Washington Glass School Welcomes Laura Beth Konopinski!

Washington Glass School (WGS) is proud to announce the hire of Laura Beth Konopinski as Studio Coordinator. Laura Beth will coordinate the projects and classes of both the Washington Glass School and the public art projects of the Washington Glass Studio, as well as acting as the liaison for the Studio Artists and Residency Artists that are part of the WGS Arts Incubator.

Laura Beth Konopinski joins the Washington Glass School as Studio Coordinator and Resident Artist

Laura Beth received a BFA with glass emphasis from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has taught and worked in facilities such as the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland School of Crafts and the Corning Museum of Glass, which has allowed her to explore many methods of the glass making processes. For 3 years, Laura Beth worked as assistant to noted glass artist, Susan Taylor Glasgow.

Laura Beth models Susan Taylor Glasgow's glass chandelier at Chicago SOFA.

Laura Beth models Susan Taylor Glasgow’s glass chandelier at Chicago SOFA.

Throughout her artistic career, Laura Beth Konopinski has kept her material concentration primarily with glass, although uses other mediums including photography and metal.

Laura Beth Konopinski, "Within the chambers of Your Blackened Heart";  Blown and recycled glass, sculpted, enamel, preserved organic materials, mixed media

Laura Beth Konopinski, “Within the chambers of Your Blackened Heart”; Blown and recycled glass, sculpted, enamel, preserved organic materials, mixed media.

Arising from her interests with environmental conservation, Laura Beth repurposes used materials and integrates carefully preserved organic compounds into sculpted layers of glass. She uses transparent glass as a lens for distortion with great effect to emphasize the ambiguous nature of human emotion. Laura Beth facilitates the idea of comparing reason and sentiment by combining figurative imagery with biological materials.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Laura Beth to our team,” said WGS Co-Director Tim Tate. “She is a bright young talent who will play a critical role managing WGS’ projects and ensuring the quality as we implement our business and artistic ideas”.

Laura.beth.konopinski.artist.glass.washington_glass_schoolLaura Beth will start full time at the Glass School in August – be sure to stop by and welcome her to DC!

Read a great profile about Laura Beth by Missouri’s Columbia Daily Tribune – click HERE

GlassWeekend ’17 @ WheatonArts Opens Friday!

GW17-Web-Banner-1-1024x424New Jersey’s WheatonArts opens GlassWeekend – an International Symposium and Exhibition of Contemporary Glass. Begun in 1985, GlassWeekend brings together the world’s leading glass artists, collectors, galleries, and museum curators at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center for a three-day weekend. 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, both of which are not-for-profit organizations. GlassWeekend takes place every other summer in odd years. GlassWeekend ’17 will take place June 9, 10, and 11, 2017.

Tim Tate "The Secret Garden"; 36 x 36 x 2; Cast poly-vitro, video

Tim Tate “The Secret Garden”; 36 x 36 x 2; Cast poly-vitro, video, at Habatat Galleries

In addition to the featured artists, other artists, collectors, curators, and galleries are present for a program of exhibitions, lectures, gallery sales, artists’ demonstrations, and social events. Some of the world’s leading galleries in the field of contemporary studio glass exhibit works from dozens of the field’s premier artists. The Creative Glass Center of America, a division of Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Inc., was formed in 1983 to provide fellowships to emerging artists working in glass. Since the beginning, over 150 fellowships have been awarded to both emerging and mid-career artists.

Michael Janis "Spirit Animal" Kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery, steel 35”W x 19”H x 3”D

Michael Janis “Spirit Animal”, Kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery, steel; 35”W x 19”H x 3”D at Maurine Littleton Gallery.

For this GlassWeekend, demonstrating artists will be Matthew Szosz, Rik Allen, and Shelley Muzylowski Allen. The keynote speaker will be Susie Silbert, the new Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass. WGS artist Michael Janis will also be presenting a talk on his works on Saturday June 10 from 1:00pm-1:40pm and again from 2:30pm-3:10pm.

