A stained-glass window from the 1893 World's Fair historical landmark "Womans Building" is one of the museum's historical treasures.

Friday September 26, 2014 | by Claudio Martino

In October, the backlights will go dark at Chicago’s Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

Filed under: Announcements, Museums, News

For 14 years, a special bonus for glass collectors, artists, and aficionados attending SOFA CHICAGO has been the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows on the level below Navy Pier's Festival Hall, where the biggest art fair for work made from craft materials has been held since 1995. America's first museum devoted to stained glass opened in 2000, and has occupied the darkened first-floor corridors, where backlit treasures, most sourced from Chicago's rich architectural heritage, have been displayed. Donated by local collectors E.B. and Maureen Smith, the museum's impressive 143-work collection includes works in Victorian and Prairie styles, as well as several more contemporary works. The future of this unique collection, however, is very much up in the air, as the area the museum occupies is undergoing renovation, part of a larger "reimagining" of Navy Pier to include new retail space and a possible hotel project. The Smith Museum's longtime curator Rolf Achilles told the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet that much of the work is being packed up and placed in storage to meet an October 15th, 2014 deadline to clear the area for construction crews. 

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Friday September 26, 2014 | by Andrew Page

HELP WANTED: Southern Illinois University Carbondale seeks lecturer-tech for non-tenure-track post

Filed under: Announcements, Help Wanted, News

The School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is searching for a glass lecturer and studio technician for a non-tenure track position. The successful candidate will bring college-level teaching experience, proficiency in a range of glass working techniques, and "evidence of a strong commitment to personal research," according to the official job posting. The position, which starts January 19th, 2015, will be divided between 75 percent lecturing duties and 25 percent tech responsibilities, which includes organizaing and maintaining studio equipment including the hot glass and kiln-working facilities. The successful candidate will be working with associate professor Ji-Yong Lee, who leads the glass program, one of 18 full-time faculty members in the art and design program. There are currently 300 undergraduates majoring in fine art, and 45 graduate students enrolled at the School of Art and Design.

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Wednesday September 24, 2014 | by Andrew Page

New Orleans glass nonprofit breaks ground on new facility coming in 2015

YAYA Arts Center, which has been operating a satellite location called YAYA Creative Glass since it took over the glassblowing facility at 3924 Conti Street from the nonprofit New Orleans Creative Glass Institute in 2011, has plans to consolidate its operations under a new roof. After 26 years of operating out of rented space, the nonprofit has broken ground for it's own building. If it opens as scheduled in 2015, the new YAYA Arts Center at 3322 LaSalle Street facility will house both the visual arts and hot glass studios, and aims to be a community resource for families and residents of the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans.

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Mark Leputa, Epicenter, 2014. Coldworked blown glass. H 11 1/2, W 11 1/2, D 11 1/2 in. courtesy: morgan contemporary glass

Friday September 19, 2014 | by Claudio Martino

OPENING: Group exhibition in Pittsburgh puts the focus on glass objects with matte surfaces

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Opening tonight at Pittsburgh’s Morgan Contemporary Glass, an exhibition entitled “Texture and Tension” places an emphasis on conveying thought-provoking content by changing the way glass objects are perceived. The artists — which include Alex Bernstein, Marsha Blaker, Paul Desomma, Byul Go, Romina Gonzales & Edison Zapata, Sungsoo Kim, Weston Lambert, Nick Leonoff, and Mark Leputa — have painstakingly worked to remove the shine and reflectivity of glass to give it an entirely new allure and perspective. By changing the texture, they hope to widen the range of expression that glass is able to portray, and to subvert the eye-catching nature of a shiny glass surface, which some feel is a barrier to serious content.

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Incoming board president Catherine Labonté (at right) assisting outgoing president Johanne Turbide, who is stepping down from the position after 12 years.

Thursday September 11, 2014 | by Andrew Page

Montreal nonprofit Espace Verre elects artist Catherine Labonté as board president

Filed under: Announcements, Education, News

The board of directors of Espace Verre, the Montreal nonprofit glass center that offers courses, exhibitions, and studio facilities to promote the glass arts, has made a change at the board president level. HEC professor of accounting studies Johanne Turbide, an expert in non-profit finance and governance, will step down after 12 years of guiding the organization, which included steering the organiztaion through a $3 million renovation project in 2009. Taking over the top board position will be artist Catherine Labonté, a graduate of the Espace Verre educational program in 2002 and a successful artist in her own right.

