Museum of Glass Presents Eleventh Annual Visiting Artists Summer Series

Museum of Glass will host fourteen artists over thirteen weeks during the 11th Annual Visiting Artists Summer Series. Beginning June 6, a different artist will be featured for a five-day artist residency each week through Labor Day weekend.

Each summer, the Museum invites emerging, established, and internationally-renowned artists to the Hot Shop to experiment, innovate and create with molten glass. The artists work with the Museum’s Hot Shop Team, exploring and demonstrating various glassmaking techniques and styles. Some of these artists use glass as their primary medium while others look to the Hot Shop Team for the technical expertise to translate their designs into glass. Included with each residency is a Conversation with the Artist, a public lecture and slide presentation, at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

The 2012 Summer Series marks the tenth year of collaboration between the Museum of Glass and Pilchuck Glass School. This partnership allows artists who are coming to the Pacific Northwest to work or teach at Pilchuck to extend their stay for an additional week. “We are fortunate to have so many organizations in the region that promote glass as an art form and foster the Studio Glass movement,” comments Museum of Glass executive director Susan Warner. “By pooling our resources, we can present a very attractive experience for the artists who participate in our programs and also provide our patrons with exposure to some of the most exciting happenings in contemporary art.

“The 2012 Visiting Artists Summer Series also coincides with the Museum’s 10th Anniversary,” continues Warner. “In the coming months, we have invited back some of our earliest Visiting Artists from 2002 and 2003. Gronk and Cappy Thompson are two of these artists, and their residencies will take place during the Summer Series. Watch for more familiar faces this fall as well!”

Glass enthusiasts can also experience the action in the Hot Shop remotely. During Museum hours, the Museum website broadcasts footage of the artists working live via streaming video, extending visitors’ Hot Shop experience with a sneak peek before they arrive and continuation of the work after they leave. Online viewers can also submit questions electronically to the Hot Shop emcee who will answer them over the live feed.

Learn more about each Visiting Artist:
Watch the Hot Shop live:

About the Artists:

Rick Bartow (Newport OR) and Nancy Blair (Melbourne Beach, FL)
Residency: June 6 – 10
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, June 10, 2 p.m.
Rick Bartow is a renowned Native American artist from the Wiyot tribe in Northern California. He is currently working on a permanent outdoor installation for the Smithsonian Institute-National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Nancy Blair is an artist and published author. Her mostly narrative sculptures and mixed media works include glass, ceramics and found objects. During this residency, they plan to collaborate on a series of divination bowls.

Andy Buck (Honeoye Falls, NY)
Residency: June 13 – 17
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, June 17, 2 p.m.
Andy Buck is an artist/craftsman who lives and works in upstate New York. His work brings together traditional craftsmanship, investigations in form, and richly painted surfaces. He is a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he has been teaching woodworking and furniture design for the past twelve years.

Sally McCubbin (Toronto, Ontario)
Residency: June 20 – 24
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, June 24, 2 p.m.
Sally McCubbin incorporates innovative and creative thinking into object design and art making, public art, community building, teaching and learning. She is Managing Editor of Contemporary Canadian Glass Online Magazine and an instructor at Sheridan College. She recently opened a multi-functional studio of 12 artists in Toronto, called Elevator Art Lab.

Gronk (Los Angeles, CA)
Residency: June 27 – July 1
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, July 1, 2 p.m.
Painter, printmaker and performance artist Gronk sometimes refers to himself as an urban archeologist. He was a founding member of ASCO, an avant-garde multi-media arts collective that created performances, street theater and conceptual art in the 1970s. His mural The Glass Kingdom was one of five inaugural installations commissioned for the Museum of Glass grand opening in 2002.

Deborah Czeresko (New York, NY)
Residency: July 4 – 8
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, July 8, 2 p.m.
Deborah Czeresko has been a glassblower/artist since 1987. Her technical expertise allows her to create work combining a variety of glassmaking techniques including hand-blowing, cold-working, fusing and hot-casting, as well as traditional drawing, model making and sculpting. She favors clear, opaque and opaline glass to accentuate form in her series that include large-scale installations, custom lighting works, and individual sculptures.

Davide Salvadore (Murano, Italy)
Residency: July 11 – 15
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, July 15, 2 p.m.
Davide Salvadore was born into a family of glassmakers in Murano, Italy and is a master of traditional Venetian glass working. He founded and manages his own studio, Campagnol e Salvadore, where he mixes his lampworking and glassmaking skills in inventive ways to create a distinctive and expressive body of work. He is a also founding member of Centro Studio Vetro, a non-profit association founded in 1997 to cultivate and promote the culture and art of glass.

Robert Carlson (Bainbridge Island, WA)
Residency: July 18 – 22
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, July 22, 2 p.m.
Robert Carlson was introduced to glass in 1980 and opened his own studio where he has worked since 1987. He has taught workshops at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and The Glass Furnace, among other glass programs. Carlson is known for creating narrative sculptures using paint and glass to create images and forms that are archetypal and personal, iconographic and idiosyncratic. “The glass gives these sculptures form, but the paint gives them meaning.”

Residency: July 25 – 29

Marc Petrovic (Essex, CT)
Residency: August 1 – 5
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, August 5, 2 p.m.
Marc Petrovic works out of his private studio that he shares with his wife, Kari Russell-Pool. He is known for his detailed glass sculptures of birds that express his views on identity derived from a sense of place and self. “I strive to be an artist first and a hot glass sculptor second to make content-driven work that stresses the idea at its core rather than the seductive material it is made from.”

Andy Cao (Los Angeles, CA)
Residency: August 8 – 12
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, August 12, 2 p.m.
Vietnamese-born landscape designer and artist Andy Cao is a partner of Cao-Perrot Studio in Los Angeles and Paris. Drawing from diverse cultural backgrounds, Cao and French landscape designer Xavier Perrot use over-looked materials to create environments that defy specific meaning and invite the viewer into a contemplative world of color and sensuality. Their projects are both temporary and permanent, vary in size from intimate courtyards to large-scale public art, and cross commercial, artistic and residential boundaries.

Cappy Thompson (Seattle, WA)
Residency: August 15 – 19
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, August 19, 2 p.m.
Seattle artist Cappy Thompson is internationally known for her mythological and poetic narratives painted with transparent glass enamels on blown glass panels and vessels. Her technique is called grisaille and has been used since the Middle Ages. Thompson created Gathering the Light, the 12 x 15-foot triptych mural installed in the Museum’s Grand Hall that depicts a story of glassmaking.

Steve Klein (Orange, CA)
Residency: August 22 – 26
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, August 26, 2 p.m.
Steve Klein has taught, studied, and shown his art in exhibitions and workshops throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Taiwan. He maintains a studio in southern California where he produces his distinctive kiln-formed and blown work. “My recent work seeks to explore and appreciate memories, consequences and the fragile state of balance.”

Tyler Budge (Tacoma, WA)
Residency: August 29 – September 2
Conversation with the Artist: Sunday, September 2, 2 p.m.
Tyler Budge teaches interdisciplinary studio arts at the University of Washington in Tacoma. His current work explores the social construction of masculinity in male children. His sculptural installations reference metaphors represented by objects or images to autobiographically address personal experience.

The Visiting Artist Program is sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott / Tacoma Downtown, Windgate Charitable Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission and Herb and Paula Simon. Conversations with the Artists are sponsored by PONCHO.

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 Ben B. Cheney Foundation, The Boeing Company Charitable Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission, Arts Fund, Forest Foundation, and Sequoia Foundation.

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