Anthony Giesen Gallery of American Brilliant Cut Glass
In April of 2007, Ferrum College Professor of Mathematics, Anthony “Tony” Giesen,
donated his extraordinary collection of American Brilliant cut glass to the College.
Many of these exquisite hand cut works are on exhibit at Ferrum College in the newly
created Anthony Giesen Gallery of American Brilliant Cut Glass in the Skeens Alumni
Giesen’s collection, amassed over a 50-year period, includes a number of select rarities
and represents examples of the world-renowned artistry of the “American Brilliant”
period, circa 1876-1916. Many of the nearly 300-pieces in the collection are complete
with the maker’s signature, adding to the overall value. Representative pieces of
the total collection will be rotated for this continually changing, but permanent
exhibit. Among higher education institutions, only Texas A&M has a similar collection
on display. However, those who view Giesen’s collection will find it to be not only
larger, but also more unique.
Giesen has taught for over 40 years at Ferrum College and is the College’s longest
serving faculty member. He decided to donate the collection to the College as a way
to “give back.” He says the Gallery will give people an opportunity to see this elegant
and unparalleled art form first hand. “I want everyone to see the pieces up close,”
Giesen says. “Pictures don’t do them justice; it’s something you have to see up close
to really appreciate.” He hopes that not only will students, faculty, staff and community
members come to the Gallery, but other collectors as well. He says many collectors
will find pieces on display in the Gallery that they, themselves, have never been
able to find.
E. Taylor Greer Gallery
The E. Taylor Greer Gallery in the Stanley Library hosts three to four shows per year
from a wide range of local, statewide, and international artists.