Museum of Glass Welcomes Visiting Artist Jessica Loughlin July 3 – 7

Tacoma, Wash. — Australian artist Jessica Loughlin will be in the Hot Shop at the Museum of Glass from Wednesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 7 as part of the Visiting Artists Summer Series. This residency concludes with a lecture on Sunday, July 7 at 2:00 pm which will be streamed live from the Museum’s website.

“Jessica Loughlin’s unwavering pursuit of meditative stillness within her work lends her art both technical and artistic beauty,” notes Susan Warner, Executive Director of the Museum of Glass. “I am excited to see what she will create at the Museum of Glass during this week.”

Jessica Loughlin’s work incorporates the theme of the horizon line to elicit an emotional response from the viewer without symbolism or narrative. Her understated approach to kiln-formed glass allows her to create illusory scenes of depth that add an ephemeral quality to her work. The pursuit of stillness that marks her art is inspired by the Australian landscape of which Loughlin states, “Within this land there is an inherent sense of the vast [. . .] Being in this space creates stillness in my mind. Portraying this stillness has remained a constant aim within my work.”

Loughlin cites a Japanese ink painting class as her first introduction to the arts. At only five years of age her parents enrolled her in the class where she was taught to appreciate the limitless creative possibilities provided by simple monochromatic ink. Years later, when Loughlin began as a student at the Australian National University Canberra School of Art she began her pursuit of the equally simple yet powerful theme of the horizon line. Shortly after receiving her bachelor of arts, Loughlin won the RFC Award (since renamed the Ranamok prize), and less than five years later she won the 2001 Urban Glass Outstanding New Artist in Glass award. As well, Loughlin received the Tom Malone Prize in both 2004 and 2007. Loughlin has participated in solo exhibitions worldwide, and her art is included in a multitude of collections including the Glausmuseum Ebeltoft in Denmark, the National Gallery of Australia, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Currently on view at Museum of Glass as part of the exhibition Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest are multiple pieces by Loughlin including work from her Horizon Line Series on view until January 2014.

For more information about Museum of Glass, contact Hillary Ryan, Communications Manager, 253.284.4732, hryan@museumofglass.org

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 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.