Washington Glass School Year in Review 2014

2014-year-in-review

2014 started with an ambitious solo show at the Glass School  gallery and turned into year of transformation and shows. There were exhibitions, installations, articles, talks and television spots.

Needless to say, a lot has happened. You can be caught up by looking thru the monthly list of events:

January

Audrey Wilson's exhibit “The Aberrant Collection of the Spurious Calamus”

Audrey Wilson’s exhibit “The Aberrant Collection of the Spurious Calamus”

The year started with artist Audrey Wilson’s solo show at the WGS Gallery. The Gallery Beat section of the Old Town Crier newspaper has a great review of the exhibit - “The Aberrant Collection of the Spurious Calamus” – describing Audrey as ”another giant signpost in the evolving art history of glass.” 

American Craft's Chris Amundsen takes a quick pic of Audrey at her show.

American Craft’s Chris Amundsen takes a quick pic of Audrey at her show.

One of the visitor’s to the exhibit was the Exec Director of the American Craft Council, Chris Amundsen, who later sent a note to the artist praising the “thoughtfulness and execution” of her work. 

February

Miami’s international contemporary art fair “Art Wynwood 2014″ had featured international galleries presenting emerging, cutting edge, contemporary and modern works. Works by WGS artists Tim Tate, Sean Hennessey, Audrey Wilson, Michael Enn Sirvet and Novie Trump were on exhibit.

Artist Erwin Timmers reviews construction of the steel framework for the glass public art sculpture.

Artist Erwin Timmers reviews construction of the steel framework for the glass public art sculpture.

At the end of 2013, the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH) had awarded the commission of a new public art sculpture to the Washington Glass Studio. Fabrication of the monumental sculpture took place, as did the community workshops to create the art glass panel insets.

D.C. Ward 7 residents participate in the creation of the District's newest public art sculpture at workshops held at WGS.

D.C. Ward 7 residents participate in the creation of the District’s newest public art sculpture at workshops held at WGS.

The workshops took place throughout Spring of 2014, and each was filled beyond capacity.

March

American Craft Magazine article about Glass Secessionism.

American Craft Magazine article about Glass Secessionism.

The American Craft Council  issue of American Craft Magazine featured an interview held by Editor-in-Chief Monica Moses and WGS artist Tim Tate about “Glass Secessionism” and how artists are exploring and advancing the medium. Titled “The World Beyond Studio Glass” the story became one of the magazine’s most controversial article in many years.

Later in the month, glass powder guru – Michael Janis – saddled up and headed out West to talk with the New Mexico and Arizona’s AACG groups about his technique and his artwork. 

Michael Janis talks to the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Michael Janis talks to the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

April

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries is the oldest and largest gallery in the United States devoted exclusively to artists working with glass as their medium. The gallery hosts an annual “International Glass Invitational“, which for 42 years has introduced and exhibited the greatest artists working creatively with glass. In April,three artists from the Washington Glass School – Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis and Tim Tate were included in the exhibition.

Habatat Galleries 42nd International Invitational.

Habatat Galleries 42nd International Invitational.

Tim Tate addresses the Arizona Art Glass Alliance.

Tim Tate addresses the Arizona Art Glass Alliance.

 

April also brought the AACG group from Arizona to Washington, D.C. The collectors, artists, and glass aficionados visited notable local collections, Maurine Littleton Gallery and wound up their tour of the Nation’s Capitol with dinner and a show at the Washington Glass School. 

 

Josh Hershman's cast glass cameras.

Josh Hershman’s cast glass cameras.

Glass artist and photographer Josh Hershman shows his kiln cast glass cameras, and integrated the visiting AZ crew and the artists showing into a new artwork. Josh’s artwork piece later received an International 1st Place GAS award, and was exhibited at Chicago SOFA.

 

 

May

The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) named WGS’ Michael Janis a “Distinguished Artist”. In early May, Michael presented at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium. He outlined his career, process, and artwork. The talk at the museum was broadcast live and is now online

Smithsonian Distinguished Artist Michael Janis

Michael Janis talks about his artwork at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

UK artists Criss Chaney and Robyn Townsend came to do a residency at the Glass School. The Sunderland artists dove into the projects that were ongoing at the glass studio.

