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Saturday April 4, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

INTERVIEW: Mel Douglas, who took top honors and AUD $15,000 in the 2020 Tom Malone Prize, discusses inspiration and process

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Australian glass artist Mel Douglas, whose works (according to her own words) "explore and interweave the creative possibilities of this liminal space" has won the coveted Tom Malone Prize of 2020 for her work Tonal Value (2019). The Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected national event within the Australian glass arts community. Each year’s winning entrant is awarded AUD $15,000 and their work becomes a part of the State Art Collection where it joins works by previous winners. Now in its 18th year, the Tom Malone Prize continues with the generous support of Ms Sheryl Grimwood, AGWA Foundation Benefactor.

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Friday March 27, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

INTERVIEW: David King discusses his postponed exhibition "Reduced to Uncertainty," which explores transience and loss

Because of the ongoing temporary closure of UrbanGlass and its Window Gallery due to COVID-19, David King's exhibition "Reduced to Uncertainty" will have to wait until at least April 30th to be featured in this area of the nonprofit's Agnes Varis Art Center that presents exhibitions, performances and other community-engagement programs of work by emerging artists in its ground-level Rockwell Street windows. (Glass Quarterly is a program of UrbanGlass.) The exhibition is part of a 2019-20 series curated by Yael Ebon of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery. While you may have to wait to see the work in person, the Glass Quarterly Hot Sheet is sharing an in-depth conversation with David King about the highly personal work in the exhibition.

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Shelley Allen

Artist and curator Shelley Muzylowski Allen organized the "Invitation Glass Exhibition" coming up at Blue Rain in June.

Saturday March 21, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

A year in the making, June exhibition curated by Shelley Muzylowski Allen still on schedule at Blue Rain Gallery, depending on state of coronavirus crisis

Artist Shelley Muzylowski Allen is expanding her role, adding " curator" to her already extensive resume for an upcoming show at Blue Rain Gallery, intended to "expand our understanding and visual vocabulary in Studio Glass art," according to the show announcement. In light of the current health crisis, Blue Rain's Santa Fe location is temporarily closed to the public (though still offering private viewings by appointment), but the gallery's executive director Denise Phetteplace is hopeful that Allen's invitational exhibition featuring 22 artists will open as planned in three months' time. "Currently we are operating with some optimism," Phetteplace told the Glass Quarterly Hot Sheet in a telephone exchange. Acknowledging the importance of slowing the spread of the virus, the gallery is shuffling its schedule for the next two upcoming exhibitions, but Allen's invitational exhibition is at the moment set to run as scheduled, opening June 12th and running through the Fourth of July.

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Siren, 2020. Skeleton model, Marble dust, Resin, Steel, fishing net. 64x28x18. photo courtesy: paul mutino

Friday March 13, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

Rachel Owens employs glass for museum installation in Connecticut that sifts specific historical site for exploration of identity, environment, and economics

"The Hypogean Tip," an exhibition featuring works in glass by artist Rachel Owens, will be on display at the Housatonic Museum of Art through March 21, 2020. The exhibition explores the history of Bridgeport, Connecticut, including sculptures rendered in various materials, including large-scale casts in broken glass from the porch of the home of Mary Freeman (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and works cast in coal and marble dust that "invoke P.T. Barnum’s specter as well as his adverse impact." An extension of the larger "Life on the Other Side of a Cracked Glass Ceiling" project. The Hypogean Tip (The word Hypogean comes from the Greek words hypo (under) and Gaia (earth) together meaning underground), explores the history of Bridgeport through the lives of radical unmarried sisters of color Mary and Eliza Freeman, PT Barnum, and the ecology of the area affected by racism, industrialization, and capitalism from the turn of the century to present day.

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A scene from the 2014 edition of the Glass Virus.

Monday March 2, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The Glass Virus Think Tank VI, with the theme "Relevance of Critical Making: Practice and Education," will take place this November in Amsterdam

The Glass Virus, a Think Tank for educational strategies, is inviting researchers and postgraduates to submit abstracts for Relevance of Critical Making: Practice and Education Think Tank VI to be held at the Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, November 6-7, 2020. The deadline to submit abstracts is March 23, 2020.

