Take Part in a Work of Art at MMFA!

Seeking donations of secondhand clear glass vases for an art installation at the
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Montgomery, AL, September 12, 2022 –The
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is excited to
announce the upcoming installation BOUNDLESS, an
exhibition that epitomizes the words of 18th-century
philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau: “The world of reality
has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”
Opening November 25, 2022, this exhibition features six
artists from across the country who will transform the
galleries with colossal works of art. Created specifically
for the MMFA, these works break free from the constraints
of traditional frames and pedestals by spanning across
walls into the spaces themselves, projecting into the
galleries, or hanging from the ceilings. As part of
BOUNDLESS, artist Melissa Vandenberg’s installation,
Glorya, will use materials—translucent glass, florist
vases—sourced from our community.
Vandenberg uses ordinary materials to address and
explore ideas of the fleeting nature of power, the
construction of identity, and the impermanence of both tangible and abstract notions of what is
important. For Glorya, Vandenberg will group 900 to 1,500 clear, glass, floral vases into large clusters
within the gallery, surrounding them with large drop cloth banners that drape along the gallery walls
and guide the audience through the contemplative space. Here, the vases will become a mediation on
celebration and mourning (especially in the aftermath of COVID), the female figure, and ideas on what
we keep and what is disposable.
We need your assistance! The MMFA requires more than 1,000 transparent glass floral vases for this
sculptural installation by Melissa Vandenberg as part of BOUNDLESS. Please check your cabinets,
Example vases; Image courtesy the artist.

attics, and garages for vases of any size or shape you are willing to part with—after the exhibition, we
will gift all the vases used in the installation to local florists. Please donate and be a part of this
significant sculptural installation.
How to Participate
Bring your secondhand clear glass vases to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts located at 1
Museum Drive in Blount Cultural Park by Sunday, November 6, 2022.

Melissa Vandenberg (American, born 1977)
is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and
curator living in Eastern Kentucky, where
she is a professor at Eastern Kentucky
University. She received a BFA from the
Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, and
an MFA from Southern Illinois University
Carbondale. Vandenberg has exhibited her
work in Canada, Germany, Luxembourg,
Iceland, and throughout the US. She is the
recipient of numerous grants, including a
Kentucky Foundation for Women grant, the
Al Smith Fellowship, a Great Meadows
Foundation grant, and was shortlisted for
the Luxembourg Art Prize in 2016.
Melissa Vandenberg; Image courtesy the artist.

This installation, a part of the BOUNDLESS exhibition, is organized by the Montgomery Museum of
Fine Arts. This exhibition is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National
Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Annual support for exhibitions at
the MMFA is provided by lead sponsors Alabama Power Foundation and Lamar; with additional
support from sponsors Mr. Will Hill Tankersley and Dr. Kristin Tankersley; and co-sponsors AmeriFirst
Bank; Balch & Bingham, LLP; Captrust; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Campbell II; Ms. Camille Elebash-Hill
and Mr. W. Inge Hill, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. L. Daniel Morris, Jr.; Dr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Newman, Jr.; River
Bank & Trust; Valley Bank, and Warren Averett, LLC.

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1930 by a group of local artists as a place for
both exhibiting art and a space for art education. The original intentions of the founders—to exhibit
and teach—continue to inspire and inform every action and activity at the Museum. Since 1988, the

MMFA has shared the 175-acre Blount Cultural Park with partners across the lake at the celebrated
Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Today’s MMFA visitors stroll through art-studded grounds and permanent collection galleries. They
see compelling changing exhibitions and learn about art by playing in the interactive gallery, ArtWorks;
making art in the bustling studios, and by participating in other engaging events and programs. In
addition, MMFA visitors can relax and recharge in the serenity of the Museum’s stunning three-acre
John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden.
While the Museum’s collection is still home to the art of many of the regional artists who first
established it, over time, it has become known for its strengths in American art and Old Master prints.
Recent, important acquisitions of art made by African American and Asian American artists and works
inspired by images and themes related to the experiences of these groups represent the breadth and
depth of the lives and concerns of those who call Montgomery and the River Region home. Through
the exhibition of these works and the programs and events that help connect our communities with it,
the MMFA has become recognized as a leading arts and cultural resource here in the state and
Southeastern region.
The MMFA is a department of the City of Montgomery and is supported by funds from the City of
Montgomery, with additional funds from the Montgomery County Commission and the Montgomery
Museum of Fine Arts Association. Programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Alabama
State Council on the Arts.

WHAT: Secondhand Clear Glass Vase Donations
WHEN: Now through November 6, 2022
WHERE: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park
One Museum Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117


Galleries, Mondays, Closed
Sculpture Garden, Tuesdays–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM
Terrace, and Store: Last entry at 4:45 PM
ADMISSION: Free! With ample, free parking.

Stephen Hayes: shayes@mmfa.org | 334.625.4347