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Something Artistic

Glory of glass art on display
Top left: Herb Babcock, Longhouse/Shelter #7, 1988. Right: Albrecht Grainer-Mae, Vessel, 1988

Ever since they witnessed lightning striking sand, humans have been enamored of glass and of making art with it. An examination of glass as an art form is the focus of the exhibit Global Glass: A Survey of Form and Function, on display at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts through Oct. 14.

Drawn from the extensive glass collection of the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the exhibition surveys important glass artists and works from the mid-1960s to the present. Among the 56 artists represented are glass giants Harvey Littleton, Howard Ben Tre, Dale Chihuly, Ann Robinson and Kate Vogel.

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