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The Art of Glass

ART OF GLASS STUDENTS: NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL WORK
May 23-July 8, 1999

The Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College partnered in ART OF GLASS, a regional collaboration of 12 institutions exhibiting contemporary glass.

Exterior of the Visual Arts Center, Portsmouth, Virginia
The Visual Arts Center, Portsmouth, Virginia

Our role in the partnership was a four-part exhibition. First, ART OF GLASS STUDENTS: NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL WORK, was an exhibition of glass work made by 75 students studying at 18 institutions in the United States and abroad. A student glass survey of this magnitude coupled with new college level glass studio courses at the VAC created major opportunities for regional glass enthusiasts.

We were also pleased to exhibit the cast, figurative works of Kent Ipsen, artist and VCU's Glass Department Director. In large black and white prints, photographer and VAC instructor Tom Siegmund documented the process of glassmaking. Finally, the VAC's façade was illuminated by the neon installation of Ken Daley, artist and professor at ODU.

Together the elements of this exhibition illustrated the major approaches to glassmaking, captured a sense of the magic of it all, and introduced us in the roundest way to students who want to live their lives in the art of glass.

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