50th Anniversary Celebrations

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center is thrilled to celebrate its 50th anniversary as one of the most unusual and creative landmarks in the Northeast! Founded by glass magnate Frank H. Wheaton Jr. to be a turn of the 20th-century glass town destination, the first WheatonArts buildings opened to the public in 1970. Now in its 50th year, WheatonArts has become an international gathering for artists exploring the limits of their creativity, a hub for the region’s cultural diversity, and has earned regional, national, and international recognition for its unique collections and programs.

Ongoing celebrations include the Museum’s exhibit, People, Place, Process: 50 Years of Glassmaking at WheatonArts, an outdoor Glass Garden installation, and exclusive invitations to artists with ties to the Center for special events.

Highlights include Beth Lipman and Dan Dailey demonstrating during the Re [Vision] a Wheaton Gather fundraiser on June 20, 2020, along with Fellowship alumni residencies from artists Luccio BubaccoDeb CzereskoStephen Paul DayVanessa GermanJim HarmonJessica Jane JuliusSibylle PerettiKait RhoadsErica RosenfeldPaul StankardNorwood Viviano, and Thaddeus Wolfe.  

Additionally this year, visitors can register for festive Make-Your-Own Five Petal Flower Paperweight experiences aided by our skilled artists in the Glass Studio, and the Museum Stores will carry a limited edition run of the commemorative “James Lee Pitchers” created with a new red glass.

We will update this page as programming updates become available. Please check for updates throughout the year. Thank you!

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