Letter from the Board Chair
by Katya Heller
Welcome to our Winter 2023 issue of Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly!
This October marked the tenth anniversary of a transformative renovation that expanded and revitalized our space, and provided us with a street-level presence and state-of-the-art studios. It equipped us to continue our mission of fostering and promoting the use of glass as a creative medium and making it accessible to our community and beyond.
We celebrated this significant milestone in the presence of the UrbanGlass and New York City art community at our October 11 Gala, where we honored Sciame Construction, which was instrumental in helping us complete our renovation back in 2013, and KEEP, founded by Sue Špiranović and Adam Holtzinger, designers and master glassblowers who have called UrbanGlass their creative home since even before our decade-old renovation.
Thank you to everyone who came out to help us raise funds to support UrbanGlass and raised their glasses to cheer us on!I am excited to introduce this Winter 2023 issue of UrbanGlass’s Glass Art Quarterly, which includes as a bonus The Corning Museum’s New Glass Review, which was curated and edited by our contributing editor Samantha De Tillio, who also authored the final installment of her three-part series on performance art with glass for this issue. Samantha De Tillio was just announced as a winner of the Lois Moran Award for Craft Writing by the American Craft Council, who characterized the series as “an important contribution to glass history” — congratulations!
Joining the lineup is an oral history of Indigenous artists working with glass, from the late Tony Jojola to a new generation of artists such as Raven Skyriver and Dan Friday, with commentary by Preston Singletary, perhaps the most high-profile Native artist. The cover article is an in-depth consideration of the Mirage glass installation by Scottish contemporary artist Katie Paterson, which includes a snaking line of nearly 500 columns of cast glass containing sands from deserts around the world, sited at Apple Park adjacent to Apple HQ in Cupertino.
Among the stellar features in this issue is the fully updated 2024 Directory of Glass Education Programs and Suppliers, a definitive source for like-minded individuals, organizations,and resources in the glass art community worldwide. Whether or not you made it to New York City Jewelry Week in November, "UrbanSparkle," an UrbanGlass jewelry exhibition runs through January 5 in our Agnes Varis Art Center store and features wearable art by Joanna Manousis, Karen Kriegel, Kathryn Kirk Murphy,and Bead Project alum Maria Aroche.If you can’t stop by in person,check out “Our Gift Picks” tab on the website at www.urbanglass.org/store.
On view in our Robert Lehman Gallery is the exhibition “Form and Formless: Constellations of Knowledge,” which showcases some of the contemporary artists working with glass as they explore the intersection of art and identity, featuring, among others, Deborah Czeresko, Shahzia Sikander, Julia Kwon, and Chitra Ganesh. The exhibition remains open to the public through January 4,and I encourage you to visit and experience the thought-provoking works.
As we close out this year and look back at all we have accomplished since the renovation ten years ago, UrbanGlass rings in 2024 deeply committed to expanding access to making with glass while serving our existing community, and grateful for your continued support. To all those who have given so generously, or will do so at year’s end, thank you!
UrbanGlass Board Chair