An Artist's Craft and the Tools of Glassblowing
September 24 - January 23, 2016
The third section of the exhibition, the Hodges Gallery, showcases an actual working glass bench, complete with blow pipes and glass-making tools, many of which were created by the artist himself. The bench and tool setup in the gallery have been and are still used today in the creation of many of Harvey’s pieces, as well as the students and visiting artists that have collaborated and created art in rural Southwest Georgia.
Spanning works created over a period of more than five decades and with a decidedly Southwest Georgia perspective, the Ralph Harvey Retrospective: A History of Glass Education in the Rural South exhibit offers a fascinating glimpse into the studio glass movement through the lens of an artist who has lived and taught in the area for most of his life.
Though the glass program remains relatively unheralded, the effects of the collaborations with artists such as Dreisbach and Hovanec, as well as the students who have passed through Georgia Southwestern State University, have reverberated throughout the larger American studio glass movement. We welcome you to join us in the celebration of the life and works of artist Ralph Harvey as we bring much deserved recognition to seasoned artist and the programs he helped to create.