A survey of one of the largest and finest collections of contemporary studio glass in the United States,Voices of Contemporary Glass showcased, for the first time, the collection donated to the Museum in 2005 by Ben W. Heineman, Sr. and his wife, Natalie G. Heineman.
Over a period of 21 years, Mr. Heineman collected with a discerning eye, thoughtfully assembling a grouping of works that represents the full breadth of a defining period in contemporary glassmaking.
The exhibition displayed 240 objects by 87 international artists, and nearly completely documented the chronology of the American Studio Glass movement, with objects dating from 1969 to 2005. Voices of Contemporary Glass presented the work of several artists over the course of their careers.
Video interviews with a selection of artists represented in the Heineman Collection—exploring their individual ideas, or “voices,” in glass—played an integral role in the exhibition.