30 June 2010

Ginny Ruffner Glass Artist: The Movie

Ginny Ruffner has long since been recognized worldwide as one of the major artists of the modern glass movement. Ginny’s menagerie of glass sculptures are imbued with a combination of technical mastery and startling whimsical shapes and figures. Possessing extraordinary fine art skills, her uniquely narrative and sculptural pieces combine elements of painting, sculpture and art history. While many artists shy away from beauty and decoration, Ginny embraces it, “I feel like my purpose in life is to make beautiful things.”

A car accident in 1991 that almost ended her life at age thirty-nine. Ginny was a well established artist long before the crash and can now walk and talk again, however haltingly, and her art, once resumed, never signaled a break in either her vision or spirit. This art was and is exuberant, inclusive, fearless, and thought-provoking. It is an art unhindered by the supposed limitations of a difficult medium, glass, the traumatic event of the crash, or the frustrations of physical handicap.
"I'm big on turning lemons into lemonade," Ginny remarks rather lightly.

A movie about Ginny's life - titled Ginny Ruffner:A Not So Still Life just had its premier in Seattle's international film festival, and won the audience award.

Click HERE to jump to the movie's website.

Ginny received both her M.F.A and B.F.A. in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia. A recipient of an N.E.A. Fellowship, her earlier work uniquely merged the mediums of glassblowing and painting, culminating in her intricate, sculptural constructions. Public collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC and Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland. Maurine Littleton Gallery in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC is her gallery, and the gallery shows her work at SOFA Chicago.

National Public Radio had just covered Ginny and had links to her work and to the movie -
click HERE to jump to the NPR article online.

28 June 2010

Chinese Glass Artist Lu Chi Visits Washington Glass

L-R Gwen Paulson, Erwin Timmers, Tim Tate, Lu Chi, Michael Janis, Robert Kincheloe, George Koch

Shanghi glass artist Lu Chi visited the Washington Glass School, talking about glass techniques and opportunities to exhibit overseas.
A pioneer of Chinese contemporary glass art, Lu Chi received the very first MFA degree in glass in China from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2003. She worked as a university teacher in Shanghai for four years and continued her extracurricular education at the Studio of Corning Museum of Glass in New York in 2006 and 2007.

Her works were shown at distinguished venues and international exhibitions such as Glass Art Society 2007 Live Auction in Pittsburgh, "Glass Now 2008" in Philadelphia and a group exhibition in Leo Kaplan and New York. Lu's work will be shown at SOFA Chicago in November, at Navy Pier.

Lu's kilncast glass sculptures are complex forms created in clay and produced using the "lost wax' process. Her largest works are more than 1 meter high. It takes an average of three months to finish one sculpture. Each sculpture can weigh up to 40 kilograms.
Click HERE to jump to her website.

Characters and Roads

kilncast glass

Landscape on the Map

27 June 2010

Daily Art Muse on Elizabeth Ryland Mears

Large Bundle of Twigs with Knitted Copper Wrap Detail
Glass, Flameworked, Sandblasted, Waxed Linen, Lusters, Copper, Steel
6″h x 26″w x 5″d

The Daily Art Muse blog most recent posting focuses on our own flameworker extraordinaire Elizabeth Mears.
Says Susan Lomuto about Liz' work "When I found Elizabeth Ryland Mears’ flameworked glass twig bundles and sculptures they resonated with a place deep inside. And so timely, my discovery of Mears’ work. For the last two weeks I have been gathering and collecting bits and pieces of tree branches, bark, pebbles – thinking about how these fragments are as beautiful as the whole. . ."
The Great Wandering

The blog article continues with some of the collaborative work that Liz creates with her daughter L Lindsey Mears. Lindsey is an an artist in her own right creating art books, prints, and assemblages.

Click HERE to jump to the Daily Art Muse blog posting.

24 June 2010

Team Building Event at the Glass School: DC Shorts

The staff of the DC Shorts Film Festival crew held a team building event at the Washington Glass School. DC Shorts focuses on independent short films, created by new and established filmmakers. The film festival produced by DC Shorts was also chosen by the readers of the Washington City Paper as the area’s best festival (and this region has more than 50 film festivas a year!).

Glass has the ability to bring out the best of anyone! If you are interested in having an event at the Washington Glass School, please call 202 -744.8222.

23 June 2010

Micaela Gallery's Cold + Hot

San Francisco's Micaela Gallery features the work of Washington Glass School artists Michael Janis and Tim Tate in an exhibition of sculptural glass art titled COLD + HOT 2010.

