Curated by Zeljka Hembele
Nate Ricciuto is a multidisciplinary artist whose work envisions design, architecture and craft as existing in the odd space between technology and fantasy. He combines glass with various other materials to create installations and ambiances of a playful and surreal quality that explore the intersection of alternative narratives, disruptive tactics and homespun ingenuity. Drawing on sci-fi imagery, outsider ideologies and countercultural aspirations, Ricciuto investigates the potential of delusion and speculation while embracing idealistic, inclusive, radical and flawed visions of the future.
The artist’s recent projects have been exhibited at the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY), Pilot+Projects (Philadelphia, PA), S12 Galleri (Bergen, Norway), Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH), and the Museum of American Glass (Millville, NJ). He holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture (2015), and has been an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School and a Creative Glass Center of America Fellow. Ricciuto’s work was recognized with a 2017 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and he was a recipient of the 2020 Saxe Emerging Artist Award from the Glass Art Society. He lives in Columbus, OH, where he is currently the Glass Program Coordinator at Columbus College of Art and Design, and a Visiting Lecturer at Ohio State University.