Oiva Toikka, Life of Singles, 2006, pipe-worked and mold-formed glass. Gift of Bette and Arnold Hoffman, 2016.114.1-16.
Interest in contemporary glass among collectors, galleries, and museums has grown exponentially in recent years, more than a half-century after the founding of the studio glass movement in the early 1960s. Thanks to the generosity of numerous donors, the Palmer Museum of Art is poised to become one of the preeminent destinations for studio glass on the East Coast.
A Kaleidoscope of Color highlights newly acquired works from the remarkable studio glass collection of Bette (’58) and Arnold Hoffman (’57) (see inset). Recent gifts from Audrey and Norbert Gaelen (’47) and Julia K. Muller and Earl K. Shreckengast (’72) will also be featured, as well as a selection of pieces from private collections, including promised gifts from Barbara Palmer, and Bill (’60) and Honey Jaffe.
Represented will be an international roster of glass artists working today including Therman Statom, Lino Tagliapietra, Martin Janecky, Tobias Møhl, Etsuko Nishi, Oben Abright, Daniel Clayman, Hiroshi Yamano, John Kiley, Dante Marioni, Nick Mount, Richard Marquis, Youko Sano, and many others.