The 104th weekly issue of the Bill’s glass interest newsletter

July 21, 2016

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Welcome to the 104th weekly issue of the Bill’s glass interest newsletter.



  • Ann Arbor Art Fair This Week – Beginning Today!
  • Art Loop This Month is July 21 – Tonight!
  • More Exhibitions for Matt Paskiet – New and Opening Tonight!
  • Michigan Glass Project This Week – Beginning Tomorrow!
  • Great Art Heist Event Closing 44th International at Habatat – Tomorrow!
  • 44th International Closing at Habatat Galleries – Ending Tomorrow!
  • Kari Russell-Pool at Cleveland Institute of Art – On View Next Week!
  • Ben Schonberger Exhibition at River House Arts – New!
  • Christopher Maxwell Named Curator of European Glass at CMoG – New!
  • TMA Hiring Glass Artists for Part-Time Positions
  • BGSU Glass Program Looking for Glass Technician
  • Pilchuck Fall Program with Tøbias Møhl: Sept. 7-17, 2016
  • Henry Ford Museum to Become Glass Art Destination
  • Flint Art Museum Building Glassblowing Facility
  • Upcoming at Glass Axis in Columbus
  • Chihuly Exhibition in the Berkshires
  • Summer of Glass Exhibits in Fort Wayne
  • Ben Schonberger GAPP Residency Aug. 8-17
  • Fired Up: Women in Glass – from Toledo to Charlotte
  • Matt Paskiet Sculpture Wins Award in Zanesville Exhibition
  • Month of Glass Events Planned for Toledo
  • Upcoming at the Glass Pavilion
  • Contemporary Glass Exhibition at TMA
  • SOFA Chicago Nov. 3-6

Ann Arbor Art Fair This WeekBeginning Today!

  • The Ann Arbor Art Fair this year is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 21-23, and noon to 6 p.m. July 24
  • Featuring more than 1,000 juried artists and actually now four fairs in one covering a 30-block area, the Ann Arbor Art Fair typically includes glass
  • According to a recent article in The Blade, glass artist Meredith Wenzel of Maumee is expected to participate

Art Loop This Month is July 21Tonight!

  • The third Thursday Art Loop this month takes place today, July 21
  • Galleries downtown will be open from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • This month’s Art Loop will be a special Jeep workers, retirees and family appreciation night to help honor Toledo Jeep’s 75th anniversary and celebrate the coming of Toledo Jeep Fest Aug. 13
  • During the Loop, Toledo’s arts scene will feature special Jeep-themed and Jeep-inspired events, exhibitions and activities, including a classic car show, kids activities, special appearances by Muddy the Mud Hen and more
  • At Gathered Glassblowing Studio, Matt Paskiet will be guest artist for the glassblowing demonstration; there will also be live music by the Ruth Nickols Trio
  • Matt will also have an opening at Toledo School for the Arts, 333 14th Street
  • Check the Arts Commission’s site for other event information including new exhibitions, a Downtown Toledo Cultural Guide and a Loop FAQ sheet
  • The Arts Commission has also launched a new mobile-friendly website with interactive loop map and directory; the link is

More Exhibitions for Matt PaskietNew and Opening Tonight!

  • Glass sculpture by Matt Paskiet has been accepted in two more group shows recently and he has a solo show opening tonight at the Toledo School for the Arts
  • Mighty Tieton Warehouse, 10x10x10xTieton, 7th Annual International Small Works Exhibition, Tieton, Wash., happening Aug. 13 to Oct. 9
  • ADC Gallery, Art Comes Alive 2016, Cincinnati, Ohio, happening July 23 through Aug. 26
  • Toledo School for the Arts, 333 14th Street, Toledo, Vesseled Out, a solo exhibition happening during third Thursday Art Loops in July and Aug. (July 21 and Aug. 18)

Michigan Glass Project This Week Beginning Tomorrow!

  • The Michigan Glass Project is hosting its annual art party on July 22 through 24
  • The main event is a music and art festival with fundraising through the sale of artwork
  • The group is raising funds for Art Road, a Detroit nonprofit whose mission is to bring art classes back to Detroit Public Schools
  • In 2015, MGP wrote a $40,000 check to Art Road and the group can’t wait to top that amount this year
  • The event will be at the Exhibition Center, The Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay St. Detroit

Great Art Heist Event Closing 44th International at HabatatTomorrow!

  • Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, Mich., has an exciting event planned for Friday, July 22, the closing night for its 44th Glass International
  • Named The Great Art Heist, the event will have actors portraying suspects and attendees will have a chance to talk to the characters and try to figure out who did it and the motive
  • The first person to figure this out will win the glass sculpture that is the “stolen” object
  • Arrive between 6 and 6:30 p.m. to participate in the themed event
  • Appetizers and drinks will be served and participation is not mandatory

44th International Closing at Habatat GalleriesEnding Tomorrow!

  • The 44th Glass International – the largest exhibition of contemporary glass art in the world – continues through Friday, July 22 at Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, Mich.
  • More than 100 artists from 24 countries have two works each in the show
  • The catalog for the exhibition is available online at
  • For more information, call 248-554-0590 or visit

Kari Russell-Pool at Cleveland Institute of ArtOn View Next Week!

  • EXHIBITION POSTPONED – Due to security concerns, the art gallery at the Cleveland Institute of Art is closed to the public during the Republican National Convention; the gallery will resume normal hours beginning Monday, July 25
  • Kari Russell-Pool: Perspective will be on display then through Aug. 12
  • Kari Russell-Pool (CIA ’90) is best known for her innovative approach to flame-worked glass often described as creating form from pattern; filled with personal content and commentary about our present society, the hard work of relationships, and experience as a mom, her work tells many stories
  • Perspective, a series of works on paper, is a departure in medium, but not content
  • Exploring the gaming of American policy during yet another fractious political season, Russell-Pool focuses on the high stakes of these games
  • Games by definition are reduced to winners and losers, devoid of compromise while compromise is the cornerstone of a strong democracy
  • As a woman with a mature and informed understanding of what it means to both choose and devote oneself to parenthood, she confronts the absurdity of reducing access to birth control and the horror of subjecting our children to gun violence
  • The exhibition is in the Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery, 11610 Euclid Ave.,  Cleveland, Ohio 44106, 800.223.4700
  • Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Ben Schonberger Exhibition at River House ArtsNew!

  • River House Arts, in conjunction with Contemporary Art Toledo, has announced plans to present Beautiful Pig, an exhibition of work by artist, photographer and archivist Ben Schonberger
  • The show opens with a public reception from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, and runs thru Sept. 8 at 425 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo
  • The exhibition occurs on the heels of Schonberger’s GAPP residency at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, which concludes Friday, Aug. 12 with a 7 p.m. lecture and book signing by the artist in TMA’s GlasSalon
  • Centered on a trove of photographs and ephemera collected by a former Detroit police officer during the latter part of the 20th Century, purposefully assembled and augmented by the artist, Beautiful Pig offers a provocative, timely, and unflinching look at cultural identity, self-perception, and the realities of racial disparity in law enforcement
  • The project began when Schonberger, while working in Detroit, acquired a box of photographs from Marty Gaynor, a retired police officer
  • Gaynor had documented the entirety of his career through thousands of images, including countless Polaroids of individuals he had arrested
  • Intrigued by the scope of the collection and the man responsible for amassing it, Schonberger embarked on a years-long collaborative process with Gaynor; the result is in an intensely personal yet culturally and historically revealing archive.
  • Beautiful Pig appeared in 2013 as a self-published book to overwhelming critical acclaim; it was shortlisted by both the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Award in 2013 and the Anamorphosis Prize in 2015
  • Today the book can be found in the New York Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MoMA, the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, The Arts Library at Yale University and nearly a dozen other cultural institutions
  • While portions of the collection have appeared in group exhibitions, the upcoming show at River House Arts will be first time Beautiful Pig has been presented in its entirety; it includes two works in neon

Christopher Maxwell Named Curator of European Glass at CMoGNew!

