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Vladimíra Klumpar, ARIANA. Cast glass. H 8 5/8, W 26 3/4 in. courtesy: heller gallery

Thursday November 16, 2017 | by Joseph Modica

Vladimira Klumpar explores the organic and inorganic in new work in "Meadow" exhibition

Integrating childhood memories into her established geometric explorations of forms in volumes of cast glass, “Meadow” is the newest exhibit from Czech-artist Vladimira Klumpar. Using flowers as her subject, she has blended her well-known industrial aesthetic with a new embrace of organic forms. The pieces were created in her studio in northern Czech Republic, in the Northern Bohemian hamlet of Loučky, which translates to “Meadows” in English. The exhibition has just been extended through December 7, 2017, at Heller Gallery's Chelsea location.…

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David Gappa, Introspection, 2017. H 50, W 40 ft. photo: alonso rochin

Wednesday November 8, 2017 | by Joseph Modica

Imaging the Brain: David Gappa's installation at the University of Texas uses glass and light to illustrate synaptic firing

A synapse is the structure that connects neurons in the brain, linking then together so that electrical signals can be transmitted to create thoughts, memories, and experiences. A single synapse can fire 50-times a second, a sequence that is multiplied for hundreds of trillions of times during the normal synaptic functioning in the brain. If this is hard to conceptualize, artist David Gappa created a visual tool to illustrate. The result of Gappa's efforts is Introspection, a massive light fixture illuminating the room with a vibrant luminescent display, Each flicker, pulse, or flash of light in the over thousand hand-blown glass objects shows the viewer what a group of synapses does a billion-times an hour. His largest creation yet, the monumental work was unveiled on October 12, 2017 at the University of Texas' Brain Performance Institute. …

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Anjali Srinivasan, Thinking Cap/ Head Container, 2013. Blown mirrorized glass, stainless Steel colander. D 10 in.

Tuesday October 31, 2017 | by Joseph Modica

Anjali Srinivasan wins 2017 University of the Arts Irvin Borowsky Award, to deliver lecture November 9th

Most art in museums is displayed with a barrier between the subject and the patron, often a thick pane of glass or stanchions and thick ropes. Get too close and a guard likely reminds you not to touch in no uncertain terms. Artist Anjali Srinivasan aims to tear down these barriers. Accessibility is the forefront of her thought processes and people are the last piece of the interactive puzzle she creates. Her bold direction of making an art an interactive experience is what got the attention of a panel of artists, educators, and collectors at the University of Arts who awarded her the fifth annual Irvin Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts. The award comes with a $5,000 prize and a lecture at the University of Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which she will deliver on November 9, 2017.…

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Monday October 30, 2017 | by Joseph Modica

Ringling museum set to unveil new glass pavilion that will house glass-art collection

Early next year, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, will reveal a new contemporary glass pavilion to showcase their expanded glass collection. The Kotler-Coville glass pavilion will the entrance to a 5,500-square-foot space that serves two purposes: as the entrance of their new Studio Glass museum wing dedicated to international glass art and as the entrance and gathering space for the historic theater the museum also houses. The opening event is slated for January 22, 2018. …

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Tuesday October 17, 2017 | by Joseph Modica

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Toyama Glass Art Museum seeks submissions for inaugural international competition with rich top prize

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Organizers of the Toyama International Glass Exhibition 2018 set to take place from September 15th through November 25th in 2018, will mark the first time this established competition will be open to international artists. This juried exhibit rewards successful applicants with opportunities to win the ‎¥ 3 million ($26,730 US) “Grand Prize,” while the runner-up will receive a ¥ 1 million ($ 8,910 US) “Gold Prize” and five artists will receive the “Silver Prize,” each winning ¥ 200,000 ($ 1,782 US). The deadline for entries is March 20, 2018, and the winning works will be exhibited at the second floor of this museum in Toyama, Japan.…

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Wednesday October 11, 2017 | by Joseph Modica

The Corning Museum and Corning Incoporated name Karen LaMonte specialty-glass artist resident for 2018

The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Inc. have announced that Karen LaMonte, the artist best known for her life-like dress sculptures made from glass, has been selected for their joint Specialty Glass Artist-in-Residency program, a much-sought-after opportunity that gives artists access to cutting-edge types of glass, scientists and technology. LaMonte, whose residency will start in early 2018, will follow artists such as Tom Patti, Anna Mlsaowsky, and Toots Zynsky, three of the artists who have been invited since the program was initiated in 2014. …

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Tuesday October 10, 2017 | by Joseph Modica

CALL FOR ENTRIES: A new competition based in Milan is aimed at artists and designers under 35

A new biennial competition seeking to identify the most promising artists, designers and sculptors below the age of 35 working with glass is now accepting submissions. Organized by ​Milan’s Sforzesco Castle, in collaboration with the art collector Sandro Pezzoli, the juried award is named Competition-35. One artist will win a prize of € 3.500,00 (Approximately $4,200 US)​ as part of the “Aldo Bellini” award, named after the close associate of Pizzoli who died in 2006. That selected winner will also have their piece added to Sforzesco Castle’s collection. There is also the “Enrico Bersellini” innovation reward, which includes two stays in Murano, Italy, at the home of Murano Glassmaking. This award includes an internship for 30 to 40 days at the furnace La Cattedrale of A. Najean and a 30 to 40 day workshop on engraving, cameo manufacturing and copper-wheel engraving at Mattero Seguso. There is an additional “Inspirational Award,” and its winner will receive a 15-day stay at Silvia Levenson’s artistic studio to learn the lost wax casting technique.…

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Tuesday October 3, 2017 | by Joseph Modica

LECTURE: Metropolitan Museum of Art curator to discuss the impact of glassblowing on the ancient world

Leading scholar on Roman art Dr. Christopher Lightfoot will kick off the new season of talks at the New York City-based Art Glass Forum with a lecture this evening on the revolutionary impact of glassblowing on the ancient world. Using as a basis for his talk the 130 objects currently on view at a special exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery entitled "Drink That You May Live," Dr. Lightfoot will be comparing vessels before and after the advent of glassblowing as he considers the massive impact this technological development would have on the ancient world. Curator of Roman art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dr. Lightfoot organized the landmark exhibition "Ennion: Master of Roman Glass," that brought together 22 works by the ancient glassblower whose signed wares were distributed around the Roman Empire in one of the earliest examples of branded glass production in history. …

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Wednesday September 27, 2017 | by Joseph Modica

EXHIBITION: Clare Belfrage channels process and landscape in rich new body of work

Artists who work in the hot shop often fall into a state of intense concentration. Hours melt away over the hot glow of a lit furnace as process enthralls. Australian artist Clare Belfrage​ describes this state of acute focus and immersion as “falling into” one’s work and looks to capture this mindset in her new exhibition at the Tansey Contemporary Gallery in Denver, Colorado. “Falling Into” is the title of her latest exhibition of “Quiet Shifting” and “Skin Deep” series of glass sculptures that draw inspiration from her native Australia.…

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Tuesday September 26, 2017 | by Joseph Modica

OPENING: Stained glass and timepieces an unlikely pairing in new Chicago-area museum

Just outside Chicago, a brand-new museum opening today will showcase early-20th-century American stained-glass alongside a collection of international timepieces. The Halim Time & Glass Museum in Evanston, Illinois, the a newest museum to spring up in the state, brings together stained glass by Tiffany and others with grandfather clocks, wrist-watches, and other time-keeping devices collected from around the world. The museum brings together twin passions of real estate investor and Egyptian immigrant​ Cameel Halim, who began building his collection of stained glass pieces over the last 20 years.…

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