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Saturday January 29, 2022 | by Stephen Paul Day

Erwin Eisch (1927 - 2022) is buried today in Frauenau, Germany

It was the early 1980s, and the relatively new group of artists working in glass were searching for a fresh direction away from simple techniques and towards a form of expression more attuned to the larger art world. I was one of those artists. On a class trip to New York City, I found myself mesmerized outside the newly opened Heller Gallery in SOHO and discovered an artist that answered all the questions for me. On display was an enormous exhibition of the German artist, Erwin Eisch. Alongside the many paintings and drawings were fabulously interesting glass works unlike any I have seen before. Among others on view were oversized mold-blown human thumbs, painted and lustered complete with thumb prints. I knew then that this work echoed a significant answer that so many had been looking for, sculpture and painting that placed primary importance on the idea of individuality and the role one’s expression can play in forming personal and significant art.

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Thursday January 27, 2022 | by Sadia Tasnim

Alexander Rosenberg is named as the new director of the WheatonArts Glass Studio

The WheatonArts and Cultural Center has appointed Alexander Rosenberg the new director of the Wheaton Glass Studio. Rosenberg steps into his role as director after having completed a Creative Glass Fellowship at the Millville, New Jersey, nonprofit in 2018, serving on the fellowship’s selection committee, and also working as a guest lecturer for virtual programs under Covid-19 restrictions. With planned pandemic closures keeping its doors shut for the winter season, WheatonArtsis intent on kicking off its 2022 program season off with a fresh start under Rosenberg’s leadership. The organization is planning to reopen on April 1st, 2022.

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Thursday January 6, 2022 | by Sadia Tasnim

The whimsical and highly personal snowmen sculptures Richard Marquis crafted for his wife get high-profile critical reception in New York exhibition

Richard "Dick" Marquis is centrally located in survey exhibitions on the influence of Venice on Studio Glass, and in the permanent collections of any glass museum, but most often, you’ll find him on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington, where he lives with a host of animals and his beloved wife, Johanna Nitzke Marquis. His eclectic home serves as the repository for his many colorful explorations and passion projects. And until recently, it housed his series of hand-blown snowmen, some of which now grace the windows of R & Company’s 64 White Street Gallery in downtown Manhattan.

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Monday January 3, 2022 | by Andrew Page

The Barry Art Museum promotes Charlotte Potter Kasic from "interim" to full executive director

After 14 months as interim director of the Barry Art Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, Charlotte Potter Kasic has shed the "interim" from her official title, and has been named as the three-year-old museum's full executive director. Previously the founding program director of the glass studio at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Potter Kasic helped to put this coastal Virginia city on the glass art map, also working to create an arts district there and co-chairing the 2017 Glass Art Society Conference.

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Friday December 31, 2021 | by Andrew Page

As 2021 comes to a close, a look back at a year's worth of feature articles in Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly

From Lino Tagliapietra's retirement to Fred Tschida's epic European exhibition; from Carmen Lozar's flameworked figuration to Rui Sasaki's ethereal environments, Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly covered the world in 2021. As a new year approaches, we wanted to take a moment to look back at where we've been. All our best wishes to the wonderful and resilient glass community as we look ahead to a new year of hope and new possibilities. We invite you to join us for another year of in-depth features, reviews, essays and news. Subscribe and don't miss a single issue.

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Friday December 24, 2021 | by Sadia Tasnim

Tulane's unique funded MFA Glass program accepting applications until February 1st

Tulane University is now taking applications for its Masters in Fine Arts Program in Glass. Home to the largest collegiate glass blowing studio in the Southern U.S., Tulane is one of the few glass MFA programs that is fully funded, meaning that successful applicants have their full tuition covered and are offered a stipend for their work teaching undergraduate student courses.

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Tuesday December 21, 2021 | by Andrew Page

CONVERSATION: Jasmine Anokye on #BlackGirlMagic, bridging cultures, and challenging stereotypes through multimedia glass artwork

Jasmine Anokye, a Ghanaian-American artist, celebrates the resilience and triumph of Black women through her multimedia glassworks. A sculptor, painter, and glass artist, Anokye combines her range of skills to create pieces that encourage reflection and introspection on the black female experience. With her childhood spent between Ghana and America, she brings together ethnic and street cultures in an aggressive harmony that explores the diversity of femininity and pushes back against stereotypes that limit black women. Earlier this year, Anokye's day/dreams exhibition graced the Agnes Varis Art Gallery's window gallery with wall-to-wall beaded curtains and mixed media art focused on African proverbs that allowed the viewer to truly dream as they passed by. (Disclosure: UrbanGlass is also the publisher of the Glass Quarterly Hot Sheet.)

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Tuesday December 7, 2021 | by Andrew Page

The annual Rakow Commission returns with a large-scale assemblage by New York City's Leo Tecosky

After a hiatus during the pandemic in 2020, The Corning Museum of Glass has resumed its annual Rakow Commission, in which an artist is granted $25,000 to fund explorations into glass that would not have been possible due to financial limitations. For 2021, the resumed Rakow Commission has been awarded to multimedia artist, Leo Tecosky, who recently installed his work, The 36th Chamber, in the museum's Contemporary Art and Design Wing.

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Saturday November 27, 2021 | by Andrew Page

HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Give A Year's Worth of Glass, and Get a Gift-Wrapped Bonus of an Additional Year

SPECIAL LIMITED-TIME HOLIDAY OFFER: When you give the gift of a year's subscription to Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, there's no waiting for the first issue to arrive in the mailbox. A gift-wrapped set of the full year's worth of issues from 2021 (including our two blockbuster articles on Lino's retirement and legacy), will be rushed to your gift-recipient's mailbox with a hand-written holiday card featuring your name as the source of this bountiful package.

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