Chesterwood announces 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, curated by Jim Schantz of Schantz Galleries Contemporary Glass, will be on view daily from June 18 to Sept. 18. 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.
“We are pleased to be working with Jim Schantz, who selected the outdoor sculpture by artists from across the country and the Netherlands, specializing in glass as their primary medium. It is the first exhibition of its kind for Chesterwood,” said Executive Director Donna Hassler.
“This will be one of only a handful of outdoor group sculpture exhibitions in the world that incorporates glass,” said Schantz. “A few of the artists in the exhibition have experience creating outdoor glass sculpture, but most have been both challenged and inspired to try new approaches with their medium specifically for this exhibition. Chesterwood is an ideal location for what promises to be a truly stunning show.”
Participating artists include Martin Blank, Peter Bremers, Nancy Callan, William Carlson, Daniel Clayman, Sidney Hutter, Richard Jolley, John Kiley, Thomas Patti, Kait Rhoads, Richard Royal, and Thomas Scoon.
Chesterwood is notably one of the earliest venues in the United States to successively showcase large-scale abstract, conceptual and figurative works in an outdoor setting. Since 1978, the works of close to 600 emerging and established sculptors have been exhibited at Chesterwood, including Glenda Goodacre, Sol LeWitt, Albert Paley, George Rickey and Richard Stankiewicz. Chesterwood’s annual sculpture exhibition commemorates Daniel Chester French’s distinguished life and career and provides an important platform for contemporary American sculptors.
An artist’s reception for The Nature of Glass: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2016 will be held on Friday, June 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event will include a curatorial walking tour with artists whose works are on view, a silent auction, and refreshments. Admission is $20 for Chesterwood members and $25 for the general public.
About Schantz Galleries Contemporary Glass
Schantz Galleries is a destination for those seeking contemporary art by premier artists working in the medium of glass. Located at 3 Elm St., Stockbridge, the gallery has established itself as one of the leading contemporary art glass galleries, featuring works by more than 60 artists from the U.S. and abroad. For more information, see www.schantzgalleries.com