The 2017 Robert M. Minkoff Foundation Academic Symposium at UrbanGlass

October 12th, 12:00 am – 11:59 pm


Issues in Glass Pedagogy: “Curriculum and Career”

New York gallery tour | presentations | moderated discussions | breakout sessions | networking opportunities

Join us for the third edition of our biennial academic symposia at UrbanGlass, a unique opportunity for glass department heads, faculty members, instructors, and students to discuss with their peers the changing fine-art landscape in academia, and best practices in the lecture hall and studio. New for 2017: A special focus on the post-graduate world and how to best prepare students for success through curriculum and programs.

Berwick.jpeg2017 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:

Artist Rachel Berwick, head of the Rhode Island School of Design's glass department, will lead off the third iteration of the symposium with her lecture entitled: “Alchemy: Innovation and Experimentation in Studio Practice” at 9 AM on October 13, 2017.

Designed for professors at degree-granting institutions but open to all glass educators and arts administrators, three days of provocative presentations and formal and informal idea exchange will take place at the center of the New York City artworld, with an organized tour of glass at Chelsea art galleries and social events throughout the symposium.

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Taking place from October 12 - 14, 2017 in New York City, the upcoming meeting of glass art educators will examine the factors that determine students' post-graduate success, with investigations into the economic challenges facing professional contemporary artists, as well as the educational interventions that are most effective in preparing graduates to thrive.

Registration for the 2017 event is $175, with a special student rate of $125 (valid I.D. required). Day rate: $45 for attending Friday or Saturday (Day Rate cannot be purchased for two days). See ticket purchase information at bottom of page.

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, October 12, 2017

5 PM. Meet at Betty Cuningham Gallery (15 Rivington, Manhattan) for presentation on the Christopher Wilmarth exhibit.

5:45 PM - 6 PM. Walk to Chesterfield Gallery (109 Norfolk, Manhattan).

6 PM. Reception, food, drinks

6:30 PM. Remarks: Andrew Page, Simon Abrahms

6:45 PM – 7:30 PM. Public Conversation: Staying Current in the Ivory Tower. Moderator: Andrew Page. Panelists: Justin Ginsberg and Jack Wax

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Performance. Flock the Optic.   

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FRIDAY, October 13, 2017

Friday's presentations take place at the St. Francis College first-floor auditorium at 180 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights.

8 AM – 8:45 AM. Registration, Coffee, Bagels.

8:45 AM to 9 AM. Opening remarks. Cybele Maylone, Robert Minkoff, Andrew Page.

9 AM – 10 AM. Keynote Presentation. “Alchemy: Innovation and Experimentation in Studio Practice” Rachel Berwick.

10 AM – 10:45 AM. RISD Glass: A Pedagogical Powerhouse.  Samantha De Tillio

10:45 AM – 12 PM. Panel Discussion: International Approaches to Curriculum. Moderator, Ben Wright. Panelists: Nadege Desgenetez, Eran Ehrlich, Sean Salstrom, Jeffrey Sarmiento, Li Wen.

12 noon – 1 PM. Lunch.

1 PM – 1:45 PM. Case Study: Rainfield at MassArt, Public Art Project as Curriculum. Dan Clayman.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM. Glass: Cash: Results of First Major Compensation Survey. Helen Lee.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM. Subverting a Mandatory and Arbitrary System of Rules. Justin Ginsberg.

3:15 PM – 4 PM. Ways of Being. Caroline Woolard.

4 PM – 4:15 PM. Coffee and Cookie Break.

4:15 PM – 5 PM. Titrations: Curricular Integrations of Material Paradox for the Budding Glass Practitioner. Jane Cook and David Schnuckel.

5 PM – 5:45 PM. The Digital Apprentice. Alli Hoag and Zac Weinberg.

6 PM – 8 PM. Reception: Agnes Varis Art Center at UrbanGlass

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SATURDAY: October 14, 2017

Saturday's presentations take place at the third-floor studios of UrbanGlass at 647 Fulton Street in Brooklyn.

8 AM – 9 AM. Registration. Bagels. Coffee.

9 AM – 9:45. Myths of Success in the Arts & What We Can Do About It. Alexis Clements.

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM. Panel Discussion: The Gatekeepers: Behind the Curatorial Process (or, An Updated Look at How Artists Gain Entry to Museum Exhibitions and Permanent Collections). Moderator: Jack Wax. Panelists: Samantha DeTillio and Susie Silbert.

