What do you do when your glass collection exceeds 300 works? If you’re Myrna and Sheldon Palley, you donate half of it to your alma mater. On May 2, The Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., announced the opening of the Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts.
The new museum wing features a rotating permanent collection of more than 150 glass works by 53 artists, estimated to be worth more than $3.5 million. The Palleys donated $1.7 million for the construction of the pavilion as well as $1 million for its glass collection endowment.
Designed by Ronald Mateu of Mateu Architecture, Inc., the structure spans 3,500 square feet, and includes four light-filled galleries. “Glass is an art form that is alive,” explains Myrna Palley. “It reflects and feeds off the environment- especially light.”
A chandelier of revolving prisms by Jon Kuhn welcomes visitors to the space. The rotating collection showcases work by greats like Howard Ben Tre#169;, Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Harvey Littleton and Lino Tagliapietra.
In addition to its glass collection, the space also displays donated work by ceramic and fiber artists, including Jun Kaneko and Ken Uyemura. The Palleys are “dream alumni,” says university president Donna E. Shalala. “They give back to share their passion and love for the arts.”
To celebrate the grand opening of the pavilion, the Lowe Art Museum has teamed up with Habatat Galleries to produce a week-long “Art Adventure in South Florida.” The events include an exclusive collectors’ preview party, lectures and demonstrations, Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at the University of Miami. To reserve a space, call Habatat Galleries at 561-241-4544.
For more information about the collection, go to www.lowemuseum.org.