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About WheatonArts


Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
What is WheatonArts?
What can we do when we get there?
Do you offer special programs?
What are the "Make Your Own" Programs?
What is the organization’s philosophy?
Are you open year round?
Are you affiliated with Alcan, formerly known as Wheaton Industries, Inc.?
Is there an admission charge to shop or stroll?
Do you still manufacture Wheaton Presidential bottles?
Do you allow open barbeques in the picnic area?
Are weddings allowed on the grounds?



Where are you located?

We are located in Millville, Cumberland County, in southern New Jersey. We are approximately 45 miles southeast of Philadelphia, PA, and 40 miles west of Atlantic City. WheatonArts is easily accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and Routes 47, 49 and 55. 


What is WheatonArts?

WheatonArts is a not-for-profit arts organization. We are a leading resource of American craft with an emphasis on the medium of glass, a stronghold in New Jersey's cultural history. Programs include museum and gallery exhibits; interpretive demonstrations in various craft mediums; an artist fellowship program; outreach and on-site school programs; and collector's seminars. All serve to educate a multi-level audience on the role of the crafts in both traditional and contemporary life.


Programs are presented in the following facilities at WheatonArts:

  • The Museum of American Glass houses one of the world's largest collections of American glass. Over 6,500 pieces are on display in the 20,000 square foot exhibit area.
  • Glass Studio: A fully functioning glass studio architecturally modeled after the original 1888 T. C. Wheaton Glass Factory. Studio artists, using both traditional and contemporary techniques, work side by side in this studio, recognized throughout the country as a valuable resource to the glass art community.
  • Craft Studios: Ceramics and Flameworked Glass processes are demonstrated and interpreted to visitors by skilled artists.
  • Education/Folklife Center researches and documents regional expressive traditions in New Jersey's southern eight counties. The Center will present ongoing programs based on this research for a wide variety of audiences.
  • Gallery of Fine Craft is dedicated to excellence in the development of studio glass art and regional craft through the representation of established and emerging artists.

What can we do when we get there?
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Do you offer special programs?

FELLOWSHIPS

The Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA) awards fellowships to emerging and mid-career artists working in glass. Fellowship recipients are provided with housing, materials and a monthly stipend. Artists are encouraged to collaborate and exchange ideas, experiment with glass and refine artistic concepts and techniques.

HANDS-ON CRAFTS FOR STUDENTS   Paper, Pottery and Glass
This intense hands-on experience is highly praised by teachers. Classes are available to elementary and secondary students. Students work with staff artists. Preparation materials are sent to teachers prior to their visit so that this short-term experience can be put into a context of learning about the history and process of the craft arts.

STUDENT DOCENT TOURS
Grade level, curriculum related tours of the Museum of American Glass for elementary classes, grades 4 to 12. Communication with the museum staff gives a teacher the option of relating the tour to specific curriculum involving a specific time period of study, as well as art and New Jersey history.


What are the "Make Your Own" Programs?

With the guidance of one of our master glass artists, you have an opportunity to shape hot molten glass and create a paperweight design, or blow a bowl or vase form.

(Available April through December)

Make A Paperweight Fee: $75.00 plus $9.00 s&h

Make A Vessel Fee: $110.00 plus $12.00 s&h

Appointment must be scheduled at extension 139.

Gift Certificates available in the Arthur Gorham Paperweight Shop at extension 152. Call between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, April through December. Call between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in January, February and March.

Same day appointments may be available. Check in at the Glass Studio, Paperweight Shop and Gatehouse. You must be 16 years of age with a guardian's signature age 16 to 19.

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What is the organization’s philosophy?

It is our belief that the arts give understanding and voice to the wide range of human thought and feeling, and add immeasurably to the quality of our lives. We believe that the relationship between contemporary art, the artistic tradition from which it has grown, and the approachability of the craft mediums, provide a doorway to the arts at a variety of educational and emotional levels. Creating a single site that weaves and interprets the development and coexistence of Folk Art, Decorative Art, Contemporary Art and the American Craft Movement has given us an opportunity to offer a panoramic view of American craft, with programs accessible to a diverse audience.

Sensitivity to the need for the preservation of Southern New Jersey's glassmaking heritage was the genesis of the organization. Placing this local resource within a national context is the inspiration from which we have established our role as a museum and craft center. The presentation of American glass history through collections, archives, a library, and exhibits, illustrates the development of American Craft. This has allowed us to broaden the perspective gained by New Jersey residents and offer a resource of American Glass to a national and international audience.

We believe the arts must be an integral part of the education of all citizens, with special emphasis on school age children, as a part of their basic education. Therefore, WheatonArts will actively support state and national education goals, which recommend the arts to be integrated into the core curriculum of New Jersey students.

A commitment to artists is central to our philosophy. By establishing relationships with artists who dedicate themselves to the long term process of mastering a craft medium as well as the artist experimenting with those mediums as a growth experience, WheatonArts acknowledges the responsibility to provide and maintain a supportive and unique environment for artists to learn, create, interact, present and market their work.



Are you open year round?

We are open year round.

In January, February and March the Museum Stores are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge to shop and stroll. Artist Studios close after January 5, 2014 for the season. 

The museum is under renovation this winter, January through March 2014, and open on a strictly limited basis. Please check the Calendar for open hours.

Six-day operating schedule begins April 1, 2014. While our Museum will be closed for renovation, we will be offering special activities on Saturday’s throughout the winter.

April through December, we are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Adults $10.00, Senior Adults $9.00 and Students $7.00. Children five and under are free.


Are you affiliated with Alcan, formerly known as Wheaton Industries, Inc.?

No. We are not affiliated in any way with this “for profit” manufacturing company.


Is there an admission charge to shop or stroll?

No. The only exception is the Festival of Fine Craft which takes place the first weekend in October.


Do you still manufacture Wheaton Presidential bottles?

Wheaton Industries, Inc. produced these bottles in the 70s and 80s, not WheatonArts. They no longer produce them. We can send you a packet of information about these bottles upon request.

We do not provide appraisal information. Go to “Links” on our web site and look under "Collectibles." The listed sites will be helpful.


Do you allow open barbeques in the picnic area?

No.


Are weddings allowed on the grounds?

The gazebo may be used for small wedding ceremonies during our open hours only at a minimal charge of $150.00. You are welcome to have your wedding pictures taken on our grounds, also during our open hours only and with written permission from the administration office. 

The Event Center facility may be rented for large receptions, with your caterer approved by Wheaton Arts. Any questions regarding wedding ceremonies and photographs should be directed to Doris Abeling, Events Coordinator, at 800-998-4552 or 856-825-6800, extension 104. She is available Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.




 

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