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Year of Glass

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    The Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion at the Lowe Art Museum

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 28, 2018)—With the reinstallation of its Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion now complete, the Lowe Art Museum has declared 2018 the Year of Glass and is celebrating the dazzling studio glass collection the Miami couple donated a decade ago with a series of glass exhibitions and related programs throughout the year.

    Curated by Linda Boone, owner of Habatat Galleries of Boca Raton, the new installation features 150 pieces by a who’s who of glass artists, from Dale Chihuly and Jose Chardiet to Therman Statom and Lino Tagliapietra.

    “We might have collected the glass, but the collection belongs to the community where we have lived for the past 70 years: attending UM, working, and raising our family,” Myrna Palley said at the reinstallation celebration on February 6. “Miami and the University of Miami mean so much to Sheldon and me that giving the collection to the Lowe, and making it available for everyone to see and enjoy, was our way of saying thank you. The community has done so much for us.”

    The Year of Glass celebration will continue with hands-on workshops with UM glass artist students; the spring installation of Chihuly’s Mosaic Persion (1998), a donation by Dale & Doug Anderson, in the museum’s lobby; a fall presentation by internationally acclaimed sculptor Clifford Rainey as part of the biannual Palley Glass Artist lecture series; and three temporary exhibitions featuring highlights from the Collection of Robert and Florence Werner, new work from Venetian master glass artist Giampaolo Seguso, and the ninth edition of ArtLab @ the Lowe, which will examine the studio glass movement in the context of contemporary art and culture.

    During December’s Miami Art Week, the Lowe’s annual Art Basel Bubbles and Brunch lecture on Sunday, December 9, also will feature a presentation by an internationally recognized glass artist. Additionally, glass-related programming will take place all year long, including tours, community days, teacher workshops, Lowe After Hours, and other educational and engagement events.

    “Myrna and Sheldon’s vision and passion have transformed the Lowe Art Museum into one of the nation’s finest academic art museums, which in turn has been transformative for the entire University,” said Jeffrey L. Duerk, executive vice president and provost for University of Miami. “Their newly reinstalled Pavilion is a testament to the wonder of glass as well as to the Palleys’ importance as collectors in this exciting field.”

    Leonidas G. Bachas, dean of the College Arts and Sciences, expressed deep gratitude for the unstinting friendship the Palleys have shown the college for so many years. “Their exemplary commitment to philanthropy makes clear precisely how such munificence benefits not only the direct recipients but also the entire community,” Bachas said.

    Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Lowe is closed on Mondays and University holidays. Admission is free on Donation Day, the first Tuesday of every month. For more information, call 305-284-3535.


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