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. Flipping the Syllabus: Questioning Academia’s Orthodoxies. Kim Harty.

11:15 AM – 12 PM. Panel Discussion: Private, Public, Community: Comparing curriculum, debt loads, and experiences at institutions of higher education. Moderator: Tina Aufiero. Panelists: Amie McNeel, Michael Hernandez, Ben Wright.

12 PM – 1 PM. Lunch.

1 PM – 1:45 PM. Critical Discourse, Professional Practice: One Art Historian’s Contribution. Mary Drach McInnes.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM. Continuing Momentum: Professional Development through Curriculum and Community. Sharyn O’Mara.

2:30 PM – 3 PM. Glass at the China Academy of Art. Li Wen.

3 PM – 3:45 PM. Panel: Hardcore Craft. Moderator: Dan Clayman. Panelists: Michael Hernandez and Debra Ruzinsky.

3:45 PM - 4 PM. Coffee and Cookies.

4 PM – 5 PM. Panel Discussion: The Relentless Pursuit. Moderator: Sarah Mizer. Panelists: David King, Suzie Peck, Hiromi Takizawa, Kristen Neville Taylor.

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SUNDAY, October 15th, 2017 (Optional Add-On Event)

9:45 AM. Meet at Bryant Park for Pick-Up, Free Van Transportation to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey (limited seating available, public transportation via NJTransit another option).

11 AM. Arrive at Grounds for Sculpture. Free admission for symposium attendees.

11:15 AM. Artist-led tour of “Radiant Landscape” installation by Dan Clayman at the facility’s Museum Building.

12:15 PM. Exclusive advance preview of Joyce J. Scott’s installation “Harriet Tubman and Other Truths.”

12:30 PM. Lunch at the Peacock Café.

1:15 PM. Explore 42-acre sculpture garden campus and buildings.

2 PM. Depart Grounds for Sculpture for return trip to NYC.

3:30 PM. Arrival in NYC.

PRESENTATIONS AND PRESENTERS

DanClaymanheadshot.jpgCase Study: Rainfield at MassArt, Public Art Project as Curriculum

As part of my art practice, I'm an educator-at-large, engaging in teaching and residencies with numerous colleges and universities. During this past academic year I was engaged by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to create a site-specific installation in the recently completed Design Media Center. I formulated a class that allowed the students to be part of every stage of the process from the conception of the idea to the engineering and production. The class culminated with the opening of RAINFIELD in January 2017. This symposium lecture will cover my engagement with academia and how projects like this can create professional opportunities for students.

DANIEL CLAYMAN is a Studio Artist and Educator-at-Large, teaching and lecturing at numerous colleges, universities and workshop programs. In recent years he has been focusing on large-scale, site-specific installations, most recently Radiant Landscape at Grounds For Sculpture. For symposium attendees only, Clayman will offer an Optional Add-On Activity on Sunday, October 15th: an artist-led tour of his monumental Radiant Landscape at a sculpture garden in nearby Hamilton, New Jersey.


CarolineWoolard_headshot_UHart_large.jpgWays of Being

Ways of Being is a pedagogical project created as a contribution to the collective BFAMFAPhD by Caroline Woolard, Susan Jahoda, and Emilio Martinez Poppe. Woolard will present a framework that brings systems-thinking to traditional studio based arts pedagogy. The pedagogical project aims to provide teaching tools to: (1) understand the social lives of artworks using systems-thinking and lifecycle analysis; (2) assess the social conditions in which artworks and artists live using social-ecological models; (3) integrate contemplative and collaborative practices into visual arts pedagogy. Ways of Being exists as a deck of cards, an interactive website with videos and lesson plans, and a printed book published by Punctum Books in 2018. http://bfamfaphd.com

CAROLINE WOOLARD is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Hartford who is internationally recognized for her work at the intersection of art, technology, and political economy. Woolard has co-founded barter networks OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop (2008-2013) as well as cultural equity platforms BFAMFAPhD and StudyCollaboration.com, a study center for collaborative methods developed by artists. 


