Alan and Susan Shovers credit the start of their Carder Steuben glass collection to “luck, timing, and their relationships with dealers and collectors willing to part with a piece or two of their prized collections”.
The Shovers Collection encompasses a wide range of glass designed by British born artist and co-founder of Steuben Glass Works, Frederick Carder. This is not an idle collection. Each piece is either used or displayed; works are studied and admired; and new works are added then occasionally some are sold. These functional and decorative works fill their Evansville home, or as Mr. Shovers lovingly refers to it as their “glass museum”.
The Shovers Collection is the subject of “Objects of Desire: The Art of Frederick Carder” written and illustrated by Alan Shovers. The Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science sponsored the publication of this book to accompany their 2005 exhibition that originated here in Evansville. “Objects of Desire” shares the Shovers’ selections that exemplify the best of the collection and many of those works are on display here at USI.
Mr. and Mrs. Shovers are active in the Carder Steuben Club and Mr. Shovers is a Life Director of the USI Foundation Board.