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ 08332

Audrey Wilson Leaving for MFA @ Kent State

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All good things must come to an end. Join us at we toast Audrey Wilson’s Washington Glass School journey.

Today we announce that WGS Studio Coordinator, Audrey Wilson, is leaving Washington Glass School this summer; she has been accepted to Ohio’s Kent State University MFA program. At Kent State, Audrey plans to explore glass as both a material and an idea, pushing the boundaries of glass within the broader context of contemporary art.

audrey.wilson.washington.glass.school.studio.art.sculptureOver the past five years, Audrey has been an integral part of the studio and her engaging personality has helped the Glass School become a stronger and more inclusive organization. 

Audrey works Laura Donefer's 2013 Glass Fashion Show at the JRA Spring Craft Weekend.

Audrey works the runway modeling her glass during Laura Donefer’s Glass Fashion Show held as part of the 2013 JRA Spring Craft Weekend.

Since Audrey’s hiring in 2012, she’s worked on many of the school and studio initiatives. Audrey was the often the public face for the glass program. Her own work has developed and she now exhibits at SOFA Chicago and Art Miami. Her work will be the subject of a special profile in an upcoming issue of Glass Art Magazine.

Audrey Wilson solo exhibit

The (now former) Executive Director of the American Craft Council Chris Amundsen documents Audrey Wilson’s 2014 solo exhibit. Chris Amundsen’s last day at the ACC is August 4th.

It is amazing how work became fun with Audrey around. She was not just a colleague but a very good friend too.

Audrey Wilson appeared in Tim Tate's video "On The Calm Black Water Where The Stars Are Sleeping"

Audrey Wilson appeared in Tim Tate’s glass & video artwork: “On The Calm Black Water Where The Stars Are Sleeping“.

It may be hard to say good bye. But the good with it is a promise of something better.

Audrey Wilson glass mold queenPlease join us in wishing Audrey all the luck of the world and lots of success as she goes forward into a great future!

American Craft Magazine photo of the Washington Glass Studio crew by Julie Hanus

2013 American Craft Magazine photo of the Washington Glass Studio crew by Julie Hanus.

Audrey’s last day will be August 1, 2017.

Glass Art Society Conference 2017 Opens June 1–3

The 46th annual Glass Art Society (GAS) conference, Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance opens this week in Norfolk, VA. The main venues will be centered around the Norfolk Chrysler Museum of Art and its Perry Glass Studio.

EMBRACING  NARRATIVE: Artwork of the Washington Glass School and Virginia Glass Guild at the Portsmouth Arts & Cultural Center

EMBRACING NARRATIVE: Artwork of the Washington Glass School and Virginia Glass Guild at the Portsmouth Arts & Cultural Center – through June 11, 2017

If you are in town for the event, be sure to check out some of the amazing exhibits – including “Embracing Narrative – Artwork of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild” at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center.

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The Virginia Glass Guild (VGG) has an exhibit of glass work by members at Norfolk’s Slover Library  - with GAS Conference reception on ​June 1, 2017  6:30-8:30pm.

Lenny Campello Solo at Artists & Makers Studios

"The Devil... after he came back from Georgia" Charcoal, conte on unfired Bisque 5x6x3 inches, c. 2017

“The Devil… after he came back from Georgia”
Charcoal, conte on unfired Bisque
5x6x3 inches, c. 2017

F. Lennox Campello (aka Lenny) is a well known voice of the Mid-Atlantic Art scene, where as an independent curator, art dealer, art critic and consultant he has organized many important shows in the Washington D.C. capital city area.

Lenny came to the United States from Cuba with his parents when he was 10. The family settled in Brooklyn, but he was restless, so he forged his father’s signature and joined the Navy at 17. The military paid for him to major in art and math at the University of Washington in Seattle, and then he was off, stationed all over the globe but keeping up with his art all the while. He held an art show in Beirut and created illustrations for Stars and Stripes newspaper. His figurative artwork is the basis of his solo exhibition along with works in a variety of media and subjects, including the artist’s favorite subject: A 30-year-old affair with Mexican icon Frida Kahlo. In his “Obsessive Drawings” series, Lenny’s works provide insight into his own life, and others.

