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Current Exhibition

A Collector's Living Room: Honoring Richard and Louise Abrahams

February 19 - June 15. Opening Reception: Friday, February 19, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Guest speaker, Ferd Hampson, 6:00 p.m.

Untitled etched glass art piece

Untitled, Janet Kelman, Slumped and etched glass, n.d., Gift of Richard and Louise Abrahams, Photograph by Kip Kriigel

Richard and Louise Abrahams purchased their first piece of glass, Taketori Tale by Kyohei Fujita, after falling in love with the medium at the 1997 SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design) exhibition. For many years after, the Abrahams travelled the world and built an extraordinary, international studio glass collection. The couple collected pieces from all over the United States and many other countries including Australia, Denmark, and Scotland.

This exhibition highlights only a portion of the remarkable studio glass collection that has been gifted to the university by the Abrahams. The show is intended to honor their significant contribution and provide the viewer with a rare glimpse into the living room of a private collector. Sonja Blomdahl, Lucio Bubacco, Ben Edols, Kathy Elliott, Petr Hora, Janet Kelman, Harvey Littleton, Colin Reid, and Richard Ritter are just a few of the world-renowned glass artists highlighted in the exhibition. It is a pleasure to share these treasured works with the campus and greater community.


  • Blue Iris cast glass bowl

    Blue Irish Bowl (Mauve), Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Cast glass, 2000, Gift of Richard and Louise Abrahams, Photograph by Kip Kriigel

  • Oscar Lakeman Acrylic painting

    Red Vessel with Battuto Surface & Red Battuto Bottle, Ben Edols & Kathy Elliott, Blown and wheel cut glass, n.d.,Gift of Richard and Louise Abrahams, Photograph by Kip Kriigel

Upcoming Exhibition  

Open Competition 2016
July 8 - August 25
Call for Entries Due by May 12

This exhibition showcases and celebrates Michigan artists and promotes the resources of the University of Michigan-Dearborn to diverse audiences. The competition is open to all media and artistic styles.

More Details
Open Competition Call for entry information

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