Micaela Gallery showcases fine art and sculpture, and was one of the best of the US galleries featured at Art Basel, Switzerland. The title Cold + Hot references the processes used by glass artists to form the medium. Featured glass artists include: Peter Bremers, Kathleen Elliot, Michael Janis, Michelle Knox, Weston Lambert, Carol Lawton, Silvia Levenson, Susan Longini, Thomas Scoon, Carmen Spera, Tim Tate and Kristina Uslar.

Tim Tate, whose cross-over work of digital media and video pushes the debate between fine art and craft will be showing his videos
in the photograph/video gallery within the main art gallery, along with photographs by Mark Leibowitz.

Michael Janis
'The High Priestess Tarot'
kilncast glass, glass powder imagery, steel

Tim Tate
'Dreaming of Ophelia'
Original Video

Micaela Gallery
49 Geary Street, No. 234
San Francisco, CA 94108

18 June 2010

Hirshhorn - Tear Down These Walls

Tim Tate with Marc Petrovic Cure for Intelligent Design
Blown and cast glass, electronics, video
Museum of Arts and Design
photography by Anything Photographic

detail of Cure for Intelligent Design
Part of "Dead or Alive" exhibit at NYC's Museum of Arts and Design
photography by Anything Photographic

A Facebook campaign to get Tim Tate's work into the Hirshhorn Museum is underway. The group is dedicated to dedicated to convincing the curatorial staff and acquisition committee of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to finally purchase and exhibit some of the amazing video art pieces from Tim Tate.

The Washington Glass School's Tim Tate is one of the most renowned award winning artists in this region. He works in self-contained video installations and projections.

HERE to jump to the Facebook group.

Tim has four exhibits on right now:

- Swanson Reed Gallery, Louisville, KY.
- Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA.
- Scope Art Basel, Switzerland with San Francisco's Micaela Gallery, June 15-20, 2010

- Museum of Arts and Design, Dead or Alive, New York, NY

Founding Director of Corning Museum of Glass Dies at 83

Thomas S. Buechner, who was the founding director of the Corning Museum of Glass and was the director of the Brooklyn Museum in the 1960's, died on Sunday at his home in Corning, NY. He was 83.
Mr Buechner, a painter and illustrator, served for 10 years as the director of the Corning Museum of Glass before becoming director of the Brooklyn Museum in 1960. At 33, he was one of the youngest museum directors in the United States. He recently had a retrospective of his artwork exhibited at Alexandria's Principle Gallery.

Click HERE to jump to the NY Times obit on Thomas Buechner.

17 June 2010

Corning Museum of Glass Call For Entries

Its that Time Again!

Each year, The Corning Museum of Glass conducts a worldwide competition to select 100 images of new works in glass. A committee drawn from designers, artists, curators, and critics makes the selection. The publication is intended to keep its audience, which includes museums, artists, libraries, collectors, scholars, and dealers, informed of recent developments in the field. Objects considered excellent from any of several viewpoints—such as function, subject matter, aesthetics, and technique—will be chosen. The objects selected will be published in color with the names of the makers and brief descriptions of the pieces.

Participants are requested to complete the entry form, submitting a total of three digital images illustrating one work per image. Digital photographs, which should be made using the highest-resolution setting on the camera, must be of actual objects designed and made between October 1, 2009, and October 1, 2010.

Click HERE to jump to CMOG entry prospectus.

Click HERE to see some of the winners of New Glass Review 31.

16 June 2010

DC & UK Glass School Connection

UK's National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland

Representatives from one of the world's leading glass art education centers - the UK's University of Sunderland and National Glass Centre met this week with the directors of the Washington Glass School to discuss collaborative educational opportunities between the two glass schools.
Residencies both here at the Washington Glass School and at the University of Sunderland, exhibitions and how to enable a free exchange of ideas, students and staff are amongst the topics to be worked through.
It would be very exciting to have many of the UK glass artists we first met at the Artomatic-sponsored "Glass 3" collaborative exhibit between 3 world glass centers held in 2008, and saw more of during the critically acclaimed Artomatic 2009, come and teach their techniques and tricks.

We will post more information on this topic as this collaboration develops.

Cut up: Works by Sherill Anne Gross

The nearby Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center has a great paper show opening this weekend.

Exhibition of artwork by Cut paper artist Sherill Anne Gross. "Pretty Little Things" will feature the complete Pinup art series as well as other pieces.

Reception: Saturday, June 19, 5-8pm

Brentwood Arts Exchange @ Gateway Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD 20722
Gallery Hours: Mondays-Fridays: 10 am-8 pm; Saturdays: 10 am-6 pm

12 June 2010

Washington Post on Tiffany Glass

Louis Comfort Tiffany "Bella Apartment Window" ca 1880.
Metropolitan Museum Of Art Photo

The Washington Post has an interesting review by Blake Gopnik on the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibition "Tiffany: Color and Light," a major new survey of the studio's work, now through August 15.

