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National Liberty Museum To Blast-Off With Spacelab Exhibit of Glass Art

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SPACELAB: An Interstellar Exhibit of Glass Art
On display at Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum from July 6 – September 7, 2018

SPACELAB is a one-of-a-kind showcase of glass art that explores the great unknown – outer space. This collection of artwork examines human relationships with the universe, including space travel; extraterrestrial beings and intergalactic discoveries; the vastness and mystery of space; and much more. The innovative nature of glassmaking makes it the perfect medium for this subject, which has captured imaginations since the dawn of humankind. The featured work ranges from whimsical and mystical to elegant and awe-inspiring. WGS’ Laura Beth Konopinski is one of the featured artists in the exhibit. 

Laura Beth Konopinski; "her Inner space given Out"; Blown and recycled glass, torchworked and sculpted, enamel, preserved organic materials, 4.5in x 4.5in x 8.5in

Laura Beth Konopinski; “her Inner space given Out”; Blown and recycled glass, torchworked and sculpted, enamel, preserved organic materials, 4.5in x 4.5in x 8.5in

Friday, July 6 is the Opening Reception of SPACELAB. The public is invited to see a  preview the show, meet featured artists, and see a performance by the over-the-top glam rock band, OOLALA.  The event is free with a suggested donation of $10 to support the Museum’s public programming.   RESERVE NOW!

The National Liberty Museum’s mission of supporting glass art positions the institution as a unique venue to celebrate and discuss issues relevant to the international glass community.

Artists Accepted for this Exhibit:

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For more info – click link to jump to Liberty Museum website http://www.libertymuseum.org/glass-art/glassaccess-exhibits/spacelab-exhibit/

Open Call To Emerging Glass Artists: Residencies at Florida’s DMG School Project

DMG School Project announces that they are accepting applications for two, ONE MONTH long glass residencies.  Since its inception in 2015, DMG School Project has been able to provide 11 different in house artist residencies.

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The residencies will take place on the DMG Complex in St Petersburg, Florida. 

Ideally, these two “Artists In Residence” have worked together or are willing to work together both individually and collaboratively.

Residency includes: 

  One Month residency in September 2018.

  Shared lodging included during residency.

  24-hour access to St Pete Hot Glass studio and cold shop; this includes up to 20 hours of glory hole usage and up to 125 pounds of furnace glass per artist, per week. 

  $1000 stipend per artist. 

  Exhibition in October 2018 featuring new residency work at the Duncan McClellan Gallery.

  Professional photography of exhibition

   Mentorship by Duncan McClellan on the business aspects of being a successful artist. This includes how to effectively market your work, making gallery contacts, and cultivating collectors.

DMG School Project, an educational nonprofit housed within the Duncan McClellan Gallery complex, has received generous grants from the Florida Glass Art Alliance, the Milkey Family Foundation, Hough Family Foundation Inc, Art Alliance of Contemporary Glass, and the Maurice A. And Thelma P. Rothman Foundation, making it possible to offer a four week residency for two emerging glass artists.

Duncan McClellan, President of DMG School Project is a nationally recognized, award-winning glass artist. His distinctive style of masterful craftsmanship and iconic imagery is sought after by public and private collectors throughout the United States and abroad. In 2011, he opened Duncan McClellan Gallery followed by St. Petersburg Hot Glass Workshop, both of which serve as catalysts for the development of the Warehouse Arts District. Based on his philanthropic vision to inspire personal and artistic growth through glass art, he created the educational organization, DMG School Project.

DMG Complex
2342 Emerson Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL, 33712

For further information, go to www.dmgschoolproject.org

Some Like It Hot @ Pittsburgh’s Morgan Contemporary Gallery

 

“Luminescence” and “Stillness” by Michael Janis on exhibit at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery

“Luminescence” and “Stillness” by Michael Janis on exhibit at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery

 Some Like It Hot! shows hot-sculpting, cold-working, and everything in-between, tying together a showcase reminiscent of the oncoming summer, featuring 10 skilled artists: Jen Blazina, Sarah Gilbert, Scott Goss, Jaime Guerrero, Joe Ivacic, Michael Janis, Brent Marshall, Doug Randall, Mare Saare and Rob Stern. Opening reception 5:30- 8:30 p.m. June 8. 

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5833 Ellsworth Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Lorton Workhouse’s 4th Annual Glass National Exhibition 2018 Call for Entires

Lorton, VA’s Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) announces a call for entries for their 4th Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition 2018. This annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition is an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural glass artworks.  The Workhouse Arts Center seeks to promote and display the breadth of contemporary glass artwork being created throughout the USA and Canada.

First Place 2017 - Barbara Atkinson

First Place 2017 – Barbara Atkinson

Juror- Carmen Lozar

Carmen Lozar is an artist and educator who lives in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Lozar directs the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries at Illinois Wesleyan University and is a member of the art faculty. She has taught at institutions around the world including Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft, Pittsburgh Glass School, Appalachian Center for Crafts, The Chrysler Museum, and the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey. She has had residencies at the Corning Museum of Glass and Penland School of Craft.  Her work is included in many collections including the Bergstrom Mahler Museum, WI and the Museum of Art and Design, NY.

Entry Guidelines
Open to all glass artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S. and Canada

All works must be primarily Glass. Mixed media works will be accepted only if glass materials are the primary media.  The juror will make final determinations.  Size is limited to artwork that fits through a standard door. Floor works must be firmly stable.  Large scale installations shall be installed by artist.  Wall-mounted pieces are limited to 20 lbs. per section.  Work must have been produced within the last 3 years.

Please visit www.workhousearts.orgfor a detailed prospectus or visit http://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=1425  for detailed prospectus and to apply.

