Museum of Glass is the only glass museum west of the Mississippi devoted expressly to the medium of glass. The focus of our Permanent Collection is to showcase exemplary works of art created by artists from around the world.  


Production glass of 19th and early 20th century and its legacy

This collection includes glass produced for mass-consumption in factories in the United States and Europe and is identified by the designer or factory, not the actual producer. These works, and their resulting legacy define the antecedent to the Studio Glass movement. Examples in MOG's Permanent Collection include Steuben (United States), and Barovier & Torso, Lalique, Schneider, and Iittala (Europe).



Studio Glass movement (1960-2000), pioneers and legacy

The Studio Glass movement began in 1962, with Harvey Littleton’s workshops at Toledo Museum of Art. Studio glass differs from production glass as its creation centers around private hot shops, not factories, with an emphasis on the artist as a maker. This collection tells the story of the development of Studio Glass and documents the legacy in glass today.



Contemporary glass (2000-present)

The contemporary glass collection concentrates on how the medium of glass interacts with contemporary art. This collection includes two primary focuses. The first, glass secessionism, is defined by Tim Tate and William Warmus as a movement away from “technique” towards “artistic vision” and concept. It documents the inclusion of glass as one of many used materials with a movement away from the vessel as the primary form. The second focus features non-glass artists who are experimenting with the material.



Visiting artist residency program archive

Objects are selected for the Visiting Artist Archives by the curatorial staff in consultation with the artists from the Visiting Artist Residency Program. These objects are supported by the Visiting Artist Digital Archive, which provides a rich historical context for the collection, through photo and video documentation.


Community Collections - Kids Design Glass™

This collection documents and collects works from the Kids Design Glass™ program.