Museum of Glass
|Museum of Glass|
Bridge of Glass and Hot Shop (glass blowing (cone) building)
|Location||Tacoma, Washington, U.S.|
The Museum of Glass (MOG) is a museum dedicated to the medium of glass art located in Tacoma, Washington. It is not to be confused with the various other Museums of Glass, such as the one in Corning, New York, as the museum focuses on Contemporary and Pacific Northwest glass-art. Also not to be confused with Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle.
The museum, the brainchild of Dr. Philip M. Phibbs, was designed by acclaimed Canadian architect Arthur Erickson and opened in July 2002. It is located on the Thea Foss Waterway and near the University of Washington Tacoma in downtown. The museum is linked to the downtown area via Bridge of Glass. The bridge consists of thousands of glass-art masterpieces created by Dale Chihuly to make up the Venetian Wall, Seaform Pavilion and Crystal Towers.
The museum exhibits a conical hot shop building, which houses the glass blowing demonstrations. The room reaches 90 feet (27 m) and has two furnaces reaching temperatures of 2,400 °F (1,320 °C). There were also several other outdoor exhibits including the Water Forest (which was restored in summer 2009), reflecting pools and a waterfront promenade.
The mission of the Museum of Glass is to provide a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions.
 Visiting Artist Program
The Museum’s Visiting Artist Program invites internationally known artists and emerging artists from the region and around the world to work with the Museum’s resident Hot Shop Team to explore, invent and create with glass. The museum gives artists an opportunity to experiment and push the limits of their work. Offering a diverse mixture of culture, style, focus and expertise, each artist creates a sense of excitement and wonder, giving you the rare opportunity to witness professionals making art.
The Museum invites artists for week-long residencies (usually Wednesday-Sunday) and shorter residencies (usually Mondays and Tuesdays in the summer and Fridays the rest of the year).
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