Tacoma, Wash. — Museum of Glass will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 27, 2014, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.
Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.
“We hope Puget Sound residents and visitors will join us in this national celebration of cultural institutions and the communities they serve,” notes Museum of Glass Executive Director Susan Warner. “With new displays and exhibitions opening at Museum of Glass throughout September, this is a wonderful time to be able to offer guests free admission.”
Museum of Glass programs and exhibitions for Saturday, September 27 include:
- Glass Fusing Workshops: Create your own fused glass art! Learn how to combine colorful glass shards, spaghetti-like stringers and pebbly frit to create a unique souvenir of your visit. Choose to design a glass tile, a sun catcher OR two pendants/magnets. $29 per person, $26 for MOG members. Workshops start on the hour and run from 11 am to 4 pm.
- Kids Design GlassTM: Children 12 and under are invited to stretch their imaginations and submit original drawings to KDGTM. One entry is selected by the Hot Shop Team to be interpreted into glass each month.
- Hilltop Artists 20th Anniversary: Highlighting the impact of glass art on the lives of youth, the Hilltop neighborhood and beyond, this exhibition consists of glass objects, images and videos, telling a story that spans the past 20 years of the Hilltop Artists program and the community it serves.
- Lightness of Being – New Sculpture – Howard Ben Tré: Creating a forest of vertical shapes, Howard Ben Tré returns to his sculptural roots with Lightness of Being, which features cast glass and bronze artworks up to eight feet tall.
- Coastal Alchemy – Anna Skibska and Associates: Known for her large-scale glass installations, artist Anna Skibska continues to explore the ways in which artworks are viewed with this exhibition of her newest work in collaboration with painter Meg Holgate and poet Trenton Flock.
- Look! See? The Colors and Letters of Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert: Artists Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert have collaborated to present a multi-media exhibition featuring a variety of glass sculptures combined with approximately 50 large, refurbished neon letters that visitors can touch, rearrange and wear like apparel.
- MetalUrge: This fall Museum of Glass is participating in MetalUrge, a citywide celebration of metal arts organized by the Tacoma Arts Commission. From September 17 though November 30, MOG will have a display of how metal is used in glass at the front entry of our Hot Shop.
- Iittala Birds by Toikka: Opening September 24, this year’s Iittala display will feature the newly designed Anna’s Hummingbird, continuing the celebration of internationally recognized designer Oiva Toikka’s glass birds.
- A Celebration of Lino Tagliapietra: In honor of his 80th birthday, Museum of Glass celebrates the work of Lino Tagliapietra, Venetian glass Maestro and internationally recognized teacher and artist, with a display of his work in the Grand Hall. Opens September 24.
The Museum Day Live! ticket is available to download at smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit: smithsonian.com/museumday/venues.
Museum of Glass is sponsored in part by The Ben B. Cheney Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission, ArtsFund, The Dimmer Family Foundation, and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.
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