Panel Discussion: Private, Public, Community: Comparing curriculum, debt loads, and experiences at institutions of higher education

Moderated by Tina Aufiero, Artistic Director of the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle and Stanwood, Washington. She holds an MFA in design and technology from Parsons The New School for Design, New York City, and a BFA in sculpture/glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island. Aufiero has extensive teaching experience and has exhibited widely.

AmieeMcNeelheadshot.jpgAMIE MCNEEL teaches sculpture within the 3D Forum Studio Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her work combines diverse materials and practices with an interest in humankind's relationships to the natural world.

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michaelhernandezheadshot.JPGMICHAEL HERNANDEZ, Associate Professor and Glass Program Head at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. 

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Wright_portrait.jpgBEN WRIGHT is director of education at UrbanGlass and holds a BS (Dartmouth College), a BFA (Appalachian Center for Craft), and an MFA (RISD). Ben has taught domestically (Pilchuck, Penland, UArts) and abroad (Germany, Poland, Australia, Turkey, Denmark, and Japan) and is uniquely positioned to examine how university programs around the world approach instruction in glass.


Titrations: Curricular Integrations of Material Paradox for the Budding Glass Practitioner

JaneCook.jpgSchnuckelHeadshot.jpgDuring the 2016-2017 academic year, Dr. Jane Cook partnered with Rochester Institute of Technology Glass faculty to facilitate an educational experience that examined the intersection at which glass science and glass art converge. With the invitation to fully embrace failure, the project proposed by Dr. Cook and RIT Glass faculty culminated in a research-driven exploration; one tasking students with thinking about glass-based phenomena and putting it to test. Not as artists, however, but as materials engineers. This two-part lecture will expound upon this experimental project, speaking to its merits as an intervening educational opportunity and how its objectives directly and indirectly assist a student build towards a thriving professional practice. The presentation will also approach key areas on which an understanding of material science and engineering can enable glass art and craft: the roots of innovation in rigorous play and observation; a fact-informed praxis to give confidence and extend capabilities; and deeper insight into glass’ nature for conceptual inspirations.

As Chief Scientist at The Corning Museum of Glass, Dr. JANE COOK infuses glass science concepts into exhibits and public programs, and lectures widely to teach artists how scientific and engineering fundamentals can inform their work. She holds a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and worked as an engineer and research scientist for over 20 years before joining CMoG.

DAVID SCHNUCKEL is an artist who works primarily with glass, a writer who writes primarily about issues related to glass, and an educator who teaches how to think about and work with glass. He holds a BA from Anderson University and an MFA in Glass from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Schnuckel’s work exhibits internationally and can be found in the permanent collections of the GlazenHuis in Lommel Belgium, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft of Ebeltoft, Denmark, and the Museum of American Glass in Millville, New Jersey. Schnuckel has taught at Alfred University, the National College of Art and Design, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, the Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, and The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass.


RISD Glass: A Pedagogical Powerhouse

SamanthaDeTillio.jpgAs industry professionals debated the craft-art-design divide, craft was being actively reclaimed by a new generation of artists who embraced its distinctive qualities to take on today’s most pressing issues. Materials such as fiber and ceramics, which have traditionally been more gender-neutral than other media, have paved the way for a diversity of practice and practitioner, creating a rich field deeply engaged in issues of society, politics, environment, visibility, to name just a few considerations. This version of craft is expansive, experimental, and occasionally infiltrates the contemporary-art world. It's emerging from creative practices utilizing materials such as fiber, ceramics, metal, wood, and glass, but doing so in a multimedia, cross-disciplinary way and taking on the forms of sculpture, installation, and performance.

While work made in the Studio Glass tradition often gets a bad name today, the origins of the movement were ripe with the experimentation that fed off the avant-garde and counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s. This experimental spirit may have abated as a commercial gallery system began to enforce a specific, object-based aesthetic in the 1990s and 2000s. But in academia, it never went away, and has been quietly nurtured at programs such as the Rhode Island School of Design’s for the last 50 years. From the earliest days of Dale Chihuly through today’s glass department head, Rachel Berwick, RISD has been consistently encouraging a robust dialogue between craft and fine art, and technical rigor and conceptual creativity, which alongside a continuous cycle of alumni faculty has produced students are well-rounded, versed in the contemporary art world and the history of their medium, and uniquely poised to utilize their technical skill to create artworks that push outward at the traditional boundaries of glass and craft.

