A Tacoma Museum Collaboration: Vintage Hood Ornaments Created by Museum of Glass to Celebrate Grand Opening of America’s Car Museum

Iconic glass hood ornaments, each inspired by a classic American car, To be displayed at both museums

May 1, 2012

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TACOMA, Wash. (May 1, 2012) – Two Tacoma museums, LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) and the Museum of Glass, have joined forces to showcase custom-made replica glass hood ornaments.  Glassworker John Miller and artists from the Museum of Glass have created nine hand-blown, 25-inch tall glass sculptures – each inspired by a different vehicle at ACM. 

Influenced by the stylized hood ornaments found on vehicles like the 1952 Buick 8 Special, 1957 Chevy 210 and 1929 Ford Model A, five of the sculptures will debut at ACM’s June 2 grand opening and remain on display throughout 2012. The remainder of the “Classic Heat Collection,” which refers to the classic vehicles that inspired the artwork and the heat used in the glassmaking process, will be shown in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop beginning May 23.

“This unique association has created an exhibit that celebrates what each museum does best,” said Scot Keller, ACM chief marketing and communications officer.  “The Museum of Glass is providing the artistry and ACM is providing the inspiration.  As such, my expectation is that this collaboration will lead to similar relationships with other cultural organizations in our community.”

ACM, located on a nine-acre campus overlooking downtown Tacoma, will house rotating exhibits using cars, music, film and photographs, as well as an educational center, gift shop, banquet center, café and library. Adjacent to the building is the museum’s 3.5-acre show field that will host everything from vintage car events to music concerts and drive-in movies.                                                             

 “We are thrilled to welcome ACM to the Tacoma Museum District and honored they approached us for this collaboration,” said Susan Warner, Museum of Glass executive director.  “John Miller and our Hot Shop Team did a fabulous job interpreting the classic designs into glass. We know that car lovers and glass enthusiasts alike will be impressed by the Classic Heat collection.”

Celebrating contemporary glass art, the Museum of Glass, with its 90-foot stainless steel cone that annually welcomes 160,000 guests, includes a café, store, galleries and the world’s largest Hot Shop, where visitors can watch artists work with molten glass and create works of art.

Additional details regarding the grand opening and upcoming events at America’s Car Museum can be found at

ABOUT America’s Car Museum (
State Farm Presents LeMay – America’s Car Museum, set for a June 2012 opening in downtown Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit (

ABOUT Museum of Glass (
The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions.  In addition to the Hot Shop Amphitheater where visitors can watch artists work, the facilities include galleries, outdoor exhibition areas, a theater, hands-on art studio, grand hall, café and store.

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