International Exhibit of Glass + Clay : Shared History

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Queen Victoria strolls thru the grounds of the Washington Glass School and Flux Studios.

The British Are Coming!

US/UK exhibit of glass and ceramics, March 1 – 23, in Washington, DC.

Using an art exhibition as a bridge between two countries, the Sister City  program will be bringing together Sunderland, England and Washington, DC in a show that celebrates the medias of glass and clay, as well as celebrating the relationships between the two cities.

USA / Syl Mathis / Glass 

Opening March 1, 2013, at Washington, DC’s Edison Place Gallery will be an exhibit of expressive glass and ceramic artwork, as well as narrative sculptures that blend craft materials with digital technologies and, in turn remove the boundaries between the traditional categories of craft, art, and design.

USA / Novie Trump / Ceramic

Artists and artwork will soon be arriving from the UK’s Creative Cohesion and University of Sunderland, and DC – based artists represented by the Washington Glass School and Flux Studios will be acting as “cultural ambassadors” facilitating the exchange of ideas and images. In addition to a spectacular exhibit, a number of demos and workshops are planned during the month at the gallery and the DC area studios.

UK / Roger Tye / Glass

This will be the third collaboration with DC’s Sister City of Sunderland – in 2008 “Glass 3” was held in Georgetown; in 2009, 38 artists from Sunderland participated in the 10th Artomatic, held near the Navy Yard.  
Washington Glass School’s Fulbright Scholars Michael Janis and Tim Tate taught at both the University of Sunderland and at Creative Cohesion studios during their Fulbright assignment in 2012, and look forward to renewing the close relationship created by these collaborations.

US Fulbrighters Janis & Tate 2012 workshop at Creative Cohesion studios in Sunderland, England

The International Glass + Clay show opens March 1st and will run through Friday, March 23, The exhibit is free and open to the public.  The Gallery Place Metro station is within walking distance of the Gallery


The Downtown Business Improvement District (Downtown BID), in partnership with Artomatic, Inc., the Office of the Secretary for the District of Columbia, and Sunderland City Council, have together organized the international exhibit, hosted at Pepco’s Edison Gallery. 

International Glass and Clay 2013
Edison Place Gallery
702 Eighth Street (between G & H Streets)
Washington, DC 

Call for Entries! 2013 Trawick Prize

>The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is now accepting applications for the annual juried art exhibition and awards. $14,000 in prize money is awarded annually to the top four artists and a group exhibition of the finalists’ work will take place in September 2013 at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda. With a top prize of $10,000, The Trawick Prize is one of the largest and most prestigious contemporary art awards in the region.

Glass Artist Dave D’Orio won second place in the 2012 Trawick award.

The 2013 competition will be juried by Cynthia Connelly, Visual Arts Curator at Artisphere in Arlington, VA; Alexander Heilner, Associate Dean of Design and Media Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore; and Vesela Sretenović, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C.  Original painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber art, digital, mixed media and video are accepted.  The maximum dimension should not exceed 96 inches in any direction. No reproductions. Selected artists must deliver artwork to the exhibit site in Bethesda, MD. All works on paper must be framed to full conservation standards. Each artist must submit five images (10 for 3-D work), application and a non-refundable entry fee of $25.

Artists may apply online or download an application at http://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/trawick-application.

Save The Date: APRIL 5-7 JRA Spring Craft Weekend

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APRIL 5-7, 2013

SPRING CRAFT WEEKEND The Stars of Today and Tomorrow:

Please join the James Renwick Alliance and celebrate the 2013 Masters of the Medium: Adrian Saxe, Ceramics; Mary Giles, Fiber; Paul Stankard, Glass; Bruce Metcalf, Metal; Willian Hunter, Wood 

Also JRA Founding members Elmerina & Paul Parkman will be honored with “The One-of-a-Kind of Award”. Elmerina and Paul Parkman have been collectors of American studio glass since 1971, with a particular interest in documentation of this movement as it has evolved. They traveled extensively to attend glass events and to visit craft schools, artists’ studios, museum exhibitions, and gallery shows.

Erwin Timmers Featured in AAC Exhibit "Interwoven: Art. Craft. Design"

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Arlington Arts Center (AAC) hosts the national exhibit INTERWOVEN: Art.Craft.Design.

The AAC mounted this exhibition as a way to emphasize and expand the creative dialog around the ever-blurring boundaries between craft, design and fine art.

Juried by Melissa Messina, Senior Curator at the Savannah College of Art and Design and Kathryn Wat, Chief Curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the jurors were especially interested in artists who explore DIY practices, engage in the reclamation of craft-based materials, re-examine design aesthetics, and otherwise reinvent cross-disciplinary genres within the dialog of contemporary art.

