The 152nd weekly edition of Bill’s Glass interest newsletter

24 Jun

Welcome to the 152nd weekly edition of Bill’s Glass interest newsletter

Headlines

  • Glass Included in 20 North Gallery Exhibition – Reception Tonight!
  • 20 Glass Artists Expected at Crosby Festival of the Arts – This Weekend!
  • River House Arts Showing Work by Joanna Manousis – Ending Saturday!
  • Artists with Toledo Connections in New Glass Review 38New!
  • Blade Reports on Major Glass Art Installations – New!
  • Herb Babcock Sculpture Installed at Cancer Center in Lansing, Mich. – New!
  • New Residency Opportunity at CMoG – New!
  • Job Opportunities – New!
  • Firenation Hosting 15th Anniversary Party
  • Hawk Featuring Artists from OSU Glass Program
  • New Glass Gallery Open at Greenfield Village
  • Arts Commission Announces Juried Competition, Exhibition
  • Alan Iwamura Receives Arts Commission Accelerator Grant
  • Amy Ritter Exhibitions at New York Venues
  • CALL TO ARTISTS: Residency at DMG School Project, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • New Glass Catalog from the Chrysler Museum Collection
  • The Michigan Glass Project Main Event Jul 21–24
  • Christina Bothwell and Robert Bender in Dearborn
  • Leana Quade Exhibition in Pittsburgh
  • Hawk Galleries to Show Lightpaintings by Stephen Knapp
  • Habatat’s 45th Glass International Award Exhibition Continues
  • Upcoming at the Glass Pavilion

Habatat’s 45th Glass International Award Exhibition Continues

Glass Included in 20 North Gallery ExhibitionReception Tonight!

  • 20 North Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair Street, will host a free reception from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight, June 22, for Luminosity, an exhibition of new and existing works by eight artists of the Toledo area, three of whom work in glass
  • The artists are: Aaron Bivins, Michelle Carlson, David J. Eichenberg, Philip Hazard (neon), Kelly Sheehan (painted glass), Michael Sheets, Dennis Wojtkiewicz and the late Tom McGlauchlin (various glass processes)
  • The exhibition continues through June 30; online catalog at http://tinyurl.com/kus6bc4

20 Glass Artists Expected at Crosby Festival of the Arts – This Weekend!

  • The 42nd annual Crosby Festival of the Arts takes place this weekend at the Toledo Botanical Garden and 20 glass artists are expected to participate http://tinyurl.com/y78llj5e
  • The event is said to be the state’s oldest outdoor juried art festival and glass artists this year represent 9 percent of the total participating artists (220)
  • The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25
  • A preview party with live music, food and drinks ($100 per person) will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 23 http://www.toledogarden.org/2017-crosby-festival-event-information/

River House Showing Work by Joanna Manousis – Ending Saturday!

  • The exhibition of selected works in glass, bronze and mixed media by Toledo resident Joanna Manousis at River House Arts, 425 Jefferson, Toledo, ends Saturday, June 24
  • Nature Morte: Joanna Manousis, her largest solo exhibition to date, includes new work produced during her 2017 GAPP residency at the Toledo Museum of Art
  • http://www.river-house-arts.com/exhibitions and http://www.joannamanousis.com/

Artists with Toledo Connections in New Glass Review 38New!

