For the Press: Morris Opens at IMA on Valentines Day

Illuminated: Glass by William Morris

Opens Valentines Day

At San Juan Islands Museum of Art

Contact: Rebecca Parks, IMA Marketing Director

Phone: 360 370 5177



“Powerful Sculptures in Glass by a Contemporary Master

For more than twenty-five years, in a career that brought him to the forefront of the modern Studio Glass movement, William Morris perfected a repertoire of techniques that virtually no other American glass artist can equal. Internationally acclaimed for his compelling work with glass, William Morris approached the demands of glassblowing and glass sculpting with an experimental eye and an innovative hand. For Morris, glass is an endlessly intriguing material, fragile yet timeless, preserving the spontaneity of the creative moment unlike any other medium. William Morris artworks in glass are widely admired by artists, sought by collectors, and praised by critics.” (From

The doors to IMA open on February 14 with Morris’ sculptural glass completed between 1998 and 2013. Morris’ beautiful work speaks of human origins, myth, ancestry, and ancient civilizations. Symbolizing a harmony between humanity and nature, the artist’s extraordinary technical skill combines with a love for cultural history to create a body of work respected worldwide.

William Morris, a teacher at the renowned Pilchuck Glass School, gathers much of his inspiration from ancient cultures – Egyptian, Asian, Native American – all peoples, he has said, who respected and admired the land they inhabited. Because of this, Morris’s artwork has an intriguing ambiguity: it is culturally distinct and yet familiar to all cultures. His pieces embody a spiritual quality that sharply contrasts old beliefs with those of the modern world.

“The William Morris exhibition is the perfect inaugural show for the opening of the new IMA building,” said Executive Director Charlie Bodenstab. 

The show runs through May 12.