Holy Toledo! Diane Wright named Curator of Glass @ TMA!!!

Breaking News! Diane Wright Named Curator of Glass at TMA –

Curator Diane Wright recently co-curated the collaborative exhibit by Washington Glass School & Virginia Glass Guild at Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center during the Norfolk GAS Conference in June 2017.

Curator Diane Wright recently co-curated the collaborative exhibit by Washington Glass School & Virginia Glass Guild at Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center during the Norfolk GAS Conference in June 2017.

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) today announced that Diane C. Wright has been appointed as curator of glass beginning Nov. 13. In this role, Wright will be responsible for overseeing TMA’s world-renowned and growing glass and decorative arts collection, including acquisitions, research, exhibitions and publications.
Since 2014, Wright has served as the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA. She is a recognized scholar of the windows and mosaics of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his studio. Wright received a B.A. in history from the University of Utah and an M.A. in the history of decorative arts from Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York.

Prior to her position at the Chrysler Museum, Wright was marketing and communications manager at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Marcia Brady Tucker Senior Curatorial Fellow at the Yale University Art Gallery and museum educator at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Curator Diane Wright talks about Erwin Timmers sculpture featured at "Embracing Narrative" exhibit.

Curator Diane Wright talks about Erwin Timmers sculpture featured at “Embracing Narrative” exhibit.

“Diane Wright joins the Toledo Museum of Art with an impressive background in glass arts education and curation,” said Brian Kennedy, president, director and CEO of TMA
“Her impressive work at the Chrysler Museum of Art, and knowledge of the glass field, including leaded-glass windows and mosaics of Tiffany Studios, are sure to continue and advance the reputation of Toledo’s glass collection and state-of-the-art Glass Pavilion”

Judith Schaechter at Renwick Gallery & Parkmans Celebrated!


This Sunday afternoon (Sept 24, 2017) join Abraham Thomas, Curator-in-Charge of the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery, as he talks with acclaimed glass artist Judith Schaechter about her work and creative process.  Known for her remarkably intricate and provocative pieces, Judith is collected by numerous museum including the Met in New York, the Victoria and Albert in London, the Hermitage, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian.

Elmerina and Paul Parkman

Elmerina and Paul Parkman

The day concludes with a presentation at the Renwick Gallery in honor James Renwick Alliance founders Paul and Elmerina Parkman and celebrate their contributions to the Studio Glass Movement 

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 2 – 3 PM

Smithsonian Museum’s Renwick Gallery’s Rubenstein Grand Salon
1661 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20006
Cost: Free

WGS Hosts James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist Alex Bernstein Workshop

Alex Bernstein, Morning Balance - 26x26x5" - Cast and cut glass, fused steel

Alex Bernstein, Morning Balance – 26x26x5″ – Cast and cut glass, fused steel

The James Renwick Alliance’s annual Distinguished Artist Series brings notable craft artists from around the country to provide insight into their work. Each Distinguished Artist weekend includes a Saturday workshop and free Sunday public lecture at which the artist will discuss their technique, background, artistic influences, and career. 

Alex Bernstein

Alex Bernstein

The JRA named Alex Bernstein as one of this year’s Distinguished Artist and he will be at the Washington Glass School for a demo workshop on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 from 9:30am-12:30pm where Alex will discuss the making of his artwork and demonstrate some of his cold-working techniques. Participants in the workshop will participate in the design the sculpture Alex will make at the studio. The morning begins with a brief meet-and-greet with the artist over coffee and pastries. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to attend a potluck dinner with the artist on Saturday evening. On Sunday, September 24th, 2017, the JRA will provide a free public lecture by the artist at American University’s Katzen Arts Center from 10 AM – 11AM.

Alex Bernstein, "Black Mountain 2", Cast & cut glass, fused steel

Alex Bernstein, “Black Mountain 2″, Cast & cut glass, fused steel

Award winning artist Alex Gabriel Bernstein grew up in a creative environment with access to many of the artists of the American studio glass movement. As the child of two established glass artists, William and Katherine Bernstein (Billy is one of the founding members of the Glass Art Society), the beautiful surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina where they lived played almost as much of a part in his inspired upbringing as did the breadth of teachers around him.

