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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass with A Gathering of Glass from the collection of Marilyn K. Glick

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The world’s largest children’s museum joins the Indiana Glass Arts Alliance in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass with pieces from the collection of Marilyn K. Glick – A Gathering of Glass along with Dale Chihuly’s Fireworks of Glass, his largest permanent installation.

Over the last fifty years, the art of glass has been incorporated into art education, personal collections, museums, and many indoor and outdoor installations. “Glass is one of many art forms the museum is proud to display while instilling the love of art and creating extraordinary learning opportunities in the arts regarding the creation of glass, its design and rising popularity,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

The museum will display a portion of Marilyn Glick’s personal glass collection from October 2nd through December 2012. A Gathering of Glass holds especially fond memories as the museum pays tribute to philanthropist and collector Marilyn Glick who passed away earlier this year. Glick’s personal passion for and dedication to the studio-glass movement is emphasized in this temporary exhibit that features glass of all shapes, colors and styles. “As a life-long learner and lover of glass, Marilyn went out of her way to meet the artists who created the glass so she could share their stories of inspiration along with the innovative creations themselves,” said Patchen. “Before her death, she asked that some of her collection be displayed where she could share her enthusiasm and personal passion for glass with children and families. It is our pleasure to fulfill that wish.”

The blown, cut, cast, metal-etched and vessels of glass from Glick’s collection are a wonderful complement to the world’s largest permanent installation of blown glass by artist Dale Chihuly. Fireworks of Glass was installed in 2006 as a permanent exhibit. The 43-foot-tall tower consists of more than 3,200 pieces of individually blown pieces of glass that rise above a “floating” pergola ceiling of 1,600 pieces of blown glass, which covers an innovative hands-on glassblowing exhibit.

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