Thursday February 1, 2024 | by Jana Elsayed

The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass announces 2024 residencies

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Not long after announcing the completion of phase one of their expansion and renovation, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass announced its 2024 roster of residencies. The artists and scholars chosen for 2024 will fill 12 residencies that include the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Residency; the Instructor Collaborative Residency; the Burke Residency; the David Whitehouse Research Residency for Artists; and the David Whitehouse Research Residency for Scholars.

This year, residents will have access to the just-completed Wendell Weeks & Kim Frock Residency Center, an integral part of an extensive facility and program expansion set to conclude in late 2024. The Residency Center boasts seven well-equipped studios surrounding a bright lounge, and servesas a central space for creative collaboration and interaction among residents.

In 2020, The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, in collaboration with The Museum of Art and Design (MAD), inaugurated the biennial Burke Residency. This unique residency opportunity allows a non-glass artist selected from the Burke Prize exhibition at MAD to utilize the glassmaking facilities and resources at The Studio to advance their artistic endeavors.

Third Body (130lbs times two)
Third Body (130lbs times two) made by Brie Ruias, 2023 Glazed stoneware, hardware 76 x 137.5 x 2.5” photo by Nik Massey

Brie Ruias, a Sante Fe-based artist, will begin the 2024 Burke Residency where she will employ various materials and techniques, such as creating large ceramic sculptures, engaging in performance art, and exploring photography. Over a decade ago, she adopted an endurance and process-focused approach, using her body weight in clay and her body as the primary tool to relinquish complete control over the artistic process. Her works have been showcased in renowned institutions worldwide, and she held her inaugural solo exhibition at an institution, titled "Brie Ruais: Movement at the Edge of the Land," at The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Joe Stadolnik, specializing in medieval English literature and its intersections with natural sciences such as astronomy, medicine, and alchemy, will be conducting research during his David Whitehouse Research Residency for Scholars. Through this residency, Stadolnik aims to shed light on the intricate relationship between alchemy, medieval crafts, and their societal significance in medieval England.

Eclipse by Catie Newell, Pilkington Glass & Momentum Toledo

Catie Newell, an architect and fabricator, specializes in working with glass to explore its potential to showcase unexpected qualities of illumination and darkness through factors like form, color, and transparency. During her 2024 residency, Newell plans to concentrate on developing a series of kiln castings, leveraging geometry, thickness, and color to highlight distinctions between light transmittance and absorption. She anticipates that access to The Museum's collection and The Rakow Research Library will significantly contribute to the progress of her project.

Jason MacDonald is an instructor at Pratt Fine Arts, UrbanGlass, and Pilchuck Glass School. He holds a focus on exploring topics ranging from identity politics to the profound joy of deep craftsmanship and is particularly passionate about historical Venetian glassmaking. Through these techniques, he addresses the barriers that BIPOC individuals encounter in accessing creative spaces.

Birgit Maixner, an archaeologist, specializes in the Northern European Viking Age and has an interest in Viking glass beads. The 2024 David Whitehouse Research Residency for Scholars plans to achieve this by comparing the glass beads with Middle Eastern mosaic glass vessels and architectural mosaic glass decoration with access to the Rakow Research Library, as well as the Museum's collections and exhibitions.

Peadar Lamb, an Irish multi-disciplinary artist, has a focus on large architectural stained glass and smaller-scale lightboxes. The award-winning Irish glass artist employs a unique approach by combining handmade glass with acid etching, painting, and staining, producing large-scale works reminiscent of woodcuts and etchings. During their Instructor Collaborative Residency, Peadar Lamb and fellow Irish glass artist Debbie Dawson plan to explore different methodologies for working with glass. 

In Between the Rain and the Sun by Runa Kosogawa, 2018, Glass, Kilnwork & Coldwork, D44×W41×H42 cm

Runa Kosogawa, a Japanese artist, has a focus on the things that are often overlooked in life. Kosogawa is dedicated to using glass as a medium to document "the land and its lives," particularly in preserving Japan's unique history, customs, and traditions. She will focus on expanding two projects during her 2024 Residency at The Studio. The first project involves creating monochromatic black flowers since the 2011 earthquake in eastern Japan, aiming to draw attention to individuals neglected by history. In her second project, an extension of the Weaving Life Project 2021, Kosogawa intends to blow a series of forty Pyrex® glass balloons. Each balloon will be engraved with the date and place of creation and suspended by hand-dyed silk threads made from local wild plants. 