"(The exhibition) gives a fine overview of Tiffany's glorious vases, leaded-glass lamps and work in stained glass.
It also lets us in on something strange: Tiffany was not an artist in the traditional sense. The man responsible for some of the most innovative handicrafts ever created barely set his hands on the objects he signed. The man who gave new life to blown glass never blew glass; he didn't even come up with the iridescent surfaces that were his trademark. The man whose lamps went on to inspire the lighting in restaurant chains across America entrusted their design to a team of uncredited women.
None of this makes Tiffany a less important figure. On the contrary, it makes him a true radical. ... His art supplies were other people; the masterpiece he built with them was a corporate entity called Tiffany Studios."

Click HERE to jump to the full Post article by Blake Gopnik.

11 June 2010

Tim Tate @ Art Basel, Switzerland

At its inaugural exhibition at SCOPE Basel 2010, Micaëla Gallery (USA) introduces: Marvin Lipofsky, Nicole Schmoelzer, Prema Murthy, Lorraine Peltz, Scott Kildall, Silvia Levenson and Tim Tate.

San Francisco's Micaëla Gallery will feature contemporary fine art with an exhibition of digital drawings (Murthy), explorations of light (Lipofsky, Schmoelzer), and dialogue addressing social concerns (Levenson, Tate, Kildall, Peltz), Micaela Gallery introduces artworks by gallery artists that are as beautiful to regard as they are engaging to the intellect.

Each artist was carefully chosen because of singular contributions to contemporary visual dialogues.

Lipofsky, L'viv Group No. 2, 2001-2002
Marvin Lipofsky, L'viv Group
Marvin Lipofsky, educator, inveterate traveler, multi-awarded artist, respected sculptor, and passionate supporter of the arts, is credited with bridging international communities of artists through ideological barriers, over time and across continents to become a fundamental pillar of the international glass community. Working with established and respected artists from the Czech Republic, Venice, China and the United States, his collaborative sculptures can be found in important museum and private collections worldwide. A master colorist, Lipofsky's work pays homage to the communities where he created his work. For example, during his visit to the Czech Republic, his sculpture referenced landscape and political climate, while the work he made during his visit to China used colors that traditionally augur joy and prosperity in Chinese communities. Lipofsky's work also addresses the manner that light shifts through space as well as the effect on space that his work occupies, in terms of color and texture. He established the respected glass programs at the University of California at Berkeley and the California College of Art; and resides in Berkeley, California.

Schmoelzer, Staining 1109-132, 2010
Schmoelzer, Staining 1109-132, 2010
Nicole Schmoelzer, a life-long student of painting, works with oil paint on linen and paper, developing series of paintings where the behavior of color is the topic. She is an abstract painter, who loves the interaction of colors, with and against each other. By investigating the manner that color performs on a surface or structuring quality, Schmoelzer is excited by the possibilities of illustrating simultaneously different layers of movements and shifts on the visual plane. Her work begins by setting stains - staining - the surface, with liquid oil paint. By building layers, which are subsequently exposed, newly exposed washes of paint take on an illusion of depth, receding to, or surfacing from, an in-between imaginary third-dimensional space. Schmoelzer's current work incorporates ink with oil paint, and, by process and composition, mediates between the organic and geometric, in expression and approach. She resides in Brooklyn, New York and Basel, Switzerland.

Murthy, Tectonics 06D, 2009
Murthy, Tectonics 06D
Prema Murthy is a mathematician who decided the best way to address her love of beautiful mathematical theory is to work with it visually. TECTONICS is a series of archival digital prints that explore ruptures in the structural features of globalization. Murthy's starting points for the project are scientific mapping of natural phenomena and concepts in eastern philosophy relating to embodiment, cognition, and Mind. Between these geographical and cognitive sites, she uses the human body as a metaphor where effects of globalization manifest in terms of simultaneous disintegration and reintegration. She combines drawing techniques with digital processes to map the body in terms of dynamic states of power - continuously shifting spheres of influence that effect geographical, as well as political, economic, and mental terrain as well. In her work, bodies become a drawing tool to map unseen traces of energy, motion and the passage of time. Based in New York, Murthy received her MFA from Goldsmiths College, London.

