Japanese artist Rui Sasaki, who spent time in the U.S. earning her MFA from RISD (2010), has been awarded the 2015 Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award, which comes with a prize of € 10,000 (more than U.S. $ 11,000). The award is given each year to an artist who is under 40, and judges only consider work within the past two years. This year's award saw 164 applications from 28 countries. Two Talent Awards of the Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation were also given to Maria Bang Espersen of Denmark, and Anne Weber of Germany. Each will receive an award of € 1,500.
On view at Galerie B in Baden-Baden, Germany, through June 13, 2015 is a solo exhibition of the remarkable glass assemblages of Josepha Gasch-Muche. Titled “Cube,” the gallery show features two new works in addition to several pieces made between 2010 and 2014. Using overlaid thin glass elements, Gasch-Muche invites us into a geometric world where the complex surfaces and intricate lighting veers close to chaos but is ordered and made comprehensible by the careful attention to structure. From a distance, Gasch-Muche’s art pieces look like creations of cold perfection with sharp cutting edges, but they come to life when you come closer to see the sublime tenderness and vulnerability evident in the fragile quality of crystal glass elements.
When curator and artist Michiko Sakano invited 12 artists working with glass in very different ways to respond to the concept of "pink," she intentionally left the assignment open to interpretation. The result is an exhibition on view in the Bushwick-Ridgewood section of Brooklyn through March 15th that delivers an impressive showcase of how glass can be employed in the service of very different aesthetics and with contrasting results depending on the technique employed .Sakano self-consciously reached out to a diverse group of artists because she wanted to see how individuals working in different techniques and with sharply different approaches would interpret their "assignment." The provocative results are displayed in Lorimoto Gallery in the emerging art center in New York's Brooklyn borough, where the works by Deborah Adler, Jason Bauer, Jon Chapman, Jason Christian, Amber Cowan, Chris Duffy, Dave Naito, Amanda Patenaude, Erica Rosenfeld, Thu Tran, Thaddeus Wolfe, and Ben Wright have been assembled together with Sakano's own take on the pink concept.
The Spring 2015 edition of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly (#138) is hitting newsstands and subscriber mailboxes at a moment when all eyes are on the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing set to open at The Corning Museum of Glass on March 20th. Editor Andrew Page provides an in-depth look at the extraordinary new space with soaring ceiling and the luxury of air and natural light to provide an uncluttered, contemplative environment in which to consider new large-scale work being done in glass. The new wing does more than provide a presentation of contemporary glass art in a visual setting that rivals any major contemporary art museum—it frees up space to reset the 20th century galleries, where a reorganization of the Studio Glass collection charts the pioneering search for sculptural expression in glass. Through interviews with the key museum personnel (and an essay by architect Thomas Phifer), the full significance of this new venue for glass is explored.
Opening on March 14, and running through May 5, 2015, the "Ripples" exhibition at the Pyramid Gallery in York, U.K. Organized by the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS), this large group exhibition features glass sculptures that relate in some way to nature. Showcasing the work of 27 CGS member artists, the work engages the natural world in a variety of ways. Although the works on display might not have strong connections to one another, they reflect a diversity of personalized perspectives, ranging from the celestial to the geological.
The fourth annual exhibition and sale of contemporary art jewelry known as "Bijoux!" will kick off this evening with a preview party at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since 2012, this regional art museum has presented one-of-a-kind contemporary art jewelry pieces, with the opportunity to purchase the work of over 40 artists from around the world. While some of the jewelry is made from gold, silver, porcelain, beads, acrylic, iron, steel, and diamonds, the work by five glass artists —Nirti Dekel of Israel; Leslie Ann Genninger of Italy; Jed Green of the U.K.; Amy Lemaire of the U.S.; and Grainne Morton of Scotland—is of special note. The four-day exhibition will only run through March 1st.
Timed to coincide with the annual conference of the American Distilling Institute taking place in Louisville, Kentucky, Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery will host an exhibition of glass art and design that celebrates spirits — with an emphasis on bourbon, which the city is known for. The idea was the brainchild of glass artist, educator, and budding whiskey distiller Rick Schneider, who urged the studio and gallery to time a whiskey-themed group exhibition to the gathering of craft distillers who are doing for spirits what microbrewing did for beer in the U.S.. The resulting exhibition, aptly titled "Spirited" will open on March 1st and run through May 23, 2015. It will feature work by Schneider as well as Micah Evans, Pat Frost, and D.H. McNabb.
The National Glass Centre, a cultural venue celebrating glass in Sunderland, U.K., will be displaying work by 14 emerging artists in conjunction with the artist-organization known as the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS). From March 12, 2015, through January 12, 2016, display cases in the entrance lobby will be dedicated to the work of two artists at a time on a rotating basis. The featured artists shown in cases in the Glass Cnetre's lower foyer will change at six-week intervals, and all work will be availabe for purchase.
On Saturday, Febuary 14, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) will open a new museum building, the product of a $3.2 million construction project that gives this island community off the coast of Washington State an impressive place to showcase regional art. The first exhibition in the new building will be entitled “Illuminated” and feature the work of William Morris. A second exhibition, "Glass 3” will showcase glass art by Shelley Muzylowski, Ross Richmond and Raven Skyriver. Both shows will run through May 12, 2015.
Opening on February 19th, and running through April 19th, a forest of 18 transparent spheres will spring up in New York City’s Madison Square Park as part of the ongoing Mad. Sq. Art program that invites major artists to design work for this public park in Manhattan. Titled “Gazing Globes,” the installation is a departure for artist and designer Paula Hayes, who is best known for terrariums populated with living plants. Inside these new gigantic snow-globe structures, which will be set on pedestals of varied heights, a very different ecosystem will be on view. Used batteries, discarded computer parts, and other digital refuse are lit from within to illuminate the entangled detritus. Sprinkled with glitter from finely ground CDs and reclaimed crystals and minerals, the works force us to contemplate our relationship to the environment and to the castoffs of our digital culture. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the perfect high-tech surfaces of their screens to what is left behind as trash. Worn-out rubber tires and recycled plastic flotsam are suspended in these globes, in their own world but still present and very much non-biodegradable.