Artist: Tim Tate

  • Tim Tate is co-founder of the Washington Glass School located in Mt. Rainier MD. He has shown nationally and beyond since the 1990’s, including the Museum of  Arts and Design in New York, SOFA New York and Chicago, Art Basel Scope in Switzerland, the Art Miami at Art Basel-Miami, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art at the Smithsonian, the Renwick Gallery and commercial galleries from Washington, DC to London and Berlin.

    His awards include “Rising Star of the 21st Century” from the Museum of American Glass, the Virginia Groot Foundation Award for Sculpture, three Artists Fellowship awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Mayor’s Art Award. He also was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Sunderland, England in 2012. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, the Mint Museum, the Fuller Museum, the Katzen Art Center of American University, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Vanderbilt University. He has just finished a solo video show at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, Va. and will have a large scale video installation at the Katzen Center at American University in 2013.

    Artist Statement:

    I see myself as a time traveler. I slide easily between many centuries, from early Greek and Roman times to the essence of the 21st century. I am unfettered by the restrictions of time and space.

    Blending a traditional craft with new media technology gives me the framework in which I fit my artistic narrative. Contemporary, yet with the aesthetic of Victorian techno-fetishism. Revelation —, and in some cases self-revelation, is the underlying theme behind my endless mirrors, my obelisks, my videos.

    But the important revelations here are in the viewer’s response to my hybrid art form and its conceptual nature. They are sent on a journey through time, free to examine from a distance as an other worldly invisible observer. It examines the relationship between art and endless mirrors to time travel and how memory works, and how it fades.

    The frame is the portal to the past, to dreaming and imagination, while the viewer’s feet are still firmly planted on the floor. Nothing is random, all elements are thought out.

    To me, these works are phylacteries of sorts, the transparent reliquaries in which bits of saints’ bones or hair — relics — are displayed. In many cultures and religions, relics are believed to have healing powers. My relics are formally enshrined, encapsulating experiences like cultural specimens. And perhaps, to the contemporary soul, they are no less reliquaries than those containing the bones of a saint.

    With technology rapidly changing the way we perceive art, the current day contemporary landscape closely mirrors Victorian times in the arts. We enter the 4th dimension here, at this art piece. We marvel at and invent bridges between past and present in an effort to define our time and make sense of this highly transitory moment in artistic history.


  • Library Of Congress – Historic Glass Doors
    Safeway – Large scale architectural glass wall, Bethesda, Md.
    Vanderbilt University – Glass Wall in Nursing Station, Memphis, Tn.
    Prince Georges County Courthouse, Cuppola Project, Upper Marlboro, Md.
    Food And Friends Donor Wall – Washington, DC
    District Government Project –  Wilson Building Public Art
    Liberty Park at Liberty Center, Outdoor Sculpture Commission, Arlington, VA 
    The Adele, Outdoor Sculpture Commission Silver Spring, MD (under construction)
    US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ariel Rios Building Courtyard, Outdoor Sculpture Commission,
    Washington, DC
    National Institute of Health (NIH) Sculpture Commission, Hatfield Clinic, Bethesda, MD
    Upper Marlboro Courthouse, Sculpture Commission, Prince Georges County, MD
    American Physical Society / Baltimore Science Center, Sculpture Commission, Baltimore, MD
    The Residences of Rosedale, Outdoor Sculpture Commission, Bethesda, MD
    Holy Cross Hospital, Sculpture for Oncology Ward, Silver Spring, MD
    The Carmen Group, Sculpture Commission, Washington, DC
    Winner, International Competition, New Orleans AIDS Monument, New Orleans, LA 

  • 2018   Distinguished Artist Award, James Renwick Alliance, Wash. DC

    2018   Imagine Museum Most Spiritually Uplifting Artist Award, St. Petersburg, Fl.

    2018   Featured artist in Penland’s Annual Summer Auction

    2017   Keynote Panelist on Materiality and Dispute with Glenn Adamson at Yale University

    2017   London Contemporary Art Prize, Second Place

    2016   Curators Pick, Habatat International, from Ft. Wayne Museum

    2016   Keynote Speaker, Digital Dreams and Windows of Wonder”, with Habatat Gallery at Ringling College

    2015   Curators Pick, Habatat International, Royal Oak, Mi

    2014   Brilliance Award – Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, Mi.

    2013   Curators Pick….Habatat Invitational, Royal Oak, Mi.

    2012    Fulbright Scholar, Sunderland University, Sunderland, England
    2012     Critic’s Choice Award, Habatat International Invitational, Royal Oak, Mi.
    2012    Speaker, GAS Conference on Glass Secessionism
    2011   Board of Trustees, Creative Glass Center, Millville, NJ.
    2010    Virginia Groot Foundation Award for Sculpture – $35,000 first prize
    2009   “Rising Star of the 21st Century” award, Museum of American Glass, N.J
    2009    Artist Fellowship Award,  District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Council
    2008   Instructor : Penland School of Crafts, Penland, N.C.
    2008   First Place , Niche Award for Blown Glass, 2008
    2008   Speaker – Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, Luce Center for       Education, quarterly lectures      entitled “The Tim Tate Talks”
    2007   Special Honoree ,Best of Fine Arts DC by the Urban Artists Alliance
    2007   First Place, International Artist Competition Art-Interview Magazine/Gallery  24, Berlin
    2007   Instructor , Glass Furnace , Istanbul, Turkey
    2006   Published in “50 Most Distinguished Glass Artists” IL Publishers / London
    2006   Board Member, Renwick Alliance
               Mint Museum, Permanent Collection
               Katzen Art Center / American University, Permanent Collection
               University of Richmond Art Museum, Permanent Collection
               University of Virginia Art Museum, Permanent Collection
               Vanderbilt University, Permanent Collection
    2004   Out Magazine People of the Year 2004, Out 100
               ArtBaltimore, Best in Sculpture  , Baltimore Convention Center
                “Art and Healing” Society for the Arts in Healthcare Conference (SAH)
               Washington, DC, Keynote Panelist
    2003   Mayor’s Art Award – Outstanding Emerging Artist 2003, Washington, DC
    2002   Artist Fellowship Award,  District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Council
    2001   Washington Glass School and Studio, Founder and Co-Director
               National Capital Art Glass Guild Board Member
               Smithsonian American Art Museum,  Permanent Collection
    2000   Triangle Artist Group, Founder
    1998   Art Against AIDS, Co-Director

