In 2012, collectors Nancy and Philip Kotler made a significant donation of Studio Glass to The Ringling. With this generous donation, The Ringling has embarked on a new collecting focus. While John Ringling purchased a small but important collection of Roman glass from the first century, The Ringling had not collected Studio Glass, glass which is produced as a fine art medium. 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass movement in the United States, so the timing of this gift could not be more appropriate.
The Kotler Collection is comprised of works by many of the leading glass artists in the American and European traditions. This exhibition will present an overview of the gift and will include works by Nicolas Africano, Silvia Levenson, Peter Hora, and Stanislav Libensky among many others.
This exhibition is a part of The Ringling’s 2013-14 Art of Our Time season supported in part by a grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Additional support provided by the Arts Alliance for Contemporary Glass.