 

Lenny Campello, "Frida in a Cross of Clouds"

Lenny Campello, “Frida in a Cross of Clouds”

Artists & Makers in Rockville opening of The Obsessions of F. Lennox Campello is Lenny’s first regional solo show in 8 years.

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12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD
The Obsessions of F. Lennox Campello

Opening reception is Friday, June 2nd from 6-9PM.

This exhibit runs June 2-29th, 2017.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment. For more information on Artists & Makers Studio visit www.artistsandmakersstudios.com.

Norfolk, Chrysler Museum and Chrysler Glass Studio Host Glass Art Society International Conference

norfolk GAS conferenceThe Glass Art Society (GAS) will hold their 46th annual conference, Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance at Norfolk, VA’s Chrysler Museum of Art and its Perry Glass Studio. From June 1–3, 2017, attendees will experience technical glass demonstrations on various glass processes and topics; lectures on science and art; and special events such as a local gallery hop, goblet grab, international student exhibition, and live and silent auction. Participants will also witness one of the Studio’s most exciting features, its groundbreaking theatrical glass performances, for which the Studio is quickly establishing a national reputation.

“We are thrilled to have selected Norfolk for the first time as our host city for the 2017 GAS conference,” said Pamela Koss, Glass Art Society Executive Director. “Artists from across the country and around the world will be introduced to the expansive glass collection of the Chrysler Museum and discover the state-of-the-art Perry Glass Studio.”

Both the Museum and the Glass Studio also serve as an anchor for Norfolk’s blossoming arts district. New Energy of Norfolk, or NEON. A number of arts venues in Norfolk and adjacent city of Portsmouth will feature exhibits of glass artwork, including Glass Wheel Studio and  The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, the latter featuring an incredible showcase of works by artists of the Washington Glass School and Virginia Glass Guild.

The 2017 GAS conference is co-chaired by Diane Wright, the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass; Charlotte Potter; and community volunteers Virginia Hitch and Colin McKinnon.

“The Chrysler Museum of Art is extremely pleased to host the 2017 Glass Art Society conference,” Wright said. “We are eager to welcome so many artists working in the field of glass to Norfolk, a community with a tremendous passion for supporting the arts, especially glass. For this conference we invite the international glass community to explore the deep history that glass has to offer, as well as to highlight some of the future movements in the field.”

For more info about the 2017 Norfolk Conference – click HERE.

About the Glass Art Society
The Glass Art Society is an international non-profit organization founded in 1971 whose purpose is to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass.

GlassWeekend ’17 at WheatonArts

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GlassWeekend ’17 at WheatonArts

An International Symposium and Exhibition of Contemporary Glass June 9, 10 + 11, 2017
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center will host GlassWeekend ’17, the signature biennial event devoted to contemporary glass art.
GlassWeekend ’17 promises to bring together an international array of acclaimed artists, collectors, gallery dealers, and museum curators for exhibits, demonstrations and lectures. Since the first GlassWeekend in 1985, significant dealers of contemporary art glass have been continuously involved.

Visiting Galleries include, Bender Gallery,  Asheville, NC; Habatat Galleries,  Royal Oak, MI; Hedone Gallery,  Leonia, NJ; Heller Gallery New York, NY; Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery,  Pittsburgh, PA; Maurine Littleton GalleryWashington DC.

WheatonArts will present “Glass Global: Artists from Around The World”- a special exhibition of international contemporary glass, featuring work of artists from Great Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Japan, Australia, Czech Republic, China, Hungary, Netherlands, and Germany.
Adding to the excitement will be the featured artists: Shelley Muzylowski Allen, Rik Allen, Matthew Szösz, and Lucio Bubacco. A keynote address will be given by Susie Silbert, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass. Other highlights include Lewis Wexler and William Warmus moderating “The Secondary Market and Glass Road Show” and performances, installations, and works by Flock the Optic and The Burnt Asphalt Family which will take place throughout the Weekend.

