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Fourth Floor Gallery Opens in Elvehjem Building

Wolf and rabbit sculpture by artist Beth Cavener

Beth Cavener, (American, b. 1972), The Question that Devours, 2012, Stoneware, 64 x 35 x 25 in., Frank and Roa Birch, Beatrice S. Brown, Alice Drews Gladfelter Memorial, Walter J. and Cecille Hunt, and Stanley J. Lenerz Endowment Funds purchase, 2012.36.1-2

The fourth floor gallery in the Chazen Museum of Art’s Elvehjem Building is now open with highlights of the museum’s impressive collection of contemporary ceramic and glass sculpture. Over the summer, museum staff installed the artwork—some from the permanent collection, others on loan.

Chazen Director Russell Panczenko says that the quality and the quantity of the contemporary ceramic and glass sculpture have grown to the point that a dedicated space made sense.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors—the Hootkins, the Chazens and others— the museum’s collection of contemporary ceramics and glass has grown tremendously and it merits a full gallery display of its own,” says Panczenko.

Works on display include visitor favorites such as Beth Cavener’s The Question that Devours, Kabuki and Hanako by Karen LaMonte, and several pieces by Michael Lucero.