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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.

morgan.glass.gallery.pittsburgh.art.contemporary.fused.twenty_first.centuryToday, 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

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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. 

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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. 

REFLECTIONS OF SELF
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.

ELIGIBILITY
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.

JUROR – JOHN COPPOLA

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.

For more info – Click Here

Baltimore Sun Reviews Glass Artwork in Montpelier Arts Center Invitational

montpelier.arts.center.glass.erwin.timmers.laura.beth.konopinski.tim_tate.new.sculpture.21st.century.designThe 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

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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:
https://bit.ly/2LyCdGN

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

Calling All Maryland Artists!

maryland.art.placeMaryland 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: https://www.msac.org/user/register. Jurors are to be announced at a later date.

Arts & Healing at Inova Schar Cancer Institute

The dedication of the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, VA took place Monday, July 8.

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Inova Schar Cancer Institute located at 8081 Innovation Park Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031

The Arts & Healing Program at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, a department of Inova Fairfax Hospital, is a collaboration with the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, and uses art in its many forms to help support people in treatment and recovery and their loved ones. This innovative program includes a robust permanent art collection and ongoing exhibitions, performing arts events, and other workshops.

Opening dedication ceremony of the Arts & Healing program at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute.

Opening dedication ceremony of the Arts & Healing program at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute.

The Arts & Healing Program is a resource for families, loved ones and the community to support Inova Schar’s core mission and philosophy to provide patient-centered care. New acquisitions and special site-specific artworks many DC area artists – including WGS’ Michael Janis, Tim Tate, and Allegra Marquart are in the new collection as well as works by Foon Sham, Valerie Theberge, Alan Binstock, Wendy Ross, and Susan Hostetler. 

Artists Alan Binstock and Valerie Theberge with Arts Director Shanti Norris.

Artists Alan Binstock and Valerie Theberge with Arts Director Shanti Norris.

 

Sculpture by Foon Sham at the new Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, VA.

Sculpture by Foon Sham at the new Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, VA.

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Inova Schar Cancer Institute is dedicated to exhibiting fine art that explores the innate connection between healing and creativity. Through a rotating exhibition schedule, the gallery features contemporary artists that address a diversity of significant themes, including spirituality, social change, multiculturalism, health, environmentalism and community.

One of the large commissioned artworks is a site-specific installation work by glass sculptor Michael Janis. The Washington Glass School blog has asked Michael to outline the work’s meanings and the processes he used to create the monumental recognition wall.

 

Dwight Schar Recognition Wall at Inova Schar Cancer Institute

Dwight Schar Recognition Wall at Inova Schar Cancer Institute

Inspired by the story of Dwight Schar, founder and chairman of homebuilding and mortgage giant NVR, and donation by he and his wife to develop the cancer research institute that now bears their names, I worked at creating glass pieces that have both visual and spatial depth. Mr Schar’s mother died very young, lacking of good healthcare, and Mr Schar saw the creation of a cancer center and affording them the equipment and facilities needed to advance their treatments and research as a way to repay the community that supported his home building company.

Artist Michael Janis talks to the tour group about his unusual glass technique.

Artist Michael Janis talks to the tour group about his unusual glass technique.

 

The artwork installation is a tribute to his history and largesse. A rendering of Dwight Schar made of crushed glass powder overlaps cast glass squares that depict references homes and community, as well as the advancements that science and research could bring to the world. In the center of the artwork installation, cancer awareness ribbons are the focal point, in its natural clear state, allowing all symbolic cancer awareness colors to be seen within. The end framing panels are a special iridescent glass that has many colors that shift intensity depending on the viewer perspective.

Inova Schar Center made in kiln-cast glass.

Inova Schar Cancer Institute fired in kiln-cast glass.

The central portrait of Mr Schar is made from crushed black glass powder. The fine powder was carefully manipulated with scalpel and brushes to form the detailed likeness and took many hours and kiln firings to complete. 

The clear glass ribbons have become the symbol of the new Inova Schar Institute – and Washington Glass School was later commissioned to make smaller versions of the ribbons as commemorative sculptures for valued benefactors and volunteers to the new Cancer Center. inova.schar.glass.ribbon.award

Lisa Ellis receives recognition for her work in creating the arts program at Inova Schar Institute.

Lisa Ellis receives recognition for her work in creating the arts program at Inova Schar Institute.

CAH SYNERGY: FY20 Exhibit – Closing Reception

200 I Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

200 I Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

SYNERGY features visual arts applicants for the FY20 Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP) general support grant. On display are pieces submitted by the artists that represent their individual style and body of work. This exhibition allows grant review panelists an opportunity to evaluate the applicants’ works in a gallery setting, while at the same time showcasing the broad scope of the District’s dynamic art scene to the public.

Free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

GALLERY HOURS
Monday – Friday
9 am – 6 pm

CLOSING RECEPTION
Friday, July 19, 2019, 6 – 8 pm
I Street Galleries
200 I Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

The Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP) provides general funding support of up to $10,000 to individuals who demonstrate exceptional creativity. These grant funds are intended to encourage the creative contributions of the District’s established and emerging individual artists and humanities practitioners and further cultivate the District’s dynamic cultural sector. The works in this exhibit will be evaluated by a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) review panel.

About CAH
Established in 1968, CAH supports programs that promote progress in the arts and humanities through grants, professional opportunities, and other services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. CAH is the designated state arts agency for the District of Columbia, and is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Application For Artists to Exhibit on JRA Day – show date: December 7, 2019

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12th Annual JRA Day – Saturday, December 7, 2019

The James Renwick Alliance invites media based artists to submit an application to participate in the 12th Annual JRA Day, a one-day showcase for artists in the craft media. The JRA Day Artist Contract — Space Reservation Application can be found online at www.jraday.org/apply.html.

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JRA Day is sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance, an independent national nonprofit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists and fosters scholarship, education and public appreciation of craft art. The JRA was founded in 1982 and fulfills its mission through public programs, publications, recognition of craft artists, and financial support, including contributions to the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. For more information on the JRA, go to www.jra.org.

Last year’s JRA Day was a great success. The JRA plans to offer free admission and expand our efforts to promote the show. In 2018 most artists sold individual works at prices ranging from below $25 to as much as $600, and they expect a similar group of buyers this year.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The web site for the event is www.jraday.org.

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JRA Day is open to all craft artists who are members of the James Renwick Alliance. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are not a JRA member, you may apply for the show, but participants must hold a paid membership in the organization within a month of acceptance in the event and on JRA Day.

Memberships for professional craft artists start at the ART level (Alliance for Renwick Tomorrow) at $80 per year. For additional information on JRA membership go to www.jra.org/levels-benefits, call 301.907.3888, or email admin@jra.org.

A few changes in timing!

– Artist set up will take place from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

– The show will begin an hour earlier and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

– Take down will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Panels are no longer available!

– Booth space that accommodates panels is limited.

– Artists may apply for a booth space and provide their own panel(s)

(for further details, see the application).

– Panels can be found online in searches for freestanding display panels

Additional notes (see the application for further details):

– The initial application deadline is June 30, 2019, and during this period preference will be given to artists who participated in last year’s show

– At least three reproducible 300 dpi JPEG images are required by July 15, 2019; photographs must reflect current work and be different from those previously used by JRA Day.

– The JRA will receive 40 percent of all proceeds from the artist’s sales.

– Advance promotion of JRA Day is done through postcards, the web site, social media, listserv notices, and press releases.

Please contact the JRA Co-Chairs if you have any questions.

Looking forward to a wonderful event on December 7!

Jere Gibber & J.G. Harrington

JRA Day Co-chairs

jgibber@aol.com