SAMANTHA DE TILLIO is Assistant Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), and a specialist in modern and contemporary craft from the Arts and Crafts to today. Her most
recent exhibitions include “Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story” (MAD, April 4 to August 6, 2017) and “Aaron Pexa: The Spoils of Annwn” (UrbanGlass, May 24 to July 31, 2017). Her current research is focused on contemporary glass-based performance, and her interests include illuminating feminist and under-known art histories.


Critical Discourse, Professional Practice: One Art Historian’s Contribution

marydrachmcinnesheadshot.jpgThe need to expand and deepen art historical analysis in glass pedagogy can be combined with non-traditional research projects that afford students a practical guide to best practices. I will offer a sampling of lectures that engage contemporary issues and debates in glass art. Further, I will present specific class projects that help prepare students for life after their degree. I will draw on my experience as a modern and contemporary art scholar who has developed lectures that strengthen my students’ articulation of their studio practice within various theoretical frameworks. Additionally, through a series of short, carefully designed workshops and follow-up assignments, students increase their professional network, critique their digital presence, and hone their art writing. This partnering of critical discourse and professional practice is witnessed in my courses, including: “Glass in a New Light,” “SILICA: Contemporary Glass and Ceramic Art,” “In, Of, and Around Contemporary Craft,” and “Contemporary Projects in Art.” Art history courses are often taught in a manner that requires studio students—graduate and undergraduate--to make implicit links to their practice; however, explicit connections can be made evident in the classroom. My lecture will offer a variety of benefits that emerge from an open, sustained dialogue between glass faculty and their colleagues in art history.

DR. MARY DRACH MCINNES, Professor of Art History in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, teaches the history of sculpture and craft-based practices. She recently began a website, www.silicaconversations.com, that highlights her lectures and workshops in contemporary glass and ceramic art.


Staying Current in the Ivory Tower

jackwax2017.jpgA public conversation about the most effective strategies for faculty to keep abreast of the rapidly changing contemporary art world.

JACK WAX is a full-time artist and a professor at The Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. The former head of the glass program at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, he has received numerous grants and fellowships.

Ginsberg2.jpgJUSTIN GINSBERG is the Head of the Glass Area and Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has recently conducted residencies at Berlin Glas e.V., The Corning Museum of Glass, The Tacoma Museum of Glass, Wheaton Arts, and S12 and has taught at the Toyama Institute of Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, and The Pilchuck Glass School (Summer 2017).

 



Continuing Momentum: Professional Development through Curriculum and Community

Upon graduation, glass students - perhaps more than students of any other fine arts discipline – often find that their studio practice comes to a screeching halt as they walk out the door with degree in hand. Virtually overnight, they lose access to the facilities and materials that they have worked with over the past few years, and are confronted immediately by the pressures of student loan debt and earning a living. I believe that “career” is taught and nurtured through programming both within and beyond the curriculum. By extending the power of community that is inherent in glass studios, we can provide our students with multiples means to develop and maintain their studio practice. At Tyler, this takes the form of several programs developed over the past eight years including BFA Artists in Residence, Work Exchange, and Project-Specific Proposals, to name a few. In Continuing Momentum, I will present information about specific coursework in the BFA Glass curriculum as well as examples of extra-curricular programming. I will discuss specific case studies that demonstrates the power of nurturing students beyond graduation including Amber Cowan and Kate Clements among others.

SHARYN O'MARA is Associate Professor and Head of the Glass Program at Tyler School of Art of Temple University; previously, she taught at RISD and The Kansas City Art Institute. Artist and educator O'Mara's studio practice spans drawing and installation, and most recently digital photography and printmaking. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is in several public and private collections in the US. 


Glass | Cash

helenleeheadshot2.jpgGlass | Cash will present the findings of a survey on compensation and debt in the field of Glass. How do current discussions of money, art, education, and professional practice unfold in our material-specific field? Does the scale and demographics of our community shift these conversations? What resources exist to make best-informed decisions on the plurality of paths that exist from education to professional practice? This talk will encourage glass academics to actually talk about money.

HELEN LEE is a practicing artist and the Head of Glassworking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She holds an MFA in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a B.S.A.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Panel Discussion: International Approaches to Curriculum

Moderated by Ben Wright, director of education at UrbanGlass, who holds a BS (Dartmouth College), a BFA (Appalachian Center for Craft), and an MFA (RISD). Ben has taught domestically (Pilchuck, Penland, UArts) and abroad (Germany, Poland, Australia, Turkey, Denmark, and Japan) and is uniquely positioned to examine how university programs around the world approach instruction in glass.

