NYC UrbanGlass 2015 Auction Monday, May 18th

urban.glass.auction.image2The 2015 UrbanGlass Gala is the principal fundraising event of New York’s UrbanGlass. UrbanGlass fosters innovative art and advances the use and appreciation of glass as a creative medium. The event helps support its studio for the more than 250 artists who make their work at UrbanGlass and helps fund its comprehensive education and scholarship programs.

Urban Glass auction paddle 8.jpgThe UrbanGlass community will honor longtime Board member and former Chairman Carl H. Pforzheimer III for his commitment and support to UrbanGlass and also honor acclaimed designer Lindsey Adelman.

The Gala will take place at 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, beginning with cocktails and a silent auction in the Agnes Varis Art Center, followed by dinner and the live auction. UrbanGlass’ auctions feature a dynamic selection of works by luminaries of the glass and contemporary art worlds, including WGS’ Michael Janis. 

The annual gala is UrbanGlass’ most important fundraiser of the year. Monday, May 18 from 6:30 to 11 PM is the 2015 UrbanGlass Gala & Auction!  For additional information, please contact Rachel Feinberg.

Click here to purchase tickets

Click here to bid on auction works

Apply for Agnes Varis Visiting Artist Fellowship

New York’s UrbanGlass offers the Agnes Varis Visiting Artist Fellowship: Deadline May 31


Brooklyn’s UrbanGlass Studio is completing a major renovation.

The Agnes Varis Visiting Artist Fellowship @UrbanGlass will provide a woman artist the opportunity to develop a new body of work exploring ideas and techniques using the medium of glass. Varis Fellowships will be provided for one artist per year for five years, beginning in 2013. Fellowships are eight weeks in length, and include access to all areas of UrbanGlass’ 17,000-square-foot glass working studio in Brooklyn, NY. Support for this fellowship is provided in honor of Dr. Agnes Varis, a successful woman entrepreneur, supporter of the arts and advocate for affordable generic drugs.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5 pm, Friday, May 31, 2013

FELLOWSHIP INCLUDES

A private work space within the UrbanGlass Studio.

Scheduled access to all UrbanGlass studios, technical support and instruction.

Budget to cover materials and studio fees for the length of fellowship (to be outlined in the fellowship agreement, prior to the start of term).

An honorarium of $1,500 for artist’s discretionary use.

Fellowship does not include room and board.

DEADLINES AND DATES

Application due by 5 pm, Friday, May 31, 2013.

Recipient will be notified by Monday, July 15, 2013.

Fellowship must begin between October 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

THE STUDIO

UrbanGlass’ newly renovated 17,000-square-foot facility contains a complete glassworking studio with a hot shop, cold shop, lampworking studio, neon shop and kiln shop. The fellow may make use of any or all of these areas of the studio.

JUDGING CRITERIA AND NOTIFICATION

The Agnes Varis Visiting Artist Fellowship is designed to provide a woman artist with the opportunity to develop a body of work and explore new techniques using the medium of glass. Artists will be chosen on the basis of past work and specific plans for utilizing UrbanGlass’ facilities as described in their proposal. Artists working both within and outside the glass field art encouraged to apply. A selection committee of artists, glass professionals, critics and UrbanGlass Staff will review applications. Notification of selection will be made no later than Monday, July 15, 2013.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be over 21 years of age when fellowship commences.

Applicants must be female.

Applicants must have basic English language skills.

Glass experience is not required.

Applicant should be available in New York for the public announcement of fellowship in October 2013. (Availability will not affect selection process.)

The following are NOT eligible to apply

Current students.

Current UrbanGlass employees.

Current UrbanGlass board members.

Artists who have received a grant from UrbanGlass in the last two fiscal years.


Click HERE to jump to online application. More info – click HERE to jump to UrbanGlass’ Fellowship page.

Marc Petrovic Solo Show @ Heller Gallery

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New York’s Heller Gallery will be presenting a solo exhibition of Marc Petrovic  – in a show titled ‘Avian’. Marc often uses bird imagery as a metaphor for relationships, parenting, home, shelter, and geographical identification. In his most recent series, Avian, he takes a closer look at his subject as he pixelates, deconstructs and then reconstructs the figure.  