Criss Chaney and Robyn Townsend work with Audrey Wilson.

Criss Chaney and Robyn Townsend work with Audrey Wilson.

One of the ongoing projects that started in May was the overhaul of one of the studio’s big casting kilns. The daunting project was one of the all-hands-on-kiln and even involved having Steve Durow, of the glass program at Maryland’s Salisbury University came to help out on this major project. 

Head of the Glass Program at Salisbury University - Steven Durow - looking overwhelmed at rebuilding the casting kiln.

Head of the Glass Program at Salisbury University – Steven Durow – looking overwhelmed at rebuilding the casting kiln.

Also in May, Tim Tate was awarded Habatat Galleries 2014 Brilliance Award for “working on the highest level of innovation, intensity, and imagination within the contemporary glass community” .

Tacoma Museum of Glass Exec Director Susan Warner came to the glass school to see what is shaking on this side of the country. Susan Warner – Exec Director of Tacoma Mog - in the other Washington – came for a visit and to get some ideas to take home. Perhaps an East Coast/West Coast thing can result!

Susan Warner - Exec Director of Tacoma Museum of Glass - in the other Washington - came to the Washington Glass School to get some ideas to take back.

L-R Tim Tate, Susan Warner – Exec Director of Tacoma Museum of Glass, and Michael Janis

June

The D.C. Gateway Community Arch public art sculpture continued in its creation. In June, after firing and sizing over 300 individual glass panel insets, installation on site took place.

Artist Derek Thomas joined the studio to work on the sculpture.

Artist Derek Thomas joined the studio to work on the sculpture.

 The steel arrived onsite, and the entire studio participated in the assemblage. Miles Lark joined WGS from Michigan to be part of the sculpture team. 

Miles has hit the ground running, helping to install the DC Gateway Arch on his first days in the studio.

Miles has hit the ground running, helping to install the DC Gateway Arch on his first days in the studio.

 

 

 

 

 

July

 

Bon Voyage Nancy Donnelly!

Bon Voyage Nancy Donnelly!

One of our long-time Studio Artists – Nancy Donnelly said farewall to WGS and Washington, D.C. Off to travel through Europe and ultimately return to Seattle, WA.

Taking over the financial bookkeeping role is artist Laurie Brown, and she now keeps the studio running like clockwork. 

Laurie Brown throws up her hands as she goes thru the books.

Laurie Brown throws up her hands as she goes thru the books.

 

WGS often has international artists and come to work and learn at the studio. This year we had Macadonian designers & glass artists Janko and Mimi Gogusevski working at the glass school.

August

Audrey Wilson had a great year for exhibitions! In August, her work was featured at Asheville, NC’s Bender Gallery. Simultaneously, Virginia’s Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (near Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum) joins with the TCC Visual Art Center featured her artwork in a glass exhibits that celebrated the next generation of the studio glass movement. 

Audrey Wilson at North Carolina's Bender Gallery.

Audrey Wilson at North Carolina’s Bender Gallery.

Michael Janis was off to teach a class in using glass frit to create narrative imagery at Penland School of Crafts in August. With WGS Alum Evan Morgan as his Teaching Assistant, the workshop was non-stop excitement in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Michael Janis and Evan Morgan discuss kiln schedules at Penland School of Crafts.

Michael Janis and Evan Morgan discuss kiln schedules at Penland School of Crafts.

Also during August and at Penland – the annual Penland Auction took place. The event is always a favorite – and next year- 2015 – promises to be even bigger, with Tim Tate bringing 100 collectors from the AACG to the party!

Saturday auction pieces at Penland.

Saturday auction pieces at Penland.

 

September

Sean Hennessey’s mixed and multimedia series “Alice Revisioned” solo exhibit was held in September at the Tony Hungerfold Memorial Gallery at the College of Southern Maryland. Sean Hennessey began this work with the desire to add video and lighting to a series of mixed media artwork based on the writings of Lewis Carroll.

Washingtonian Magazine September Issue listed the WGS Beginner's Class among the Top 87 cool classes in DC.

Washingtonian Magazine September Issue listed the WGS Beginner’s Class among the Top 87 cool classes in DC.

Sean Hennessey finishes  set-up at the College of Southern Maryland.

