R.I. girl to have glass piece made from her drawing

Posted Online: March 27, 2014, 12:21 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
Little Lyric Rice, of Rock Island, will see a drawing she recently made turned into a glass sculpture before her eyes Sunday at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport.

The 6-year-old 1st-grader at the Rock Island Academy won the museum's "Kids Design Glass" contest. From 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, the free public event in the John Deere Auditorium will feature a live feed from the Museum of Glass Hot Shop in Tacoma, Wash., as they create a brand-new glass sculpture inspired by Lyric's drawing, "Foot Woman," itself inspired by a football.

Lyric and the audience will interact with the Hot Shop team using Skype.

"At first, she said it was not a big deal," Lyric's mother, Tia Rice, said this week of winning the contest that ran Feb. 1-22 and drew more than 350 submissions from area children (age 12 and younger). Drawings came in from museum guests, area schools, students from the Figge's "Big Picture" outreach program and Free Family Day.

"She was kind of excited about it," Ms. Rice said, noting Lyric really is looking forward to Sunday's event and seeing how the sculpture is made. She said Lyric enjoyed the "Kids Design Glass" exhibit on display on the fourth floor of the museum, which includes 52 colorful glass sculptures and the children's drawings that inspired them.

Lyric's drawing resulted from Rock Island's "Lights On For Learning" after-school program, where the Figge makes weekly visits with its "Big Picture" outreach program. She picked the football woman theme because she likes sports, and she and her twin sister Layla played flag football last fall, her mom said.

The sculpture from Lyric's drawing will become part of the Kids Design Glass collection at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, and she also will receive her own sculpture from the Museum of Glass to take home.

"That will be pretty neat, to have a bustling art career at the age of six," Ms. Rice, the Rock Island Academy's assistant principal, said. She has a brother who lives in Seattle, and this will give her a good reason to take her family to see the Museum of Glass, which opened south of Seattle in 2002.

At the Washington museum's Hot Shop, you can watch professional artists create works of art from molten glass; see close-ups of the artists' work and videos on the big screen, and learn as an emcee explains the process, the art, the science and the history of making glass.

The Museum of Glass has a growing collection of objects created by a variety of artists interpreting drawings that have been submitted by children and selected by museum staff.

"This body of work celebrates the rich imagination of children while documenting the interpretive skill of the glass art community," according to museumofglass.org. "It uniquely fulfills the Museum's mission to involve the public in a dynamic learning environment that promotes the appreciation of glass as an artistic medium."

Inspiration for the Museum of Glass came partly from a well-known Rock Island name. Rock Island native John H. Hauberg (1916-2002), with his wife Anne and glass artist Dale Chihuly, co-founded the Pilchuck Glass School in 1971, housed on 60 acres of the Hauberg tree farm. The school is an international center for glass art education in Stanwood, Wash., 87 miles north of Tacoma.

Mr. Chihuly helped launch the Museum of Glass, insisting it showcase international glass artists as well as his own work. He created the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot-long pedestrian overpass that links the museum to downtown Tacoma.

Mr. Hauberg was son of the better known John Hauberg (1869-1955), a philanthropist, historian and Rock Island leader who helped establish Black Hawk State Historic Site. The younger Hauberg was an avid supporter of the arts in Seattle and a generous donor to the Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Symphony.

"Kids Design Glass" at the Figge (225 W. 2nd St., Davenport) will be on view through May 4. For more information, visit figgeartmuseum.org.


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