Museum of American Glass exhibit celebrates 50 years of American art glass

WESTON, W.Va. –To mark the 50th anniversary of the studio/contemporary glass movement in the United States, The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia (MAG) is hosting an exhibition, “The Lotton Legacy, Three Generations of American Glass.” The Lotton Art Glass Studio is considered one of the top studios in the world, and the Lotton’s glass has been called the Tiffany of tomorrow. The exhibit runs July 1 through Aug. 18, 2012.

Lotton art glassThe work of Charles Lotton, a self-taught glass artist who began his career in the early 1970s.

MAG is one of 165 museums and other organizations across the country planning exhibits and lectures. These events celebrate the 50-year milestone recognizing the many important artists who have become involved in the movement in the years since 1962 when Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino first experimented with making glass outside of the factory setting in Toledo, Ohio, workshops.

The Lottons are a remarkable family headed by patriarch Charles Lotton, a self-taught glass artist who began his career in the early 1970s. He has been joined in his Crete, Ill., studio by his son Daniel and grandson Timothy as well as by non-family glass artist Scott Bayless. Another son, David, and his sons Jeremiah and Joshua, share a studio in Lowell, Ind. Charles’ youngest son, John, and nephew, Jerry Heer, have retired from glassmaking. These eight men of one family have created beautiful objects and each with his own unique style.

The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day from noon-4 p.m. The balance of the year the museum is open daily noon to 4 p.m. and closed on Wednesday and Sunday. Admission is free. It is easily accessible off I-79 exit 99.

Open in 1992, the museum relocated to its present location in 2007 and occupies 12,000 square feet with more than 12,000 pieces of glass on permanent display. The museum is home to the National Marble Museum and The American Flint Glass Workers Union Archives. Visit Museum of American Glass for more information.

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