Washington Glass School At S.O.F.A. Chicago 2014


Every fall – for the past 20 years – Chicago, IL hosts the internationally acclaimed Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair (aka SOFA Chicago).  

The 21st SOFA Chicago will be held November 7 – 9, 2014 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall where masterworks from top international galleries and dealers from numerous countries will exhibit. Opening night gala preview will be held Thursday, November 6.

Washington Glass School is represented by artists Michael Janis and Allegra Marquart at Maurine Littleton Gallery and Sean Hennessey and Tim Tate are exhibiting at Habatat Galleries Space.

Allegra Marquart, "On The Bus", 2014,  cast glass, enamel OA dimensions 48" L x  24" H.

Allegra Marquart, “On The Bus” (detail), 2014, cast glass, enamel; OA dimensions 48″ L x 24″ H. Photo by Anything Photographic

Allegra Marquart will present a number of her new wall installations. Her new works are not strictly narrative but relate to etchings the artist made years ago when she first moved to the city and began interpreting what she saw on the streets with humor and an eye for juxtaposing disparate situations and individuals.

Sean Hennessey, "The Fur-Suit of Happiness" Cast Glass, Paint, Video (Photo by Anything Photographic)

Sean Hennessey, “The Fur-Suit of Happiness” Cast Glass, Paint, Video
(Photo by Anything Photographic)

Sean Hennessey will be showing his cast glass/ mixed media panels at Habatat Galleries. His new works integrate electronics and videos into the panels.


Tim Tate, “The Healing Polyopticon”, Poly-Vitro, Glass, Video

Tim Tate will be showing his installation “The Healing Polyopticon” – a 5 ft wide installation consisting of 16 video pieces in varying sizes of cast black frames. Each video is in the form of an eye blinking; each eye different. Surrounding this cluster of 16 video frames are cast black flowers that fills out the 5 ft wide circle . The work is based on a terminal diagnosis he received 30 years ago – and he imagined that he was being kept safe by those who passed before him – all keeping an eye on him thru portals. In this sculpture he portrays people who had effected his life in a positive way…keeping him from passing over, making him safe; imbuing him with self healing energy. This powerful sculpture will at Habatat Galleries space.


Michael Janis, “Breathing In The Quiet” and “Waiting For The Lover’s Words”, fused glass powder imagery, glass, steel. (Photo by Anything Photographic)

Michael Janis will be showing a number of new works at Maurine Littleton Gallery space. The American Institute of Interior Designers (ASID) chose his work as part of their picks for SOFA Selectswhere highlighted pieces chosen by noted curators, designers, and critics give viewers of the fair way to navigate the huge show.

If you are going to the show – be sure to stop by and visit with the artists – all will be at the Chicago Fair!

Omaha’s Gallery 72 Features Great Studio Glass

Omaha, Nebraska’s Gallery 72 features 11 glass artists in a show that shows the scope of glass as a sculptural medium that opens this week. Titled “The Greatness of Studio Glass Art” the exhibit runs Friday, October 24 thru Saturday, November 15, 2014. The show includes Washington Glass School artists Allegra Marquart and Michael Janis.

From the gallery: This is a very powerful  show with artists that are internationally, nationally and regionally recognized for the strength of their work.  And it has an impressive breath of styles ranging from hand blown to sculptural to story telling using glass to create images.

Allegra Marquart

Allegra Marquart / photo: Anything Photographic

Studio glass is one of the most dramatic sculptural mediums because it offers the artist such a wide range of unique options for their work.  The clarity and optics of the glass, the vast array of surface treatments, colors from vivid to subtle and the layering of colors and textures.

Artists in the show:
John Littleton/Kate Vogel
:  Cast, hand blown and cold work

Therman Statom:  Cut, construction, paint and found objects

Harvey K. Littleton:  Hand blown and hot worked

Gary Beecham:  Hand blown, cut and fused

Victor Chiarizia:  Hand blown with hot work

Allegra Marquart:  Fused and sand carved panels

Chad Fonfara:  Hand blown and formed sculptures


Chad Fonfara

Michael Janis:  Fused and cast with powder imagery

Jiyong Lee:  Cut, laminated, carved, and surface refining

Corey Broman:  Kiln-formed and hand blown

Tom Kreager:  Hand blown

Gallery 72 1806 Vinton Street, Omaha, NE 68108

Opening Reception:  Friday, October 24, 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Gallery/Panel Talk:  Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 pm

JRA Distinguished Artists Tommie Rush & Richard Jolley

Each year the James Renwick Alliance (JRA) sponsors the Distinguished Artist Series and gives craft artists prominent in their fields an opportunity to conduct workshops and give lectures. The JRA partners with other regional arts organizations which host workshops on their premises. This weekend the Distinguished Artist in Glass is presented a couple: Richard Jolley & Tommie Rush.

Tommie Rush "Red Fade Botanical Bowl"

Tommie Rush “Red Fade Botanical Bowl”

Tommie Rush and Richard Jolley, husband-and-wife glass artists, cover a broad spectrum. Rush creates exquisite functional pieces on an intimate scale in a desire to “make the everyday more enjoyable.” Jolley, on the other hand, has recently debuted an installation being hailed as one of the largest figurative glass-and-steel assemblages in the world.

