In the two decades since Hilltop Artists in Residence was formed in 1994, the unique power of hot glass to reach at-risk youth who may have been left behind by traditional education has been established. Programs using hot glass to teach life lessons have been cropping up around the U.S. separated by thousands of miles and limited communication. The distance between these programs is about to narrow considerably thanks to a summit taking place as part of the 2014 Glass Art Society conference. A special panel from 10:30 AM to 12 noon on Friday, March 21st, will offer instructors and program heads a chance to exchange best practices and share success stories. But the more important goal of this event (sponsored by the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation) is to build bridges that will continue into the future in hopes of advancing the field through shared knowledge and experience (Disclosure: GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet editor Andrew Page is also the director of the Robert Minkoff Foundation). To that end, a special Website at www.atriskglass.org seeks to be a hub for interorganization dialogue and cross-pollination into the future.
The Tom Malone Prize, which that promotes the creation, appreciation, and enjoyment of glass made in Australia, has been awarded to the country's top glass artists since its inception in 2003. The prize-winning entry is acquired by the State Art Collection and includes a $12,000 cash award as well. This year’s winning entry, titled Camber, was created by Mel Douglas, and judged by the Governor of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Elizabeth Malone, glass artist David Hay, AGWA’s Director Stefano Carboni, and AGWA’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Photography and Design, Robert Cook.
The Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts, a Millville, New Jersey, center for glass art, has announced the fellows for its 2014 program. Visiting CGCA fellows are given up to 3 months to develop and refine their work, with access to the glass shop, housing, and a stipend. There are three sessions, April 23rd to July 16th; August 27th to October 8th; and October 22nd to December 3rd.
The Traver Gallery, located in Seattle, will be playing host to a new exhibition titled, “Shades of White,” with an opening reception to take place this evening, Thursday, March 6th from 5 PM - 8 PM. The exhibit features sculptures composed of several types of media, ranging from paper and wood to glass and ceramics.
Opening this evening at Heller Gallery in New York City will be a solo exhibtion of recent glass works of Norwood Viviano entitled "Mining Industries." The second solo exhibition by the Alfred graduate (BFA) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, Sculpture), the exhibition features 11 rapid-prototyped cast-glass works based on the topography of three U.S. cities over time -- Detroit, Houston, and Seattle. By layering the present over previous topographies, these works seek to capture the growth or decay of each cities primary industries in hopes of sparking consideration of the ways of looking at change over time and its meaning, which is somewhat obscured by the process of layering.
The Spring 2014 edition of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly (#134) has hit newsstands and subscriber mailboxes. On the cover is a rarely seen photo of the late Harvey LIttleton at work at his Spruce Pine, North Carolina, studio in the early 1980s. This wonderful photo that captures the raw creative spirit of the founder of Studio Glass was shared by his son, John Littleton, and accompanies an essay by Kim Harty, former managing editor of GLASS. Through her own words and research, as well as interviews with an emerging new generation of glass artists, Harty assesses Littleton's legacy through a fresh lens.
A smaller exhibition of 21 of Lino Tagliapietra's hand-blown birds will be installed in a gallery of the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art, timed to coincide with the maestro's residency as part of the museum's Guest Artist Pavilion Project from March 26th through the 28th. The exhibition will run through May 25, 2014. The birds' elaborate plumage is created using filigrana canework, and there will be three separate groupings of the magical creatures: in flight, roosting, and as a firebird rising phoenix-like.
The Glass Art Society is mixing the culinary and glass art worlds with a special pre-conference fundraising event taking place on Wednesday, March 19, at Ignite Glass Studios, a prime venue for the 2014 Glass Art Society Conference in Chicago. Two representatives of Embeya restaurant, one of Esquire magazine's best new restuarants of 2013, will be on hand to kick the evening off with drinks and appetizers. Creative cocktails will be crafted by the restaurant's beverage director Danielle Pizzutillo, while the trays of hors d'oevres will be the work of Embeya's chef Thai Dang. Look for asian-fusion flavors prepared with French culinary techniques, with both the food and drinks said to be "glass-inspired" according to a GAS announcement about the event that will run from 6 PM to 10 PM. (Tickets are $200 for GAS members and $225 for non-members.)
A gathering of 27 artists, professors, and students gathered at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam for a two-day meeting described by co-organizers artist Marc Barreda and Gerrit Rietveld professor Jens Pfeifer as a "think tank" to consider the future of glass education. The assembed group, supplemented by online input solicited through a Tumblr page, are tackling a broad range of topics, including the economics of running a glass department, changes to curriculum, whether there is a bias against glass art, and a range of questions about the future. The meeting in Amsterdam comes almost three months after an academic symposium
An exhibition chronicling the career of the multimedia artist Kanik Chung (1968 - 2013) has been curated by Victoria Calabro and John West, in association with the late artist's sister, Ling-Fong Chung. Featuring drawings on paper, sculpture, video, paintings, and glass, the exhibition entitled "Does Everything End in a Lamp!" will open on March 6th in DUMBO, Brooklyn, with an evening reception, and continue through March 27, 2014.