Entry Fee
All U.S. and Canadian artists- $30

JRA Day 2018 Applications for Craft Artists Now Available

The 11th Annual JRA Day
A Craft Artist Exhibition and Sale

The 11th annual JRA Day will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. To view last year’s web site on the event, go to www.jraday.org/home-2017.htmlJRA 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.  During the initial application period through June 15, 2018, preference will be given to artists who participated in last year’s show.  Please read the application form and contract carefully, as they describe the terms and conditions for participation in JRA Day. 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.  Click HERE to jump to web page for more info.

For additional information on JRA membership go to www.jra.org/levels-benefits, call 301.907.3888, or email admin@jra.org.

doris.rossLast year’s JRA Day was a great success and the JRA offers free admission to the show. There is no booth fee for JRA Day.  Instead, the JRA will receive 40 percent of all proceeds from the artist’s sales.  Details are included in the application and contract.

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.

James Renwick Alliance Chrysalis Award for Emerging Artists

2018 Focus: Glass

Recognizing that emerging artists represent the future of the craft field, the James Renwick Alliance (JRA) sponsors an award recognizing an emerging craft artist showing merit, skill and innovation in their work. The awardee will receive a $5,000 award and a complimentary membership to the JRA for one year. The finalist will have an opportunity to give a brief presentation about their work during an award presentation in October 2018. Finalists may be recognized with an Honorable Mention, and a 1-year JRA membership.

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The JRA Chrysalis 2018 award will focus on emerging artists working in the glass arts. The JRA is soliciting nominates broadly for consideration. Nominees will be screened for eligibility, with an independent panel of jurors invited to recommend which of the nominees should receive the award.

2018 Award Eligibility

The applicant must be working in the glass arts and show merit, skill, and innovation in their work. The artist must have completed a four-year academic program or equivalent training within the past 5 years. Applicants may not have had a solo commercial exhibition or be exclusively represented by a gallery or commercial entity.  The applicant must have residency in North America. Applicants are asked to supply up to five images of work completed in the past three years and answer all application questions.

Application fee: $30
Application deadline: August 1, 2018

More information and online application – click HERE to jump to JRA Chrysalis Award page.

 

 

Washington Glass School Open Studios Saturday, May 12th!

Works by artists & instructors of the Washington Glass School will amaze and delight!

Works by artists & instructors of the Washington Glass School will amaze and delight!

On Saturday, May 12, Washington Glass School, along with the studios, art organizations, and galleries throughout the Gateway Arts District will open their doors to the public. The event is free and open to all.

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Over 100 individual artists will participate in the event, making the 2018 Spring Open Studios the region’s most prominent visual arts event. Audiences can attend art openings, artist demonstrations or purchase original artwork in an artist’s studio. This artist-led event presents a fantastic opportunity to connect with the region’s most important and economically vital centers of art production.    

A free shuttle bus will make stops from Artists by the Tracks in Mount Rainier to Pyramid Atlantic in Hyattsville.  Between studios and gallery stops, the Gateway Arts Districts offers several new food and drink options along Route 1 including the recently opened Pizzeria Paradiso in Hyattsville, known for its outstanding pizza and wide selection of craft beers. Pizzeria Paradiso will host a beer festival on May 12 from 12-5 p.m.

 

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More information, including a self-guided map of the open studios visit the events’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/2018springopenstudios in advance of the tour.

Washington Glass School artists scheduled to exhibit:
– Tim Tate
– Michael Janis
– Erwin Timmers
– Laura Beth Konopinski
– John Henderson
– Patricia Kent
– Patricia De Poel Wilberg
-Laurie Brown
-Debbi LoCicero
-Max DeMulder
-Nancy Kronstadt
-April Shelford

Audrey Wilson @ Seager Gray Gallery “Art of the Book”

Audrey Wilson, "Shooting Range", neon, found objects, 18" x 24" x 4"

Audrey Wilson, “Shooting Range”, neon, found objects, 18″ x 24″ x 4″

California’s Seager Gray Gallery signature show for the gallery, “The Art of the Book” will feature Washington Glass School’s former studio coordinator, Audrey Wilson. Ms Wilson is currently working on her MFA in glass at Kent State University. Her powerful work, “Shooting Range”, centers on the Columbine shooting. The book mounted in the piece is a school yearbook with photos of slain students crossed out and a map of the school. A neon gun is mounted on the work along with 13 bullets commemorating the 13 students lost.

This signature show for the gallery is in its 13th year and includes 42 works by 22 artists. The exhibition runs from May 2 to June 1, 2018.

Artists in the show include Robert Adams, Rhiannon Alpers, Tor Archer, Doug Beube, Renee Bott, Valérie Buess, Sara Burgess, Macy Chadwick, Brian Dettmer, Casey Gardner, Jaz Graf, Andrew Hayes, Charles Hobson, Rodger Jacobsen, Lisa Kokin, Linda Mueller, Emily Payne, Brian Singer, Dolph Smith, Tamar Stone, Barbara Wildenboer and Audrey Wilson.

Getting Off Your Glass for Earth Day

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Recycling Glass = Love

As a way to make every day Earth Day  – Erwin Timmers “Going Green” class works at reducing the amount of glass in the waste stream by upcycling  – using recycled glass to make sculptural pieces and architectural elements.

The class eagerly explored ways to give new life to old glass – from bottles to recycled tempered float glass.  Glass chemistry, coloration, and firing temperatures were reviewed for each particular application. The class’ final workshop is next week, when dryplaster – bas  relief – casting with float glass will be explored.

Recycled glass never looked so lovely!

Recycled glass never looked so lovely!

The eco students learn how to make hand built refractory molds for glass casting.

The eco students learn how to make hand built refractory molds for glass casting.