The Glass Vessel
An International Invitational
Altria Group, Inc.
National City Wealth Management Group
Bill and Lindy Street
April 2000 to celebrate the Millennium, the Kentucky Art and Craft
Foundation mounted the exhibition “Millennium
Glass”, which featured 72 artists from across the globe. Because of
the success of that exhibition and the overwhelming support found in the
local community for contemporary studio glass, KACF is mounting a
follow-up exhibition - International
- some three years later.
The Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation has invited a broad array of glass artists, both established and emerging, to interpret the vessel. The definition of the word Vessel has been left to its loosest interpretation to encourage the artists to be as creative as they wish. Over 50 artists from Australia, Japan, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Venezuela, Latvia, and the U.S. have agreed to contribute a group of works. The participants are a mix of studio glass artists as well as commercial glass producers. This extraordinary exhibit is scheduled to open April 11, 2003, during the Kentucky Derby Festival, a time each spring when Kentucky is the focal point of the international sporting calendar. In addition to the The Glass Vessel exhibition, the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation will also be presenting a glass sculpture show featuring Rick Beck, a North Carolina artist.
Workshops and additional programming are being planned to supplement these exhibitions. We have invited Klaus Moje, Dante Marioni, Rich Royal and others to Kentucky to work in the studios at Glassworks and with Stephen Powell at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky during the run of the exhibition.
The exhibition is being planned to coincide
with a major citywide initiative, Celebration
of Glass 2003, including an exhibition of work by Dale Chihuly at the
Glassworks gallery, a comprehensive international stained glass show
sponsored by The Louisville Visual Arts Association and an exhibition
being mounted by the Speed Art Museum entitled The
Light Within: Glass Sculpture
from Louisville Collections.