Western North Carolina Glass from the Asheville Art Museum

April 19, 2017 - April 3, 2018

Western North Carolina holds a special place in the history of American glass art, as several artists of the Studio Glass Movement settled in the region early in their careers. In 1965, Harvey K. Littleton (1922–2013), the “father” of the Studio Glass Movement (an ongoing movement that began in the 1960s), was invited to the Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, NC. Unable to visit, his graduate student Bill Boysen went in his place, and shortly afterwards created a glass facility there. This event instigated the Studio Glass Movement in Western North Carolina as more of Littleton’s students began teaching at Penland and glass artists took up residence in the region. Penland would become one of the most significant information exchange centers for glass, attracting instructors from all over the U.S., as well as internationally. The prominent glass artists of the Studio Glass Movement, many still active today, are well represented by the Asheville Art Museum’s collection — works from artists including Mark Peiser, William Bernstein, Rob Levin, Yaffa and Jeff Todd, and Ken Carder reflect a variety of techniques practiced in this demanding medium.

The glassworks seen in this exhibition highlight the creativity and diversity of expression available through this challenging medium, and are but a glance into the Asheville Art Museum’s extensive collection of studio glassworks from regional artists.

We are grateful to the State Employees’ Credit Union and its members for their generous support of the Asheville Art Museum.

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Exhibition History

  • October 6, 2017 – April 3, 2018: State Employees’ Credit Union (701 N. Broadway Avenue, Asheville 28804)
  • July 12 – October 4, 2017: State Employees’ Credit Union (1310 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 28803)
  • April 19 – July 11, 2017: State Employees’ Credit Union (8 Monticello Road, Weaverville 28787)
View selected works in the exhibition »