The Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center is a showplace of the American craft, with an emphasis on the medium of glass. While preserving the traditions of glass art work and craft making, the Art Center offers New Jersey artists, as well as artists from around the world, opportunities to demonstrate their craftsmen’s skills to the public.
Situated on over 60 acres with 20 buildings, Wheaton Arts offers exhibitions, demonstrations, and educational programs through a number of unique facilities:
The Museum of American Glass chronicles the history of American glassmaking from the early days to the exciting art glass movement of today. Visitors can see more than 6,500 objects — one of the nation’s largest collections — in a 20,000 square foot exhibition area. The collection is shown in period rooms and organized chronologically, beginning with a piece from the 1739 Wistarburgh Glass Works, America’s first successful glass factory. Some of the other glass factories represented include Mount Washington, Pairpoint, Durand, and Tiffany.
Modeled after the original 1888 factory, the fully operational Glass Factory in the T.C. Wheaton Glass Factory, presents daily, interpretive demonstrations for the public with artists showing traditional and contemporary glassblowing techniques.
In the Craft Studios, skilled artists demonstrate the traditional southern New Jersey crafts of pottery, woodcarving and flameworking.
The Folklife Center presents an ongoing series of programs, events, and workshops derived from research of a wide variety of expressive traditions in New Jersey’s southern eight counties.
The Gallery of Fine Craft shows the studio glass art and regional craft work of established and emerging artists, and exhibits the works of elemetary, secondary students work once or twice per year.
Wheaton Arts also offers 12 fellowships per year to artists working in glass from all over the globe and perseveres in their attempt to preserve blown glass art techniques and to innovate new ones.
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