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CBS Sunday morning will present a feature on artist Paul Stankard in the upcoming broadcast on September 7, 2014.

Friday September 5, 2014 | by Andrew Page

PREEMPTED: The life and work of Paul Stankard to be featured on CBS Sunday Morning on September 7th

Filed under: Announcements, News, Video

UPDATED 9/6/2104 9:20 PM EST

Glass artist Paul Stankard's remarkable rise from scientific flameworker to pioneering botanical sculptor was scheduled to be featured in the next national broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning, the long-running news magazine. Scheduled to air this Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 9 to 10:30 AM Eastern and Pacific (8 to 9:30 AM Central and Mountain), the network news program was to feature interviews with Stankard at his Mantua, New Jersey, home and studio, as well as footage from the Arthur Rubloff Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, where his 2012 work Honeybee Swarm with Flowers and Fruit is prominently featured. However, due to the recent death of Joan Rivers (1933 - 2014), the scheduled report on Stankard will be postponed until later in the season in order to make room for reporting on the late comedian's life and career.

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Christina Bothwell, Dreaming of Horses, 2014. Glass, mixed media. H 7, W 10, D 10 in. courtesy: heller gallery, new york city

Thursday September 4, 2014 | by Andrew Page

OPENING: Fall gallery season kicks off with openings in New York, Seattle, and Chicago

Filed under: Exhibition, New Work, News, Opening

The fall gallery season gets into full swing with several galleries opening exhibitions featuring glass today and tomorrow evening. In New York, Heller Gallery will launch its Fall 2014 season with "Toy Chronicles," a solo exhibition of work by artist Christina Bothwell. Opening this evening and continuing through September 27th, the exhibit features 12 new cast-glass works that also incorporate clay and vintage toy parts. Bothwell is known for her mixing of materials and concepts — the works touchstones for myths and dreams, with plenty of room for viewers to supply their own interpretations. In the same arts district of Manhattan, Claire Oliver Gallery will showcase new work by Judith Schaechter, who is exploring three-dimensional carved glass work in addition to new stained-glass lightbox works.

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John Kiley in front of his foam and resin form in the studio.

Thursday September 4, 2014 | by Andrew Page

OPENING: John Kiley goes opaque at Traver Gallery

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In his new "Shadow" series, and in select pieces in his latest body of work debuting this evening at Traver Gallery in Seattle, John Kiley leaves transparency behind (for now) in works that push his established forms — cutaways that reveal the interior arcs and curves of joined hand-blown glass spheres — into more purely architectural territory with dark outer skins encasing glowing chromatic interiors. In one larger-scale non-glass work, Kiley even moves into the digital realm with a 3-D drawing that was output in high-density foam and coated in resin and buffed high-gloss automative paints.

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Paul Stankard. photo: lauren garcia

Wednesday September 3, 2014 | by Andrew Page

Paul Stankard and Mary White will receive top awards at 2015 GAS conference

Filed under: Award, Education, News

The Glass Art Society has announced that its annual Lifetime Achievement Award, the artist organization's highest honor given to individuals who have made "outstanding contributions to the development of the glass arts worldwide," will be presented to artist Paul Stankard at the 2015 conference in San Jose, California. The organization has also announced the recipient of its Honorary Lifetime Membership Award for outstanding service to the Glass Art Society: artist, educator and arts administrator Mary B. White.

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Saturday August 30, 2014 | by Andrew Page

Hot Off the Presses: GLASS #136, Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 edition of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly (#134) will hit newsstands and subscriber mailboxes over the next few days. On the cover is Joyce J. Scott’s work Congo III (2008) which reads at first glance as a glass beaded figurative folk artwork. But something draws us to look more closely, when, disarmed by our first impression of homespun craft, we take in the doll-like figure's presentation more carefully as the contorted body and facial expression reveal we are gazing at an African woman who is a victim of rape. The title alerts us to the work's reference to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country wracked by violence of all kinds, including sexual violence at unprecendented scale.

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