Preston Singletary:

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Nov. 8, 2024 – March 9, 2025

Through an immersive sensory art experience featuring Preston Singletary’s sculptures, visitors will go on a visual journey in which Raven helps transform the world from darkness into light.

Experience the Journey of Light and Creation

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight features works from internationally acclaimed artist Preston Singletary (Tlingit American, b. 1963). It tells the story of Raven, who in Tlingit culture is the creator of the world and giver of the stars, moon and sun.

Embark on a multisensory odyssey through the transformation of darkness into light, guided by Raven himself. Witness the brilliance of Singletary’s glass artistry, brought to life through storytelling, original music, coastal Pacific Northwest soundscapes, and stunning projected images.

Prepare to be spellbound as you delve into the depths of myth and magic, where art and narrative intertwine. Join us for this extraordinary exhibition as we explore the boundless realms of imagination and wonder.

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight has been organized by the artist and Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington. It was guest curated by Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Tlingit/Zuni), PhD, and the multisensory visitor experience was designed by zoe | juniper.

Image caption: Above, Preston Singletary (American Tlingit, born 1963), Box with the Moon (Dís Lákt), 2018, Kiln-formed and sand-carved glass, neon lighting; steel base, TX.2018.4.49, [S18-59]. Courtesy of the artist.

Plan your visit to see this exhibit

How to visit: See exhibit Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Exhibit is included with the cost of museum admission.

About Preston Singletary:

Singletary’s art has become synonymous with the relationship between Tlingit culture and fine art. His glass sculptures deal with themes of Tlingit mythology and traditional designs, while also using music to shape his contemporary perspective of Native culture.

Singletary started blowing glass at the Glass Eye studios in Seattle, WA in 1982, where he grew up and continues to work and live. He developed his skills as a production glass maker and attended the Pilchuck Glass School. Singletary began working at the glass studio of Benjamin Moore, where he broadened his skills by assisting Dante Marioni, Richard Royal, Dan Dailey and Lino Tagliapietra. It was there where Singletary started to develop his own work. In 1993 he traveled for work to Sweden where he was influenced by Scandinavian design and met his future wife, Åsa Sandlund.

In 2000 Singletary received an honorary name from elder, Joe David (Nuu Chah Nulth) and in 2009 Singletary received an honorary doctorate degree from University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA). Forty years of glass making, creating music and working together with elders has put him in a position of being a keeper of cultural knowledge, while forging new directions in new materials and concepts of Indigenous arts.

Preston Singletary was one of the contemporary Native artists who appeared in the 2017 Eiteljorg-produced documentary, Native Art Now.