Museum of Glass, Ongoing Exhibitions

Ongoing Exhibitions

Museum of Glass 10th Aniversary Exhibition

Maestro: Recent Works by Lino Tagliapietra
Organized by Tagliapietra Studio
Sponsored by Russell Investment and Jim Schantz and Kim Saul
Through January 6, 2013

Maestro showcases 65 glass masterpieces created by Tagliapietra during the past decade (2002-2012). The works demonstrate the artist’s evolution to larger works and use of bolder colors and patterns over his nearly fifty year career. Six large-scale installations, featuring colorful butterflies (Borboleta), boats (Endeavor), seagulls (Gabbiani), two separate collections of shields (Masai), and Avventura which contains nearly one hundred opaque glass vessels. Some of the objects in the exhibition were created at Museum of Glass during Tagliapietra’s several Visiting Artist residencies in the Hot Shop.


Classic Heat
Organized by Museum of Glass and LeMay – America’s Car Museum
Through January 2013

In collaboration with LeMay – America’s Car Museum, and in recognition of their grand opening, the Museum of Glass and artist John Miller have teamed up to create a collection of large-scale glass hood ornaments inspired by classic designs from various American automakers. While the sculptures reference the original emblems, the finished pieces include elements from various makes and models. The collection consists of 9 sculptures, half of which will be displayed at each museum.


Scapes: Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana
Organized by Museum of Glass
Sponsored by Russell Investments, The Boeing Company, Janet and Mike Halvorson, Washington State Arts Commission, Chap and Eve Alvord, Carol Auerbach and Al Berger, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Baerg, Dianne and Stephen Loeb, and Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass
Through January 2013

Scapes presents a new body of work created by siblings Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana, grandchildren of Venini & Co. founder Paolo Venini. The exhibition comprises four installations, or rooms, based on the Hindu belief that the world is a series of disks made up of wind, water and earth upon which float four continents in a vast circular ocean. The de Santillanas have interpreted elements of this cosmology in glass, creating spaces in which forms and colors correspond to physical phenomenon. All of the works in the exhibition were executed in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop during two Visiting Artist residencies in 2010.


Made at the Museum: The Visiting Artist Collection
Organized by Museum of Glass

The Visiting Artist Program brings artists from the region and around the world to the Museum of Glass to work with the Hot Shop team to explore, invent and create with glass. One work from each residency is retained by the Museum for future display.


The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions. In addition to the Hot Shop Amphitheater where visitors can watch artists work, the facilities include galleries, outdoor exhibition areas, a theater, hands-on art studio, grand hall, café and store.

Museum of Glass is sponsored in part by Ben B. Cheney Foundation, The Boeing Company Charitable Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission, Arts Fund, Forest Foundation, and Sequoia Foundation, Dimmer Family Foundation, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Puget Sound Energy and Windgate Foundation.

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