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July 11, 2005

Native American Contemporary Glass Art at the Burke Museum

Fusing Traditions: Transformations in Glass by Native American Artists

Burke Museum, Seattle
Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2005

Seattle— The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will present Fusing Traditions: Transformations in Glass by Native American Artists, Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2005, an exhibit showcasing contemporary glass by eighteen Native American artists.

This survey of contemporary art provides a unique opportunity to view the ways in which each artist incorporates their Native American heritage into the medium of glass. More than 20 pieces are displayed in the exhibit and are inspired by traditional objects, such as pottery, masks, and spindle whorls. The concepts are re-define in glass, taking advantage of its luminous qualities with the result of fusing traditional Native American culture with outside contemporary influences.

The Puget Sound region, from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia, has a significant concentration of world-renowned glass artists and the Burke Museum in Seattle is an ideal site for exhibiting works of art that blend both traditional and contemporary concepts. The majority of the artists featured in the exhibit live in the Northwest. And many of the artists have attended the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington.

Fusing Traditions: Transformations in Glass by Native American Artists was co-curated by Carolyn Kastner and Roslyn Tunis and was organized by the Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, Ca, www.MOCFA.org. Related programming will accompany the exhibit. A catalogue will also be available at the Burke Museum.

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For images, catalogues or program information, contact MaryAnn Barron at maryannb@u.washington.edu.

The Burke Museum is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE, on the University of Washington campus. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. Admission is $8.00 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/ youth. Admission is free to children 4 and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Call ahead to confirm admission prices at 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum,org.

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