International Mosaic Artist to Bring Her Talents to MOG

International Mosaic Artist to Bring Her Talents to the Museum of Glass Hot Shop as December’s First Visiting Artist

Tacoma, Wash. — Belgian artist Mireille Swinnen will complete her first Visiting Artist Residency in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop from December 3 through December 7, 2014. Born and raised in Belgium, Swinnen has also
lived and worked in Niger, Bulgaria, Thailand, Kenya and the United States. With an endless craving to acquire
new skills, Swinnen has taken her passion for different artistic mediums, such as jewelry making, lampworking,
mosaics and stained glass, wherever she moved.

Currently based in Los Angeles, Swinnen has exhibited her mosaic art both abroad and in the United States. Last
year, Swinnen’s work was included in the Museum of Glass exhibition Mosaic Arts International, and now Swinnen plans to continue her exploration of this art form in the Museum’s Hot Shop.

“All the disciplines and art forms that I have ever learned somehow help me to be a better mosaic artist. My present day art is the culimination of everything I have ever learned, everything that I have ever seen. Now, I would love to take yet another gigantic step towards growing by acquiring knowledge about working with hot and cold glass,” states Swinnen. “I would love to find a way to incorporate yet more glass into my mosaic art works so they become even more sculptural.”

Interested in the reflective, translucent and fragile elements of glass, Swinnen hopes to create a sculptural installation with stacked glass components during her residency, which will culminate with a talk by Swinnen in the Hot Shop on Sunday, December 7, at 2 pm. Swinnen’s entire residency will be broadcasted online at


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The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions. In addition to the Hot Shop Amphitheater where visitors can watch artists work, the facilities include galleries, outdoor exhibition areas, a theater, hands-on art studio, grand hall, café and store.

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

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