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Celebrating Contemporary Glass Art

Posted by on August 24, 2012

Come see Rose Sellery’s glass slipper in the Art Forum Gallery on the 3rd floor of the MAH this fall.

Written by Susan Leask, MAH curator.

As much fun as it is to “stay local,” it is also wonderful to be part of a nation-wide, multiple-museum project. When the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass invited us to be part of the 50th anniversary of the studio art-glass movement, we accepted with enthusiasm.

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center has joined more than 167 museums nationwide to celebrate contemporary American art-glass. In honor of this national event, the Museum has included contemporary glass works in a museum-wide exhibition, Santa Cruz Collects, as well as in Rose Sellery: Passages. On view August 11 through November 25, 2012, the exhibitions include works by Betty Heil, Kris Heil, and Rose Sellery.

The 50th anniversary celebration of studio glass in America was organized by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass. Participating museums, galleries, art centers, and other venues will share the history and variety of studio glass by presenting demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions throughout 2012. Learn more at

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