The Nature of Glass: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2016

Chesterwood is pleased to present its 38th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, The Nature of Glass: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2016, featuring 24 works by 12 internationally recognized glass artists. The exhibition is curated by Jim Schantz of Schantz Galleries Contemporary Glass. By popular demand this outdoor contemporary glass sculpture exhibition has been extended until the end of Chesterwood’s season, October 10, 2016.

The striking artworks in the show represent a diverse range of media and styles, with some created in response to sources of inspiration found by the artists at Chesterwood, the former summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments. The exhibition is sponsored in part by Myra Musicant and Howard Cohen.

Curator’s Statement

It is an honor to have been invited to curate sculptural works for this summer’s exhibition, The Nature of Glass, at the historic setting of Chesterwood. Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) created the grounds of his summer home with the intention of not only showcasing his own works but also inviting fellow sculptors to exhibit their artwork outdoors, in order to experience it in the light and surroundings of nature.

This year we celebrate glass, with twelve artists invited to participate in this first outdoor sculpture exhibition at Chesterwood in which the artists use glass as a medium. Some of these artists use only glass in their sculptures or installations, while others combine blown, cast, or industrial plate glass with other materials such as wood, stone, or metal. You can see the rich diversity of methods employed in working with the medium, from a range of cast-glass techniques, to blown and sculpted hot glass, to the use of industrial plate glass in artwork.

This exhibition has provided an opportunity for the artists to explore new ideas and present their works within the context of nature. In some cases, artists are exhibiting their works using the medium of glass outdoors for the first time. This challenge of creating an outdoor piece is also an opportunity with the potential to open a new door to an artist’s way of working. I hope that this outdoor exhibition upholds Daniel Chester French’s intention and his legacy. I am proud to have had the opportunity to bring the work of these accomplished artists, whom I have had the pleasure to work with for many years, to this place and time, so the public can experience sculptural glass in a different way.

Click here for a brief description of each artist in the order of the walking tour, as a way of introduction—but we urge you to have your own personal interpretation and experience regarding the nature of glass in the tranquil outdoor environment of Chesterwood.

JIM SCHANTZ is the owner and director of Schantz Galleries Contemporary Glass in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, one of the foremost galleries of its kind.


Daniel Chester French Sculptures (Flickr)

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