Get Ready for SOFA Expo (31 OCT – 3 NOV 2019)

sofa.chicago.2018The huge art fair SOFA Chicago will be staged again at Chicago’s Navy Pier the first weekend of November. SOFA stands for “sculptural objects and functional art,” but the content of the fair has an even broader scope. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, SOFA is produced by Clarion Events.
Critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1993, what distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design. SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation, with an elite selection of international dealers presenting for sale one-of-a-kind masterworks.
With a strong educational emphasis, SOFA CHICAGO includes an acclaimed lecture series and special exhibits exploring the artworks on view and surveying new trends in the art world.

WTTW video of previous SOFA Expo – watch to see works by some of your favorite glass artists and cameos of works by DC artists!

Michigan’s Habatat Gallery will again be participating in SOFA Chicago for the 33rd year. For the 2019 event the gallery will be doing something exciting and all are invited!Habatat will have a presence at the SOFA Art Fair at Navy Pier and also at Habatat Prime which is a pop up location near Chicago’s Printers Row area. There, Habatat will have 7500 square feet of display spacing and also a live auction at the space as well Friday night!  The space will open to the public Thursday morning so please join us for lunch on Thursday October 31st and preview the auction.
Habatat SOFA Navy Pier Booth: A34 & A32
Habatat Prime Location: Z Gallery 1023 S. Delano Court EastSpace F123, Chicago, IL 60605
Habatat will have tranportation to and from the space that is 3 miles from the Pier.

31 OCT – 3 NOV 2019
Festival Hall, Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Opening Night Preview
Thursday, October 31, 2019
VIP Preview  |  5 – 9 pm 
Public Preview | 7 – 9 pm

Pittsburgh Glass Center Benefit Auction Art On Fire

Join the over 400 community leaders and art appreciators for a fun and unforgettable evening in support of Pittsburgh Glass Center! The Art on Fire Auction is a hot party and Pittsburgh’s ONLY glass art auction. It’s a great opportunity to buy handmade, one-of-a-kind glass art for a good value while also supporting artists and Pittsburgh Glass Center.pgc.auctionThis year’s celebration (Friday, September 13 • 6:00–11:00pm) will feature:
Over 150 works of glass art created by artists locally and from around the world. PGC’s 2019 Honorary Artist is Shelley Muzylowski Allen, a painter and glass artist based near Seattle, Washington who adorns her glass sculptures and paintings with rusted metals and organic materials, focusing on the strength and stillness of animals. Her glass sculpture, entitled “Mercury,” will be this year’s signature auction piece.

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- Live Auction 8pm | Silent Auction 6–10pm (Bid Now!)

09/13/2019 | 6:00pm – 09/13/2019 | 11:00pm
Nova Place
100 South Commons, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212

Art Opening & Panel Event @ NOMA : Art & Environment

This Saturday, Sept 14th, Please join the NoMa BID and artist Eric Celarier in a panel talk to discuss Eric’s newest artwork, “Biosphere,” now on view in the lobby of 1200 First St. NE. Comprising 43 colorful images of mundane materials and trash, this installation continues the artist’s ongoing exploration of humanity’s impact on the environment.

East City Art founder/editor Phil Hutinet will be moderating the panel including the talented and creative panelists listed below:
Moderator | Phil Hutinet, Founder & Editor of East City Art
Panelist | Eric Celarier, Artist
Panelist | Jeanne Braha, Executive Director at Rock Creek Conservancy
Panelist | Erwin Timmers, Co-Director of Washington Glass School
Panelist | Rafiq Jennings, Fixit Clinic with DOEE

The event will kick off at 5:00 PM with refreshments and an opportunity to experience the art and meet the artist. Click HERE to jump to event listing on Eventbrite.

Beer, wine, and light bites will be provided.
• 5:00 PM | Open house
• 5:30 PM | Panel disucssion
* 6:30 PM | Mingling and networking

For inquiries about the event, please contact Kimberly Ford, NoMa BID Director of Events:

Sat, September 14, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

1200 First St NE
1200 First Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

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Breaking Glass News! Jeff Zimmer Wins British Glass Biennale!

The British Glass Biennale is the foremost exhibition of excellence in contemporary glass by artists, designers and craftspeople currently working in Britain. Taking place every two years it is the highlight of the International Festival of Glass.

Winner of the 2019 British Glass Biennale - Jeff Zimmer!

Winner of the 2019 British Glass Biennale – Jeff Zimmer!

So excited to find out that WGS alum Jeff Zimmer has won this prestigious award! Super Congratulations Jeff!

Pittsburgh’s Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery Announces Closing

Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.

Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.

Opened in 1997, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery has been the first Pittsburgh art gallery dedicated to exhibiting contemporary studio glass, focusing on sculpture, goblets, and jewelry in glass and mixed media. Located in Pittsburgh’s East End, the gallery was part of the area’s cultural institutions such as the Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, the Carnegie Museums and Libraries, the Society for Contemporary Craft and the Pittsburgh Glass Center. The gallery featured some of the finest established and emerging artists., it was announced that Morgan Contemporary Glass will close permanently in October, 2019.

