The Corning Museum of Glass has announced the acquisition of five new works destined for the institution's highly anticipated New Contemporary Art + Design Wing, opening March 20, 2015. The works by artists Roni Horn, Klaus Moje, Ayala Serfaty, Jeroen Verhoeven, and Fred Wilson signal a new direction in acquisitions by the institution, which will now be able to display pieces on a larger-scale in the new gallery space.
UrbanGlass, the Brooklyn non-profit art center that publishes the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet, is currently accepting applications for the 2015 edition of its annual MFA Exhibition. Each year, the work of three to five recent MFA graduates (of North American programs) is featured in a group exhibition at the UrbanGlass Agnes Varis Art Center gallery in the heart of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. This year's exhibition will run from June 10th through August 22nd, 2015, and is open to graduates of programs in the United States and Canada who use glass in their work (applicants must have received their MFA between Summer 2013 and Winter 2014).
The biennial event GlassWeekend, which brings art collectors to WheatonArts in Millville, New Jersey, to socialize, buy art, and support the Creative Glass Center of America residency program, will have a new energy this year thanks to changes that are revamping the long-running WheatonArts fellowship, making it not just a place for emerging artists, but a destination for big-name artists looking to work wtih glass. The CGCA residency program will continue, but new initiatives are bringing some of the biggest names in contemporary art to work at the unique South Jersey facility throughout 2015 in a program entitled "Emanation: Art + Process." Artists such as Mark Dion, Paula Hayes, Donald Lipski, and Judy Pfaff, to name just a few of this year's roster, will be spending time at WheatonArts to realize projects that will be put on display at the institution's Museum of American Glass for an exhibition entitled "Emanation" and running from May 1, 2015 through January 4, 2016. A special artist reception will take place on Saturday, June 13th, during the GlassWeekend event (GlassWeekend '15 runs from June 12 - 14th) to create synergies between the various programs.
The Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC), the oldest craft non-profit in the U.S., announced that its longtime exhibitions director Fabio J. Fernández will succeed Beth Ann Gerstein as executive director of the organization. The decision to promote from within was made after a national search. Board president Alyda Dewhirst cited Fernández's creativity, vision, and personality as the key reasons for his appointment. "His deep craft knowledge and interpersonal skills will help SAC advance and develop its vision and contributions to the field," said Dewhirst in a prepared statement.
Amélie Girard, the Canadian artist who won the 2013 François-Houdé Award, will open her solo exhibition "Impromptu" at Espace VERRE on January 15, 2015. It is a fitting location for this up-and-coming glass artist, as it was here at this Montreal non-profit where Girard was introduced to glass as a material for art. Holding a degree in mathematics, she discovered the material's potential for artist expression during a course at Espace VERRE, where she signed up after an unsuccessful search for scientific glassblowing classes. She fell for the material's potential for expression, ended up enrolling in the nonprofit's degree program, and graduated in 2013.
UrbanGlass, the Brooklyn, New York, nonprofit art center that publishes the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet, is looking to hire a studio head technician to lead the organization's technical staff in maintaining the studio operations, which include hot glass, flameworking, neon, kilnforming, and stained glass studios as well as a moldmaking and coldworking shop. The position reports to the UrbanGlass director of operations who will help on the planning and review of maintenance activity and long-term projects.
A connection between a managing parter of the design gallery Maison Gerard and a client, the president of the U.S. fundraising arm for the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, has resulted in a unique exhibition of artfully designed glass perfume bottles by students of the glass and ceramic department that debuts on Monday, December 15th, at the East 10th Street showroom in downtown Manhattan. Benoist F. Drut, managing partner at Maison Gerard, told the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet that "I was thrilled with the work and find it quite beautiful. I thought they would be perfect to show at holiday time, as they are so unique they make ideal gifts... I really thought the students should benefit from this. So we’ve priced to sell for $980 and $1500 depending on the size and intricacy of the design."
Glass cameo engraving dates back to Roman times, when skilled jewlers started experimenting with glass carving to ultimately achieve masterpieces such as the Portland Vase. The technique saw a revival in Rennaisance Europe, and came into vogue again in Napoleanic France and again during the Victorian era in England. Inspired by the extensive cameo collection at the Chrysler Museum of Art, where she manages the glass studio and directs its programming, artist Charlotte Potter has embraced the historic form and updated it, employing the labor-intensive carving techniques once used to depict gods and monarchs to honor Facebook friends, contrasting relationships in an era of social networking with the more static dynamics of an earlier era. This work, which debuted at the 2012 group exhibition "Fusion: A New Century of Glass" at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, was briefly on view at the Chrysler before it closed for a more-than-year-long renovation. Entitled "Charlotte's Web," it has been reinstalled to anchor the new glass gallery where it will remain on view through June 28, 2015. Potter will give a talk about her work this Sunday, December 14th, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the museum.
The work of pioneering Dutch glass artist Sybren Valkema will soon be available worldwide to anyone with internet access. The Rakow Research Library at The Corning Museum of Glass has announced its collaborative efforts with the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) to digitize his research archive, which has been in the Dutch institution's care since his death in 1996. The archive, ripe with notes, drawings, slides, and more is expected to be made available by the end of 2015. Artists and researchers alike will be able to tap into this vast reservoir of information without having to make a trip to the Netherlands.
On Sunday, the celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and from the international contemporary art scene that have descended on Miami, Florida, for the star-studded Art Basel - Miami Beach and the longer-running Art Miami expositions will head home as the annual event winds down. Glass is playing a lead role in several of the works displayed at both of the glittering twin art fairs which bring an impressive pedigree to their respective events. Art Basel has been around since the 1970s, originally founded by three gallery owners (Trudi Bruckner, Balz Hilt and Ernst Beyeler) in the Swiss city for which the fair is named. Over the decades, its influence has grown within the artistic community, drawing in work from galleries and artists from across the world. This year, Art Basel Miami Beach turns 12 and boasts a total of 250 galleries in attendance. While Art Miami isn’t quite as international, it is turning 25 this year, and boasts a similar level of exclusivity within the community, playing hosts to a number of galleries known for showing work in glass. This year in particular, Art Miami has 125 galleries in attendance.