  • The Corning Museum of Glass announced the appointment of Dr. Christopher (Kit) Maxwell as curator of European glass
  • A curator and scholar, Maxwell has a varied background in the academic, museum and gallery worlds
  • In his new role, Maxwell will be responsible for the acquisition, exhibition, cataloguing and research of the Museum’s European glass collection, with works dating from the early medieval period until about 1900
  • Maxwell will join the Museum in October

TMA Hiring Glass Artists for Part-Time Positions

  • The Toledo Museum of Art is hiring skilled glass artists for part-time positions
  • This is a great opportunity for recent college grads

BGSU Glass Program Looking for Glass Technician

  • The Bowling Green State University glass program is looking for a glass technician
  • The deadline for applications is July 29
  • For a complete job description and instructions on how to apply, visit

Pilchuck Fall Program with Tøbias Møhl: Sept. 7-17, 2016

  • Tøbias Møhl will lead a fall program for intermediate students at the Pilchuck Glass School titled BEYOND TRADITION: Glassblowing, Cane, Venetian and Scandinavian Tradition
  • The session will be Sept. 7-17
  • Scandinavian and Venetian traditions will collide to create a new methodology of glassmaking focused on results, not slavish adherence to history
  • Students will be encouraged to think beyond traditional technique and apply material based solutions to technical issues arising from personal explorations

Henry Ford Museum to Become Glass Art Destination

  • The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., will soon be a notable destination for glass art lovers
  • Already known for its glassblowing demonstrations at Greenfield Village, THF will soon be showing its extensive American glass collection in depth; the Museum has thousands of historic glass objects but until now, only a few pieces had been shown in period rooms
  • Also, the Museum recently received a substantial collection of contemporary glass, which brings its holdings up to the present time
  • The Museum Glass Gallery, in a space previously dedicated to silver, will tell the story of studio glass and opens to the public on Monday, Oct.10
  • The Greenfield Village Glass Gallery, a new exhibition space in a building now being renovated, will tell the story of American glass from its beginnings through studio glass; it opens on April 15, 2017

Flint Art Museum Building Glassblowing Facility

  • Glassblowing and metal casting demonstrations and courses are coming to The Flint Institute of Arts after the construction of a new Contemporary Craft Wing is completed
  • Construction of the new wing, which is being added to the east end of the building, is set to begin mid-July and is scheduled to wrap up in fall 2017
  • The new wing and multi-purpose maker space will accommodate live demonstrations for visitors and new classes and workshops in glassblowing, flamework, wheel throwing and metal casting
  • The project is being financed through a $17.5 million capital and endowment campaign, according to a news release from the FIA
  • The Art School renovation adds 3,960 square feet of maker space with glass furnaces, a cold shop, a metal foundry, audio visual equipment and stadium-style seating
  • The new facility will also be home to two recent gifts to the museum: the Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger collection of contemporary ceramics and the Isabel Foundation’s Sherwin and Shirley Glass Collection of contemporary glass.

Upcoming at Glass Axis in Columbus

  • Call for Entry – Directions: This juried exhibit will showcase glass art inspired by the many directions that our lives take
    • Have you taken a trip that left you in awe? Did it inspire you to create something unique? These are the items to submit for this exhibition; items must be at least 50 percent glass
    • You may submit from one to three items for $10; Glass Axis members can submit for free; just use the available member credit option at the bottom of the checkout form
    • Entries Due: Aug 12; the exhibition  is Sept. 9 through Oct. 22

Chihuly Exhibition in the Berkshires

  • Those of you headed to the Berkshires for Tanglewood or other summertime events might want to pop into Stockbridge, Mass., to see the Dale Chihuly exhibition at the Schantz Galleries
  • The exhibition continues through Aug. 28
  • Chihuly has designed the show to work within the architecture of the gallery by presenting sculptural works from his established series, such as the baskets, cylinders, ikebana, and venetians, along with a wall of drawings
  • Two chandeliers and a Persian wall – created specifically for the show – explore a range of color and form, and exemplify Chihuly’s long-standing interest in the integration of architecture and glass as a means of defining interior space
  • To view an online catalog, visit

Summer of Glass Exhibits in Fort Wayne

  • The Fort Wayne Museum of Art recently opened its fourth annual Summer of Glass exhibits; the displays will be up through Sept. 11
  • One part of the exhibition includes work from the 44th International Glass Invitational at the Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, Mich.
  • Work in the International is evaluated by a panel of three judges and 24 objects are selected as the winners; those works, buyers willing, go to Fort Wayne for display
  • Two other glass artists, David Salvadore and Albert Paley, also will have separate shows running at the same time in the FWMoA
  • Altogether, there are about 70 pieces of glass art on display at the FWMoA