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Toots Zynsky Portrait

A portrait of Toots Zynsky by Mary Van Cline as part of her ongoing "Documenta" project.

Thursday February 27, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

Vermont glass-artist group to celebrate tenth anniversary with Toots Zynsky lecture and member exhibition

Ten years ago, a group of glass artists decided to form a guild as a way to procure more buying power, market collectively, and simply to build a community in a large, mostly-rural New England state. The Vermont Glass Guild, a non-profit organization that now numbers more than 40 Vermont-based glass artists, will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary on May 9, 2020, with a hybrid exhibition and lecture event at the Southern Vermont Art Center's Wilson Museum that will feature a presentation by New England-based glass artist Toots Zynsky.

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Tuesday February 25, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The VCUarts Fountainhead Fellowship offers a 9-month residency with housing and stipend for recent MFA grads

Graduate from an MFA program in the past five years? An exceptional opportunity for artists in fiber, metal, glass, or wood -- a nine-month residency in Richmond, Virginia -- is now accepting applications. The VCUarts Fountainhead Fellowship in Craft/Material Studies provides opportunities to concentrate on advancing your artist practice, community building, gaining teaching experience, and participating in what the announcement describes as "a vital, interdisciplinary, socially progressive community of artists." The Fountainhead Fellowship is a joint project of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, the Departments of Craft/Material Studies, Painting + Printmaking, and Sculpture + Extended Media as well as Fountainhead Development Services. One of many degree-offering schools at VCU, the School of the Arts comprises 18 bachelor's degree programs and six master's degree programs.

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Dan Dailey, Dubious from the series Individuals, 2011. Blown, sandblasted, and acid-polished glass; metal. photo: bill truslow. © dan dailey

Thursday February 20, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

OPENING: Dan Dailey's portraiture explored in "Character Sketch" exhibition at Chrysler Museum

"Dan Dailey: Character Sketch," an exhibition focusing on figurative work of prolific glass artist Dan Dailey, opens this Friday. The work will be on view at The Chrysler Museum from February 21 to May 31, 2020. The Chrysler-curated show will feature 33 artworks and span the artist’s 40-year career. The museum's Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass Carolyn Swan Needell has written a catalog to accompany the exhibition. Subjective and narrative in nature, Dailey’s work is “inspired by the human character and based upon his direct observation of the world,” reads the exhibition announcement. The artist "articulates his perceptions and thoughts about humanity through the medium of glass, pushing the material to new frontiers in order to tell stories about human nature," the announcement continues. Dailey is known as one of the most unique voices within the field of contemporary glass, and the exhibition will include blown and hot-worked glass vases and sculpture, glass cane murals, wall reliefs made from Vitrolite, industrial colored glass, as well as his original drawings.

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Caldwell Chakrava

Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty, Small Octopus/Purple. Lampworked glass. H 3 1/2, W 8, D 3 1/2 in.

Thursday February 20, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

EXHIBITION: "Fins, Whales, and Octopus Tales" gathers a diverse range of ocean-themed work in glass for Texas gallery show

"Fins, Whales, and Octopus Tales" is the title of a lively group exhibition of contemporary glass art concerned with depicting the undersea world. While all the work in the exhibition shares an association with the sea, Barbara Kittrell, curator and co-founder of the Kittrell/Riffkind Gallery in Dallas, Texas, didn't want to lock the artists into narrow parameters when she invited them to be in the show, which runs until March 1, 2020.

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A Tiffany mosaic adorns a chapel wall at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Manhattan, where the Art Glass Forum meets.

Tuesday February 4, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: New York glass art and design group invites emerging scholars to submit papers

The Art Glass Forum | New York invites submissions for short papers to be presented at its third annual Emerging Scholars Lecture exploring the use or history of glass as an artistic medium. This group of glass collectors, dealers, curators, and aficionados seek proposals from current and recent graduate students as well as young professionals for a 20-minute illustrated lecture that presents original research. The purpose of the Emerging Scholars Lecture is to "provide a forum for sharing and discussing new research and discoveries with a community of glass scholars and enthusiasts," according to the group's website.

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