JRA Distinguished Artists Einar & Jamex de la Torre



Glass and mixed media artists Einar and Jamex de la Torre will speak at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of the James Renwick Alliance’s Distinguished Artist Series at 2 PM on Sunday, May 3.

Mexican-born artists Einar and Jamex de la Torre are brothers and artistic collaborators, who moved to the United States from Guadalajara, Jalisco in the early 1970’s. Leaving behind the academic, religious and social rigors of an all-boys Catholic school in 1960’s Guadalajara, the de la Torre brothers ended up in the small Southern California surf town of Dana Point, where they discovered the unbridled joys of co-ed public schools.

bros.delaTorre.washington.glass.schoolWhile attending California State University at Long Beach in the 80’s, they studied sculpture and glass blowing, during which time the artist-brothers began a flame-worked glass figure business. This business was quickly eclipsed when their artistic collaboration began in earnest in the late 1980’s with small mix media works. In the late 1990’s, they began to do large-scale sculptural installations, eventually branching out into commissioned site-specific and public art projects.


Currently, the brothers live and work on both sides of the San Diego-Baja California border, enjoying a bi-national life style that very much informs their art. Einar and Jamex de la Torre have worked, taught and exhibited both nationally, as well as internationally. Their distinctive three-dimensional work can be found in galleries, museum collections, Museum catalogs, as well as in various public art installations. They are recent recipients of the Joan Mitchel foundation award and the Louis Comfort Tiffany foundation award.

On Saturday, May 2 at 10am, the artists will give a workshop featuring a demonstration of their hot glass techniques at DC Glassworks. To sign up for the demonstration go to: James Renwick Alliance registration page.

Artists Talk – Free and Open to the Public

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: The MacMillan Education Center (1st floor) at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

For more information, visit their website: www.delatorrebros.com

Maryland’s Salisbury University Visiting Artist Program

Salisbury University

Salisbury University

The Glass program at Salisbury University is now accepting applications for its Visiting Artist Program.
Application Deadline is May 15, 2015.

The Visiting Artist Program is a nine-month residency that invites a professional artist who works primarily with glass to be a vital part of the Glass Program at Salisbury University. 

SU.glass.CRITIQUE.university.marylandThe resident artist will have full access to the glass facilities at SU to make a body of work in accordance with their research proposal, and with the opportunity to exhibit that work at the Salisbury University Gallery near the end of their residency period. 
In addition to making his or her own work, the chosen artist will also teach two beginner level glass courses per semester,* and work 10 hours a week as a studio technician. The teaching and studio technician load is a paid position. Classes are paid at $3,300 per academic course and $2,500 each semester for the studio technician, totaling $8,800 per semester.* All expenses, including housing, are the responsibility of the artist.
All applications must be submitted via email and include the following:
• Full CV, including contact information, education, and current position. MFA required.
• Residency project proposal
• Portfolio of 10-15 digital images of current work. The can be emailed, a link to your website or sent through Dropbox. No image should be larger than 2MB. If emailed, images can be sent in multiple emails. Image files should be labeled lastname_firstname_image number (1,2,3…)
• Corresponding Image list, with title, dimensions, materials and description. 
• Three Letters of Recommendation

Please send all application materials to:

Steven Durow, Assistant Professor
Head of Glass Program,
Salisbury University

*Subject to enrollment

Syl Mathis on the Telly

Syl’s episode will be airing on MPT-HD on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 8:30pm, repeats Sunday, April 19th at 12:30pm

Maryland Public Television is in its third season of Artworks, MPT’s weekly arts series, and this week will be featuring WGS’ Syl Mathis. The series is hosted by Rhea Feikin, a cultural icon in her own right. The show features intriguing profiles of established and emerging 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 would never see otherwise.


Syl Mathis “Ancient Totem Boat “, cast and carved amber glass, slate box base – 22″w x 8″h x 4.5″d

MPT has been sourcing the Washington Glass School and the Gateway Arts District for features on the incredible artwork coming from this corner of the greater DC area. Syl’s work is well deserving its time on the TV. We are thinking of it as a preview to a future-cast of “Antiques Roadshow”! 

Habatat Galleries 43rd International Glass Invitational Exhibition


Michigan’s Habatat Galleries‘ 43rd International Glass Invitational Award Exhibition is being set up now. This huge exhibition features over 100 artists from 22 countries with each exhibiting two of their glass artworks. The gallery has many events planned, and 50 of the glass artists from around the world will be attending – click on image below to see if your favorite glass will be there! 

Glass artists scheduled to  attend Habatat Galleries 43rd International Invitational

Glass artists scheduled to attend Habatat Galleries 43rd International Invitational

The gallery events include auction, museum tours, artist talks, parties, home tours, lunches, dinners and much much more!

The largest glass exhibition in America opens Saturday April 25th, 2015 @ 8:00 pm, with a VIP Preview Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 23-24-25-26 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


Click on image to jump to online preview link

Habatat Galleries

4400 Fernlee Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48073

Phone: 248-554-0590

JRA Panel: The Decorative in Contemporary Craft

The JRA Spring Craft Weekend panel discussion dealt with decorative. In the high modern era, decoration was forbidden; everything was “form follows function.” Craft, however, was often covertly decorative. Now craft embraces a whole range of the decorative, from the conceptual to the riotously ornamental. 

Called the “Best Panel Discussion ever during Spring Craft Weekend” – the talk at the Smithsonian American Art Museum was recorded and is now available online!

Click on image below to connect to the webcast and watch as artist, scholar, and author Bruce Metcalf moderate the diverse panel as they explore the contemporary decorative impulse: its intentions, meanings, and devices. Panel included Ulysses Dietz, chief curator and curator of decorative arts, Newark Museum of Art; Garth Clark, specialist in modern and contemporary ceramic art; Judith Schaechter, stained glass artist; and Molly Hatch, ceramist.. The run time is approximately 1hr 42 mins. diverse panel explored the contemporary decorative impulse: its intentions, meanings, and devices.