Ben Schonberger GAPP Residency Aug. 8-17

  • The next artist in the GAPP residency program at the Toledo Museum of Art will be photographer Ben Schonberger
  • During his Aug. 8–17 residency, Schonberger will be working with the Hot Shop’s glass team on a series of glass brass knuckles; it is a continuation of the themes he documented in his self-published books “HAMMER and “Beautiful Pig,” the latter of which was short-listed for the Anamorphosis Prize 2015
  • “My work examines multiple systems that explore how identity is constructed and catalogued,” said Schonberger. “Focusing primarily on masculine archetypes, I meet men and we establish a working relationship. They let me into their home and workspace, granting me access to their objects, images and history. Giving their belongings the parameters of an archive, I filter and arrange items into compositions to be photographed.”
  • Schonberger will give a free public lecture about his work and his residency in Toledo at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, in the GlasSalon; he will also sign copies of his books
  • Schonberger is a full-time visiting lecturer at the University of Akron – Mary Schiller Myers School of Art; he is a 2013 Graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Fine Art (MFA Photography), in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
  • For more, visit

Fired Up: Women in Glass – from Toledo to Charlotte

  • An innovative collaboration between The Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C., and the Toledo Museum of Art will present an exhibition in Charlotte showing works in glass by women
  • The exhibition at the Mint Museum UPTOWN runs from Oct. 22, 2016 through Feb. 26, 2017
  • Co-curated by the Mint’s Senior Curator of Craft, Design & Fashion, Annie Carlano, and Toledo’s Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Glass, Jutta Page, Fired Up: Women in Glass is the first American art museum exhibition to look at the many achievements of women working with glass, from the studio glass movement of the 1960s to 21st-century installations and mixed media works that illustrate the porous boundaries between art, craft and design
  • Drawn entirely from the collection of TMA, the exhibition features several recent acquisitions that debut in Charlotte
  • Ranging in scale from the tiny to the monumental, an international array of approximately 40 functional objects and sculpture will demonstrate the keen conceptual, design and technical contributions of the underappreciated artists

Matt Paskiet Sculpture Wins Award in Zanesville Exhibition

Month of Glass Events Planned for Toledo

  • The Arts Commission has a series of glassy events listed in a Month of Glass from Sept. 15 through Oct. 20
    • Hot Spot exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art – through Sept. 18
    • Hot Glass exhibition opening and Hot Shots vessels on display during the Art Loop – Sept. 15
    • Glass Pavilion anniversary and book premiere – Sept. 17
    • Hot Shots Young Professionals Vessel Auction and Tasting, Edison Lobby – Oct. 1
    • Hot Glass Gala Auction, Edison Lobby – Oct. 20
    • Glass Fashion Show Gala, the Toledo Museum of Art – Oct. 22

Upcoming at the Glass Pavilion

  • As reported above, Ben Schonberger, conceptual photographer from Akron, Ohio, will have a GAPP residency Aug. 8-17 and give a talk about his work Aug. 12 in the GlasSalon
  • A party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the commissioning of the Glass Pavilion is planned for Saturday, Sept. 17
  • Doreen Garner, an artist from Brooklyn, N.Y., will have a GAPP residency Oct. 12-19; she will give a talk about her work at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 in the GlasSalon
  • A lively, edgy opening is being planned for an Art in Food celebration on Oct. 22; the ticketed, black-tie-optional  event will include a glass fashion show organized by Laura Donefer
  • Shari Mendelson, an artist from Brooklyn, N.Y., will have a GAPP residency Feb. 18-24, 2017; she will give a talk about her work at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the GlasSalon

Contemporary Glass Exhibition at TMA

  • An exhibition of contemporary glass is on display now at the Toledo Museum of Art
  • Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections coincides with the 10th anniversary of TMA’s Glass Pavilion and continues through Sept. 18
  • Featuring about 70 works in glass – selected from area collections for their high quality and artistic significance – the exhibition shows a wide variety of contemporary and historic objects, many never before exhibited publicly

SOFA Chicago Nov. 3-6

  • Sculptural Objects, Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Chicago will be Nov. 4-6 this year with opening night on Thursday, Nov. 3