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Steven Durow, Mother’s Desk, 2017. Kiln-cast and Hot-sculpted glass. H 36, W 42, D 22 in.

Saturday January 20, 2018 | by Angela Laurito

EXHIBITION: Steven Durow confronts personal childhood trauma as artistic inspiration for "Heartland" decades later

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Do vivid recreations of traumatic events help us to recover from them? Artist Steven Durow contemplated this for about 20 years prior to the debut of his exhibition “Heartland” now at Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. Each piece serves as specific testimony to abuse suffered by the artist during his developmental years.…

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Julius Weiland, Freezer, sculpture, and Angelika, stencil print on canvas. 2017.

Tuesday December 12, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

EXHIBITION: Julius Weiland juxtaposes paint and glass in latest gallery show entitled "Cluster and Contour"

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Julius Weiland combines his expertise in glass and paint with his newest exhibition “Cluster and Contour,” on view at Berlin's lorch + seidel gallery through February 3rd, 2018. Despite the contrast between not only paint and glass but the figures depicted in adjacent works, Weiland manages to make disparate subjects and media complement one another. When looking at the sculptures, the viewer can assume the original, individual pieces of glass were in the midst of a complex fusing process before they were frozen in this moment. The same goes for the paintings; they depict humans that appear to have been undergoing deep thought or contemplation. Weiland’s creations all seem to be represent a single, unique moment when motion is arrested.

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University of the Arts

Thursday December 7, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

HELP WANTED: University of the Arts in Philadelphia seeks assistant professor and glass coordinator for contract faculty position

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The University of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia is seeking an Assistant Professor for its Crafts and Material Studies Program who will serve as Glass Coordinator in the school's College of Art, Media, & Design. Applicants must have an active creative practice and possess an MFA or comparable professional experience. The practice may include blown or cast glass, stained glass, one-of-a-kind studio art, architectural commissions, and/or production design lines. The position comes with a 3-year, non-tenure track contract. There is no deadline to apply, but "screening" of candidates will begin on January 20, 2018, and "will continue until the position is filled," according to the job announcement.

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Thursday November 30, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

IN MEMORIAM: Zoltan Bohus (1941 - 2017)

FILED UNDER: In Memoriam
Zoltan Bohus, a Hungarian pioneer in the field,  died of complications due to cancer on November 24th, 2017. He was singularly responsible for establishing glass art in Hungary, and quickly rose to international prominence for his architectonic sculptures of cold-worked glass or remarkable power. 

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A Chihuly installation that has been gifted to the Lowe Art Museum, where it will be displayed in 2018 after it is reconfigured by the artist's studio.

Thursday November 16, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

MUSEUMS: The Lowe to welcome a reworked Chihuly installation, a donation from the Andersons

FILED UNDER: New Work

In Spring 2018, the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami will unveil what it hopes will become its signature installation: Dale Chihuly’s Mosaic Persian. The piece was originally commissioned in 1998 for husband-and-wife art collectors Dale and Doug Anderson. Made up of 32 glass elements, the Chihuly Studio will be redesigning the assemblage for the Lowe, where it will have a "relaunch" in a new configuration, 20 years after its initial creation.…

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Installation view of "Synaptic Reverb," an exhibition of paintings by Jim Butler inspired by glass sculptures.

Thursday November 9, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

EXHIBITION: Jim Butler's New York solo painting show is all about his fascination with glass

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“Mercurial and fixed,” “familiar albeit fantastical.” Paradoxical terms such as these came up repeatedly in conversations with painter Jim Butler as he discussed his new "Synaptic Reverb" series on view at New York's Tibor de Nagy Gallery​​ through December 22, 2017. The five glass-inspired large-scale canvases were created over the past two years, and each represents a detailed investigation of the behavior of light passing through glass. The oil on canvas images will tempt you to reach out and touch their intricate detailing and labyrinthine extensions of the glass sculptures, testament to Butler's skill with a brush, but also his keen insights into the qualities that distinguish glass from any other medium.…

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Lino Tagliapietra, Fenice. Blown glass. courtesy: schantz galleries

Thursday November 2, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

OPENING: Tonight, SOFA Chicago kicks off a weekend of art from craft materials, with many events and exhibitors featuring glass

FILED UNDER: Announcements

The annual Sculptural Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair kicks off in Chicago’s Navy Pier tonight, November 2, 2017, with an invite-only two-hour preview from 5 - 7 PM, during which some of the best works will be snapped up. At 7 PM, the doors open to the general public, who will have been lining up to take part in the festivities surrounding the largest art fair dedicated to work in craft materials. Glass will figure prominently in this year's fair, with exhibitors from around the world displaying glass sculptural works, and events providing new insights into the field of collecting and curating. The Corning Museum of Glass Road Show will once again be in attendance, and the steady program of live glass demonstrations featuring prominent artists in the field is sure to keep the attention on the material throughout the three-day affair that ends Sunday at 6 PM.…

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Lou Lynn, Iron, 2017. Bronze, glass and steel. H 18, W 16, D 5 in. photo: ted clark

Wednesday October 25, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

EXHIBITION: Lou Lynn explores tools as extensions of the hand, touchstones connecting to the past

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Lou Lynn's latest exhibition, entitled "Envisioned/Revisioned," opened recently at the Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, British Columbia. Running through January 7th, 2018, the exhibition features works drawn from three ongoing series: "Utensils," "Tools as Artifacts," and "Implements and Objects." The gallery's curator and artistic director George Harris collaborated with Lynn in selecting the final pieces, and in his curatorial statement, he describes the exhibit as “playful deception” through “juxtaposing versions of historically rooted objects alongside those of fabricated origin that nevertheless masquerade as real.”…

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Wednesday October 18, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

EXHIBITION: Site of historic 1962 workshop, the Toledo Museum of Art celebrates women in glass with "Fired Up" exhibit

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When Harvey Littleton held the first of his historic glass workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962, there were nine male participants, and only four female. Littleton would go on to start the first academic program in glass art and be heralded as the father of Studio Glass, while participant Norm Schulman would go on to found RISD's glass department. Much less recognition would go to the female participants in the workshop. Much has been written about the quest of 20th-century female artists to achieve equal recognition, but an exhibition now on view at the Toledo Museum of Art celebrates the impact and accomplishments of women glass artists since the early days of this once male-dominated field. An exhibition entitled "Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists," which was shown at the Mint Museum in North Carolina, opened at the site of the 1962 Toledo Workshops, where it will remain on view through March 18, 2018. …

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Wednesday October 11, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

BOOK REPORT: RISD celebrates a half century of its glass art program with publication of Wonder: 50 Years RISD Glass

FILED UNDER: Book Report

As part of a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the glass department at the Rhode Island School of Design, the institution is publishing a book that both documents the history of its influential program and is also itself a work of intellectual inquiry. Titled Wonder: 50 Years RISD Glass, this book is an ambitious project authored by notable scholars and critics in the art world, many RISD alumni themselves. Their contributions not only serve as a commemoration, but stimulate inquiry and analysis in the way that the program itself encourages. The book will be released this month at a Seattle launch part at Dale Chihuly’s Boathouse on October 15th. It's a fitting location as Chihuly was RISD’s first full-time glass instructor, and has gone on to become perhaps the best-known artist working with the material. An East-Coast launch is scheduled at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City on November 13th.…

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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 35 years.