Like any other metropolis in the U.S., glass abounds in the city of Miami. One need only look at the universe of skyscrapers downtown or the views afforded by an endless array of condo structures to marvel at the wonders of this material. Glass is also created by artisans in truly unique forms and can be appreciated in a variety of diverse experiences around town.
See what Miami has to offer in terms of glass art at these five locations
Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33124
Long an educational inspiration for students and a renowned art gallery for visitors on the campus of the University of Miami, the museum boasts a new wing dedicated entirely to glass sculpture in the Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts. The 4,000-square-foot facility brings glass to life with art bursting forth from each canvas, boasting distinct form and color. It houses masterpieces by Dale Chihuly, Richard Jolley, William Carlson, Howard Ben Tre, Jose Chardiet, Dan Dailey, Michael Glancey, Harvey Littleton, Steven Weinberg, Stanislav Libensky and Lino Tagliapietra. See the variations of this art form in a high-quality style with a visit to the museum.
Art Center South Florida
800, 810, 924 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Situated in the vibrantly-rejuvenated stretch of Lincoln Road, the center was founded in 1984 and is largely credited to being the resurrection of this once-dilapidated neighborhood. Serving the community as a contemporary gallery for local and visiting artists, as well as an educational center, this major cultural institution boasts 100,000 visitors annually. Showcased glass art has included the works of Amanda Serrano, a mixed-media artist who uses the ocean’s ability to transform discarded glass into unique gem-like shapes in eco-friendly renderings, and W. Andre Allen, who paints opposite sides of glass panes to render brilliant explosions of form and color when the opposite side is exposed to lighting.
1130 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Located along the sun-drenched shores of South Beach between the Versace Mansion and the Victor Hotel, this award-winning gallery showcases the work of up to 35 local glass artists. Pieces on display evoke the vibrancy of tropical color, the whimsy of Disney-themed glass figurines, the sleek lines of traditional design and the Dali-esque interpretations of form and function that provide a unique experience and evocative alternative to sweat, sand and surf. Check out these truly abstract creations.
3585 NE 207 St
Aventura, FL 33180
Nestled along the eastern seaboard of Miami between Hallandale to the north and North Miami to the south, this gallery offers a diverse array of glass art, interspersed with vibrant contemporary and traditional paintings. Noted Miami glass artist Terje Lundaas of Hot Glass Studio in Miami has showed here and the current exhibition features pieces by Susan Pelish. Susan Pelish creates some of the most intricate glass works in the forms of decorative chairs and misshapen balls, to name a few. This is just the tip of the iceberg at this gallery.
Rowe Studios Art Glass, Inc.
4768 SW 72 Ave
Miami, FL 33155
This fixture on the Bird Road Art District Studio Walk provides aficionados of stained glass with a variety of displays impressive for their craftsmanship and inspiring in diversity. Founded by the late Brian Rowe in 1973 and commissioned on over 800 works in the U.S. and South America, the created pieces overseen by Lynne Rowe range from architectural glass structures to windows, doors, lampshades and other custom pieces. The studio also offers a wide array of classes utilizing glass in many forms from stained glass to beading to jewelry.