January 19, 2012 – October 2013
Northwest Artists Collect offers a glimpse into the world of seven Pacific Northwest glass artists through their personal collections and the role that collecting plays in inspiring and influencing artists and their work. Items for the exhibition, both glass and non-glass, were chosen out of the artists’ personal collections to be displayed alongside an original work, providing a deeper understanding of the artists’ inspirations. Artists participating in the exhibition are: Martin Blank, Joseph Gregory Rossano, Richard Royal, Ginny Ruffner, Preston Singletary, Cappy Thompson and Dick Weiss.
Northwest Artists Collect is also a unique collaboration between Museum of Glass and UWT. Four students from various degree programs participated in a year-long internship working with Museum staff and the artists to curate this exhibition. The items exhibited were chosen by the students in conjunction with the artists and Museum curators during visits to the artists’ homes and studios. Cappy Thompson, for example, is known for her depictions of world mythology and folk traditions painted on glass using a traditional grisaille technique. To represent her collection, intern Margaret Lundberg selected a sculpture of a dog. “Walking through Thompson’s studio and looking at all the folk art she brought back from her travels, I watched her face light up as she expressed the inspiration that the Balinese stone dog brings her,” comments Lundberg. “As soon as I saw it, I knew that it was just what I was looking for to represent her amazing collection.”
Included in the exhibition are video clips of the studio visits and first-hand accounts from the students, offering visitors an indication of the curatorial process of designing and planning. A gallery guide created by the interns also is available.
Cappy Thompson. Searching for the Bodhisatta: A Spirit Canoe Carries My Soul toward the Divine Child of My Dream, 1996. Vitreous enamel reverse-painted on blown glass; 21" x 11 1/2". Collection of Cappy Thompson. Photo by Duncan Price.