Friday February 27, 2015 | by Andrew Page

Hot Off the Presses: GLASS #138, Spring 2015

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.

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same DNA as Stardust by Nancy Sutcliffe

Thursday February 26, 2015 | by Emily Ma-Luongo

OPENING: U.K. glass artist organization presents group exhibition with nature as organizing theme

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.

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Wednesday February 25, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

OPENING: Florida museum offers jewelry exhibition and sale, with several glass artists featured

Filed under: Art Market, Design, Events, News, Opening

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.

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Rick Schneider collaborated with his wife, Nikki Vahle, to create this whiskey bottle depicting a German distillation apparatus known as a Carl Potstill with rectification column and condenser.

Tuesday February 24, 2015 | by Andrew Page

OPENING: A celebration of whiskey and glass in Louisville

Filed under: Events, Exhibition, Opening

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.

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Estelle Dean's latest works play on cultural influences. She is currently researching Shibori, an ancient Japanese technique of tie-dying, and uses glass to interpret that art.

Tuesday February 17, 2015 | by Emily Ma-Luongo

Emerging U.K. glass artists to get showcase at National Glass Centre

Filed under: Exhibition, New Work, News

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. 

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The San Juan Island Museum of Art was built with a close eye on costs, and has no cafe or administrative offices.

Tuesday February 10, 2015 | by Emily Ma-Luongo

OPENING: Museum in island community off Washington State to feature glass in inaugural exhibit

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.

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Tuesday February 10, 2015 | by Emily Ma-Luongo

Public Art: In Outdoor Installation, Paula Hayes Turns Her Focus to Inorganic Environments

Filed under: New Work, News, Opening, Public Art

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.

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Scott Chaseling, SIU's 2014 Artist in Residence

Thursday February 5, 2015 | by Erin Somers

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Semester-long artist residency at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Calling glass artists: Southern Illinois University, Carbonale’s glass program seeks an artist in residence for fall 2015. The program has announced that it will accept applications until February 27 from profession artists working in glass for a semester-long residency (Aug. 24 - Dec. 19). The residency includes private studio space and use of all of SIU’s Glass facilities, which are equipped with kilns, a hot glass studio, and a cold working studio. Additionally, residents receive up to $3,000 in funding for housing, and a $2,000 stipend. In addition to pursuing his or her own project, the visiting artist will also have the opportunity to work alongside SIUC students, providing demonstrations, participating in reviews, and more. The semester concludes with an exhibition for the resident.…

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Suzanne Perrault, a partner and co-director of Rago's auction house, will speak about the creation and sale of glass artwork.

Friday January 30, 2015 | by Andrew Page

Suzanne Perrault of Rago’s to lecture at the New York Metropolitan Glass Club

Filed under: Announcements, Events

Meeting the first Tuesday of the month, from October through May, the New York Metropolitan Glass Club brings together historic and contemporary glass collectors, dealers, and enthusiasts for a monthly lecture presented at an Upper West Side church that features a number of significant Tiffany windows. On February 3rd, Suzanne Perrault, an appraiser as well as partner and co-director of Rago's (and its principal auctioneer), will address the members, offering a talk about the life-cycle of a work of glass art as it moves from the artist's studio to the dealer to the collector, and eventually, to the auction block. Rago's, a Lambertville, New Jersey, auction house, is an important secondary market venue for Studio Glass artwork, as well as design and decorative objects in many materials, including glass.

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A work from Robin Cass's "Curious Growth" series.

Thursday January 29, 2015 | by Andrew Page

OPENING: Exhibition featuring artists who worked collaboratively as Hauberg Fellows at Pilchuck

Filed under: Exhibition, New Work, News, Opening

Opening on January 30, 2015 in Alfred, New York, the aptly-titled exhibition “Parallel Frequencies” will showcase the work of Robin Cass, Amie McNeel, Rachel Moore, Jackie Pancari, Kait Rhoads, and Norwood Viviano— all 2014 Hauberg Fellows at the Pilchuck Glass School. The artist-in-residence program, named for Pilchuck co-founder John H. Hauberg (1916–2002), is designed to provide the opportunity for a group of artists to collaborate on a shared theme, in this case a common interest in pattern, scale, and nature.

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