Many of you will remember the exhibition of the work of Dale Chihuly in 2002, a landmark display that captivated us with his masterpiece glass sculpture. This historic moment was heightened by a visit to Fort Wayne from Dale himself.
Then, in 2013, we renewed that spirit with an exhibition that transformed the new wing of this museum with Dale’s nature-inspired glass. At the same time, I gambled on a cold-call to Habatat Galleries in Michigan to loan us their famed International Glass exhibition. They said yes, and our story with glass began.
The overwhelming enthusiasm for glass from people like you inspired me to purchase works like Dale Chihuly’s Lily Gold chandelier and to continue the International Glass exhibition each year since 2013.
I can say with confidence that these artistic wonders have sparked something in this community. The glass exhibitions of the past 5 years are more than just pretty things; they are symbols of beauty, wonder, joy, and awe. Glass, more than any genre or medium I’ve known, transcends cultural, ethnic, and generational boundaries to inspire everyone.
In a few short weeks, you’ll get to see the largest, most dazzling glass sculpture this museum has ever seen. Because of what we have built together, FWMoA is now home to a 50-ft amber and rose glass installation by Chihuly protégé Martin Blank, and I can’t wait for you to see it.
I ask you to remember that in all of this, it’s more about inspiring people than acquiring art. And that’s what your gifts have always done and will always do: inspire everyone through the gift of art.
With many thanks,
Charles A. Shepard III
President & CEO
P.S. Your donation keeps the gift of inspiration accessible to all. We can do things like free Thursday nights and discount admission for disadvantaged families because of you.
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