Sean Hennessey finishes set-up at the College of Southern Maryland.

 

 

Washingtonian Magazine’s September issue featured the top 87 cool classes in DC. Under the category of “Unleashing Your Inner Artist”, the head of the class is Washington Glass School’s beginners class.

 

October

The ISC conference returned to New Orleans for the 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community. This conference had a panel discussions, “Glass as Sculptural Medium in the 21st Century” that had Professor Gene Koss, arts writer/critic/historian/scuba diver William Warmus, and WGS Professor Tim Tate, moderated by Patrick Blythe.

ISC Panel discussion. L-R Patrick Blythe, Tim Tate, William Warmus, Gene Koss.

ISC Panel discussion. L-R Patrick Blythe, Tim Tate, William Warmus, Gene Koss.

Omaha’s Gallery 72 held an exhibition that showed the arc of development from the start of the U.S. Studio Glass movement in a show titled “The Greatness of Studio Glass“. The exhibit featured works by WGS’ Michael Janis and Allegra Marquart. The newspaper “The Reader” gave the exhibit a glowing review - Gallery 72 has given us an engaging array of pieces from art glass’s past and present.  It is not to be missed.  Harvey Littleton would be proud.”

In October, Washington Glass Studio was on a shortlist for a new public art project to be created for the West Palm Beach, Florida International Airport. After an intense review and meeting with the arts review jury of Palm Beach County, WGS was awarded the exterior public art projects for the Sheriff Department and the Tourism Office.

Erwin Timmers is briefed on the requirements for the Palm Beach project.

Erwin Timmers is briefed on the requirements for the Palm Beach project.

November

 

Tim Tate's stunning installation was on the main aisle.

Tim Tate’s stunning installation was on the main aisle.

The month started with the extravaganza that is S.O.F.A. Chicago. WGS artists Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis, Allegra Marquart and Tim Tate were all exhibiting at the international contemporary art fair.

 

 

SOFA Chicago artists : L-R  Michael Janis, Sibylle Peretti, Alex Bernstein, Tim Tate, Laura Beth Konopinski, Ashley McFarland and Josh Hershman.

SOFA Chicago artists : L-R Michael Janis, Sibylle Peretti, Alex Bernstein, Tim Tate, Laura Beth Konopinski, Ashley McFarland and Josh Hershman.

One of the best aspects of this show is the number of famous glass artists that are actually there in person at the show. It was great to hang out with so many glass stars! More images of the SOFA Chicago show are online – click HERE to jump to the Flickr album. 

Memorial Day, 2014 also was the dedication of one of the Washington Glass Studio’s public art projects completed this year. County Executive Ike Leggett and Council president Craig Rice dedicated the plaza and its Fallen Heroes Memorial, which is part of the Judicial Center Annex construction project in Rockville, MD. 

Fallen Heroes Memorial at Montgomery County's new Judical Annex and plaza.

Fallen Heroes Memorial at Montgomery County’s new Judical Annex and plaza.

December

The pace was non-stop up til the end of 2014. December started with the HUGE Art Basel/Art Miami fairs. WGS’ Audrey Wilson did well at the Context Fair with Alida Anderson Art Project. The Washington City Paper mentioned her work and had her comment on the international art fair in an article “What D.C. Galleries Brought to Two Miami Art Fairs, and What They Got Out of It“. Glass Secessionism (GS) moved forward with founders Tim Tate and William Warmus gathering information about  glass artwork that is outside the traditional Studio Glass realm shown at the art fair.

William Warmus with artwork by Ai Weiwei titled Crystal Cube.

William Warmus with artwork by Ai Weiwei titled Crystal Cube.

Maryland Public Television (MPT) aired the third season of its weekly arts series “Artworks”. The show features profiles of artists from across the country working in all creative categories: musicians, performers, visual artists, writers, designers, artisans – and experimental others who defy definition. Each program gives viewers insider access to outstanding artists they might never see otherwise. December’s Episode 310 featured artwork by Washington Glass School’s Michael Janis in its “Pop Ups” segment.

Washington Glass School Artist Michael Janis featured on Maryland's PBS station.

Washington Glass School Artist Michael Janis featured on Maryland’s PBS station.