NadegeHeadshot.JPGTo draw a useful map of the far-south graduate landscape, and relate it to a global phenomenon in Visual Arts and Design education, I will reflect on the Australian National University’s last decade of glass graduate trends, its evolving pedagogical strategies, and compare them to the published findings of the 2010 Australia Council for the Arts census analysis, and two current peer research projects funded by the Australia Research Council on international creative sector graduate outcomes and Craft creative economies.

NADEGE DESGENETEZ has been a full time lecturer at the School of Art and Design, Australian National University in Canberra since 2005. Originally from France, she has worked, taught and exhibited in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. She has received numerous awards and residencies, most recently undertaking a residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma (USA) with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts (Arts Projects for Individuals and Group 2017). Works from her exhibition ‘this body here’ will premiere in the U.S. with Heller Gallery at SOFA Chicago and Art Miami this fall.

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SarmientoPortrait.JPGAs an academic whose education in glass began in the cornfields of Illinois and was completed in the Sunderland football stadium (by way of New England and Copenhagen), I can attest to the range of international approaches to teaching in glass art. Linked by a common material focus, there is a rich diversity in university curricula, strongly influenced by heritage and history. Significant differences can be found in the direction and genre of the works being made, the teaching of professional practice, the distribution of concept and skilled making, and ultimately the degrees being offered. Art practice-based academic research was adopted by the University of Sunderland 15 years ago, and this model is being developed in glass and art departments internationally. It has helped to develop (and fund) new technologies for glass, encourage cross-disciplinary work, contextualise and take a critical perspective to the field of practice.

Based at National Glass Centre, DR. JEFFREY SARMIENTO is Reader in Glass at the University of Sunderland. Known for his work combining the graphic image in glass, he teaches and exhibits internationally.
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seansalstrom.jpgMy education and teaching experiences -- studying and teaching in both the U.S. and Japan -- have given me a unique perspectives on approaches to how glass is taught in these two countries. I hope to offer some insights into these two contrasting styles of teaching glass, and the extent to which each approach integrates glass into a multi-disciplinary program.

SEAN SALSTROM received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, (RISD). He held an adjunct faculty position in the Glass Department at RISD from 2006 until 2010. He was the recipient of an artist residency at the Nagoya University of Arts in Japan and lived and worked in Japan where he was an associate professor at the Toyama City Institute of Glass Art. He is currently Assistant Professor of Hot Glass at University of Wisconson, Stevens Point.

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LiWenheadshot.JPGWhat makes our glass art curriculum different at the China Academy of Art? In ten years of Bachelors and Masters Program what kind of experience have we acquired? What kind of progress have we made through the help of international cooperations and workshops?So as to adapt to a developing society,we educators have changed and improved our curriculum over the years and this is what I would like to share with my colleagues and glass art enthusiasts. We have now reached crossroads at CAA in our glass art program.For the first ten years we had been focusing on setting up a fully-operational educational platform: casting,coldworking,lampworking workspaces and a hotshop studio.More than ever,a need for new projects and development is being felt.How are we tackling this issue and where do we move on from here.

LI WEN is the Head of the Glass Studio and the Head of the Crafts Art Department at the China Academy of Art found in Hangzhou.

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Eranheadshot.jpgI am eager to discuss new models and platforms of research in the crafts, and will present a case study of the structure and programs at the Ceramics and Glass Department of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

ERAN EHRLICH is the head of the Ceramics and Glass Department at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. In addition to his activities as an artist and art professor, he works as freelance curator and theorist focusing on Craft.


The Gatekeepers: Behind the Curatorial Process (or, An Updated Look at How Artists Gain Entry to Museum Exhibitions and Permanent Collections)

susiesilbertheadshot.jpgSUSIE J. SILBERT was appointed Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in 2016. Prior to joining the museum, she was an independent curator as well as a lecturer on the History of Glass at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her recent exhibitions include #F*nked!, exploring the relationship between digital interfaces and handmade objects, Concept:Process, at Parsons The New School for Design, Material Location at UrbanGlass, and SPRAWL, an interdisciplinary exhibition interpreting urban development at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogs for the Chrysler Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and UrbanGlass as well as American Art Collector, GLASS Quarterly, Metalsmith, the American Craft Council website and the forthcoming book CAST, on casting in all media, edited by Jen Townshend and Renee Zettle-Stirling. She holds an MA in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center.

