Therman Statom, American, b. 1953, Queen of Hearts, 1999, etching on paper. Gift of John Littleton and Kate Vogel.

Vitreographs: Collaborative Prints from Littleton Studios

November 19, 2022 - January 29, 2023

In addition to the great innovations Studio Glass founder Harvey Littleton brought to hot glass, he also developed glass as a printmaking matrix. This process, known as vitreography, has contributed significantly to the tools available for contemporary printmakers to bring their ideas to fruition. Because it is chemically inert, glass does not react with inks and dyes the way a metal plate does, allowing for brighter colors. Combined with the medium’s strength and durability, more vibrant prints could be created in vast quantities.

This collection of vitreograph prints bridges the two largest mediums in our collection: prints and glass. Kindly gifted by John Littleton and Kate Vogel, this exhibition features works by artists from all walks of life, from sculptors to painters to glass artists. Each have been trained by Littleton to use the innovative medium of vitreography to translate their unique style and traditional medium into stunning prints. Select artists featured include Dale Chihuly, Walter Darby Bannard, and Mildred Thompson.

Support for this exhibition is provided by the Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation.