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Trajectories: Progressions in Contemporary Art Glass Beads

Trajectories was an exhibition that explored the evolution of contemporary glass beadmaking, showcasing both early and recent work of beadmaking artists. The exhibition was jointly hosted by ISGB and The Bead Museum in Glendale, Arizona.

The Bead Museum was the home of over 100,000 beads and beaded artifacts. Its mission was to promote the appreciation of the historical, cultural and artistic significance of beads, ornaments and related objects from ancient, ethnic and contemporary cultures. ounded by Gabrielle Liese in Prescott, Arizona in 1986, The Bead Museum was relocated to downtown Glendale in 1999. Upon permanently closing in 2011, its entire collection was donated to Minge Museum in San Diego.

This exhibition showed the diversity of this art form, representing artists who have a significant history with the glass art bead movement who create beads by all methods including lampwork, sculptural lampwork, furnace work and kiln formed.
Trajectories Exhibition Venues and Dates
June 3 – 10, 2007
Bead & Button Show
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
September 15 – March 16, 2007
The Bead Museum
Glendale, Arizona
November 22 – 25, 2007
Kadir Has University
Istanbul, Turkey

Trajectories Exhibition Flipbook


See the Trajectories exhibition participants' work here.

Click on the book cover below for a slideshow of the beautiful work in the Trajectories Exhibition.



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