Recently opened at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, the exhibition “Healing with Flames” features work produced by the spring and summer 2015 instructors and students of the museum’s "Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire" program, an educational project to offer glassblowing and art-making experiences to soldiers and veterans. The exhibit showcasing this life-changing program will remain on view through March 2016.
New work by Dante Marioni and Rik Allen is being unveiled at Traver Gallery in Seattle this evening. Marioni is continuing to push scale and precision in his newest work that features bravura canework patterning rendered at unforvingly large scale. A 39-inch-tall blue leaf, titled Standing Reticello Leaf (2015) is a further exploration of his attempts to push traditional technique to new levels, marrying it to a decidedly contemporary color scheme. The outsized scale takes this work out of the realm of design in a bid to make a monumental statement on technical skill and skills passed down for centuries.
The International Exhibition of Glass in Kanazawa, a prominent platform for contemporary glass, is seeking applicants for its 13th annual showcase. Artists from 40 countries have exhibited in this juried exhibition over the yeras, and the yearly event takes place in a Japanese city known for its history as a center for craft and traditional arts. Aside from discovering potential in current glass art works, the International Exhibition represents Kanazawa's bid for "synergestically stimulating" its local industries, as stated in the official announcement of the competition.
British artist Emma Woffenden's three-year term as artistic director of North Lands Creative Glass will expire in 2016, and so this art center located on the rugged Northeastern coast of Scotland is accepting applications for Woffenden's successor, who will start on October 1, 2016. The Artistic Director advises the North Lands board of directors regarding the organization's artistic direction, and directs and plans its annual master class and conference programs. The artistic director also serves as an advisor on the artists chosen for the residency program.
UrbanGlass, in partnership with the Kings County Distillery, will host BourbonGlass on Wednesday, October 7th from 7 PM to 9 PM. A fundraising cocktail party for the arts nonprofit that publishes GLASS Quarterly and the Hot Sheet, the event will take place in the 17,000-square-foot studios of UrbanGlass. Guests will be able taste the distillery's line of small-batch whiskeys and learn about the history of whiskey production in Brooklyn, as well as specifics about the five-year-old distillery from master blender Nicole Austin. Austin helped design a custom whiskey glass being made for the occasion by artist and designer William Couig. Each guest will take his or her tasting glass home as a gift.
The Glass Art Society established the Technologies Advancing Glass Grant in 2014 to fund the research and development of projects that incorporate technology into glass art. The 2015 recipients of the grant include Saman Kalantari, who has been awarded the top prize of $5,000; with runners-up Michal Czeisler, Jin Won Han, and a collaborative group from the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio and the NASA Langley Research Center each set to receive $2,000 to further their respective projects. The artist organization also recently announced the recipient of its annual Lifetime Achievement Award will be artist, designer, and architect James Carpenter and its Honorary Lifetime Membership Award for outstanding service to the Glass Art Society will go to Jutta-Annette Page, the curator of glass and decorative arts at the Toledo Museum of Art who recently served as president of the board. Both awards will be presented during the 2016 annual conference taking place in Corning, New York.
After a two-month run at Heller Gallery in New York City, A Rainbow Like You (2015) a glass work by Katherine Gray will go back on exhibit on September 21 at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum at California State University, San Bernadino, where Gray is an associate professor. Her recent New York exhibition invited visitors to experience the sight, sound and smell of glass being blown. Meant to be participatory, Gray's pieces are based on her personal connection with the material she works with, and the impressions she has being around it. A presentation of specific affiliations, each work communicates a specific sensation that the artist experiences, which visitors, even if they have never been in a glass studio, can also know.
The Glass Art Society has announced that the Chrysler Museum of Art, the main building and neighboring glass studio, will host the 46th annual gathering of the glass art world. With the theme: "Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance," the 2017 conference will run from June 1st through 3rd, 2017, and will be co-chaired by Diane Wright, the glass curator at the Chrysler Museum; Charlotte Potter, manager and program director of the museum's glass studio; and community members Virginia Hitch and Colin McKinnon. Performance art using glass, a focus of the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio under Potter's leadership, will be a central focus of the 2017 event, according to today's announcement. The event will follow the 2016 conference taking place in Corning, New York.
The full schedule for the 2015 Robert M. Minkoff Foundation Academic Symposium at UrbanGlass — complete with times, dates, and maps — has just been released. Among the highlights of this year's symposium, which has the theme of "New Technologies in Practice," is a Chelsea gallery tour that includes stops at Andrea Rosen Gallery to discuss Josiah McElheny's latest work, Sean Kelly Gallery to hear about Idris Khan's recent work in glass, and Heller Gallery for a presentation of new work by April Surgent as well as a panel discussion on the challenges of taking over a glass program and inheriting its technology. Panelists include glass program heads Helen Lee (UWisconsin, Madison), Kim Harty (CCA, Detroit), Marc Petrovic (CIA, Cleveland), and Sharyn O'Mara (Tyler, Philadelphia). A reception at the loft of a downtown art collector will cap off the first day's activities.
John Perreault, the former executive director of UrbanGlass, died on September 6, 2015. from complications of gastrointestinal surgery. He was 78 years old. From 1993 to 1995, Perreault served as artistic director of UrbanGlass, and was appointed executive director in 1995, a position which he maintained until 2002. He was also the curator of the Robert Lehman Gallery at UrbanGlass, as well as the editor of GLASS Quarterly magazine. Perreault was a poet and a painter, but was probably best known as the chief art critic for the Village Voice and SoHo Weekly News, as well as a regular contributor to ARTnews. He was also senior curator at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on State Island, as well as the Everson Museum and the American Craft Museum. Perreault championed many art movements from feminist art to realism, pattern and decoration movement art and performance art. An early translator of conceptual art, his reviews were legendary, and thankfully devoid of “art speak.”