Peltz. Chandelier Black Gold, 2010
Peltz.  Chandelier Black Gold, 2010
Lorraine Peltz' work is a continuing discussion of feminine ideas in a fresh, beautiful manner in relation to place and identity. Her vernacular uses recognizable, highly charged images that explore women's fantasies and desires. Peltz' mimicry and reconciliation of how information comes to us and how meaning is made -- real life alongside memory, poetry next to prose -- become the landscapes of her exterior world and an interior space of dream, desire, hope, and memory. Images of chandeliers, among others, co-mingle the language of 17th century-esque still-life objects and pop imageries of lightening bolts, puffy clouds, painted lips, ominous blackbirds, and more. Peltz received her MFA from the University of Chicago. She lives and works in Chicago and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kildall. Future Memories, 2006
Kildall.  Future Memories, 2006
Scott Kildall works at the intersection of media culture and human memory. His artwork depicts collapse: between producer and consumer, viewer and viewed and simulated and real. He appropriates material, bends rules of consent, restages events and invites viewers to alter his exhibited pieces. These acts and products reflect a shift in cultural production - where ownership dips into a zone of ambiguity and image and sound is widely recycled. Lately, Kildall has been using Second Life - an online world with simulated physical space - as a site for artistic inquiry. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute MFA program, Kildall resides in San Francisco and New York City.

Levenson. Alta, 2008
Levenson.  Alta, 2008.
Silvia Levenson addresses life and femininity with wry wit and beautiful work. Her work addresses daily living and the veiled anguish within the home, offering viewers a dark and comic window of not so blissful family life. Socially concerned with the influences of modern self medication, as a method of coping with what she calls the cocoon and the battlefield: a place of love, hate, and tension; her work displays dualities of fragility and imperviousness - best conveyed through her mediums of glass and video. Levenson purposefully exploits her personal experiences as wife, mother, daughter, and sister to express the fragility and complexity of her oeuvres. Much of Levenson's art is an attempt to resolve the difficulties of living with threats of violence, political and domestic, that are out of our control. Born in Argentina, Levenson now resides in Italy.

Tate. My Heart is Unbreakable, 2010
Tate.  My Heart is Unbreakable, 2010
Tim Tate is an artist with a rare appreciation for the beauty of life - he perceives his sculptures as self-contained video installations. Blending a traditional craft with new media technology gives him the framework in which to fit his artistic narrative. Revelation, and in some cases self-revelation, is the underlying theme of his electronic reliquaries. Tate understands his interactive works may disturb because it prompts a variety of responses: amusement, memory, and maybe, recognition. But he values the viewer's response to his hybrid art work and its conceptual nature. Tate defines his work as phylacteries of sorts, the transparent reliquaries in which bits of saints' bones or hair, relics, are displayed. In many cultures and religions, relics are believed to have magical or spiritual powers, especially for healing. Tate's relics are temporal, sounds and moving images formally enshrined, encapsulating experiences like as a collection of cultural specimens. Tate works and lives in Washington DC.

FirstView Party and Reception: FirstView for all VIPs or 100 CHF donation at the door
Tuesday June 15 3 - 7pm

PressView: Tuesday June 15 3 - 7pm
RSVP to press@scope-art.com
Serving cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to our guests and exhibitors.

General Fair Hours
Wednesday June 16 11am - 7pm
Thursday June 17 11am - 7pm
Friday June 18 11am - 7pmSCOPE Basel 2010 Map
Saturday June 19 11am - 7pm

Free for VIP cardholders
General Wednesday - Saturday CHF 20
Student Wednesday - Saturday CHF 10

Kaserne Basel
Klybeckstr. 1b
CH - 4057 Basel

08 June 2010

Fuller Craft Museum "The New Materiality"

The Fuller Craft Museum's new show: The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft has its Opening Reception this weekend.
Curated by Fo Wilson, the artists in this exhibition combine new technologies - digital video, computerized design - with traditional craft materials to forge new artistic visions. The Washington Glass School's Tim Tate is one of the featured artists in the show.
Tim Tate Virtual Novelist
blown and cast glass, electronics, original digital video
photo by Anything Photographic
Sunday, June 13, 2010, 1pm
"A Twenty-first Century View of Craft", lecture with Fo Wilson.
Fo will discuss how the artists of 'The New Materiality' are adapting, manipulating and re-inventing the materials of craft in a digital age.

Sunday, June 13, 2010, 2pm
Opening Reception
455 Oak Street
Brockton, MA 02301

04 June 2010

GAS Clarifies Arizona Conf Cancellation

An earlier post listed the Glass Art Society (GAS) cancellation of the planned 2011 GAS Conference in Tuscon Arizona.

The Board of Directors for GAS has issued a clarification, emailed out to the members of the glass artist organization on the reasons behind the decision to cancel the Arizona conference.

