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Future of Glass as Fine Art

This is a vast subject so to be brief here are a few ways that can successfully push glass art into the fine arts world.In fact the reality may not be what everyone wants to hear. Glass has created a  very successful ghetto for itself and it will be impossible .....

Future of Glass as Fine Art

This is a vast subject so to be brief here are a few ways that can successfully push glass art into the fine arts world.In fact the reality may not be what everyone wants to hear. Glass has created a  very successful ghetto for itself and it will be impossible to entirely escape that circumstance. Given that Habatat represents such a wide variety of artists I believe that it is necessary to embrace both craft and fine art.

It is important to get glass sculpture into the public eye on a constant basis that means placing en emphasis on public art, up until now it has been the easy route to deal with the private clients and the glass collectors groups but a concerted effort to place glass sculpture in outdoor public settings and indoor malls and lobbies of buildings would go a long way to acclimate the public to the beauty and durability of glass and mixed media as viable fine art. Another way is to create a lecture program for fine art schools and other institutions. Either artists or gallery representatives would talk about glass as just another material and to show that glass has indeed remained a craft material but it has also evolved into a large scale sculptural material on its own or combined with other materials. It is important to recognize artists such as Danny Lane, Christopher Wilmarth LarryBell and others who have devoted their careers to creative use of the material and have remained outside the confines of the craft umbrella. Sure many famous artists have played with glass as an aside their regular work but the emphasis for education should be those who have plumbed its possibilities on a constant basis.

In order to make this move happen it will be necessary for the traditional gallery to keep its current business plan and in addition go beyond its walls with a specialized sales, promotion and placement plan solely focused to achieve this goal.

If the gallery is willing to commit to this idea, after my exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art from September 11 through November 28 2021 I will be willing to loan one of my large scale pieces to a public space for two years to kick off this program. – Steve Linn

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