Kent State Call for Artists : A National Juried Glass Exhibit

Ohio’s Kent State University’s School or Art has announced a call for glass artists to submit artwork for “Emerging Glass” – a new exhibit in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Glass program at the at The Kent State University School of Art.

Submissions accepted April 30 – July 30, 2019.The entry fee is $20, to be paid online. Deadline for submissions: July 30, 2019, at midnight. 

On view in The Payto Gallery, at the Center for the Visual Arts, Kent State University, September 4 – October 4, 2019.

JURORS: Jurors are Assistant Professor and Head of Glass at Kent State University, Davin Ebanks and Lecturer and Co-chair of Glass at Cleveland Institute of Art, Benjamin Johnson. Artworks will be selected based on originality and innovation, design, technique and craftsmanship.

Acceptance will be granted based on digitally submitted images by a “blind” jury process, meaning the jury will not be informed of the artist’s name, background or location.

Selected works will be on display The Payto Gallery in the Center for the Visual Arts at Kent State University, September 4 – October 4, 2019.   

Deadline for submissions: July 30, 2019, at midnight.

Click Here for info link.

Whom Will We Honor Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is an American holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, often holding family gatherings and picnics. It will also be celebrated by the display of flags, the sound of bugles and drums, by parades and speeches and unthinking applause. 

Memorial Day should be a day for putting flowers on graves and planting trees. Also, for destroying the weapons of death that endanger us more than they protect us, that waste our resources and threaten our children and grandchildren.

Trish Kent "Divided States of America" fused glass, 18" x 16", 2019.

Trish Kent, “Divided States of America”, fused glass, 18″ x 16″, 2019. photo by Pete Duvall.

One of the Resident Artists of the Washington Glass School – Trish Kent – has a stunning new series of art works that have a strong political charge. Trish’s works had earlier focused on aspects of femininity, often making cast glass dresses that emphasized the feel and flow of fabric as it drapes the female form.

Trish Kent, Dress Series, kilnformed glass

Trish Kent, Dress Series, kilnformed glass.

She started incorporating the disturbing cultural aspects that she felt should be addressed into her work – making her dresses feature guns and bullets as part of her work. 

Patricia Kent, "Crying ullets"; fused glass

Patricia Kent, “Crying Bullets”; fused glass. Photo by Pete Duvall.

Her newest series unabashedly deals with gun politics in the United States. The U.S. has the highest estimated number of guns per capita, at 120.5 guns for every 100 people. Her new work also touches on the divisive nature of the current political scene, with the American flag shown in a violently deconstructed manner. The work is thoughtful, powerful and moving. The use of the craft medium of glass to express a charged emotional concept is where the art form needs to go. Taking her skills and techniques and telling a story from her heart is exciting.

Bravo Ms Kent, on the new series, looking forward to seeing the full set!

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibit: Divergent Materiality

Arizona’s Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art features contemporary glass art in an exhibit that blends historical methods with current interests, resulting in stunning and divergent artworks. Curated by Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art Lauren R. O’Connell, the show highlights contemporary glass artists-both masters and emerging-whose innovative approaches to using glass have advanced the medium’s discourse within contemporary art. The exhibition, titled “Divergent Materiality” was developed from a collaboration with four local glass art collector couples: Judy and Stuart Heller, Linda and Sherman Saperstein, Sharon and Fred Schomer, and Gail and Dan Tenn.

Tim Tate, "Bitcoin.. Wealth in the 21st Century"

Tim Tate, “Bitcoin.. Wealth in the 21st Century”

 

Divergent Materiality: Contemporary Glass Art
May 25 – October 13, 2019
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 East Second Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

2019 Open Studios Tour Voted Most Fun!

This year’s Open Studio Tour (OST) was tons of fun! Big thank-you for all those that came out to see what was happening at the Glass School! Some pix from the day:

Open Studio Tour of the Gateway Arts District featured the Washington Glass School. Great time to meet and talk about artwork and glass.

Open Studio Tour of the Gateway Arts District featured the Washington Glass School. Great time to meet and talk about artwork and glass.

DC contemporary arts maven Molly Ruppert chats with WGS Co-Director Michael Janis during OST 2019.

DC contemporary arts maven Molly Ruppert chats with WGS Co-Director Michael Janis during OST 2019.

New Studio Coordinator & recent Ohio State MFA Graduate Teri Bailey (L) talks about her pâte de verre sculptures.

New Studio Coordinator & recent Ohio State MFA Graduate Teri Bailey (L) talks about her pâte de verre sculptures.

Visitors marveled at Max DeMulder's new sculpture on display.

