Linda MacNeil: Jewels of Glass

Linda MacNeil: Jewels of Glass

January 21 - October 1, 2017

Artist Linda MacNeil’s innovative use of glass to create elegant, wearable jewelry provides a unique opportunity for Museum of Glass to present its first exhibition of jewelry, Linda MacNeil: Jewels of Glass. MacNeil has been a pioneer in both the Studio Jewelry and Studio Glass movements since the 1970s. Emerging during that decade with formal training in metalsmithing, MacNeil began fashioning a body of work that combines glass and nonprecious metals—more recently augmenting them with precious materials—to make exquisite articles of adornment not rooted in narrative. Over her 40-year career, MacNeil has created more than 700 necklaces, brooches, and earrings. This retrospective exhibition and accompanying catalogue is the first scholarly examination of the development of MacNeil’s work and her contribution to late 20th- and 21st-century American jewelry.

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Upcoming exhibitions include: 

  • Linda MacNeil: Jewels of Glass January 21 - October 1, 2017
  • Ispirazione: James Mongrain in the George R. Stroemple Collection February 4 - October 15, 2017
  • Complimentary Contrasts: The Glass and Steel Sculptures of Albert Paley  September 2017 - April 2018
  • Michael Taylor: Traversing Parallels October 28, 2017 - May 2018
  • Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight May 2018 - March 2019
  • Foraging the Hive May 26, 2018 - January 2019

Image Credit:

1) Linda MacNeil (American, born 1954); Necklace No. 4 from the “Lucent Lines” series, 1984; Plate glass and 14k yellow gold; 20 1/2 x 7/8 x 1/4 inches (52.1 x 2.2 x 0.6 cm) (open); Collection of Joan and Jay Ochroch; Photo by Susie Cushner.

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