Glass glistens in the spotlight at the Woodson Art Museum


WAUSAU — Two glass exhibits opened in early March will be led by 10 days of glass-making demonstrations beginning in late April at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

“Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection” and “Molten: 30 Years of American Glass” from the collection of the Woodson Art Museum, coincide and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Studio Glass movement and the United Nations International Year of Glass 2022.

Molten glass will be transformed into sparkling objects throughout free glass-making demonstrations, from April 29 to May 8, at the Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop, a fully functional glass-making studio on wheels converted from a semi-trailer, which will be installed on the Campus of the Woodson Museum of Art.

Visitors to the Hot Shop will experience the sights and sounds of hot glass being transformed into utilitarian and artistic objects during glassmaking demonstrations, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 29 through May 8. Mobile Hot Shop’s three-person glassblowing team demystifies the properties and processes that make glass one of the world’s oldest and most beloved materials for functional and aesthetic objects. Visitors come to see the artists at work, listen to their process descriptions, ask questions, and watch the finished work as it is placed in the annealing furnace to cool.

During the Hot Shop Talk from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on May 5, guest artists from the Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop share their perspective on the influence of the Art Deco movement on the functional and artistic design of glass.

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Two free glass exhibitions

The artistry, tools and techniques used to produce a range of art glass at the Mobile Hot Shop glass making demonstrations complement the two exhibits in the galleries, showcasing 1920s and 1930s Art Deco designs as well as 20th century glass later. Collection of the Woodson Museum of Art.

Muller Frères, Vase with bird motif, ca. 1925-1929, mold blown glass with interior inclusions of silver leaf and surface engraving. Photo by Lloyd Shugart.

Clean lines, geometric shapes and bold colors characterize ‘Art Deco Glass from the David Huchthausen Collection,’ on view through June 5 and curated by the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington. Emerging in contrast to the ornate Art Nouveau style amid the austerity of World War I, Art Deco glass fell out of favor after World War II and regained popularity in the 1970s when David Huchthausen began to collect seriously. The exhibit includes glass from iconic Art Deco workshops and collected by Huchthausen, a glass artist with Wisconsin roots whose work has changed the history of contemporary glass. After discovering and experimenting with an abandoned glass kiln in 1970 while a student at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County in Wausau, Huchthausen later became Harvey Littleton’s graduate assistant at UW-Madison and later became a fellow Fulbright, university professor and museum. consultant.

Robert Kehlmann, Composition XXXIX, 1977, glass. Photo courtesy of Woodson Art Museum.

Glass artwork from the collection of the Woodson Art Museum is featured in “Molten: 30 Years of American Glass” this spring and summer and exemplifies the vast experimentation with studio glass from the 1970s through the 1990s. The Studio Glass movement that spread from Wisconsin to the east and west coasts through a network of student-teachers led by the Glass artist Harvey Littleton was marked by a new approach to glass making. In a radical departure from glass made in factories, studio glass was designed and created by the same person – the artist. “Molten” showcases the inventive experimentation of this new approach, merging designer and maker, which continues to fuel artistic possibilities.

Two student exhibitions in sight

The 45th annual “Student Art Expo,” on display through April 10, celebrates Youth Art Month and the creative endeavors of central and north-central Wisconsin students in grades 9-12. The exhibit is open to art teachers who teach in public, parochial, and home schools in central and north-central Wisconsin.

Artwork from Wausau East High School’s International Baccalaureate Art Program student portfolio is featured at the Woodson Art Museum in “exh-IB-ition,” April 15-June 3, coordinated by the President of the Joel Pataconi Art Department and the Woodson Art Museum. During artist presentations from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on June 2, students from this year’s IB Art Program share their ideas about their work.

Spring Program Highlights

  • During Night Out @ the Woodson on the first Thursday of each month, the museum remains open until 7:30 p.m. Admire the works on display, dabble in artistic creation and explore Art Park, the museum’s interactive gallery.
  • Slow Art Day, April 2, 12-2 p.m., view and converse in the galleries, join a global art appreciation event designed to encourage taking time to view and reflect on artwork . Visit the galleries and linger with a few works of your choice, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., then share your observations with others during a discussion with museum volunteers, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • SPARK!, May 5, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Bring a friend or loved one with memory loss for a social outing in a calming environment. “Art Deco Glass” sparks a one-on-one conversation between participants and an accompanying friend, family member or care partner. Social interaction is followed by hands-on artistic activity. Call the museum at 715-845-7010 to register.
  • Art Beyond Sight, May 7, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Visually impaired and blind people join Corning Hot Shop artists and museum educators for a multi-sensory exploration of glass production and Art Deco designs. Call the museum at 715-845-7010 to register.
  • International Museum Day, May 18: Help the Woodson Art Museum celebrate International Museum Day by coloring and sharing your favorite museum memory by picking up a coloring page at the museum. Drop off your finished page at the Visitor Services desk for display at the museum.

For more details, see the calendar of events and these web pages:

Glass demonstrations, April 29-May 8

Art Deco glass from the Huchthausen collection

Molten: 30 years of American glass

For more information, visit, email the museum at [email protected], call 715-845-7010.


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