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Seattle’s Love Affair with Glass Is on Full Display at These Area Art Exhibits

Four art experiences that reflect our love affair with glass

By Gavin Borchert March 29, 2019


This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print in the April 2019 issue. Click here to subscribe.

The Tacoma Art Museum’s new Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing, opened in January, takes an in-depth look at the legacy of glass art in the Pacific Northwest through the couple’s impressive collection of 353 works by artists including Dale Chihuly and Martin Blank. Nearby, the Museum of Glass’s Translations exhibit bridges media by presenting glass pieces inspired by native carvings and weavings from the collection of the Washington State Historical Society (through 11/10).

Meanwhile, at the Bellevue Arts Museum, animal figures are among the multifarious works at the BAM! Glasstastic biennial (ends 4/14), celebrating the Northwest’s status as America’s heart of glass (art). And a new exhibit, School, organized by Joseph Rossano, calls attention to dwindling global salmon stocks through glass sculptures of fish collected from artists around the world (4/12–8/11). Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, 1701 Pacific Ave., 253.272.4258; Museum of Glass, Tacoma, 1801 Dock St., 253.284.4719,; Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, 510 Bellevue Way NE, 425.519.0770

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