  • New Glass Review 38 arrived a few weeks ago but I just found time to read it (I study it cover to cover so picking it up is no small matter)
  • I was pleased to see several friends and artists with Toledo connections in the publication
  • Zac Weinberg was the big winner by being selected for one of 100 artworks featured in the issue; he got a full page for his glass tubing, argon, mercury, aluminum, transformers and paint sculpture titled Uncertainty in the Face of Doubt
  • Juror Susie J. Silbert wrote: “Zac Weinberg’s Uncertainty in the Face of Doubt display’s the artist’s characteristic sly humor. A painstakingly made, six-foot-long neon and aluminum sign misspelling the word believe, it is, as the artist comments, ‘a statement on the lapses in logic contained in our deeply held convictions.’ It may very well be the ideal piece for our current political situation.”
  • Weinberg was also in the Jurors’ Choice section; juror Ben Wright selected Weinberg’s “PDF document in obnoxious, bureaucratic formatting as to meet Ohio State University Graduate School requirements
  • This was Silbert’s first year at the helm of New Glass Review as she joined the Corning Museum of Glass in April 2016 as curator of modern and contemporary glass; I was curious as to how the publication would fare under her leadership and any fears I had were swept away; the publication is great, as always
  • Two TMA GAPP artists were also featured in the top 100 – Nancy Callan for a 20-piece wall installation titled Quilt, and Leana Quade for a video showing her performative strain test of tempered sheet glass
  • Callan also collaborated with Katherine Gray on another piece selected for the top 100 – a blown glass, slumped and fused wall piece, Untiled (Sad Plaid)
  • The Rakow Commission artist in this issue is Thaddeus Wolfe, who is from Toledo and attended the Cleveland Institute of Art; he now lives in New York City
  • The Recent Important Acquisitions section includes several works acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art that we have yet to see, e.g. Emily Brock, Deli; Laura de Santillana, Flag; Anja Isphording. #158; and April Surgent, Sea Ice Moves in Spring – Arthur Harbor, Western Antarctic Peninsula (We will probably see these sculptures this fall in a TMA exhibition of glass art in the collection by women artists)
  • Also included in Recent Important Acquisitions is a work we have seen at TMA: Richard Marquis, Mirrored LSR Car 08-1 #1814
  • Finally, Recent Important Acquisitions includes another sculpture by Nancy Callan: Black Baron Showman

Blade Reports on Major Glass Art Installations – New!

  • The Blade last Sunday included a great article by Roberta Gedert about several major art projects currently being installed in downtown Toledo
  • The article includes quotes from, and great photos of, Toledo area artists Kristine Rumman, Dane Alan Turpening and Erwin Redl
  • http://tinyurl.com/y9kg983u

Herb Babcock Sculpture Installed at Cancer Center in Lansing, Mich. – New!

  • A monumental steel and glass sculpture by artist Herb Babcock has been installed at the new Herbert-Herman Cancer Center in Lansing, Mich.
  • The new center is across the street from and part of Sparrow Hospital; it is due to open July 11
  • Babcock and Artpack Services posted photos on Facebook showing installation of the 20-foot-high glass and steel sculpture: https://www.facebook.com/herb.babcock and https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=artpack%20services%20inc
  • The facility will also feature a hundred-piece hanging sculpture by Lansing glass artist Craig Mitchell Smith http://www.craigmitchellsmith.com/
  • LansingCitypulse.com published an article about the facility: http://tinyurl.com/ydf7h6cp
  • Babcock received both his BFA and his MFA in sculpture: his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his masters from the Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • He also studied sculpture at the Skowhegan School in Maine and glass at the Toledo Museum of Art; he is currently an independent studio artist and professor emeritus after 40 years as the glass department chairman, College for Creative Studies, Detroit http://www.herbbabcock.com/

New Residency Opportunity at CMoG – New!

  • New in 2017 at the Corning Museum of Glass, the David Whitehouse Artist Residency for Research is open to artists who want to utilize the Museum’s resources, including the permanent collections and the holdings of the Rakow Research Library, to inform their practice
  • The residency is named in memory of the former executive director of The Corning Museum of Glass, a highly-regarded scholar who worked to build the resources of the Rakow Library and was a major supporter of artists working in glass today
  • The residency gives artists the opportunity to deep dive into topics and further their knowledge or to provide research for a project
  • The David Whitehouse Artist Residency for Research is not a “making” residency; no provisions will be made for artists to create work at The Studio
  • Residencies will be up to three weeks in length; artists will be provided with transportation, and room and board
  • http://tinyurl.com/yd8374za

Job Opportunities – New!

