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TAM Receives Donation of the Marioni Glass Art Collection

28 Jul

Paul Marioni, a founder of the studio-glass movement donated his 400-piece glass art collection to the Tacoma Art Museum.  This collection includes his work, as well as the work of others, and was given to the Museum because of its long commitment to Northwest art.  This collections value is estimated at more than $1 million dollars and is an extremely generous donation to the art community.

The exhibition is now on view until September 23, 2012 and is entitled The Marioni Family’s Radical Experimentation in Glass and Jewelry. The family will also be participating in an Artist Talk on Wednesday, June 13 at 10:30 am, which will consist of a gallery walk-through and lecture.  Courtesy of the Tacoma Art Museum, here is more information about the Marioni family and their donation:

This summer Tacoma Art Museum celebrates the art and legacy of one of the Pacific Northwest’s most innovative and influential artist families: Paul Marioni and his children Dante and Marina, while marking the 50th anniversary of studio art glass in America. On view June 9 through September 23, The Marioni Family: Radical Experimentation in Glass and Jewelry showcases how the artists of the Marioni family engage with form, materiality, and tradition, each in their own thought-provoking and individual styles.

Exhibition highlights include a retrospective survey of the work of Paul Marioni, one of the nation’s foremost innovators in glass art; a selection of works by his son Dante that underscores his world-renowned skill as a glassblower; and jewelry by his daughter Marina that showcases her humor and wit. The three family members were recently subjects in the “Family Episode” of the PBS documentary series Craft in America. Continue reading

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