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Fritz Dreisbach is our next Visiting Artist

Will be working in the Glass Studio Dec. 6-8

NORFOLK, Va. – (November 2013) – The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio is pleased to welcome Fritz Dreisbach on December 6, 7, and 8 as the culmination of the 2013 Visiting Artist Series. He will work live in the Glass Studio on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2:30 to 5 p.m.; and on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Driesbach will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Glass Studio team will join him in narrated demonstrations each day from noon to 1 p.m. Admission is free to all of the events.

With a career spanning five decades, Dreisbach is universally recognized as one of the pioneers of the American Studio Glass Movement. Originally from Cleveland, Dreisbach received a bachelor of arts degree at Hiram College and a master’s degree in art from the University of Iowa. He also received a master of fine art degree from the University of Wisconsin. While at the University of Wisconsin, he was introduced to the work of another Glass Studio Movement heavyweight, Harvey Littleton.

Dreisbach was a founding member of the Seattle-based Glass Art Society in 1971, and served as its president for two terms. In 2002, the Glass Art Society presented him with its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award.  He was elected a Fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1988.

Dreisbach is known as “the Johnny Appleseed of Glass,” and he has presented hundreds of lectures and demonstrations in more than 150 institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has served as artist in residence at The Museum of Glass (Tacoma) and the Toledo Museum of Art, and his work can be found in many of the leading museum collections including the Chrysler Museum of Art, The Corning Museum of Glass, Carnegie Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, Glasmuseum Frauenau in Germany, and Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark.
The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio is located directly across the street from the Chrysler Museum at 745 Duke Street in Norfolk. The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums with a world-class collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America, The Glass Studio, which opened in November 2011, brings the collection to life through innovative performance and educational programs. The Glass Studio offers free glassmaking demonstrations, classes, and workshops for students and adults. The state-of-the-art facility accommodates both aspiring and master glass artists with fully equipped facilities for a range of glassmaking processes.


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