"Dear GAS Members:

The Board of Directors and the Executive Director would like to thank you for your many communications regarding the recent decision to cancel the 2011 Annual Conference in Tucson for financial reasons. It became evident from the many comments we received, both supporting and opposing the decision, that further explanation regarding our organization’s budgeting process would be helpful to all.

From the onset, the Board did not make this decision based on the new Arizona immigration law. Personal opinions of Board Members cannot be allowed to influence such an important decision, and the diversity of the Board ensures this. GAS depends financially on its Annual Conference to generate funds for operating the association. Our membership dues alone do not pay for all we do: staffing, office rental, communications, travel, website, GASnews, the GAS Journal, etc…we need to make money at the Conference not just to survive, but to thrive. A poorly attended Conference puts a serious strain on the finances, if not jeopardizing the organization financially.

Without getting into too much financial detail (a budget is provided and discussed at the annual business meeting): the Conference needs to have a surplus of about $175,000 to cover all associated costs. In addition, a financial “bolster” is needed to cover the International Conferences, which are part of our mission but are also much more costly. We do have a contingency account invested for the long term, but due to the economy and conference attendance, this reserve will be tapped into this year. GAS therefore finds itself in a particularly sensitive year financially, which affects all of its decisions.
How does the Conference support the organization? In several ways:
Our finances become critical when attendance is poor. The following leads to losses for the organization:

All of this adds up, sometimes in the hundreds of thousands, and goes against our Annual Budget. How did this affect our decision to cancel Tucson?


We, the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society, have a difficult job ahead of us. Not only do we oversee the programming for the organization and the Conference, we also have the responsibility for its financial survival. We want to be able to pass the Board over to future members in sound shape, as we have so far. Let me assure you that we have struggled with the weighty decision of canceling a Conference site, we did so to guarantee Conferences in the future.
The Board will be meeting on Saturday, June 12, at 12 noon the Rose Room of the Marriott Hotel for the Annual Business Meeting. Anyone who has further questions about Tucson, the budget, or GAS in general, should attend this meeting, as it is open to all members.

Best regards,

Shane Fero
Glass Art Society "

Maryland State Arts Council Artist Grant

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) 2011 Individual Artist Award (IAA) grant applications are now available online. Administered thru the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, (MAAF), the grants are available to Maryland resident artists.

The grant deadline is August 4, 2010 and the application will be open in eGRANT on June 4, 2010.

Click HERE to jump to the 2011 IAA Guidelines pdf.

03 June 2010

DC Commission on the Arts Grant Applications

Its that time!
Click on photo to jump to DCCAH grant website.
It's grant time! 2011

Flux Studios welcomes Jessica Beels

If you have ever come out to the Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tours, you would know that adjacent to the Washington Glass School are some amazing artist studios.

Flux Studios, headed by celebrated ceramic artist Novie Trump
, has announced that mixed media artist Jessica Beels will be joining the studio as their newest resident artist.

Jessica works in a number of materials, sculptural beads, paper, and ungalvanized steel armatures. Her work was featured at the Smithsonian Craft Show and at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria.

Jessica has talked of using the change in studio space to allow her to take her work to a larger scale. Ms Beels said that she should be all settled in by the end of the next month or so.

We welcome Jessica to the 'hood - and look forward to seeing alot of great new work from her!

02 June 2010

Adam Lister Gallery's Brave New World

Fairfax's Adam Lister Gallery sought out artist submissions for its summer juried show titled "Brave New World". Over 300 artist submissions were received by the gallery, and 20 artists were selected.

Our Robert Kincheloe's lampwork sculpture was selected to be in the summer show - his will be the only glass artwork in the show.

Brave New World
June 4 - July 18, 2010
Opening Reception Friday June 4, 6-9pm.

Adam Lister Gallery
Old Town Fairfax Village Plaza
3950 University Drive
Fairfax VA 22030
*gallery entrance on North St. between University Dr. and Chain Bridge Rd.
(across from Panera and next door to Asian Bistro)

gallery hours: Thu.6-9, Fri./Sat.12-9, Sun.12-5
or by appointment

Artists selected:
David Barr, Jennifer Bock-Nelson, Amy Boone-McCreesh, Amy Chen, Travis Childers, Sean Donlon, Kim Hennessy, Craig Hill, Jessica Jastrzebski, Robert Kincheloe, David Livingston, Todd Messegee, Jacobe Noonan, Sarah Samuels, Tamara Staser-Meltzer, Nils Henrik Sundqvist, Crystal Wagner, Jason Wallengren, Ashley Wells & Ann Williams