New Glass Now

October 22, 2021 — March 6, 2022

Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
A chandelier made of glass that looks like meat.

Deborah Czeresko, Meat Chandelier, 2018, blown glass, metal armature, 96.06"H x 59.84"W x 59.84"D, The Corning Museum of Glass, 2019.4.165; Photo by The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York.

New Glass Now documents the innovation and dexterity of artists, designers, and architects from around the world working in the challenging material of glass.

This global survey is designed to highlight the breadth and depth of contemporary glass making. Its presentation at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery features objects, installations, videos, and performances made by fifty artists working in more than twenty-three countries. From technically masterful vessels to experiments in the chemistry of glass, these works challenge the very notion of what the material of glass is and what it can do. 

New Glass Now, organized by The Corning Museum of Glass, was curated by a panel of thinkers, makers, and writers and is the result of their varied perspectives and experiences. The artworks were selected by Aric Chen, curatorial director at Design Miami, and professor and director, curatorial lab, Tongji University; Beth Lipman, artist, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin; Susanne Jøker Johnsen, head of exhibitions at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, Design, and Conservation; and Susie J. Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. 

In 2018, The Corning Museum of Glass issued an open call for submissions to artists and designers from around the world, asking for works made in the previous three years. Anyone working in glass could apply from the novice hobbyist to the most famous artists—all were given equal consideration. More than 1,400 individuals, collaborators, and companies submitted nearly 4,000 images of work. The Corning Museum of Glass then asked the curatorial panel to review and choose 100 artworks that best represented a diverse approach to glass working today.

New Glass Now is the third iteration of a groundbreaking exhibition series. The two prior exhibitions, Glass 1959 and New Glass: A Worldwide Survey in 1979, catalyzed major changes in the glass field. The Renwick Gallery hosted New Glass: A Worldwide Survey in 1980. Today, as the Renwick continues to keep with the pulse of contemporary glass in the United States, New Glass Now once again highlights the dynamic, global field as it is today.

The presentation at the Renwick Gallery features artists who embody new voices, visions, and representation through glass, including American artists James Akers, Miya Ando, Dylan Brams, David Colton, Deborah Czeresko, Nickolaus Fruin, Sharyn O’Mara, Suzanne Peck, Austin Stern, Megan Stelljes, C. Matthew Szösz, Bohyun Yoon. The exhibition also features artworks by Tamás Ábel (Hungary), Kate Baker (Australia), Maria Bang Espersen (Denmark), Monica Bonvicini (Italy), Doris Darling (Austria), Nadege Desgenetez (France), Karen Donnellan (Ireland), Choi Keeryong (United Kingdom), Jitka Kolbe-Růžičková (Czech Republic), James Magagula (Kingdom of Eswatini), Fredrik Nielsen (Sweden), Aya Oki (Japan), Wang Qin (China), and Sylvie Vandehoucke (Belgium).

On the Blog

Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition Brings Fresh Global Perspectives to the Renwick Gallery

Learn more about New Glass Now and the featured artists who are challenging the status quo and experimenting with what the medium of glass can do on our blog Eye Level. 

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New Glass Now vs. New Glass Then

Discover the history of SAAM’s Renwick Gallery through glass on our blog Eye Level.

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Watch Virtual Programs Featuring New Glass Now Artists

Deborah Czeresko Artist Talk: Venetian Glass, Then and Now

Learn more about artist Deborah Czeresko’s perspective as a woman working in the male-dominated field of glass and how she incorporates traditional Venetian glass techniques into her innovative artwork. 

Glassmaking Demonstration with Megan Stelljes

Go behind-the-scenes for a virtual hot shop visit with artist Megan Stelljes and discover how glass and neon artworks are made. This exciting virtual studio visit and artmaking demonstration took place at the state-of-the-art hot shop at The Corning Museum of Glass. Learn how Stelljes creates edgy and provocative neon and sculpted glasswork. Enjoy this rare up-close-and-personal look at how glasswork is made and watch a question and answer session with Stelljes, Mary Savig, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery, and staff from The Corning Museum of Glass.

Exhale With Vigor: Artist Talk with Karen Donnellan and Suzanne Peck

Explore how artists Karen Donnellan and Suzanne Peck use humor and a slightly subversive approach to rewrite the language of glass art by rejecting the outdated slang used in hot glass studios and replacing chauvinistic terms with technical, fun, and feminist phrases. In examining how language, gender, and sexuality play a role in the contemporary glass field, Donnellan and Peck are working to create a more inclusive and representative hot shop.


New Glass Now has been organized by The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York. The presentation at the Renwick Gallery is made possible by generous support from the Alturas Foundation, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Crown Equipment Exhibitions Endowment, and Jacqueline B. Mars.