Pilchuck Celebrates

MAY 11, 2017

The Libenský | Brychtová Award Award acknowledges extraordinary talent and high achievement in the world of contemporary glass. The Patron of the Arts Award is given to those individuals whose leadership and philanthropic contributions have impacted Seattle, national and/or international arts communities.

The 2017 Honorees are:

Katherine Gray - Recipient of the Libenský | Brychtová Award

Katherine Gray has been a working artist, curator and writer and is currently a Professor in Art at Cal State University, San Bernardino. She has contributed to Glass Magazine and has served as a board member of Pilchuck and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Her work has been shown internationally and is in the collections of the Museum of American Glass, the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. One of her best-known pieces, Forest Glass, is prominently exhibited in the Corning Museum of Glass.

Dorothy Saxe - Recipient of the Patron of the Arts Award

Dorothy Saxe, along with her now deceased husband George, formed one of the premier collections in the United States by acquiring “art made using craft materials,” collecting both well-established and emerging artists. The promised gift of over 500 artworks from their collection—many featured in a beautiful gallery bearing the Saxe name—has transformed the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco into one of the premier national repositories of studio craft. As a trustee of Pilchuck Glass School and Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco, she has helped to pioneer the integration of the Studio Craft Movement into wider artistic, academic and museum contexts ensuring the preservation of this important component of America’s cultural heritage for future generations.

The awardees were honored at Pilchuck Celebrates on Thursday, May 11, 2017, hosted by Chihuly Garden and Glass and Honorary Co-Chairs Leonard and Norma Klorfine.

Congratulations to our 2017 Honorees!

For information contact Lauren Mercurio, Acting Director of Development at 206-254-1963.


This event is made possible thanks to our partnership with:

Chihuly Garden & Glass