The Glass Vessel

An International Invitational


sponsored by 

Altria Group, Inc. 

National City Wealth Management Group

Bill and Lindy Street

In 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 Glass Vessels - 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.


  Vessels Exhibition Photo Catalogue  Events and Activities  Participating Glass Artists  

  Rick Beck Exhibition  Celebration of Glass


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