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The museum building that will house ZIBA - Prague Glass Experience.

Tuesday June 2, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

A major new glass museum prepares to open in Prague in 2016

FILED UNDER: Education, Museums, News
Europe will gain a major new museum devoted to glass when  ZIBA - The Prague Glass Experience Museum opens in 2016 in the center of the historic city of Prague in the Czech Republic. Designed to be an inspiring experience of visual art, design and innovative technology in contemporary glass will present the material with an emphasis on its prominence in Czech history. The museum will connect glass art with its role in design, crafts, technology, architecture, and other creative disciplines across the industry, including education and entertainment. Though the official opening is still more than a year away, the venue is already hosting interesting exhibitions and events in preparation.

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Work by Nicolas Parrendo.

Wednesday May 27, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

Stained glass artists to convene in Washington, D.C., for 10th annual conference

From June 18th through the 21st, 2015 the American Glass Guild will kick off its 10th Anniversary Conference in Rockville, Maryland, and Washington, DC. The event will include workshops by leading stained-glass artists as well as lectures and demonstrations. The three-day event will be preceded by The Annual Live Auction, which raises funds for the James Whitney Memorial Scholarship. Accompanying the whole event will be the exhibition "American Glass Now," a showcase of the most recognized stained-glass works from 2015. On a special note is the special event at the spectacular National Cathedral.

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Sibylle Peretti, Snowchild II, 2015. cast glass, H 37, W 40, D 21 in.

Thursday May 7, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

OPENING: Heller Gallery transformed into a dreamlike world for Sibylle Peretti’s solo exhibition

A solo exhibition opening this evening of May 7, 2015 in New York City is entitled “The Land Behind” and features work by Sibylle Peretti, a German artist based in New Orleans. New York's Heller Gallery will offer an intimate opportunity to explore the artist’s personal world of fragility and translucency, an environment inhabited by fairy tales and dreams. Peretti's work mines the connection between children and nature, delving into both as symbols of innocence and vulnerable purity. The opening reception will run this evening from 6 - 8 PM and the exhibition remains on view through June 3, 2015.

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Wednesday April 15, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Kanik Chung Memorial Fellowship debuts at Mass Art for Fall 2015

The Kanik Chung Legacy Fellowship sponsored by The MassArt Foundation and hosted by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Massachusetts will debut this fall 2015. Aimed at recent graduates, the four-week residency and grant program is open to any artist who graduated from an accredited institution with a focus on glass within two years of the September 2015 fellowship start date. The deadline for applications is May, 15th 2015. The fellowship is dedicated to the memory of Kanik Chung (1968 - 2013), the glass designer, artist, and educator with a long association with UrbanGlass, the nonprofit that publishes the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet.

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Sunday April 12, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

OPENING: The touring “European Glass Experience” exhibit moves to Venice

On Saturday, April 18th, The Murano Glass Museum in Murano, Italy, will present the final international exhibition of the European Glass Experience project curated by director Chiara Squarcina. After two years of showcasing the artworks and sketches in Finland, Spain, and Portugal, the upcoming show is considered as the most important one due to larger number of artworks and the historic venue. Almost 80 international artists will present their works to the public. On a special note are the sketches, designed by the artists, which were selected by the scientific committee to be produced by Consorzio Promovetro’s Murano glass masters.The exhibition will run through June 7, 2015, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 17th, starting at 6.30 PM with special conference with remarks by Milan Hlaveš, curator at the Museum of decorative arts in Prague, and Gabriella Belli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and it will continues to the official opening at 7.30 PM. (Disclosure: The author Justyna Turek is one of the artists whose work will be exhibted.)

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Friday April 3, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

OPENING: Ione Thorkelssohn’s dual exhibitions in Ottowa engage biologies synthetic and natural

On Saturday, April 11th, the L.A. Pai Gallery in Ottowa, Ontario, will present the work of glass sculptor Ione Thorkelssohn at “Emerge Establish Emerge,” a group exhibition showcasing the work of four artists working in two distinct styles: glass sculpture and art jewelry (the other glass artist featured is the kiln-cast work of Cheryl Wilson Smith). An older marine-biology-inspired work by Thorkelssohn, mD31704: partial reconstruction of marine avifauna, will provide an excellent example of her probing of organic forms for universal truths, celebrating the wonder and complexity of the natural world. A concurrent solo exhibition of the Manitoba-based artist's work provides a fascinating counterpoint. Since 2012, when she heard news of a new life form being created in a science lab, Thorkelssohn has wrestled with the implications of this watershed event, one she saw far less debate or discussion of than she expected. Her concerns are given physical form in her solo exhibition "Synthia's Closet," which will be on view at the Ottowa School of Art from April 9 through May 14, 2015.

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Anne Peabody, For Kelly, 2015. Drawing on 14k gold leaf on glass, hand turned and finished wooden frame. D 9 in. courtesy: the artist

Thursday March 26, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

OPENING: Anne Peabody’s glass memorial for a homeless man debuts in group exhibition in Brooklyn

A group exhibition curated by artist and arts organizer Megan Suttles presents work created by 14 artists during the MOREart’s Engaging Artists Residency Show “Artwork inspired by working with the homeless," which opens this Saturday, March 28th, at the Hot Wood Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York. Of special note is artist Anne Peabody's painted glass portrait, which grew out of her friendship with a man with no fixed address who she befriended. Like the other artists during this project, Peabody volunteered for six weeks with homeless advocacy organizations in the summer of 2014. In 14K-gold-leaf on glass, Peabody memorializes “Gilbert Kelly,” who was shot to death by a teenager in a random act of violence. The exhibition, will run through April 19, 2015, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 28th from 7 to 10 PM.

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John Moran, Stand Your Ground, 2013. Freehand sculpted glass head, hands and arms, epoxy resin, fabric, latex and enamels. photo: edwin pieters

Wednesday March 18, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

OPENING: John Moran’s solo exhibition at the S12 Gallery in Norway

FILED UNDER: Exhibition, News, Opening
A solo exhibition “Youth_Anasia” by provocative American glass artist John Moran opening this Friday, March 20th, at the gallery of S12 in Bergen, Norway. Currently residing in Gent, Belgium, this emerging artist is known for his willingness to take on controversial subjects in his work. Moran’s practice reflects his interest in politics, philosophy, religion, and human social behavior. He is one of the rare artists using glass for work that explores social justice, awareness of conflicts, and government controls. The exhibition, which will run through April 19, 2015, features new works he made during his residency at S12, as well as earlier work, organized around the theme of youth.

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Wednesday March 4, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

OPENING: Close-up, works by Josepha Gasch-Muche reveal their strong emotional qualities

FILED UNDER: Exhibition, New Work, News, Opening
On view at Galerie B in Baden-Baden, Germany, through June 13, 2015 is a solo exhibition of the remarkable glass assemblages of Josepha Gasch-Muche. Titled “Cube,” the gallery show features two new works in addition to several pieces made between 2010 and 2014. Using overlaid thin glass elements, Gasch-Muche invites us into a geometric world where the complex surfaces and intricate lighting veers close to chaos but is ordered and made comprehensible by the careful attention to structure. From a distance, Gasch-Muche’s art pieces look like creations of cold perfection with sharp cutting edges, but they come to life when you come closer to see the sublime tenderness and vulnerability evident in the fragile quality of crystal glass elements.

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