Erwin Timmers “Indestructable Formation” cast recycled glass, 2012

Juried Artists: Erwin Timmers, Mt. Rainier MD; Jehanne Arslan, Oakton VA; Gertrude Berg, Brooklyn NY; Allison Bianco, Silver Spring MD; Ryan Brennan, Brooklyn NY; Caroline Wells Chandler, Long Island City NY; RL Croft, Manassas VA; Matthew de Leon, Brooklyn NY; Nikki Farrand, Richmond VA; Samantha Fields, Avon MA; Joe Fish, Fairfax VA; Maggie Gourlay, Rockville MD; Clarissa Gregory, Baltimore MD; Melanie Kehoss, Arlington VA; Lily Kuonen, Jacksonville FL; Heidi Leitzke, Lancaster PA; Shawne Major, Opelousas LA; Susannah Mira, Houston TX; Rebecca Mushtare, Oswego NY; Marc Robarge, Falls Church VA; Katie Shaw, Richmond VA; Kristin Skees, Hampton VA; Jessica Smith, Tybee Island GA; Olivia Valentine, Brooklyn NY; Saya Woolfalk, Brooklyn NY; Martine Workman, Washington DC.

An intriguing array of artwork with unusual subject matter and a surprising range of media—awesome glass work, video, window decals, fiber work, photography, books, light boxes, mixed media sculpture, and an original wall mural in the Tiffany Gallery--from artists working around the corner and as far away as Houston, TX.

Interwoven: Art Craft. Design.

Jan 18 - March 24, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, Jan 19, 2013, from 6 - 9 PM

Arlington Arts Center

3550 Wilson Blvd Arlington VA 22201

Metro : Orange Line : Virginia Square

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday, 1 - 7 PM and Saturday - Sunday, 12 - 5 PM. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Miami Art Fairs – Real Deal or Hype? Panel Discussion @ The Hive 2.0

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Hip? or Hop?

Miami Art Fairs Panel

First-Hand Perspectives From Experts And Newcomers

Date: Monday, January 14th, 2013, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Catalyst Projects will moderate this discussion, generously hosted by Arch Development and The Hive 2.0. 

Aqua Show in Miami 2012

The panel is going to feature Lenny Campello, distinguished art dealer, art writer and artist at Aqua; Adah Rose Bitterbaum, owner of the Adah Rose Gallery and exhibitor at Pulse; Tim Tate, mixed media sculptor at Art Miami; Sean Hennessey, glass artist and newcomer to Aqua; and Shaunte Gates, exhibiting artist at Select.

This panel discussion will offer the DC arts community a look at the increasingly important world of art fairs from diverse perspectives.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Location:

The Hive 2.0

1231‐B Good Hope Rd SE

Washington, DC 20020

Laura Beth Konopinski exhibiting at Perlow-Stevens Gallery

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“Inside Your Wishing Well” Laura Konopinski

Perlow Stevens Gallery in Columbia, MO is exhibiting new works by glass and mixed media artist Laura Beth Konopinski, from January 5 – March 30, 2013.

Artist reception will be held January 12th from 6-9pm.

Laura received a BFA with glass emphasis from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with professor Lou Krueger (photography). Laura has worked in facilities such as the Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Corning Museum of Glass, which has allowed her to explore the many ropes of the glass-making processes. During 2011, Laura Beth relocated to  Columbia, Missouri to begin assisting in the studio of glass artist, Susan Taylor Glasgow while concurrently working on a local farm.  Since living in Missouri, she has continued to make glass artwork and has recently integrated her interest of organic materials. 

“Everyone’s Spine” Laura Beth Konopinski

Laura’s works incorporate techniques that combine sandblasted imagery complimented with enamels.

Withholding the Pain of DiscoveryLaura Beth Konopinski

Laura states that her works “address concerns of how human emotion relates with the biological world and what that means with a sense of rationale…The transparency and optical qualities of glass provides a canvas that can be dimensionally distorted and layered in depth to emphasize the parallels between these worlds. I create a place that lends itself for an examination of physical components alongside my perception.”

Julianne’s Hidden WishesLaura Beth Konopinski


Laura Konopinski

2013 Winter Exhibit

Jan 5- Mar 30, 2013

Perlow – Stevens Gallery

1025 Walnut

Columbia, Missouri 65201

Pilchuck Glass School’s Emerging Artist Program

>Deadline: March 13
Pilchuck’s  EAiR program supports artists who are making a transition in their professional lives and provides them artists with a place and the time to develop an idea or project in glass, with the potential for realizing a new body of work:

Emerging Artist in Residence (EAiR) Program 

 

 SEPTEMBER 23–NOVEMBER 15, 2013

The EAiR program supports artists who are making a transition in their professional lives. Whether moving from academia to a professional studio practice, taking up a new medium, or beginning a new body of work, artists find this independent residency ideal for contemplation, research, and experimentation. The program provides artists with a place and the time to develop an idea or project in glass, with the potential for realizing a new body of work. 

The residency requires a project proposal and supports kilnworking, coldworking, printmaking, and use of mixed media but not hot glassworking. The EAiR program is an independent artist’s residency, so no instruction is available and some glassmaking experience is required. 