Firenation Hosting 15th Anniversary Party

  • Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery, founded by glass artist Matt Paskiet, celebrated its grand opening on June 29, 2002
  • The facility is now planning to celebrate 15 glorious glassblowing years on June 30
  • Live glassblowing demonstrations will start at 4 p.m. with an all-star lineup of past demo artists including Sten Neuber, Brien Strancar, Robert Dauel, Leonard Marty, Ryan Thompson, Marc VandenBerg, Adam Goldberg, Eli Lipman, Mike Stevens and Chris DeMuro
  • Firenation will also be premiering its mobile hotshop, which will be in use outside for some of the demonstrations
  • http://www.firenation.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/1678898705747844/

Hawk Featuring Artists from OSU Glass Program

  • Hawk Galleries in Columbus is featuring 16 artists from The Ohio State University glass program through Aug. 20
  • Participating artists are Richard Harned, Scott Benefield, Jun-Suk Kim, David King, Scott Darlington, Nate Ricciuto, Amy Thibeault, Rob Lewis, Shahid Kahn, John Sharvin, Joanna Manousis, Andrew Newbold, Zac Weinberg, Jonathan Capps, Sean Merchant and Niko Dimitrijevic

New Glass Gallery Open at Greenfield Village

  • The new Davidson-Gerson Gallery of Glass at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich., had a “soft opening” for the general public last Friday, June 16
  • An official grand opening is being planned for some time next month
  • The Davidson-Gerson Gallery of Glass is in Greenfield Village’s Liberty Craftworks District; the space is a redesign of the McDonald & Sons Machine Shop
  • The gallery is the new home for 700 glass artifacts belonging to The Henry Ford – a curated selection from a collection that tops 10,000 pieces
  • https://www.thehenryford.org/visit/greenfield-village/

Arts Commission Announces Juried Competition, Exhibition

  • The Arts Commission has announced its Momentum juried competition and exhibition in Toledo, Sept. 8 through Oct. 14, 2017
  • Artists working in glass, glass-related materials or materials referencing glass are encouraged to submit; there is no entry fee, shipping stipends are available for accepted entries
  • Up to $10,000 in cash prizes are being offered and the call deadline is July 17
  • Use this CaFE link to apply: https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4484
  • The conceptual framework of the exhibition is as follows:
    • With a deep background in commercial production and the birthplace of the studio glass movement, Toledo has served as a nexus between art, industry, and innovation through its historical connection to the material of glass
    • Momentum seeks work that celebrates this unique narrative and evolves from it
  • Jurors will be selecting entries that exemplify:
    • Experimental or interdisciplinary works using glass as a material, in the spirit of the innovative technological developments in Toledo’s glass industry, and the cooperation and curiosity that drove the first Experimental Glass Workshop, precipitating the Studio Glass Movement.
    • Artworks utilizing glass that connect to industrial glass processes, or utilizing industrially produced glass materials
    • Artworks that have been informed by one’s personal affiliation or history with the Toledo area
  • See the attached document for additional information
  • For questions, contact Crystal Phelps, cphelps@theartscommission.org

Alan Iwamura Receives Arts Commission Accelerator Grant

  • TMA’s Glass Studio Assistant Manager Alan Iwamura is one of seven area artists in the first group to receive an Accelerator Grant from the Arts Commission
  • The Accelerator Grant program offers financial support with quick turn-around for local individual artists or artist collectives advancing creative projects and thereby advancing their careers
  • A committee comprised of members of the visual, performing and literary arts communities meets monthly to review applications and make recommendations for funding to the Arts Commission staff and board
  • Iwamura received a grant to create a series of glass sculptures and two-dimensional works exploring identity
  • Applications for the Accelerator Grant Program are due the last Monday of each month; the next deadline is Monday, June 26

