Artwork of the Week: February 28

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Wayne Husted and Joel Philip Myers for Blenko Glass Company (American, 1921–present), Architectural Series

Wayne Husted and Joel Philip Myers for Blenko Glass Company (American, 1921–present), Architectural Series, mold-blown, cut, and polished glass, designed 1950s. Tallest: 41 1/2 in. Glass Pavilion, cavity between Galleries 1 and 2

If you have visited the Glass Pavilion recently, you may have noticed some glass pieces popping up in the cavity between the walls of Galleries 1 and 2. These five works designed by Wayne Husted and Joel Philip Myers for the Blenko Glass Company are prime examples of what that company was all about in the mid-20th century: large-scale modern art glass in bold and bright colors, made to enhance the open-plan spaces and outdoor terraces of mid-century domestic architecture. William J. Blenko founded Eureka Art Glass Company in 1921 (renamed Blenko Glass Company in 1930) in Milton, West Virginia. Blenko’s quickly-produced large sheets of hand-blown glass and their formula for ruby-colored glass helped make the company a successful name in the glass industry.


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