Residents have access to many Pilchuck studios, including the glass-plate printmaking (vitreography) studio; plaster studio; fusing, slumping, and casting kilns; flameworking torch; and coldworking equipment. No hot glassworking is available. 

The residency requires full-time participation by six artists. Residents should expect to partake in communal studio clean-ups and be available to visitors during the Auction Tour, among other activities. 

 
Included in the residency award is a stipend of US$1,000 per artist, open studio space, shared cooking facilities, and a private room in a cottage with shared bath. Materials, instruction, food, and travel reimbursement are not provided.

For more information, please contact Becca Arday, Registrar, at registrar@pilchuck.com or 360-445-3111 ext. 29

Aussies Into Glass

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Family glass fusing workshop

A visiting Australian family did a fused glass workshop this past weekend. The Spiliopoulos family worked with glass as part of their trip across the USA. Washington, DC’s museum culture had them looking for ways to get hands-on in art media. 

Two of the students – Victoria and Olivia are from Somerville House in Brisbane, Australia, and lively discussions on the nature of art, craft and design were the order of the day at the glass school. The influence of Australia in the history of fused glass was also touched upon, and the girls were keen to give it a go!

Victoria discuses craft vs art as the workshop continues.

Younger brother Tom incorporated his favorite theme – Angry Birds Star Wars. The couple hours at the studio was the first time since they arrived stateside that he has put down the ipad. 


Tom watches Olivia cut glass, and dons protective eyewear.
The Somerville students impress the instructor with their skills at glass cutting.
Mum gets some quiet time working with the ball of energy that is Tom.
Tom makes his tribute to Angry Birds



Looking for some pigs to shoot.

The girls load the kilns with their glass artwork.

References to Klaus Moje? Contemporary Aboriginal art? After annealing the glass work is presented.

Glass Art Society Cancels 2013 Boston Conference!

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If you have not heard the news by now, you will soon. The Boston GAS conference for 2013 has been cancelled. There is no replacement site. There will be no conference in 2013.
From email:
The Glass Art Society (GAS) has held a continuous succession of conferences since its inauguration in 1971. In 2012, we celebrated glass and its history in an extremely successful event in Toledo. Today, after careful consideration and with deep regret, the Board of the Glass Art Society has decided unanimously to cancel the 2013 conference in Boston.

The Board and staff of GAS are committed to developing an excellent conference for our membership and we recognize that our members would accept nothing less. We understand the importance of your investment in the Glass Art Society each year as you travel to attend the conference and want to ensure that you have the best experience possible. Unfortunately, after nearly two years of planning and working hard alongside the Boston co-chairs, we were unable to secure suitable venues and indispensable funding necessary for the conference’s success this June. This decision is due largely to the internal complexity of the interdependent partnering agencies and the unpredictable time factor in which each independent decision had to be deliberated within each partnering entity. Essentially, the process and unforeseen problems exceeded the time frame required to launch and secure a fiscally responsible and logistically and professional successful conference.

This year, GAS will be providing numerous opportunities aside from a traditional annual conference. We have been working hard on new programs and strongly encourage you to keep watch for announcements of exciting events during the upcoming year. Members can look forward to webinars, regional events, tours and an improved web site with new functionalities, offering you a place to increase your knowledge and understanding of the developing field of creative work expressed in the medium of glass. Meanwhile, a strong and redesigned conference is in preparation for 2014, which will retain popular components but will also allow us to plan programs that reflect the expanded field. We will announce the GAS Conference location and dates in February. Also, ongoing investigations into securing an international conference venue continue.

There is much to look forward to in the coming year and we thank you for your continued support. The Glass Art Society is the largest and oldest organization for glass of its kind and the Board is always making their decisions with the organization and its members’ best interest at heart.

Sincerely,

Jutta-Annette Page, Ph.D.
Board President

The GAS website has no mention. Online rumors are that GAS 2013 is cancelled because of lack of funding and issues in appropriate venue acquisition.  Bummer. 
Jan 10, 2013: Update: Click HERE to jump to Urban Glass’ blog online interview with GAS honchos on what happened to Boston.

AACG Starts Year Off Right: Features Michael Janis

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visit their site: www.contempglass.org/

The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) names Michael Janis as its “Artist-of-the-Month“. 

The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass.

Who knew the flavor of the month would be vanilla?

AACG members are primarily collectors of contemporary glass, mostly from North America but also from Europe, Australia and New Zealand, among other international locales. AACG members also include art galleries, artists, schools and museums. Membership is open to anyone interested in contemporary glass. AACG awards grants annually to arts organizations in support of specific educational purposes.

AACG co-sponsors the biennial event, GlassWeekend, with the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center—a weekend of glass where artists, collectors and galleries are present for a program that includes hot shop demonstrations, exhibitions, lectures, and social events. Proceeds of the event support the fellowship program of the Creative Glass Center of America and the educational programs of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. Glass Weekend 2013 will be at the Wheaton Arts Center in Millville, NJ, from June 7 -9, 2013.