Recognized as the best contemporary glasswork being made in the Midwest, 22 pieces from 19 glass artists were selected for the exhibition “GATHERING:

Ben Johnson, "Swell"

Ben Johnson, “Swell”

Contemporary Glass from the Heartland.” Sponsored by the Indiana Glass Arts Alliance (IGAA), this annual exhibition continues through Sept. 26 at Gallery 924, in downtown Indianapolis.

This is the second time the IGAA has opened the exhibition to glass artists outside Indiana.  “More than any other state, Indiana has a storied history in glasswork,” said Cindy Thompson, IGAA board chair.  “From the Ball brothers in Muncie, to Kokomo Opalescent Glass, which is the oldest glass manufacturer in the U.S., to today’s Hoosier artists who are raising the state’s profile in the U.S. glass arts community, the glasswork coming from this state was, and continues to be, sought-after by collectors.”

The exhibition is part of Indy Glass Month, a collaboration of the IGAA, the Indiana Glass Trail and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, celebrating contemporary glass arts in September through a series of first-time, citywide events.

Gallery 924 is part of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, at 924 N. Pennsylvania St. in downtown Indianapolis.  The opening reception for this exhibition is Fri., Sept. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tue., Wed. and Fri. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thu. All times are EST, and admission is free.

ARTISTS WHOSE WORK WILL BE EXHIBITED

Brianna Barron, Saline, Mich.
William Breitbart, Madison, Wisc.
Fran Carrico, Pendleton, Ind.
Brent Cole, Muncie, Ind. (two entries)
Jacci Delaney, Columbus, Ohio (two entries)
Barbara Giorgio-Booher, Muncie, Ind.
Jennifer Halvorson, Muncie, Ind.
Benjamin Johnson, Cicero, Ind.
Nancy Keating, Carmel, Ind.
Justin Kern, Muncie, Ind.
David King, Richmond, Vir.
Shawn Messenger, Toledo, Ohio
Paul Messink, Downers Grove, Ill.
Yuri Okamoto, Indianapolis
Katherine Paulson, Chicago
Nadine Saylor, Middletown, Penn. (two entries)
Robert Schwieger, Plainfield, Ill.
Renee Stanko, Dublin, Ohio
Timothy Stover, Bucyrus, Ohio

ABOUT INDY GLASS MONTH
Designed to promote and support Indiana glass artists, Indy Glass Month includes the IGAA exhibition at Gallery 924 and the following:
 
Indianapolis Art Center, 820 East 67th Street, Indianapolis

            Jerry Thompson / Best of Student Show Divisional Award Winners
            Through Sept. 21: Allen W. Clowes Gallery
            Exhibition of Glass Student Work
            Sept. 9 – Oct. 6: Student Corridor
            Exhibition of Glasswork by Melissa Kistler, glass artist
            Sept. 26 – Nov. 23

Harrison Center / Gallery No.2, 1505 N Delaware St, Indianapolis
            Arlon Bayliss: A 35-Year Glass Retrospective
            Sept. 1 – 30

Nancy Lee Designs, 1125 Brookside Ave., Ste. C1, Indianapolis
            Exhibition of work by Anna Lee Chalos-McAleese & Andy McAleese, glass artists
            Sept. 1 – 30

Hoosier Salon Gallery, 22 N. Range Line Road, Carmel
            “The Form of Art,” a group exhibition of glasswork by regional artists
            Through Sept. 19

Cultural Arts Gallery, IUPUI campus, Michigan St/University Blvd
            “Playing with Fire: Glass Art from the Heartlands of Indiana,” an invitational group exhibition
            Closing Reception: Sept. 5, 4 – 6 p.m.

Five Seasons Studio, 1125 Brookside Ave, Indianapolis
            Exhibition of work by Benjamin Johnson, glass artist
            Sept. 5 – 22

Indiana Landmarks Center/Rapp Family Gallery, 1201 Central Ave. Indianapolis
            Exhibition of work by David Lotton, glass artist (part of group show)
            Sept. 5, 6 – 9pm

Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel
            “Designs in Studio Glass,” a group exhibition of contemporary glasswork by Indiana artists
            Sept. 15 – 30.

ArtSplash Gallery, 111 W. Main St, Suite 140, Carmel
            Glass Artist Group Show as part of Carmel’s Gallery Walk/Second Saturday
            Sept. 13, 5 – 9 p.m.