SamanthaDeTillio.jpgSAMANTHA DE TILLIO is Assistant Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), and a specialist in modern and contemporary craft from the Arts and Crafts to today. Her most recent exhibitions include “Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story” (MAD, April 4 to August 6, 2017) and “Aaron Pexa: The Spoils of Annwn” (UrbanGlass, May 24 to July 31, 2017). Her current research is focused on contemporary glass-based performance, and her interests include illuminating feminist and under-known art histories.


The Digital Apprentice

AliHoag.jpgZacWeinberg.jpgInstructional videos and other social media are redefining how glass technology and knowledge is transferred, subverting the traditional education structures such as the the master- apprentice relationship. In response to this digital landscape, our culture now retains information in a much different manner.  This lecture introduces new strategies that are inspired by the digital way of learning. We are utilizing the GIF, the meme, and the instructional video to create a unified foundation of best practices in a glass studio, available as an open source platform.

ALLI HOAG works with glass, installation, video, performance, and digital technology to investigate human desire to connect with the world around oneself, and to reveal the simultaneous lightness and heaviness created when the imagined or invisible is labored into the physical realm. Alli holds a BFA in Glass from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and an MFA from Alfred University. She currently serves as Glass Area Head at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio.

ZAC WEINBERG's projects address the systems by which we interpret and allocate status to objects. His glass and mixed media works have been exhibited at home and abroad in venues including UrbanGlass, Glassmuseet Ebeltoft, and Glasenhuis, Belgium. Weinberg, who received a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from OSU, was the inaugural Kanik Chung Memorial Fellow at MassArt. He lives and works as an artist/educator/technician in northwest Ohio.


Flipping the Syllabus: Questioning Academia’s Orthodoxies

KimHartyHeadshot.jpgOptics. Ephemerality. Translucency. Materiality. Alchemy. Phenomenon. Performance. New Media. Scientific Method. Illusion. Cabinet of Curiosity. Is there a profile or a style that constitutes good artwork from an academic perspective? Does 19th-century Enlightenment thinking get fetishized by academic glass programs at the expense of a more expansive take on art practice, research, and making?

Kitsch. Color. Craft. Figure. Formalism. Intuition. Politics. Emotion. Mythology. Narrative. What rules and assumptions do we abide by as educators, and where do these rules and assumptions come from? Has glass academia become so insular that students are missing out on contexts, opportunities, and contemporary conversations?

Flipping the Syllabus is a workshop that asks educators to question their assumptions about teaching glass. It will begin with a short slide introduction and will transition to small breakout group activities where participants discuss orthodoxies and rules they adhere to and how those notions influence their teaching. This workshop will guide a conversation about expansive approaches to teaching glass.

KIM HARTY  is Assistant Professor and Section Head of Glass at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.


Subverting a Mandatory and Arbitrary System of Rules

ginsberg_headshot.jpgThis approach focuses on a methodology which creates innovative parameters and assignments, adapts new critique strategies which subvert biases within the structure of critique, and empowers students to be confident, creative, proactive, conscientious, and free-thinking humans.

JUSTIN GINSBERG is the Head of the Glass Area and Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has recently conducted residencies at Berlin Glas e.V., The Corning Museum of Glass, The Tacoma Museum of Glass, Wheaton Arts, and S12 and has taught at the Toyama Institute of Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, and The Pilchuck Glass School (Summer 2017).


Panel: Hardcore Craft

While many educational institutions focus on theory and conceptual strategies, some programs put a premium on technical mastery as a centerpiece of the curriculum. In this panel discussion, representatives of the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee; Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina; and Palomar College in San Marcos, California, will discuss their approaches and outcomes.

michaelhernandezheadshot.JPG"Craft skill is a language. Our technical ability provides us the vocabulary to approach ideas and aesthetics with intention and precision. While an insistence on skill for the sake of prowess can be a slippery slope, it opens up a wider dialogue of expression," says MICHAEL HERNANDEZ, Associate Professor and Glass Program Head at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. 

