Join the Knoxville Museum of Art for GLASSFEST14

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Join the Knoxville Museum of Art for GLASSFEST14

Posted: 05/02/2014
May 2, 2014 - The Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) invites the public to attend GLASSFEST14 at the Knoxville Museum of Art this weekend. The festival will be featuring the art of Richard Jolley including a permanent sculpture for the KMA's Great Hall.

Festivities for GLASSFEST14 include the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow, a GLASSBLAST Street Party, and a GLASSFEST Family Fun Day.

The Hot Glass Roadshow, presented by the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, will present live, hot glassblowing demonstrations for the public now through Sunday, May 4. The Roadshow uses unique glassmaking equipment to recreate a state-of-the-art studio environment. At venues around the world, the Corning Museum's gaffers demonstrate complex hot glassmaking techniques in front of live audiences.

Live glassmaking demos will be offered from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and then again from 1-4:45 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. All glassmaking performances are free for the public and all ages are welcome.

The GLASSBLAST Street Party will take place Friday, May 2 from 5-9 p.m. outside the KMA on World's Fair Park Drive. Cost is $20 per person and includes live music by the Vibraslaps. The Corning Museum Hot Glass Roadshow will also be demonstrating during the Street Party. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from a variety of food and beverage trucks. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the gate.

GLASSFEST Family Fun Day is FREE and will cap off the weekend's festivities Sunday, May 4 from 2-5 p.m. A KMA members-only brunch will be held from 12-2 p.m., prior to opening to the public. This Family Fun Day will be filled with activities for children of all ages with a juggling, fire eating show by performer Mark Lippard, the musical sounds of the Northshore Band, dance performances by Ballet Gloria, face painting, balloon twisting, and caricature drawings. Door prizes will be given throughout the day and food and drinks will be for sale by various food trucks. Family Fun Day is free due to the generous sponsorship of Amica Insurance and First Tennessee Foundation.

Also on May 4, KMA will debut a new, monumentally scaled sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Richard Jolley. Commissioned especially for the museum's newly refurbished Great Hall, where it will remain on permanent view, Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity extends for some 100 running feet and soars to a height of 12 feet, making it one of the largest figurative glass-and-steel assemblages in the world. Fashioned of thousands of individual cast and blown-glass elements, the massive work unfolds as an epic narrative of the successive phases of life. Begun in 2009, it is the Knoxville-based artist's most ambitious and complex undertaking to date. The entire project, including execution, assembly, and installation, has been generously underwritten by long-time KMA supporters Ann and Steve Bailey.

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville's quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World's Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

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