KOKOMO, Ind. — The Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery showcases the work of top national glass artists in its new exhibit and expects to attract collectors from all over the Midwest.
The juried show, "Gathering: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland", includes 28 pieces ranging from sculptural to narrative works, created in a variety of methods. The 21 artists represent the states of Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
The annual show, hosted by the Indiana Glass Art Alliance (IGAA), opens with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 19, in the Art Gallery, in Upper Alumni Hall.
"Kokomo is where Hoosier glassmaking began, so it is appropriate for us to host this prestigious show," said Susan Skoczen, gallery director.
This exhibit is one of several stops during the Indiana Glass Trail's "Art on Fire: Hot Glass and Class" weekend, which also includes tours of Kokomo Opalescent Glass, exhibits at the Seiberling Mansion and the Greentown Glass Museum, glasswork classes in Lafayette, and an open studio in Logansport.
Skoczen expects glass collectors from around the Midwest to attend the events, and is pleased to bring such a significant show to campus.
"This gives our students and our community a unique opportunity to see work being created on the national level," she said.
She noted that this is the first year the IGAA has opened the show to artists outside of Indiana. The jury reviewed nearly 150 pieces, from 48 glass artists, to choose the work to exhibit.
The show continues through Saturday, December 7. Admission and parking are free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, call the IU Kokomo Art Gallery at 765-455-9523.
The Indiana Glass Trail is a showcase for talented Hoosier glass artisans. The trail connects nearly 20 counties, in which the tradition and history of glass arts can be experienced first-hand.
For more information about "Art on Fire: Hot Glass and Class" events, go to http://indianaglasstrail.com/news/.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.