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The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass debuts "Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard"
Open through February 15, 2015, the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah, Wisconsin, is exhibiting almost 70 works by artist Paul Stankard drawn from the Robert M. Minkoff collection. This retrospective exhibition traces the evolution of Stankard's botanical portraits in glass from his earliest attempts at paperweights to his innovative new encased forms that have expanded the scale and intricacy beyond anything that has preceded it. The exhibition is a testament to the power of a collector-artist relationship that has opened the world of glass art and the visionary advances of one artist to a broader audience through an exhibition that has traveled to several venues. A coffeetable book that documents Stankard's achievement published by the Foundation serves as the exhibit catalog. Robert M. Minkoff encountered Paul Stankard’s work in 2005 and, in a very brief period, built a definitive collection documenting the artist’s journey in glass, with examples of the key innovations that Stankard has pioneered in bringing the paperweight form out of its traditional small form factor and into triptychs, assemblages, and vertical presentations. The Bergstrom-Mahler exhibition will continue through February 15th, 2015, and a special weekend event is planned from October 10th through the 12th that will bring together art lovers and Ferrari collectors to celebrate great artistry. There will be presentations by Robert Minkoff Foundation managing trustee and foundation director Andrew Page. More information.
The Minkoff Foundation Organizes Summit of At-Risk Youth Programs at the Glass Art Society 2014 Conference in Chicago
On Friday, March 21st, 2014, an At-Risk Youth Panel sponsored by the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation brought together representatives from the top programs from around the U.S. to talk about what they were doing and to share their perspective on what works. That evening, a reception at Little Black Pearl sponsored by the Minkoff Foundation celebrated the glass program at a public high school in the South Side of Chicago, offered further networking opportunities, and a joint exhibition of work by students of these programs around the U.S. You can listen to an audio transcript of the presentations on a Website the Minkoff Foundation has created to foster better connections and exchange between these programs at www.atriskglass.org. An open forum is available to continue the discussion of best practices and share the challenges and success of using glass education to change lives.