Tom & Friends: a Tribute to McGlauchlin's Legacy in Glass

Posted May 29th, 2012 by Eric Hillenbrand  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Internationally-renowned artists pay tribute to late colleague and Studio Glass Movement co-founder in Toledo, Ohio exhibition at 20 North Gallery

Toledo, OH—May 25, 2012. 20 North Gallery proudly presents “Tom & Friends: a Tribute to McGlauchlin’s Legacy in Glass”, the first major gallery exhibit of the work of studio glass pioneer Tom McGlauchin, since his death in 2011. The exhibit will run from Saturday, June 9 – Saturday, July 14, 2012, as one of the Concurrent Glass Exhibitions held in conjunction with the Glass Arts Society (GAS) Conference commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement in Toledo. A public reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, June 15, 2012, from 6:30 – 10:30p.m., in conjunction with the GAS conference downtown Gallery Loop.

Tom McGlauchlin was one of the leading co-founders of the Studio Glass Movement, from its initial workshop at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962 and continuing until his death in 2011. McGlauchlin began as a ceramic student of Harvey Littleton. He and Littleton became pioneers in creating what would become a major field of contemporary art, the Studio Glass Movement. In addition to his fine artwork, McGlauchlin also enjoyed a prolific teaching career.

Tom McGlauchlin’s work is included in the permanent collections of numerous national and international institutions such as Corning Glass Museum, Corning, New York; The Smithsonian Collection, Washington, D.C.; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; Kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf, Germany; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, and the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

The “Tom & Friends” exhibition will feature a retrospective of the work of the late Tom McGlauchlin with special emphasis on his previously un-exhibited, final, flat glass pieces. Showcased in the exhibit are works representative of all of his major series throughout his lengthy career, including: McGlauchlin’s early studio blown glass work, pieces of the famed Dessin de Bulle series, prism blown glass, as well as his more recent blown glass and colored pencil abstract portrait heads, cast paper bas relief sculpture and flat panel glass. The exhibited works serve to demonstrate the importance of the human face and figure in the development of his artistic career.

McGlauchlin’s work will be lovingly surrounded by that of national and regional colleagues and friends—contributing glass and mixed media glass sculpture, as well as ceramic work by McGlauchlin’s initial collaborators in studio glass who have continued their artistic careers in other media. This is the first joint exhibition, since the movement’s earliest days, to showcase the artwork of all the initiators of that first Studio Glass Workshop in 1962.

The “Tom & Friends” exhibit is a comprehensive gathering of many legendary and iconic talents including: Herb Babcock, Clayton Bailey, Fritz Dreisbach, Edith Franklin, Henry Halem, Philip Hazard, Janet Kelman, Harvey Littleton, Shawn Messenger, Mark Peiser, Jack Schmidt, Norman Schulman, Robin Schultes & Patrick Dubreuil, Kelly Sheehan, John Stephenson and Meredith Wenzel, as well as privately-owned work by Dominick Labino.

20 North Gallery will be welcoming friends, the exhibiting artists and collectors at the free Public Reception on Friday, June 15th, from 6:30 – 10:30p.m., in conjunction with the GAS conference downtown Gallery Loop. Reception attendees can celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement—and the artistic accomplishments of McGlauchlin and his colleagues—with the opportunity to view and purchase works by the legendary artists of the genre.

To view a virtual tour and online exhibition catalogue of “Tom & Friends: A Tribute to McGlauchlin’s Legacy in Glass”: visit (The website posting begins June 9, 2012)

What: “Tom & Friends: a Tribute to McGlauchlin’s Legacy in Glass”
Where: 20 North Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair Street, (Downtown) Toledo, Ohio 43604, 419-241-2400
When: June 9 – July 14, 2012

Exhibit Hours
Wednesday – Saturday:
Noon – 4 p.m.
and By Appointment

GAS conference Gallery Loop Open House — Friday, June 15th, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

For More Information Contact: Eric Hillenbrand (Owner) or Peggy Grant (Art Director) at 419-241-2400, or visit
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