Museum of Glass Programs
The purpose of Museum of Glass’ Curatorial, Education, and Hot Shop Departments is to create, inspire and educate a global audience revealing and interpreting the complexity of glass.
By creating original and traveling exhibitions, engaging glassblowing demonstrations and thought-provoking public programs, Museum of Glass welcomes, inspires and educates a diverse global audience. With annual visitation of over 135,000, Museum of Glass has welcomed nearly 2 million visitors from all 50 states and 75 countries since opening in 2002. Each year approximately 50,000 youth are served by Museum of Glass, 10,000 of which take part in formal educational programming.
MOG’s curatorial department is engaged in organizing nationally traveling exhibitions, impactful and engaging artist residencies, and a small yet expanding permanent collection that represents the rich and diverse decorative arts traditions that epitomize the innovations of the 20th and 21st centuries. Emphasis is placed on organizing a balanced and comprehensive exhibition schedule with scholarly publications that contribute to the understanding of glass as an art material.
The education program at Museum of Glass creates an energetic, enriching environment that stimulates discussion and individual expression resulting in a greater understanding of modern and contemporary glass. The multi-faceted program is designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds—with a particular focus on youth—in a meaningful, relevant dialogue about glass art. 10,000 children each year participate in our formal educational programming.
MOG’s hot shop program allows guests of all ages access to the creative process. Filled with activity and artists at work, the Hot Shop provides a vivid and galvanizing context for the Museum’s educational programs and offers visitors a unique first-hand look at the dynamic process and intricate teamwork involved in the creation of contemporary glass. The Hot Shop collaborates with the Curatorial and Education Departments to create a seamless context for the visitor experience.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Since opening, Museum of Glass has presented 74 exhibitions, 43 of which were organized by the Museum. Of those organized by the Museum, 12 had accompanying catalogs. Exhibitions originating at Museum of Glass have traveled to the Palm Springs Art Museum; the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum; Flint Institute of Arts; The Chrysler Museum of Art; The Heard Museum; The National Museum of American Indian; The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center; The Hunter Museum of American Art; and Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami.
Museum attendance is currently over 135,000 visitors annually; nearly three times the median for art museums in the U.S. Recently Museum of Glass was named Best Entertainment in Tacoma by Crown in Town for 2012.