Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum mulls expansion of Perry Glass Studio

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The Chrysler Museum of Art and Work Program Architects (WPA) of Norfolk have announced the possibility of a joint expansion of the Perry Glass Studio building.

The studio’s continued success has allowed for the exploration of a larger facility to accommodate growing educational opportunities and programs, Museum Director Erik Neil said in a release.

The Perry Glass Studio opened in 2011 to provide instruction on the art of glassmaking, and is known for its use of glass in the performing arts.

The Chrysler Museum of Art is considering a possible expansion of the Perry Glass Studio building. (Photo courtesy of the Chrysler Museum of Art)
The Chrysler Museum of Art is considering a possible expansion of the Perry Glass Studio building. (Photo courtesy of the Chrysler Museum of Art)

Because of the studio’s record in glassmaking, the Chrysler Museum and the City of Norfolk were selected to co-host the 46th Annual Glass Art Society Conference in June 2017.

Peter Meredith, museum trustee and head of the building committee, said WPA was selected, after a competitive search, based on its initiative, creativity, community understanding and professional expertise.

The selection was approved unanimously by the museum’s board of trustees on Oct. 27.

WPA is an architecture, interior design and planning studio in Downtown Norfolk with a focus on urban design, sustainable building practices and LEED certification.

The firm was founded in 2010 by Thom White and Mel Price, who are responsible for projects such as the G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall at Norfolk State University, The NEON Arts and Design District and other works around the state.

Learn more about the Chrysler Museum at www.chrysler.org.