Interior view of the Jerome and Judith Rose residence in Atherton, California featuring works by (from left): William Morris, Dante Marioni, Mark Abildgaard, Steve Tobin, K. William LeQuier, Hank Murta Adams, Jay Musler, and Lino Tagliapietra.
Jerome and Judith Rose, known to their family and friends as Jerry and Judy, began collecting glass in 1977 with the acquisition of a small glass teapot by Richard Marquis. The Roses traveled frequently in the 1980s and 1990s building their collection. This included many visits to Seattle where they became friendly with Dale Chihuly and many of the other artists represented in the collection who are graduates of the Pilchuk Glass School, a center for glass education north of Seattle co-founded by Chihuly. After 40 years of thoughtful acquisitions, the Rose Collection grew into one of the most impressive private studio glass collections in the world comprising 179 works by 83 artists. For 40 years this collection was lovingly and exquisitely displayed through the Roses’ light-filled residence in Atherton, California, delighting family and guests (including many of the artists in the collection who became part of the Roses’ circle of friends).
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the new, public home for this collection thanks to the generosity of the Roses’ children, Lisa Rose and her husband Dr. Ken Koenig of Santa Cruz, California, and Sara Jane Rose and her husband Jay Shanker of Oklahoma City.
The Museum will create The Rose Collection Endowment to maintain and preserve the Jerome V. and Judith G. Rose collection. To contribute to this endowment, please contact Kimberley Worrell, firstname.lastname@example.org.