The second iteration of the triennial Toyama International Glass Exhibition, a showcase of the latest achievements in the field of glass art from around the world, debuted mid-summer 2021. After a first winnowing of 1,126 entries submitted from a total of 756 international artists, a second narrowing took place by a 12-person judging panel consisting of directors and curators from glass-art institutions and academic programs around the world. The process ended up with 45 finalist works which are all on view at the Toyama Glass Art Museum through October 3, 2021.
On Saturday, July 3rd, from 4 PM to 6 PM, the Southern Vermont Arts Center will host the opening reception of "2021˚F: 10th Anniversary Vermont Glass Guild Exhibition," a notable group show that will be on view through August 22, 2021. Established in 2010, the Vermont Glass Guild consists of over 40 regional artists working in various techniques of glassmaking, and the group has exhibited widely individually.
When Covid pandemic hit just over one year ago, cancellation of events of all kinds followed. The organizers of the 2020 Smithsonian Craft Show were determined not to cancel its annual craft showcase. Although the show had to be postponed for about six months, the Smithsonian successfully shifted to a virtual format that combined the Craft Show with Craft2Wear, the Smithsonian’s annual wearable arts program. This year, the Smithsonian Women’s Committee (which has sponsored the Craft Show Since 1982) collaborated with non-profit arts organization Honoring the Future to launch a brand-new crafts market in the virtual space that addresses climate-change. Titled Craft Optimism, this show features 100 artists selected by experts in the craft community and highlights work that either “helps to address climate change or reflect on the impacts of climate change in some way,” according to the show’s mission statement. Handmade works in a myriad of craft mediums divided into four categories - Jewelry, Wearable Art, Accessories, and Art/Home - are for sale through Saturday, May 1st, and can be viewed in the online catalog.
Dr. Robert H. Brill, a research scientist who became the director of The Corning Museum of Glass, passed away at home on April 7, 2021 in the company of his wife, daughter, and cats. Dr. Brill founded the Corning Museum's scientific research department when he joined the staff in 1960. He retired in 2008 after having served the museum for five decades. During his long tenure with the museum, he conducted chemical analysis on historical glass objects to determine where and how they were made, their uses, and how they were traded. Much of his research culminated in the museum publication “Chemical Analysis of Early Glasses”, three volumes of site reports, analysis, and conclusions based on the study of over 3,600 pieces of historical glass from around the world. He later turned his focus to Asian Glass found along the Silk Road trade route, and was one of the first Western scientists to study Chinese glass.
The only zoo in the state of Connecticut, the Beardsley Zoo in the city of Bridgeport, unveiled “DAZZLE: A Garden of Glass” on Saturday, March 6, 2021, in the zoo’s Victorian Greenhouse. The exhibition features a wide range of glass works by award-winning Connecticut artist Peter Greenwood, ranging from Chihuly-esque undulating colorful "stalks" or "roots" to installations of cracked-glass pitchers arranged as if the fruit of a tree.
January 31, Kukje Gallery in Seoul, South Korea is exhibiting new works by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel from his
time spent in lockdown due to the pandemic. Known
for his colorful, reflective, and resplendent works in glass, as well
as materials like sulfur and wax, Othoniel's took to his sketchbook, which led him to minimalist forms and fresh color combinations in new glass
brick works, lithographs, and rose-inspired paintings and sculptures
created in celebration of the 30th
anniversary of the iconic pyramid at the Louvre museum.
If this is the season for "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire," why not "Goblets Roasting in an Open Glory Hole?" Just in time for Christmas 2020, The Corning Museum of Glass has added its spin on the virtual fireplace and burning yule-log videos with a decidedly glassy rendition of the trend -- three hours of footage from inside the blazing glory hole. Splicing together Corning's exclusive inside angle on glassmaking shot during demos with a specially protected video camera mounted inside raging red heat of the glory hole, the static camera shot captures the evolution of blown work at the end of a blowpipe. The fiery red and orange hues are enough to keep winter's chill at bay just by the sense of intense heat that makes you squint when watching.
As the threat of COVID-19 has rapidly spread throughout the world in the past few weeks, many colleges and universities were among the first to reach the difficult decision to suspend in-person classes in favor of a transition to online instruction. Making such a drastic and sudden change was a challenge for educators and students everywhere, but perhaps more so for art students relying on hands-on studio work and in-person critique to advance their studies.
The Corning Museum of Glass has announced the twelve recipients of its 2020 Artists-in-Residence program: Jiyong Lee, Raghvi Bhatia, Erica Rosenfeld, Dan Friday, Lauren Kalman (The Burke Residency), Cat Burns, Emilio Santini and Toko Sakai (Instructor Collaborative Residency), Sibylle Peretti, Austin Stern, Yukiko Sugano, and Stine Bidstrup. Artists-in-Residence are granted access to The Studio’s facilities, the museum's permanent collections, and the Rakow Research Library, furthering their work with research and experimentation with new techniques in the studios.
In honor of Michael Rogers being named "artistic associate" of Alfred University's School of Art and Design, as well as the renovation of the school's National Casting Center, an exhibition of cast and kiln-formed glass titled "Saying Glass,” features work by artists affiliated with Alfred University. The group exhibition borrows its title from artist Roni Horn’s monologue Saying Water, a meditation on the element of water and its almost endless range of properties.
Glass: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for more than 40 years.