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A floral paperweight.Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

Paperweights in Bloom: Selections from the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

February 19 – May 22, 2022

Paperweights in Bloom highlights more than fifty antique, vintage, and contemporary glass paperweights from the collection of Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. Featuring floral motifs in the lampwork and millefiori styles, this exhibition serves as a companion to Rooms of Blooms and Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence, and is held in conjunction with the biennial meeting of the Paperweight Collectors Association, May 18-22 in Appleton.

A complementary selection of paperweights on loan from the private collection of Rosann Baum Milius illustrates the extraordinary talents of contemporary paperweight artists, many of whom are members of the PCA.

About the Exhibition

Opened in 1959 as the John Nelson Bergstrom Art Center, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is home to one of the world’s most representative collections of glass paperweights. Bequeathed to the institution by founder Evangeline Bergstrom, its founding collection consists of 652 paperweights and other glass objects. Today, the collection totals nearly 5,000 works of glass art. Several works of Mrs. Bergstrom’s original bequest are included in this exhibition.

The Paperweight Collectors Association, Inc. (PCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to appreciating and collecting glass paperweights. For over a half century, PCA has championed the study and collecting of antique, vintage, and contemporary glass paperweights. The mission of the PCA is to promote education: to increase knowledge about paperweights, their creators, and the astounding glass medium from which they are created.