Omaha-based artist Therman Statom's latest museum exhibition, entitled "Novella," will kick off at the Sioux City Art Center with a 5 PM opening reception tomorrow, February 1st, for a show that will run through July 2024. Statom himself will make a presentation at 6 PM. Among the highlights of the exhibition,a combination of newly reformatted early works to complement the new works being unveiled.
Sioux City Art Center curator Christopher Atkins told the Sioux City Journal that the exhibition will be pulling out all the stops in terms of what the material of glass can do.
“ You're going to see a structure when you walk in, big and small, but also, the organic properties of glass -- looking at facial features, these beautiful heads that he made. It can sort of be clear but opaque, different colors," Atkins said. "He [Statom] really pushes all of the properties of what glass can be."
The curator added that this new exhibition fits into the museum's goal of becoming more accessible to the public.
Exhibiting both domestically and internationally, Statom's created iconic forms in his innovative approaches to painting on glass, and creating iconic structures such as ladders and home-shaped transparent frames that reveal their interior dimensions. A 2015 United States Artists fellow, Statom broke new ground through multimedia works that incorporate sculpting and painting as well as glass.
Forida-born, raised in Washington D.C., Statom was first a painter, before discovering ceramics as a student at the Rhode Island College of Design. Witnessing one of Dale Chihuly's experimental glassblowing sessions, he became infatuated with the spontaneity glassblowing offered.
Statom’s work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles Public Library, at both The Corning Museum and the Corning, Inc. Headquarters, at the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Jepson Center for the Arts at the Telfair Museum in Savannah as well as many more.
IF YOU GO:
February 1 - July 14, 2024
The Sioux City Art Center
225 Nebraska Street Sioux City, Iowa