Thursday February 8, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

The Corning Studio announces 2018 Artist Residents, as well as recipients of new Whitehouse Research Residency

The Corning Museum of Glass has announced the recipients for its 2018 Artists-in-Residence program and they include: Anne Vibeke Mou, Jim Butler and Frederick Kahl, Pavlina Čambalová, Trenton Quiocho and Erika Tada, Aaron Pexa, Charlotte Potter and Penelope Rakov. The 2018 recipients of the brand-new David Whitehouse Artist Residency for Research are Annie Cattrell, Claire Bell, Josh Simpson, and Anna Riley. Every year, the Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass invites artists from all over the world to be a part of its residency program. Through the program, the artist spends a month at the Studio to further develop works. They also have access to the Museum, Rakow Research Library, and other Studio resources.

Anne Vibeke Mou, who is originally from Denmark, has been working in the United Kingdom for almost twenty years.  She studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art.  She practices “stippling” in her work, which is the engraving of a surface with several small dots.  Since Mou’s chosen surface is glass, she use a handheld diamond tool for the attentive designs.  During her residency, she intends to develop her knowledge of forest glass and will produce a series “containing traces of organic material from carefully chosen locations.”

Jim Butler is a painter and glassblower, whose works reflect ideas about culture, politics, and the future.  His residency, which is during the Spring of 2018, will focus on a project titled, “Economies of Confusion.”  He says that it “pushes the boundaries of how glass is used in a contemporary context.”

Frederick Kahl, a New York City-based artist and magician known as ‘The Great Fredini’, combines new technologies with traditional glassblowing methods.  The idea he will develop, which will be interactive, is called “We are the Light” and will combine the qualities of art and light.

Pavlina Čambalová, Trenton Quiocho, and Erika Tada are engravers who seek to emphasize the emotion of glassmaking in their projects. Their residency will occur in September.  Čambalová is from the Czech Republic, where she studied gem cutting and engraving.  In 2016, she became a freelance artist. Today, she works out of her studio in Zelenzy Brod, Czech Republic.  Quiocho is a glassblower who was influenced by the Venetian style. He works out of Washington State.  He has more than ten years of practice and his projects are typically vessels or sculptures. Tada graduated with an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005 and a PhD from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012. She focuses on the techniques of pâte de verre and casting in her works, which depict personal experiences and the emotions behind them.  

Aaron Pexa seeks to defy predictability. He works in multiple mediums, ranging from performance art to sculpture. For his residency in Fall 2018, he wishes to work with the old English idea of “werifesteria,” which means to wander through the forest in search of mystery.

Charlotte Potter is formerly the glass studio manager and programming director at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. Now, she works out of Vermont as a full-time artist. The work she will focus on during her residency is a continuation of her piece “Lenticular America,” which alludes to modern times.

For the last ten years, Penelope Rakov has taught glassblowing at schools across the country. She works out of Philadelphia and past works of hers include meticulously-designed jewelry. She intends to explore every aspect of glassblowing and will narrow her focus on the construction of murrine. Potter and Rakov will both attend their residencies in November.

Annie Cattrell is the first to the David Whitehouse Artist Residency for Research in March 2018. She is a Scottish-born artist who finds artistic inspiration in science. She collaborates with specialists across multiple scientific fields, including meteorology and neuroscience. Cattrell is eager to gain access to the Museum’s lenses, gravity molds, and other scientific materials in order to further her research.

Claire Bell focuses on large scale glass engraving and drawing in neon, according to her website. She is from England and studied glass in Auckland, New Zealand. Bell adopted John Hutton’s glass-engraving techniques to make large scale pieces based on her own drawings and photographs. During her residency, she will study figurative imagery from historic and modern times to reinterpret it using mirrored float glass engravings. Bell typically focuses on everyday objects in her works but with the Museum’s resources, she will be able to widen her scope of inspiration.

Josh Simpson has worked with glass for more than 45 years. He produces beautiful planets of vibrant colors that look as if they are about to come to life. In nearly all of his works, silver has played a role and during his residency, he wishes to study the history of silver in glassmaking.

When Anna Riley works, she uses common materials in new ways, seeking to shatter old presumptions of how a certain material works. She says her pieces are “driven by material intimacy.” She is based out of Brooklyn, NY and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Art in 2014 with a BFA. For her research residency in July, she intends to study the history of colorless glass.

With artists from all over the world, this year’s Residency program brings unique talents and interests to the table.

Listed below are the dates for each residency plus the date of each public lecture:

Corning Studio 2018 Artists-in-Residence

Anne Vibeke Mou

March 22-April 20; Public lecture April 12

Jim Butler and Frederick Kahl

April 26-May 25; Public lecture May 24

Pavlina Čambalová, Trenton Quiocho, and Erika Tada

September 12-September 24

Aaron Pexa

September 27-October 26; Public lecture October 11

Charlotte Potter and Penelope Rakov

November 1-November 28; Public lecture November 15


David Whitehouse Artist Residency for Research 2018 Recipients:

Annie Cattrell

March 20-April 6

Claire Bell

June 4-June 22

Josh Simpson

To Be Determined Summer 2018

Anna Riley

July 9-July 27


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