Research & Outreach

Research & Outreach

The first academic glass program in the nation was founded at UW-Madison, in an interdisciplinary Art Department in a School of Education within a large research university in 1962. This context significantly influences the nature of creative inquiry that transpires at the UW Glass Lab. Alumni and faculty works shown here think through the boundaries, parameters, and limitations of the material. How do we work with glass as artists? Who does this material reach? What impact does a materially-informed arts education have on pedagogy, belonging, and well-being? Glass has played a pivotal role in the 175-year history of research at UW-Madison, and today’s glass artists continue this tradition of research practice in expansive and far-reaching ways that embody the Wisconsin Idea.


Aaron Bossen
Erik Burt
Carlos Gacharná

Tyler Gordon
Reyna Groff
John Hallett
Suzanne Peterson
Dr. Kristen Pickett, Helen Lee, and Anna Lehner
Dr. Ruth Sullivan

Curated by Helen Lee and Kagen Dunn

Glass Madison Exhibitions are supported by: Anonymous Fund, Marilynn R. Baxter Fund, Office of Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE), UW-Madison Art Department, UW-Madison Division of the Arts Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts, UW-Madison School of Education Impact 2030 Helen Burish Fund, and the 175th Anniversary Grant Award.


Exhibition Information

School of Education Gallery
1000 Bascom Mall, Madison, Wisconsin 53706

Exhibition Dates
October 2-17, 2023

Opening Reception
October 6, 2023, 4:30-6:30pm

Related Programming
Glass and Material-Based Arts Environments as Third Teacher Panel Discussion with Pearl Dick, Carlos Gacharná, Suzanne Peterson, and Bre’Annah Stampley; moderated by Erica Halverson and Erica Nott
October 27, 2023, 12:00-1:30pm
Elvehjem L150

UW-Madison Art

Division of the Arts