Harvey K. Littleton
A Legacy in Glass
November 9 – January 13, 2013
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark glass workshops that brought glass out of the factory and into the artist’s studio, the Visual Arts Center hosted an exhibition of work spanning the career of Harvey Littleton, the renowned glass artist widely acknowledged as the father of the American studio glass movement.
Littleton began experimenting with hot glass in 1959 and later established the first Studio Glass curriculum at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prior to Littleton’s 1962 workshops, glass was solely a factory material used to make functional, utilitarian objects. Littleton’s experimental and innovative use of blown glass as a sculptural material transformed glass-making into a viable medium for artistic expression.
This exhibition is presented with support from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and the Danwell Foundation.
Harvey Littleton: A Legacy in Glass is organized in conjunction with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibition of work by Dale Chilhuly, Harvey Littleton’s former student.