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DebRuzinskyheadshot.jpgInternational artist DEBRA RUZINSKY is an educator, writer, and director of the Appalachian Center for Craft. Part of Tennessee Tech University, the Center has well equipped studios and accomplished faculty in glass, metals, clay, wood, and fiber, with the mission to prepare students by building a strong foundation in craft technique and best professional practices. With a BA in Design from UCLA and an MFA in Glass from RIT, Debra has been an educator and administrator in programs that have ranged from design based to conceptually based to skills-driven. With a prior career as a designer and maker for the entertainment industry, Debra brings a broad perspective to her role as director of a program that embraces traditional skill and fresh perspectives in materials based making.

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Clayman2015.jpgRepresenting Penland as a former student, instructor, and board member, DANIEL CLAYMAN is a Studio Artist and Educator-at-Large, teaching and lecturing at numerous colleges, universities and workshop programs. In recent years he has been focusing on large-scale, site-specific installations, most recently Radiant Landscape at Grounds For Sculpture. For symposium attendees only, Clayman will offer an Optional Add-On Activity on Sunday, October 15th: an artist-led tour of his monumental Radiant Landscape at a sculpture garden in nearby Hamilton, New Jersey.


AlexisClements.jpgMyths of Success in the Arts & What We Can Do About It

In 2014, the collective BFAMFAPhD analyzed Census Bureau data in order to get a better picture of what life for arts graduates looks like. They found and widely promoted a statistic that only 10-percent of people with arts degrees were working as artists. That statistic caught a few headlines, garnering some media attention for the project, but it lacked some really important context. How many people with any kind of degree end up with paid work in that field? How many people with philosophy degrees or even art history degrees, for example, end up becoming paid philosophers or art historians? The answer is very few, in large part because the graduates themselves decided to pursue other paths and also because there are very few paid jobs in those fields relative to the number of graduates. But many students and teachers still hold beliefs about success in the arts built on myths and false information. In this talk, I’ll share some of the facts behind the myths and suggest a more realistic picture of what success means in there arts for graduates and non-graduates alike, with the hope of reducing some of the frustration and heartache many feel when they fail to live up to these myths.

ALEXIS CLEMENTS is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. A regular contributor to Hyperallergic, her writing has also appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Bitch Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, The Guardian, Nature, and Two Serious Ladies, among others. She has also had her creative work published and produced in a number of venues in the US and the UK. She is currently working on a documentary film about physical spaces where queer women gather, titled All We've Got. Learn more about her work at www.alexisclements.com. Follow her @alexisclements


Panel Discussion: The Relentless Pursuit

A decade ago, Contemporary Craft Theory was different. Ten years ago, the blurred connections between various contemporary fields were noticed but enjoyed little academic focus. In this decade, we have witnessed volumes, journals, and anthologies published with a spotlight on material knowledge as it ushers trends in contemporary art. Many of these papers (even today) sideline glass both as a material and as a community of conceptual thinkers and makers. This panel of artists who have received their MFA’s in glass within the last 10 years, will discuss an ongoing shift in thinking about how we work with, in and around the material. Plainly needed is a more comprehensive critical dialogue within the glass community in order to do justice to this amalgamated way of working. This panel will investigate the architecture of the glass community in the hopes that with this inspection we can bolster an expansion.

Mizer.jpegModerator SARAH MIZER is an Assistant Professor and Administrative Director of the Art Foundation Program at VCUarts at Virginia Commonwealth University; Executive Board member of 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia; and Visiting Professional Artist at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. Mizer earned her BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from VCU. Her material-based research further developed as artist-in- residence at Penland, Haystack, Houston Center for
Contemporary Craft, The Studios of Key West and Mountain Lake Biological Station.

King.jpegDAVID KING is an artist, educator, and technician currently living in Philadelphia. With a BFA from the Ohio State University and an MFA form Tyler School of Art, King has taught at several University glass programs and craft workshops, including OSU, Tyler, University of the Arts, Pilchuck Glass School and North Lands Creative Glass.

Peck.jpegSUZANNE PECK is a visual artist, writer, curator and educator. Her art practice -- teaching, making, lecturing, learning -- is the major engine driving Suzanne around the globe. She has taught and exhibited all over the United States, Europe, and Australia and her work is held in both public and private collections.

