During the summer of 2013, glass artist April Surgent travelled into the Antarctic as part of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artist and Writer’s program, an experience she'd spoken about with GLASS magazine for a major feature examining how artists are inspired by Antarctica in the Summer 2014 edition (#135). Eight weeks of fieldwork resulted in a number of engraved cameo pieces which will be displayed on Thursday evening at the Traver Gallery in Seattle for an exhibition that will run through November 2, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.