Whew! That was a very busy year! Ok, enough of the  auld lang syne – let’s get to work on 2015!

The Washington Glass School Wishes Joy & Happiness in 2015 to All!

 

 

Josh Hershman Int’l 1st Place Glass Art Society Award

GAS International Student Online Exhibition 2014

GAS International Student Online Exhibition 2014

The Glass Art Society (GAS) held its second International Student Online Exhibition, a great new opportunity for student members to present their work to glass professionals, enthusiasts and fellow students from across the globe. Student members currently enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program submitted images of their work - seventy-eight students, representing 30 schools from 8 different countries, participated this year

The jurors were artisLaura Donefer; artist and curator at Bullseye Projects, Michael Endo; and owner of Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Amy Morgan. “After reviewing the work of all these talented people, I came to the happy conclusion that art being created with glass is alive and well in the world today, and that the new generation of artists are indeed bounding forward. There seems to be a technical virtuosity married to a deep conceptual sophistication, with many of the works being hauntingly profound,” said Laura Donefer. 

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JOSH HERSHMAN; Glass, alternative photo process, ceramic decals, size 32″ x 32″

First place went to Alfred University graduate student, Josh Hershman for his piece titled, Derealization, which employs functioning cast glass cameras to “manipulate light and encourage alternate ways of looking at photography by allowing the optical and fluid qualities of glass to bring new meaning and depth to the photographic image.”

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Josh had demonstrated his technique at the Washington Glass School during the Arizona Art Glass Alliance visit in April of 2014. His photo images of artists and collectors taken with cast glass camera during that time can be seen in the background of the photo used in the GAS International Student catalog – and they were on exhibit at SOFA Chicago this year. Click HERE to jump to the online version of the GAS catalog.

Josh Hershman uses his cast glass camera to photograph portraits at the Washington Glass School, April, 2014

Josh Hershman uses his cast glass camera to photograph portraits at the Washington Glass School, April, 2014

 

Maryland Public Televison Special Episode of ARTWORKS

artworks.mpt.showMaryland Public Television, which is commonly known by its initials “MPT”, is a member of the Public Broadcasting Service. Maryland Public Television has launched the third season of its weekly arts series “Artworks”. The show features profiles of artists from across the country working in all creative categories: musicians, performers, visual artists, writers, designers, artisans – and experimental others who defy definition. Each program gives viewers insider access to outstanding artists they might never see otherwise.

Airing on Thursday, December 18th, at 8:30pm (EST), this week’s episode features artwork by Washington Glass School’s Michael Janis in its “Pop Ups” segment. Plan a night in on Thursday parked in front of the telly! (or set your recorder/DVR/TiVo’s!)

PBS' MPT show Artworks features Michael Janis in this week's episode.

PBS’ MPT show Artworks features Michael Janis in this week’s episode.

 

Washington Glass School Winter Exhibition & Open House

santa.in.washington.dc.glass.xmasWashington Glass School invites all to gather around the warmth of the kilns and celebrate the season! On Saturday December 13th, from Noon til 5, you are invited come on in to the Washington Glass School and see some of the new directions the artists of the Washington Glass School are moving the traditional craft with integration of modern process, mixed media, and narrative.

Audrey Wilson, glass, mi

Audrey Wilson, mixed media

 

Some of the region’s leading mixed media sculptors and artists work from the studios on the edge of DC, and artwork both large and small will be on sale.

Syl Mathis, cast and carved glass

Syl Mathis, cast and carved glass

Works by the following artists will be on display: Diane Cabe, Veta Carney, David Cook, John Henderson, Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis, Trish Kent, Nancy Kronstadt, Jennifer Lindstrom, Allegra Marquart, Syl Mathis, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson and more! 

 

Erwin Timmers Recycled Glass lighting

Erwin Timmers, lighting made from recycled glass

Visit the adjacent studio spaces as well – next door White Point Studio will have their first open studio! Check out work by artists of Red Dirt Studio and nearby Ani Kasten’s artbar – make a day of it! 

Sean Hennessey, cast glass

Sean Hennessey, cast glass

 

Washington Glass School Winter Exhibition and Open House

 

Saturday, Dec 13th, from Noon til 5:00 pm

3700 Otis Street, Mt Rainier, MD 20712