The Barry Art Museum is delighted to announce the upcoming exhibition PERSPECTIVES: Modern and Contemporary Glass from the Waitzer Collection, debuting selections from the Waitzer family’s extraordinary gift of 165 glass artworks to the Museum.
Leah (1937-2021) and Richard Waitzer (1932-2019) of Norfolk, VA, shared a life-long interest in the arts that blossomed into a passion for collecting modern American painting and international glass sculpture. Naturally curious and thirsty for knowledge, the couple enjoyed decades of personal growth and intellectual enrichment from their active engagement with the field of contemporary glass sculpture and design. The Waitzers were mentors and friends to the Barrys, and their internationally significant contribution includes works that span the history of modern glass, from Louis Comfort Tiffany to Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra, among so many more.
We are grateful to Eddie, Brad, and Scott Waitzer and the Waitzer Foundation for choosing us to steward their parents’ collection; their gift nearly doubles the Museum’s current holdings of glass art and design objects. We look forward to continuing their mission to inspire public knowledge and connection through art.
A full color exhibition catalog will accompany the exhibition, and will include an introduction from our current Executive Director Charlotte Potter Kasic and extensive notes on the work from Barry Art Museum’s Executive Director Emeritus Dr. Jutta-Annette Page.