more information on this and other upcoming exhibits, call (920) 751-4658 or visit https://bmmglass.com/exhibits/current/ .


 Glass Lifeforms 2021

Every single one of the six PCA artists who entered the upcoming “Glass Lifeforms 2021” exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts was accepted by their prestigious panel of jurors.  Quoting here from the museum’s web site at https://glasslifeform.org/, “ ’Glass Lifeforms 2021’ will be an exhibition of the best biological glass models made in the spirit of the famous 19th and 20th century models of invertebrates and plants made by the father and son team, Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka for the Harvard University’s Botanical Museum. Models were mandated to be of specific species and rendered as accurately as possible, but artistic presentation and creative contexts were strongly encouraged. Artists working in any glass technique (lampworking, glassblowing, casting, pâte de verre, etc.) were invited to submit an entry (one per artist or collaborative team). The jurying criteria was based on accuracy in representing the organism, aesthetic beauty, presentation, and originality. 53 pieces were selected from the work submitted for the exhibit.” 

That’s quite an accomplishment for each of them, and it speaks well for the level of talent that we have in all of our PCA artists.  Visit the web site for more details. If you are in the Northeast while the show is running, go to see the work yourself.  Many paperweight collectors have broad interests in glass art, so we know you will enjoy the entire show -- outstanding creations by some of the finest glass artists in the world.  There will be both an online catalog and a printed catalog of the juried show. The “open” show – entries not specially selected by the jurors -- will be available online as well.

The show will be open from November 6, 2021 to April 24, 2022 at the Fuller Craft Museum – 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Here’s a brief look at our PCA artists’ entries:

Melissa Ayotte    Mums Circulus   9.5 x 6 x 3     Encased chrysanthemum bouquet with pink and white lilacs flame worked flowers, cold worked cut into a circular, broad weave pattern. Melissa Ayotte: Mums
Wesley Fleming    Pink Ladyslipper ( Cypripedium acaule )  13 x 4 x 2     Sculpted soda lime glass, flameworked and with a tiny bit of HXTAL glass adhesive to join the three flowers together and to hold the bee from flying away.

Wesley Fleming: Ladyslippers

David Graeber    Climbing Rose  ( Rosa ’Eden’ )  2.5 x 3.5 x 3.5    Lampworked encased paperweight with a ring of roses common to Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. David Graeber: Roses

Cathy Richardson   Lady Slippers of the Limestone Barrens   ( Cypripedium parviflorum, variety pubescens )  3.5 x 3.5 x 1.25   Lampworked yellow lady slipper orchids, common to the west coast of Newfoundland, Canada, encased in a disc of clear crystal.

 

Cathy Richardson: Lady Slippers

Clinton Smith   Unripened Blackberries and Blossoms ( Rubus Fruiticosus – Blackberry )  2.25 x 3.25 x 3.25     Lampworked Encased Paperweight

Clinton Smith:  Blackberries

Victor Trabucco    Wild Rose  ( Rosa Canina)  4 x 12 x 8   Blaschka inspired glass flower, Wild Rose Blossom and fall fruit Rose Hips. Glass, copper, lampwork and lamination

Victor Trabucco: Wild Rose