Visitors marveled at Max DeMulder’s new sculpture on display.

Prince George's County Council Deni Taveras visits the glass studio and gathers artists for a photo opp.

Prince George’s County Council Deni Taveras visits the glass studio and gathers artists for a photo opp.

Stop The (Digital) Presses! Washington Glass School Blog Named 2nd Best Arts Blog in DC! We’re Number 2!

No Fake News! All Glass- All the Time!

No Fake News! All Glass- All the Time!

Washington City Paper’s “Best of D.C.” Awards the Washington Glass School Blog as the Second Best Arts Blog in the DC area!

The new Washington DC City Paper publisher - Katy McKegney – said that their “Best Of D.C.” would mean just that—”a celebration of this city and all it has to offer, and of the work [the] residents, businesses, and institutions do to make D.C. the best it can be”.  

And with that – in the Best of Arts & Entertainment category – Washington Glass School Blog was voted as Second Best Arts Blog! Woo-Hoo!

Since 2008 we have been pumping out stories on the DC and national art scene since Sean Hennessey started the blog. A big thank you to all the writers who have worked on the blog over the years!

Our collective hearts are full. 

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities seeks artwork for Art Bank

FY20 Art Bank Program (ABP) -In support of local visual artists, District art galleries, and District art nonprofit organizations, CAH acquires fine art from metropolitan artists to grow the Art Bank Collection. Artwork in the collection is owned by CAH and loaned to District Government agencies for display in public areas and offices of government buildings. The Art Bank Collection, which started in 1986, has over 3,400 artworks.

CAH seeks grant applications from qualified artists and District art galleries or District nonprofit organizations representing metropolitan artists for the acquisition of works of original two- and three-dimensional artwork including, but not limited to:

  • Paintings;
  • Drawings;
  • Mixed media works;
  • Prints;
  • Photographs;
  • Fabric arts;
  • Ceramics; and,
  • Sculptures.

For the purpose of this grant, metropolitan artist is defined as a legal resident of Washington, DC, or a legal resident within a 50-mile radius of the Washington, DC boundaries, for at least one (1) year prior to the application deadline.

Application Release: Friday | May 3, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday | July 19, 2019 | 4:00 pm ET

Click HERE for info on how to submit for DCCAH Art Bank.

DCCAH Staff Contact: Ron Humbertson, Art Collections Registrar | ron.humbertson@dc.gov

Leadereship Prince George’s Tours Washington Glass Studio

Michael Janis discusses community based art projects using the Peppermill Village Community Center glass panels as his example.

Michael Janis discusses community based art projects using the Peppermill Village Community Center glass panels as his example.

Leadership Prince George‘s, Inc. (LPG) mission is to support area leaders in refining and improving their leadership skills and expanding professional networks. Additionally, LPG is committed to bringing leaders and stakeholders together to assess community needs, explore and discuss issues, and take action to become community trustees who embrace opportunities and help continually improve the quality of life in Prince George’s County.

LPG Arts and Culture Day program tour came to the Washington Glass School (WGS) for a visit and learn how WGS engages community as it works on public art. 

Michael Janis describes how he creates imagery in glass to the LPG tour.

Michael Janis describes how he creates imagery in glass to the LPG tour.

Seeking Cool Mother’s Day Idea? Open Studio Tour on May 11th is it!

Recycled Glass is All About The Love!

Recycled Glass is All About The Love!

Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY!! Know what mom really wants? Well, its not a card with an I.O.U., nor a framed photo of you without your siblings or even a “MOM” tattoo… (hint- Its Glass!)

Nothing says love like glass art. …Unless its glass art made from recycled glass – ’cause then Mother Nature is loved too! And love gets love!

Washington Glass School Open Studio will be part of the DC region’s largest one-day visual arts festival Open Studio Tour (OST19) ~ 45 Venues. 100 Studios. Over 200 Artists! ~

The Gateway Arts Community presents the 15th iteration of the Open Studio Tour on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 11am to 5pm. The self-guided tour takes place in the
Gateway Arts District along Route 1 in Prince George’s County, MD in the City of Mount Rainier, Town of Brentwood, Town of North Brentwood and City of Hyattsville.

The Gateway Arts District is the DC metro area’s largest arts district and houses internationally renowned galleries, studios, workshops and art spaces. Visitors have the opportunity to directly interact with artists in their studios and to connect with their artistic process.

Washington Glass School
3700 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Saturday, May 11th – 11am-5pm

The after party, hosted by Landex Development LLC will be from 5-8pm at Savor at Studio 3807, located at 3807 Rhode Island Avenue in Brentwood, Maryland. All are welcome, free and open to the public.