To create his sculpture, Marc first creates a murrini flat patterned sheet that is later worked in the hot shop, using the roll-up process. The flat fused panel is a result of painstaking detailed cutting and firing of flat colored sheets of Bullseye glass.
Marc Petrovic with Jonathan Chapman work in the hot shop to shape the glass into a dimensional piece.


Using Bullseyecolored glass, Marc cuts the sheet glass, arranges and fuses it into abstract patterned slabs (beautiful as an abstract flat plate). He then uses the “Aussie Roll-up” technique to transform them into incredibly detailed blown glass sculptures. If you are familiar with Marc’s work, his knowledge of anatomy of (seemingly all) living creatures comes into play, as his work easily travels between obsessive, meditative labor, visionary  abstraction and poignant representation. He has been working on this show for most of the past year, and it really shows in the beauty and detail of the work.

Marc Petrovic “Avian” Hot-sculpted and blown Bullseye murrini roll-up. H 9, W 15, D 10 in.
Marc and his work will be featured in an article in the upcoming Fall 2012 print edition of GLASS Quarterly  magazine. Click HERE to jump to a set of photos on Facebook of his process.

MARC PETROVIC – AVIAN

September 7- October 6, 2012

Reception for the artist: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm

Demo: Saturday, September 8, 2012 11am at Brooklyn Glass to benefit Urban Glass Studio.

Heller Gallery

420 West 14th St.

New York NY 10014

Visit to the Glass School

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L-R Gallery Owner Jane Sauer, UrbanGlass Director Fred & Susan Sanders, Judith Schaechter, Tim Tate


This weekend’s busy social calendar included the events of the James Renwick Alliance Spring Craft Weekend.

Some of the visitors to the events dropped by the glass school for a visit – including Renwick Craft Invitational 2011 artist Judith Schaecter. Judith will be back to teach a creativity workshop for the JRA, to be held at the glass school on May 21, 2011.

Also visiting were collectors Fred & Susan Sanders - who recently had their art collection featured in American Style Magazine. Fred is the President of the Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group and is on the Board of UrbanGlass in Brooklyn. Jane Sauer, the eponymous owner of beautiful Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, NM joined the tour thru the glass school.

The events include the Benefit dinner and auctions at the Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon. It was a great chance to rub elbows with some glass superstars.

Michael Janis and Erin Timmers enjoy drinks at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, looking overlooking the art scene.

Erwin Timmers chatting with Lino Tagliapietra about new trends in glass.

Tim Tate & Judith Schaechter enjoy the view.

A good time was had by all!

Transitions @ Urban Glass

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Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY

Founded in 1977 as the New York Experimental Glass Workshop, Brooklyn’s UrbanGlass was the first artist-access hot glass centers in the United States and is now the largest. In addition to the artist-access studio, UrbanGlass offers a program of classes, workshops and intensives at every skill level. In 2005, Washington Glass School’s Michael Janis studied narrative glass techniques, which he now teaches at WGS. Next year, Urban Glass and its Robert Lehman Gallery will begin a renovation that will transform the facility into a state-of-the-art, energy efficient studio.


Robert Lehman Gallery

To capture the pivotal moment in the institutional transition, the gallery held a juried competition, titled “Transitions” and sought experimental, innovative and/or visually compelling works on a large or small scale that highlight transition: the juncture of endings, beginnings, transformations, and changes.
Transitions
will be the final show to be held in the Robert Lehman Gallery until the renovation and expansion project is complete.
This group exhibition was juried by Jennifer Scanlan, associate curator, Museum of Arts & Design; Courtney J. Wendroff, visual arts director, Brooklyn Arts Council; Dave Altman, co-chair, Urbanites; and Alan Iwamura, visual artist.

Again and Again Michael Janis
21″ x 21″ kilncast glass, glass powder imagery, steel, 2010

TRANSITIONS: Artists of UrbanGlass
September 16, 2010 – December 22, 2010

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Featuring work by:

Jane Bruce
Victoria Calabro
Joseph Cavalieri
Eunsuh Choi
Kanik Chung
Kelsey Harrington
Adam Holtzinger
Michael Janis
Solange Ledwith
Yuka Otani
Pamela Sabroso
Hiroshi Takizawa
Miguel Unson

UrbanGlass is located at 647 Fulton Street in the historic former Strand Theater in Brooklyn’s burgeoning BAM Cultural District.