Alex will talk about his family’s influence, how he pushed the boundaries in glass sculpture technique and how he found his voice.

The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) is a vibrant group of art enthusiasts, collectors, artists, educators, students and art professionals who share a passion for contemporary American craft.  JRA members enjoy a diverse year-round schedule of programs including, social events, educational lectures and tours, and art-inspired excursions.

The JRA is committed to advancing scholarship, education and public appreciation of craft art as well as promoting individual achievements of excellence and innovation in the craft field.  As an independent non-profit organization, the JRA has provided more than $3 million for acquisitions, exhibitions, public programs, and publications to Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery – our nation’s showcase of contemporary American craft.

Alex Bernstein Distinguished Artist Workshop:
Saturday, September 23  |  9:30am – 12:30pm
Washington Glass School  |  3700 Otis St, Mt Rainier, MD 20712
$50 members  |  $60 non members

To register for Alex Bernstein workshop at the Washington Glass School – click HERE.

NCAGG “Edge of Light” Exhibit at A&M Studios 2


Sherry Selevan’s cool glass bowl turns heads.

The Edge of Light! is a juried show featuring the work of NCAGG members. The exhibition will be held at Artists & Makers Studios 2, located at 12276 Wilkins Avenue in Rockville, MD.

Veta Carney's cast glass sculpture "Edge of Extinction".

Veta Carney’s cast glass sculpture “Edge of Extinction”.

Artists & Makers Studios is home to over 70 artists.

The Edge of Light! theme was to suggest anything that is “edgy” (literally or figuratively), “off-the-cuff,” or unusual. This juried exhibition is the major component of the show, but there are plans to have an artist demonstration and/or talk for visitors to the gallery.


Whimsical artwork by Patricia De Poel Wilberg.

“The Edge of Light” with the National Capital Art Glass Guild
Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, September 8th, 2017
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

CCBC Contemporary Glass Art Class’ DC Day

Gallery owner Maurine Littleton talks about the works and history of Harvey Littleton

Gallery owner Maurine Littleton talks about the works and history of Harvey Littleton.

Glass Art Enthusiast and Contemporary Art Historian Howard Cohen took his CCBC Senior Institute class on some trips to visit the Washington Glass School and Maurine Littleton Gallery this week. The students were able to talk with the glass artists and gallery owner about the history, techniques and essence of the works being worked on and exhibited.

CCBC Senior Institute glass history students talk with artist Tim Tate about his artwork and the international art scene.

CCBC Senior Institute glass history students talk with artist Tim Tate about his artwork and the international art scene.

Artist Michael Janis talks about his sgraffito glass process with the group.

Artist Michael Janis talks about his sgraffito glass process with the group.

Studio 3807 Films Washington Glass School Action Movie

Studio 3807 films WGS: Prepare to be quadruple terminated!

Studio 3807 films WGS Directors Tim Tate and Michael Janis: Prepare to be quadruple terminated!

The Gateway Arts District will be welcoming a new apartment development – Studio 3807. Besides offering artist studio space in the new mixed use development, they are displaying works by local artists as part of a permanent collection and as part of a series of rotating art and artists talks organized by John Paradiso. The developer has stated that they want to be an integral part of the Arts District.

As part of their marketing efforts, Studio 3807 has filmed videos featuring Gateway Arts District artists – including Washington Glass School. 

Get your popcorn ready for the release of the major motion picture!

Lenny Campello’s “How To Survive As An Artist Seminar”

Throughout the year, the Brentwood Arts Exchange offers classes and workshops of interest to artists. On September 30, from 2-4:30 pm, as part of the center’s Professional Development Series, the Brentwood Arts Exchange will be once again hosting the “Bootcamp for Artists” seminar at no cost to the artists.

paintball.mona_lisaBOOTCAMP FOR ARTISTS

Date and Time: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 2 – 4:30 pm

Hosted by noted artist/author/art critic extraordinaire, F. Lennox Campello, this free seminar is suitable for all visual artists interested in taking their career to the next level.   