In an official statement, gallery owner and director Amy Morgan said:

it’s time to say goodbye…

A lifetime spent doing what one loves
is how life should always work out…
22 years ago I fell in love with glass.
And I never looked back.
Now it’s time to say goodbye.
I have many roads to travel and the time to explore is now!
To the artists who have shown with me,
the young people who have worked with me
and the collectors who found art to acquire in the gallery…
it couldn’t have happened without you!
Thank you all for sharing your worlds with me.
It has been a privilege.

Brentwood Arts Exchange Features Glass works by Debbi LoCicero

The Brentwood Arts Exchange serves as an anchor for the arts-based community development of the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. Located in the Gateway Arts Center, the Brentwood Arts Exchange will showcase Glass works by Debbi LoCicero, one of the Resident Artists at the Washington Glass School. Opening reception for her show at Brentwood Arts Exchange is Saturday, September 7th at, 9/7- 5-8 pm.

Debbi will be exhibiting glass objects from her “Lace Series”, representing memories of special places and times in the artist’s life.

The piece, titled “We Are All Just Passing Through”, is from her Lace Series.Image is of figures that are within the sculptural cube.

Debbi said about what she feels the artwork expresses: “Memories from our past… feelings about today….. excitement about what the future holds….”

Fall Exhibition

Opening Reception Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 5 PM – 8 PM

Brentwood Arts Exchange Front Gallery

3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood, Maryland 20722

Call for Entry- Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition

The Prince George’s County Juried exhibition is sponsored by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. The exhibition will be on display at Montpelier Arts Center from November 2 through December 31, 2019. 

Throughout time, artists have been skilled practitioners of self-reflection and introspection by constantly developing and analyzing a growing awareness of their self. This year’s county juried exhibition highlights the variety of artistic thought processes and ideas that artists use to create solutions to their own struggles with self-reflection.

This call is open to all artists who are 18 years of age or older who live, work, study, or have a studio in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Artists may submit a maximum of 3 artworks for consideration.


This year’s work will be selected by John Coppola, who served as Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Exhibits Central, providing design, production and installation services to the national museum complex. He was appointed by President Obama to the National Museum and Library Services Board. Mr. Coppola has organized and managed exhibitions for the Museum of Latin American Art, the Smithsonian Latino Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts, St. Thomas University, and the Stonewall Library & Archives.

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Baltimore Sun Reviews Glass Artwork in Montpelier Arts Center Invitational Baltimore Sun newspaper arts critic Mike Giuliano published his review of the 38th annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD.  

The journalist felt the exhibit serves as a lively reminder that contemporary sculptors have gone way beyond the traditional heroic marble or bronze figure atop a pedestal, and stated that he felt that “What distinguishes the exhibit is several of the artists use glass, not a material generally associated with sculpture. Far from seeming fragile, their treatment of the glass makes it seem as durable as any of the other materials found throughout the exhibit.” 

Works by Washington Glass School Co-directors Erwin Timmers and Tim Tate were the focus of his review, as well as work by former WGS Studio Coordinator Laura Beth Konopinski.

Congrats on the work in the show and the great review!

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Emerging Glass : A National Juried Glass Exhibit


Ohio’s Kent State University has a Call for Entries for a new exhibit: 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

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

ELIGIBILITY: Any current resident of the United States who is over 18 years old may submit work(s) for consideration. Works eligible for consideration must be the result of independent effort unless the collaborator(s) is listed. Works must be no older than 4 years with a completion date on or after October 2015. All works must be original and not a copy or variation of another artist’s work.

ONLINE SUBMISSION OF WORK: Each artist may submit one to three original works for consideration. Online submission of works will be accepted by completing the SUBMISSION FORM (click here) beginning April 30, 2019. In order to submit work, you must complete the online submission form by July 30, 2019, and pay the entry fee.
ENTRY FEE: The entry fee is $20, to be paid online.
More information and entry form found here:

Maryland Art Place Announces The 2nd Tri-Annual Maryland State Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Calling All Maryland Artists! Art Place Announces The 2nd Tri-Annual Maryland State Artist Registry Juried Exhibition. This September, Maryland Art Place (MAP) in partnership with the Maryland State Art Council (MSAC) will host a statewide juried exhibition curated by a panel of jurors to highlight the wide range of artists and artwork featured on the Maryland State Arts Council Artist Registry. The exhibition will take place at Maryland Art Place located at 218 West Saratoga St. from September 19 – November 10th. All Maryland artists who reside within the state are eligible and encouraged to apply. To be considered for the exhibition you must reside in Maryland, have a Maryland State Arts Council Artist Registry profile, and have created or updated your registry profile on or between the dates of June 26, 2019 – July 20, 2019. To join the registry please visit: Jurors are to be announced at a later date.