Amy Ritter Exhibitions at New York Venues

  • No glass and NSFW but interesting nonetheless:
  • Amy Ritter, the young multimedia artist perhaps best known in Toledo for a TMA residency in which she created forms by blowing hot glass into old blue jeans, has a couple of new exhibitions in the works
  • NSFW: Female Gaze, at the Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue (corner of 27th Street), New York City, showcases more than 25 emerging female artists from various disciplines dedicated to powerful feminine narratives
  • The exhibition runs June 21 through Sept. 24 http://www.museumofsex.com/
  • Ritter will also be participating in an exhibition at Trestle Projects, 400 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., June 24 through July 19 http://www.trestlegallery.org/
  • Breaking an Image is a group exhibition that explores what constitutes an ‘image’
  • Through sculpture, photography, video, memes and installation, this show breaks down how images proliferate through media, contemporary art and memory
  • Ritter is working this summer at Socrates Sculpture Park creating a large scale public art work as part of the Emerging Artist Fellowship, 2017
  • There will be an opening for this work Oct. 1 http://socratessculpturepark.org/

CALL TO ARTISTS: Residency at DMG School Project, St. Petersburg, Fla.

  • The DMG School Project, an educational nonprofit housed within the Duncan McClellan Gallery complex, is offering a four-week collaborative residency for two emerging hot glass artists
  • Residencies include:
    • Four-week residency, Sept. 2017
    • Lodging during residency
    • Use of hot shop, equipment, hot glass and fuel
    • $1,000 stipend per artist
  • Interested artists should submit images of current work, a CV and biographical material no later than June 30 to both: duncan@dmglass.com and jake@dmglass.com
  • For further information visit: www.dmgschoolproject.org and www.dmglass.com

New Glass Catalog from the Chrysler Museum Collection

  • The Chrysler Museum has released Glass: Masterworks from the Chrysler Museum of Art, published in May
  • The new catalog is a beautifully illustrated scholarly publication featuring 75 highlights from the Museum’s glass collection, edited by Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass Diane Wright
  • The Chrysler Museum of Art is renowned for its encyclopedic collection of glass, with more than 10,000 objects spanning nearly 3,000 years
  • The collection is distinguished in the areas of 19th-century American, French and English glass, including important works by Louis C. Tiffany; the Museum has also recently made noteworthy acquisitions from the 20th and 21st centuries
  • The catalogue is available for purchase from The Museum Shop at (757) 333-6297, the publisher, and major online booksellers for $60 http://www.chrysler.org/planning-your-visit/museum-shop/

The Michigan Glass Project Main Event Jul 21–24

  • The Michigan Glass Project will host its annual Main Event July 21 through 24 at the Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay Ave., Detroit
  • The Main Event consists of three days of live glassblowing with painters, jewelers, vendors, music and food
  • The annual art festival benefits Art Road Nonprofit, an organization that is actively returning art classes to Detroit Public Schools
  • The Michigan Glass Project donated $80,000 to Art Road! In 2016
  • According to MGP, every 40k raised brings art to 300 Detroit public school students who wouldn’t otherwise get to enjoy art class as part of their regular curriculum
  • Tickets at the door are $15/day; $30/weekend
  • Silent auction ends at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 23; live auction at 10 p.m. Sunday July 23
  • https://www.facebook.com/themichiganglassproject/

Christina Bothwell and Robert Bender in Dearborn

  • An exhibition of recent work in glass by Christina Bothwell and her husband Robert Bender is on display through July 14 at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, 3rd Floor Mardigian Library, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • http://library.umd.umich.edu/berkowitz/

Leana Quade Exhibition in Pittsburgh

  • Leana Quade, who had a GAPP residency at TMA in recent years, has an exhibition at the Pittsburgh Glass Center through July 30
  • The exhibition features three main components—time, tension and transformation; these themes are explored in a variety of ways including demonstration, projection and installation
  • https://www.pittsburghglasscenter.org/calendar/2017/5/5/states-of-flux

Hawk Galleries to Show Lightpaintings by Stephen Knapp

  • Hawk Galleries in Columbus plans to show an exhibition of Lightpaintings by Stephen Knapp, Sept. 2 through Oct. 29
  • A preview opening will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2

Upcoming at the Glass Pavilion

Glass artist John Kiley, a native of Seattle now living in San Francisco, will have a GAPP residence Aug. 23-30, with a lecture at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 http://www.johnkiley.com/