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Artomatic at 2100 M Street, Washington, DC

Artomatic Opens March 8th!

Washington’s Innovative Glass Scene

In the 1960s, The American Studio Glass movement transformed glass from craft into fine art.

Artomatic helped create the movement, as after the 2000 Artomatic, the Smithsonian Museum acquired artist Tim Tate’s glass sculpture that was on display. Artist Erwin Timmers’ artwork was also on exhibit at that Artomatic, and after that show, the two began to collaborate, later teaming up to start the Washington Glass School & Studio with the funds from the sale of Tate’s glass artwork to the Renwick.

In 2008, Artomatic organized an exhibit at the Washington Glass School, showcasing the unique approaches to glass sculpture in three “glass” cities: Washington, DC; Toledo, Ohio; and Sunderland, England, fostering international partnerships and collaborative ventures.

As the 21st century unfolded, artists across various media have shown growing interest in glass as a creative medium, despite its technical challenges. The Washington Glass Scene has emerged as a hub of innovation, elevating glass to a significant position in contemporary art. The Washington Glass School encourages artists to push boundaries and redefine the possibilities of glass as a fine art medium.

The DMV’s art fair extravaganza – Artomatic- returns for its signature art event drawing hundreds of artists and performers from throughout the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area for a seven-week FREE exhibition to celebrate the arts! Located in the entire building in DC’s West End, Come to Level 5 to see excellent examples of what makes DC a glass powerhouse! Opens Friday! Proud to be a sponsor of such an important and iconic DC arts event!

HOURS: WED-THURS | 5:00PM – 9:30PM
FRI-SAT | 12:00PM – 12:00AM
SUN | 12:00PM – 9:00PM

LOCATION: 2100 M STREET NW, Washington, DC, 20037


Michael Janis Reflecting Culture: Glass as Canvas – 1

Miami’s Lowe Art Museum Names WGS Co-Director Michael Janis as their 2024 Distinguished Artist!

Michael will present his work as the Spring Myrna and Sheldon Palley Glass Artist Lecture Series held at the Museum. All our Miami friends can join the behind-the-scenes look into his artistic process in his talk: “Reflecting Culture: Glass as Canvas” at the Museum on March 27th.



Joyce Scott & Tim Tate, “Now”

Tim Tate’s work at Goya Gallery in Baltimore

On Aril 20th, Tim Tate will have an opening at GOYA Gallery in Baltimore. The show is titled “Collaborations” and will feature work from Tim Tate and Joyce Scott which was made at WGS over a 7-month period last year.

April 2 – May 31, 2024

Reception: April 20, 3-5pm

Goya Contemporary

Mill Centre Studio 214

3000 Chestnut Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21211




Washington DC City Paper has awarded Second Place in the Best of DC Art Blog category to the Washington Glass School Blog! Merci DC!

No Fake News! All Glass- All the Time!
Washington City Paper awards 2nd Place  to Washington Glass School Blog!

Watch the Washington Glass School’s 2007 appearance on local PBS channel –WETA.

Fox News’ Holly Morris visited the Glass School to learn more about eco-art with Erwin Timmers. Watch this video segment.

Watch Washington Glass School on YouTube

BOOKS & Magazines

Glass Secessionism

The intent of this group is to underscore and define the 21st Century Sculptural Glass Movement and to illustrate the differences and strengths compared to late 20th century technique-driven glass. While the 20th century glass artists contributions have been spectacular and ground breaking, this group focuses on the aesthetic of the 21st century. The object of the Glass-Secession is to advance glass as applied to sculptural expression; to draw together those glass artists practicing or otherwise interested in the arts, and to discuss from time to time examples of the Glass-Secession or other narrative work. Jump to the Facebook group page.

The American Craft Council interviewed Tim Tate about the post-studio glass movement in its April/May 2014 magazine – click HERE to jump to the article.

American Craft Magazine Features Washington Glass Studio


The June/July 2013 issue of American Craft Magazine featured an “In Progress” review of the collaborative process employed in the creation of the new glass doors for the US Library of Congress Adams Building. An interview with Michael Janis and Tim Tate outlines how the spectacular doors came into being – over a 9 year period. Some great photos in the article!

Glass Art Magazine Features Michael Janis

The Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Glass Art Magazine features a great profile on Michael Janis. Michael was interviewed for Glass Art’s podcast series “Talking Out Your Glass” earlier in 2016, and the magazine has followed up their 2012 cover story about Michael with another great article!

American Style Magazine’s June 06 issue featured the works of Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Michael Janis, and Liz Mears, and reviewed the impact the Washington Glass School has on the ‘content-driven’ art movement.