Takizawa.jpegHIROMI TAKIZAWA was born and raised in Nagano, Japan and lives in southern California. Curiosity, experimentation, narrative, and materiality are the core concepts that she investigates in her work.

Taylor.jpegKRISTEN NEVILLE TAYLOR's diverse practice combines drawing, sculpture, and glass to unearth multiple perspectives in environmental and political histories. Taylor’s work has been shown at Vox Populi, PNCA and Expo Chicago and she has curated several exhibitions including Landscape Techne at Little Berlin; The Usable Earth at the Esther Klein Gallery; and Middle of Nowhere in the Pine Barrens.


ADDITIONAL SYMPOSIUM EVENTS:

OPENING NIGHT GALLERY TOUR AND PERFORMANCE, Thursday, October 12th

CuninghamGallery.jpgThe symposium opens Thursday evening with a guided tour of the Christopher WIlmarth exhibition at Betty Cuningham Gallery at 15 Rivington Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Attendees will then walk to the Chesterfield Gallery at 109 Norfolk Street for remarks by art dealer Simon Abrahms, symposium organizer Andrew Page, and Minkoff Foundation managing trustee Robert Minkoff. A symposium public conversation will be conducted as part of the evening's program. Food and drinks will be served.

12698238_10153329011480913_5547115348405756506_o.jpgThe Chesterfield Gallery events will include a special hour-long performance happening by Flock the Optic.

FLOCK THE OPTIC consists of three individuals brought together under extraordinary circumstances. ABC was a small time DJ working on a Peruvian alpaca farm, spinning both the finest yarn and the phattest beats. Stitch was born under a chromoly moon in a freight car, and made her living patching clothing for wanderlusty buskers traveling west. Mummbles emerged from the swamplands of Western Dakota with a rapid comprehension of 90s magic-eye posters, which garnered him county wide fame. The Flock met one mid-morning in the flatlands of the Skagit Valley, each arriving independently in response to a newspaper advertisement for experienced astrologists. As they approached each other, an instantaneous rainbow aura appeared around the trio, highlighting them in an intense spectrum wash, as a flock of snow geese flew silently overhead. The trio was momentarily released from gravity and floated together. Since that day they have been linked telepathically, ornithologically, and chromologically.


OPTIONAL ARTIST-LED TOUR: Dan Clayman at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, Sunday, October 15th

claymanshot.jpgDan Clayman's Radiant Landscape, a monumental new project installed at the Grounds for Sculpture's Museum Building in Hamilton, New Jersey. Attendees will be responsible for their own transporation via New Jersey Transit's Trenton Line to Hamilton Station or arranging car travel. Clayman will be present, and will discuss his large-scale work that rises two stories and is made up of thousands of 22-by-32-inch glass sheets rigged together in an intricate but elegant engineering solution. The installation presents three fields of glass suspended vertically, at a steep pitch, and horizontally. The individual components are in shades of sunset gold, clear, and oceanic blue glass. The gold and clear are adjacent to one another and interact as they diffuse light that filters into the building's large windows, altering its hue and connecting to the landscape outside, and revealing several of Clayman's mapped-boulder sculptures (named for the geolocation where the natural boulder was found). The blue color field is suspended horizontally, and, bathed in its aquatic hues, one cannot escape the feeling of being under the surface of a large body of water.Though monumental in scale, each of the three indoor glass components are, in fact, assemblages of thousands of sheets of glass suspended from slender steel cables with the glass panels secured via copper twist ties, an elegant solution that achieves epic scale yet preserves an airy feeling of lightness. Individuals are dwarfed by the arcing and draping sheets of glass but it never feels threatening as it may have in other materials (see Richard Serra's Tilted Arc [1981] project) The technology of this project expands upon the breakthrough system Clayman designed for his 2015 project at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, entitle Dispersion.

DANIEL CLAYMAN is a Studio Artist and Educator-at-Large, teaching and lecturing at numerous colleges, universities and workshop programs. In recent years he has been focusing on large-scale, site-specific installations, most recently Radiant Landscape at Grounds For Sculpture. For symposium attendees only, Clayman will offer an Optional Add-On Activity on Sunday, October 15th: an artist-led tour of his monumental Radiant Landscape at a sculpture garden in nearby Hamilton, New Jersey.

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Class Schedule
  • October 12th – October 15th, 2017
Location
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217