April Visiting Artists at Museum of Glass

Tacoma, Wash. — The line-up for Visiting Artists at Museum of Glass includes talented artists from around the world as well as the local community. Each artist begins their five-day residency on Wednesday with a project in mind and concludes with a public conversation about their work on Sunday afternoon.

Katie Phelps, Visiting Artists Coordinator noted, “April will be an exciting month in the Hot Shop. All of our visiting artists are highly skilled glass artists, and they will be using their time in the Hot Shop to realize projects on a scale so large they require collaboration with Museum of Glass Hot Shop staff to accomplish.”

Erich Woll
April 2-6
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m.

Returning to the Museum for his Red Hot 2013 Artists’ Choice Winner Residency, Woll will continue his work on blue-footed boobies for an installation at Bellevue Arts Museum entitled Mistakes Will Be Made. Woll started his career in 1997 on Dale Chihuly’s glassblowing team. He spent the following six years traveling the United States and the world before joining the team of Italian master Lino Tagliapietra, whom he continues to work for today. Woll is also a member of the Butter Eaters, a glassblowing group that he and his friends from Alfred University started in 1999, which has created work at Pilchuck Glass School, Pratt Fine Arts Center and Museum of Glass.

Ingalena Klennel
April 9-13
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m.

Swedish Ingalena Klenell returns to Museum of Glass for her second residency. Klenell has been working with glass since 1979. Her work explores the ideas of fragility and vulnerability, both in the material and in life itself. “Glass, for me, is a way of exploring and investigating limits and creating ways of transcending them,” noted Klenell. She uses several different techniques to create primarily sculptural works. Klenell, who currently operates Edsbjorke Studio in Sweden with her husband, has been represented in exhibitions in all over the world. Her work is currently on exhibition in Pull, Twist, Blow at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, WA and Landscape from the Museum of Glass exhibition Glimmering Gone currently on display at the Figge Art Museum in
Davenport, IA.

Ingalena Klennel lectures at Nordic Heritage Museum, Wednesday, April 9,  7:00 p.m.

Rik Allen (Supported by Fuel Their Fire, sponsored by Ted Lagreid)
April 16-20
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, April 20, 2 p.m.

Born in Providence, RI, Rik Allen has had solo exhibitions of his sculptures throughout the country, including this past year at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, WA, and solo shows this year at the Traver Gallery, Lewallen Contemporary, and Thomas Riley Galleries. His present series of work has been in the form of spacecraft, rockets, and scientific apparatus. While many of Allen’s pieces have a reference to his curiosity in science, they also convey humor, simple narratives, and lightheartedness of an antiquated vision of the future that much of science fiction embodies. Allen plans on creating a replica of the famous ferry Kalakala, currently residing near Museum of Glass in the Hylebos Waterway, during his residency.

Brendan Scott French
April 30-May 4
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m.

The work of Brendan Scott French is as close as Australian glass art gets to abstract expressionism. Working in both blown and kiln formed glass, French’s work is based on his thoughts on human behavior and character. His blown vessels concentrate more on technical dexterity and color applications than on constructing narratives and he aims to be playful in personalizing his technique. French’s cast and kiln-formed glass has a different focus with an anarchist and subversive bent. French has trained extensively in glass, completing a bachelor of visual arts at the Sydney College of Arts in 1997, the associate of design program at JamFactory Craft and Design Centre in 1999 and a bachelor of art with Honors at Australia National University Canberra School of Art, Australian National University in 2003. He has undertaken residencies at the Canberra Glassworks, Australian National University Glass Workshop, University of South Australia and the Northlands Creative Glass Centre in Scotland. French has received many awards including the 2007 Stephen Procter Fellowship from Australia National University and 2012 Waterhouse Art Prize from South Australian Museum. French was featured in Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest at Museum of Glass in 2013

In addition to the five-day Visiting Artists Residencies, Museum of Glass
will also welcome Joe Cariati as a Featured Artist in April.

Featured Artist Joe Cariati
April 24-26

Joe Cariati began blowing glass at San Francisco State University in 1992. Since then he has traveled, studied and taught extensively in the  US and abroad. He has taught workshops and universities for over ten years including the Rhode Island School of Design, California College of Arts and Crafts, California State University Fullerton, Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, and the Niijima Glass Center in Japan. He has received numerous awards, residencies and scholarships including the Creative Glass Center of America’s residency, and the Modesto Lanzone Award from the Museo ItaloAmericano in San Francisco, CA. In 2003, Cariati moved to Los Angeles and launched Joe Cariati Glass, a company designed to produce the work that he dreamed of making when his skill set was still juvenile. With a relentless “less is more” approach to the process, Cariati continues to push his skill limitations and develop his sense of design with the current work.

Museum of Glass is sponsored in part by Alaska Airlines, Forest Foundation, The Ben B. Cheney Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission, ArtsFund, The Dimmer Family Foundation, and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

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