Click HERE for event schedule.

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WheatonArts GlassWeekend ’17
1000 Village Dr, Millville, NJ 08332

LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition at National Liberty Museum

Banner-for-website-listingTransparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibit
June 2 – August 6
Opening Reception on Friday, June 9

For more than 40 years, LGBTQ+ identifying people have gathered in the month of June to commemorate their struggles, celebrate their identities, and advocate for their communities.  What we now call “LGBT Pride Monthor simply “Pride” is a worldwide phenomenon that reminds us that the freedom to live our truth is necessary for a liberated society.

Derealization by Joshua Hershman

Derealization by Joshua Hershman

Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum hosts the nation’s first museum exhibit of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists of the LGBTQ+ community. This is a celebration of identity and freedom that will showcase the diverse subjects, methods, and styles explored by these glass artists.Titled “Transparency” the exhibit is a celebration of identity and freedom that will showcase the diverse subjects, methods, and styles explored by these glass artists. 

We Rose Up By Tim Tate

We Rose Up By Tim Tate

Transparency” will feature works by Nancy Callan, Joseph Cavalieri, Pearl Dick, Sarah Gilbert, Kim Harty, Joshua Hershman, Eric Hess, Niki Hildebrand, Carmichael Jones, Drew Mattei, Amanda Nardone, Ronnie Phillips, Jenny Pohlman & Sabrina Knowles, Brandon Robinson, Joe Sircoulomb, Tim Tate, Wes Valdez, Jeff Zimmer, and Walter Zimmerman.

 

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Philadelphia, PA 19106

Tim Tate at Yale

Washington Glass School co-founder Tim Tate was invited by Glenn Adamson, senior scholar at Yale, to speak at a symposium at Yale University. Tim talked about his work, as well as artists Roberto Lugo and Stephanie Syjuco.

Glen Adamson gives a synopsis of the symposium at Yale.

Glen Adamson gives a synopsis of the symposium at Yale. 

The symposium was titled Objects of Dispute: Material Culture and the Yale University held the panel discussion on May 15th, 2017

From the Yale outline on the event: “One of the phrases uses constantly in the of current political discussion is the term “post truth,” which implies we have entered a period in which rhetoric overwhelms or obscures reality. At a time of extreme divisiveness in American culture, what can the study of historical artifacts offer? If every object is a fact in the world, perhaps artifacts have a role in anchoring discourse to reality? The close study of objects – the cultivation of material intelligence as a necessary aspect of scholarship – often provides insights into the past as well as embodiments of present-day debates. Can the engagement of an object in the past and in the present shed light on both contexts?”

Artist Tim Tate talks about how objects differ from other types of evidence, when it comes to histories of ideology and belief.

Artist Tim Tate talks about how objects differ from other types of evidence, when it comes to histories of ideology and belief.

Washington Glass School’s Open Studio Spring 2017

Big Thank-You to all who came to the Washington Glass School’s and Gateway Arts Open Studio Tour this past weekend! A great time for everyone to see what has been cooking in the kilns!

Open Studios is when art lovers can visit artists in the Washington Glass Studios, see their work, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their working processes.

Open Studios is when art lovers can visit artists in the Washington Glass Studios, see their work, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their working processes.

Many of the instructors and artists of the Washington Glass School participated in the exhibit of work.

Many of the instructors and artists of the Washington Glass School participated in the exhibit of work.

Erwin Timmers' work looked incredible!

Erwin Timmers’ work looked incredible!

There was plenty for the community to ooh and ahh about!

There was plenty for the community to ooh and ahh about!

The Open Studio got everyone inspired and excited about what will be created next!

The Open Studio got everyone inspired and excited about what will be created next!