In separate successful careers, the pair has added greatly to the world of glass art. Each has had numerous solo and group exhibits and their work is included in many public and private collections throughout the world. Rush and Jolley will offer a demonstration workshop on Saturday, October 25 at 10am. Richard Jolley will demonstrate his technique for creating large-scale glass. The couple will describe their process during the demo. Participants registered for the Saturday event will be invited to a potluck dinner in honor of the artists on Saturday evening (space may be limited). On Sunday, October 26 at 2pm, the artists will give a lecture at the McEvoy Auditorium at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Lecture Date: October 26, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lecture Venue: McEvoy Auditorium of the
Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Corning Museum of Glass Residency

The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass is an internationally renowned facility that offers glassmaking classes for a variety of skill levels and techniques, as well as artist residencies, rentals, and a variety of other programs.The Studio’s Artist-in-Residence program brings artists from around the world to Corning. The artists spend a month at The Studio, exploring new directions in glass art, or expanding on their current bodies of work, while using the immense resources of the world’s leading glass museum. At the end of the residency, each artist gives a presentation about his or her work.

Apply for a Residency

Proposals with all supporting materials included must be received at The Studio by October 31. No late submissions will be considered.

Transportation, as well as room and board, will be arranged for those invited to participate in these month-long programs. All basic supplies will be provided, and the facility will be made available whenever classes are not in session. Residents will have access to the Rakow Research Library and the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass. Residents are expected to make their own work during a residency.

Residencies will be held in March, April, May, October, and November. One or two individuals will be selected for each month.

If interested in being considered, please submit application including 10 digital images of artwork, two letters of recommendation, a written proposal (including detailed information on residency plans; necessary supplies, equipment, and assistants), the best months for to participate, and a resumé.

Location: Corning, NY

Located in Corning, New York, The Studio is part of the Corning Museum of Glass. The Studio has state of the art glass making facilities in furnace work, flameworking, kiln working, coldworking and engraving. 

Click HERE to jump to CMOG application.


Sean Hennessey in Outer Limit

No idea what to do this coming weekend? Here is a fantastic idea!


Head out to Middleburg, Virginia and see Outer Limit, a great art exhibit at the Middleburg Arts Project!

WGS artist Sean Hennessey will be showing an assortment of pieces alongside the work of Scott G. BrooksPeter Wood, Chris Mann , and Jason Alexander. The gallery is pretty new and Outer Limit will be their second exhibit.

Middelburg, VA is a gorgeous little Revolutionary War era town set amongst the Virginia wineries, horse farms, and a ton of cool little shops and restaurants! And it is ridiculously adorable and quaint.

Outer Limit

Opening Night: Friday October 10th 5-8
Meet The Artists: Saturday October 11th 1-6 PM

4 East Federal Street
Middleburg, Va

Middleburg Arts Project

Bethesda Row Art Fair Oct 18/19


Syl Mathis will show new works from his cast and carved glass "boat series".

Syl Mathis will show new works from his cast and carved glass “boat series”.

Each October, the streets of Bethesda Row are transformed into an outdoor art gallery of spectacular fine arts and crafts.The Bethesda Row Arts Festival transforms four blocks downtown Bethesda into an outdoor art gallery featuring fine arts and crafts for sale from 190 museum quality artists in the Bethesda Row area of Bethesda, MD.

Syl Mathis, cast and carved glass

Syl Mathis, cast and carved glass

On display will be new works by WGS artist Syl Mathis Here is a link to the Festival map showing artist booth locations, parking, dining, shopping and more.

17th Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Saturday and Sunday October 18/19, 2014. Admission is FREE.

The outdoor event is held rain or shine on Bethesda Row located on Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues, Elm Street, Bethesda, MD. The festival is near the Bethesda Metro station and 15 minutes from downtown Metrorail stops. 

GBCA and “Artists U”

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) was founded to nurture and promote a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable arts and cultural community to the region. Since its launch in 2001, GBCA has served as both a catalyst and an incubator for important programs and initiatives.

GBCA hosts the Baltimore branch of Artists U, a grassroots, artist-run platform that provides tools and professional development for sustaining one’s life as an artist.

WGS Studio Artist John Henderson at Baltimore's Artist U.

WGS Studio Artist John Henderson at Baltimore’s Artist U professional training and development workshop.

Artists U works to empower artists to build lives that are balanced, productive, and sustainable. All Artists U programs are artist-led, involve peer-to-peer contact, and free for all participants. Artists U programming includes workshops, group meetings and intensives, and one-on-one planning sessions.


Artists U was founded in Philadelphia by Andrew Simonet, and they now have branches in Baltimore and South Carolina.

Click HERE to jump to GBCA’s website for more info on upcoming events and for information on how to become a member.

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries

2014-MorrisAnna Skibska, Shelley Muzylowski Allen, and WGS’ Tim Tate are featured in separate solo exhibitions at Michigan’s Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, MI. 

tim_tate.monet.garden.sconceTim’s work includes his “Monet Garden Series” that Tim describes as born from a special commissioned project that employed glass and internal illumination and expressed the materiality of glass…”the translucence, the dimensionality and the addition of light”. Tim’s intricate sculptures are decidedly labor intensive; taking 3 months to complete with over 250 individual lost wax cast glass pieces. The effort was completely evident in the work, and Tim was awarded Habatat Galleries’ 2014 Brilliance Award. Tim will also have a number of his “moving picture” video/glass works and the last of his large domed sculptures on display.

Tim Tate "The Oculus of the Titanic", 12 x 18 x 4 inches, Cast Glass, Video

Tim Tate “The Oculus of the Titanic”, 12 x 18 x 4 inches, Cast Glass, Video

Grand Opening at Saturday October 4th at 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 


4400 Fernlee Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48073