April 6 – September 22, 2013 extended
CLEARLY ART SHARES ITS NAME WITH ANOTHER SHOW THAT ORIGINATED AT THE WHATCOM MUSEUM TWENTY YEARS AGO titled Clearly Art: Pilchuck’s Glass Legacy. Between 1992 and 1996, it traveled to a dozen museums around the country. In the twenty years since that important exhibition, the museum’s collection has grown to include a number of new glass works, thanks to a gift from the Safeco collection. Clearly Art presents many of these new pieces to the public for the first time. Clearly Art is curated by Western Washington University curatorial intern Hilary Hamilton.
“Glass has the ability to reflect, refract, and diffuse light unlike any other medium,” says Hamilton. “It can be diaphanous and delicate, or substantial and weighty. Clearly Art: The Beauty of Glass highlights the versatility of the medium, presenting the broad spectrum of forms and applications of studio glass, from the traditional to the radical.”