Ever wonder how to maximize the attention your work gets from the press, galleries, and museum curators? How to present your work in a professional manner and save money in the process? How to tap into grants, awards, and residences? How to approach a gallery? Then this seminar is for you! Space is limited. 

Cost: Free

Location: Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722

Contact: 301-277-2863

Listen Up! Glass Art Magazine Podcast Features Tim Tate on NLM “Transparency” Exhibit

glass.art.magazine.Podcast.talking.out.your.assThe National Liberty Museum’s exhibit, Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition began in June 2017 and ran through August 6, 2017. 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. Known as “LGBT Pride Month” or simply “Pride” this worldwide phenomenon reminds us that the freedom to live our truth is necessary for a liberated society. For Pride 2017, the National Liberty Museum hosted the nation’s first museum exhibit of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists of the LGBTQ+ community.

Tim Tate, "We Rose Up"

Tim Tate: “We Rose Up”

Glass Art Magazine covers artists online and in print and also via their new podcast series, “Talking Out Your Glass“. The series features interviews and discussions with world-renowned glass artists and respected experts in hot, warm, and cold glass. 

Episode 31 ~ National Liberty Museum: Transparency

This episode features a podcast tour of the National Liberty Museum and its recent exhibition of work made by LGBT+Q glass artists. Featuring interviews with artists Tim Tate, Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles. Click on link below to have a listen.

Call for Entries – Splash: Attitude and Process


Call for Entries

Splash: Attitude and Process
The 2017 Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition
Presented at the Brentwood Arts Exchange

Click here to download as a PDF

Saturday, September 9

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.

In recognition and support of the county’s creative community, the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council will purchase one artwork from this year’s Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition.

Applications must be submitted at: m-ncppc.submittable.com
No other forms of application will be accepted.

Splash: Attitudes and Process seeks artworks that embody attitude and style. Attitudes are catalysts for new processes and new ways of making. To use any material, or even to make work that is ethereal, arises from widely varied practices, but always embodies the artist’s attitude about creating. Furthermore, creating with style and intention reveals an artist’s point of view. Pushing the boundaries of art informs not only making art but also seeing it. This exhibition celebrates all of those things.

Ginevra Shay is an artist and curator living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the Artistic Director of The Contemporary Museum, and curator of Rose Arcade, founder of the Current Space Community Darkroom and Photo Program, and was recently artist and curator in-residence at Gallery Four. She has worked with a number of private collections and Baltimore institutions, including The Jewish Museum of Maryland and The Afro-American Newspaper, to aid with research and assist with digital archiving processes. She has exhibited her own work at Present Company (NYC), LVL3 (Chicago), Rock512Devil (Baltimore), The Finnish Museum of Photography (Finland), Notre Dame University (Maryland), John Hansard Gallery (United Kingdom), Galleri Vasli Souza (Sweden), and Flying Object (Mass).

September 9 – Deadline to apply
September 20 – Artists notified
October 21, 23-26 – Artists drop off work at Brentwood Arts Exchange
November 6 – Exhibition Opens to the public
November 1 – Opening reception
December 30 – Last day of exhibition
Jan 3-5 – Artists pick up artworkADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Any questions or for additional information, please contact:

Phil Davis, Countywide Arts Coordinator
7833 Walker Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Farewell to Our Miss Wilson!

The Washington Glass School hosted a farewell party for artist Audrey Wilson – heading off to get an MFA in glass at Ohio’s Kent State. We hold back tears as we wish Audrey all the best!

Trish Kent presents Audrey Wilson a chocolate cake modelled after  Audrey's pate de verre glass feathers.

Trish Kent presents Audrey Wilson a chocolate cake modelled after Audrey’s pate de verre glass feathers.

Debbi LoCicero tells her story of  Audrey Wilson's effect on her artwork.

Debbi LoCicero tells her story of Audrey Wilson’s effect on her artwork.

Artist, author & gallerist Lenny Campello offers his story of Audrey Wilson's adventures at the Art Basel Miami fairs.

Artist, author & gallerist Lenny Campello offers his story of Audrey Wilson’s adventures at the Art Basel Miami fairs.