Alli Hoag, a Toledo-based artist and researcher is known for her work across various mediums and explores moments of magic and wonder emerging from our attempts to connect with the unknowable in the world. During her 2024 David Whitehouse Research Residency, Hoag aims to delve into the Rakow Research Library's extensive Blaschka notebooks and the Museum's Blaschka glass specimens to find source material for her ongoing artistic investigations.

The Telltale Truth, 2015 | photograph by John B. Klein, mold brown and cut glass, borosilicate glass, fabricated steel, plasma neon, and transformer - pedestal 48" x 12" x 12", piece 2' x 17" x 17"

Percy Echols II, an artist, alchemist, and educator based in Pittsburgh, is renowned for his work at the intersection of glassblowing and electrified inert gases. Utilizing sculptural glass forms combined with illuminated plasma elements, Echols pushes the boundaries of traditional neon and plasma, contributing to a deeper understanding of these mediums. For the 2024 BIPOC Residency, Echols proposes to further explore the luminous potential of his evolving sculptural forms. His plan involves utilizing various studios, such as the hot shop for glassblowing, the cold shop for engraving and finishing, and the kiln for electrode fusing and intricate assembly.

Ross Delano, an artist based in Corning, has served as a glassmaker and instructor at The Studio, contributing to the creative process of numerous international Artists-in-Residence. His focus lies in crafting functional glassware and sculptures inspired by nature, with a recent exploration into "artisanal lighting concepts." During his upcoming residency, Delano plans to utilize The Studio's resources to create a series of handmade glass lighting pieces inspired by his passion for the sky, aviation, and space.

Debbie Dawson, an award-winning Irish visual artist and educator with over thirty years of experience in glass painting, explores themes of loss and absence through autobiographical fragments and symbolic elements in her work. Collaborating with fellow Irish glass artist Peadar Lamb during an Instructor Collaborative Residency, they plan to combine traditional stained glass painting with contemporary processes, incorporating photographic transfers onto colored and float glass to explore the intersection of land, history, and memory.

Inconsolable by Fatma Çiftçi, 2015, Material: Glass, led-tin alloy, led, copper wire, 40' x 80' x 80'

Fatma Çiftçi, a Turkish artist and scholar conducts an in-depth exploration of glass's inherent material properties. Her work reflects a commitment to experimental methods as she uses various techniques to investigate personal identity within an autoethnographic framework. As part of her David Whitehouse Research Residency for Artists, Çiftçi plans to delve into the Rakow Research Library's collection. Her focus will be on examining luster-painted glass techniques and tracing the historical presence of luster-glass technology in medieval stained glass. This research aims to provide a chronological overview of the evolution of stained/painted glass, showcasing its progression through the hands of different artisans over time.

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

Fatma Çiftçi

July 8–19, 2024; Residency Lecture: July 18, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Debbie Dawson

September 9–20, 2024

Ross Delano

September 23–October 25, 2024; Residency Lecture: October 2, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Percy Echols II

September 23–October 25, 2024; Residency Lecture: October 2, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Alli Hoag

March 18–29, 2024; Residency Lecture: March 21, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Runa Kosogawa

October 28–November 29, 2024; Residency Lecture: November 14, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Peadar Lamb

September 9–20, 2024

Birgit Maixner

April 8–26, 2024; Residency Lecture: April 18, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Jason MacDonald

October 28–November 29, 2024; Residency Lecture: November 14, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Catie Newell

September 16–October 18, 2024; Residency Lecture: October 2, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Joe Stadolnik

June 17–28, 2024; Residency Lecture: June 27, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Brie Ruias

November 18–December 13, 2024; Residency Lecture: December 12, noon to 1:00 p.m.

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