Shelley Muzylowski Allen – Imperial Blue, 2017
1901 CENTRAL AVENUE • SAINT PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33713
THE AMERICAN STUDIO GLASS MOVEMENT
OPENING FALL 2017
Click here to read about it in Glass Quarterly
WHAT IS IMAGINE MUSEUM?
A new fine art institution in the up-and-coming Central Arts District of St. Petersburg, Florida. Its primary collection displays the explosive growth and diversification of the studio glass movement in America since the 1960’s, and extends to new directions in contemporary glass.
Imagine Museum elevates the art of contemporary American studio glass through research, exhibitions and education.
“Imagine” is to create a possible future. “Museum” is a home of Muses, the sources of inspiration.
Imagine Museum is a haven for new visions, a destination for those who seek more richly imagined outcomes.
The Museum works to attract, preserve, document and show the finest examples of visionary art in glass and other media. Its programs support the articulation of dreams common to youth, to the living artist, to
pioneers of knowledge. It is a friend of groups with similar goals.
Imagine Museum supports the artist, the viewer, and the collector. Artists create truth, and Imagine Museum seeks for the artist in everyone to prevail.
WHAT IS THE STUDIO GLASS MOVEMENT?
Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino held the now-famous glass workshop at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. They created and built a small furnace for melting glass designed for an individual artist studio. In the short course of 50 years, Littleton’s revolution has indeed succeeded in transforming glass from a substance suited for commercial production into an artist medium.
WHAT DOES THE IMAGINE MUSEUM COLLECTION CONSIST OF?
It represents an historical Family Tree of the American Studio Glass Movement from the 1960’s to the present. This 55-year phenomenon is represented by 55 prominent glass artists who exemplify its vitality. The collection comprises almost 500 extraordinary works that highlight the connections and influences among studio glass pioneers through to the present.
WHAT WILL BE THE IMAGINE MUSEUM’S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ADJACENT COMMUNITY AND ST. PETERSBURG?
Its prime intention is to help expand the flourishing arts communities on the Gulf Coast. The hope is to add a unique dimension of scholarship, interactive participation, high standards of quality, and a focus on children and our future as these may be helped to flourish through an understanding of aesthetics.
WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR THE EXTERIOR PROPERTY SURROUNDING THE MUSEUM?
Beside ample parking, specially designed outdoor venues and reception areas, murals and landscaping are being developed.