  • 2019     Solo show, Persistence of Visions, Ft. Wayne Museum

    2019     Glasstress, in Venice during Venice Beinnale with Ai Wei Wei, Berengo Studios

    2019     Habatat Invitational show, Detroit, Mi.

    2018     Context Art Fair in Miami during Art Basel with Momentum Gallery, Asheville, NC

    2018     Scope, Miami Fl. During ArtBasel week with Habatat Gallery

    2018    SOFA Chicago with Habatat Gallery

    2018     Into Action!, Los Angeles,

    2017     Form Art Fair in Miami during ArtBasel with Habatat Gallery

    2017     Scope Miami, WGS Contemporay

    2017     J Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, Cal.

    2017     London Contemporary Art Gallery, London

    2017     Affordable Art Fair / Hong Kong with Spin Gallery

    2017     J Willott Gallery, Palm Dessert, Ca.

    2017   Art Boca Raton with Habatat Gallery

    2016   Scope Miami with Alida Anderson Projects

    2016   Art Palm Springs with Habatat Gallery

    2016     Flint Institute Of Art, “Opulent Surveillancence”, Flint, Mi. Solo show

    2016   Art Palm Beach with Habatat Gallery

    2015   Scope Miami with Habatat Gallery

    2015   SOFA Chicago with Habatat Gallery

    2015   Wheaton Glass Weekend, Habatat Gallery

    2015   Collective, New York, Wexler Gallery

    2015   Art Palm Beach, Habatat Gallery

    2014   SOFA Chicago, Habatat Gallery

    2014   Art Aspen, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, Mi.

    2014   Art Mkt San Francisco, Seager Gray Gallery, San Rafeal, Ca.

    2014   Art Hamptons, Habatat Gallery

    2014   Art Wynwood, Alida Anderson Projects

    2014   Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Habatat Gallery

    2013   Context Art Fair during Art Basel Miami with Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, Ca.

    2013   Houston Fine Art Fair, Habatat Gallery, Houston, Tx.

    2013   Piazzo Bembo show during Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

    2013   Katzen Art Center, American University Museum, Video solo show, “Sleep Walker”, Washington, DC

    2013   Habatat Solo Show, “Visions Of Futures Past”, Royal Oak, MI.

    2012   Orlando Art Museum, 50 Years Of Glass, Orlando, Fla.
    2012   Mesa Art Center, Decidedly Digital, Tempe, Ar.
    2012   Arkansas Art Center, Digital Dialogs, Little Rock, Ak.
    2012   Blue Spiral Gallery, Glass Secessionism, Asheville, NC
    2012   St. Petersburg Museum Of Art, St. Petersburg, Florida
    2012   Affordable Art Fair, Creative Cohesion, London, England
    2012   SOFA New York with Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    2012   Art Palm Beach with Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    2011   Art Miami at ArtBasel Miami with Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, I’ll

    2011   SOFA Chicago with Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    2011   La Luz de Jesus 25th Anniversary Show, Los Angeles, Cal.
    2011   Taubman Museum, Solo Video Exhibit, “The Waking Dreams Of

                Magdelena Moliere, Roanoke, Va.
    2011   Catherine Edelman Gallery, “21st Century Sideshows” Chicago, Ill.
    2010   Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, Ca.
    2010    SOFA Chicago, with Habatat, Michigan
    2010   Scope – ArtBasel, Switzerland, Micaela Gallery
    2009   Miami International Art Fair, Projects Gallery
    2009   Red Dot during ArtBasel-Miami with Projects Gallery and

                Alida Andersen Projects
    2009   SOFA Chicago with Maurine Littleton Gallery
    2009    Wheaton Arts Glass Weekend with Maurine Littleton Gallery
    2009    L.A. Art Fair with Steps Gallery, London
    2009    Palm Beach 3 with Maurine Littleton
    2008    Steps Gallery, London, England
    2008    Bridge Art Fair during ArtBasel with Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
    2008    Billy Shire Fine Arts, Los Angeles, Ca.
    2008    Habatat Gallery, Berkshires, Ma.
    2008    SOFA Chicago, with Maurine Littleton Gallery
    2008    Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. (solo)
    2008    Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, Ca. (group show)
    2008    Marx-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Ill. (group show)
    2008    Jane Sauer Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico (solo)
    2008     Gallery 24, Berlin, Germany
    2007    FLOW Miami with Duane Reed Gallery/St. Louis,Mo.
    2007    S.O.F.A Chicago, with Maureen Littleton Gallery
    2007    Glass Weekend, Wheaton Village, New Jersey with Littleton Gallery
    2007    S.O.F.A. New York, with Jane Sauer Gallery
    2007    Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum
    2007    Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, Md (solo)
    2006    Smithsonian American Art Museum , Luce Foundation Center for American Art , Washington, DC                                           

                Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA (solo)
                Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD “Compelled By Content II” (feature)
                Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD “Caged By History” (solo)
    2005  S.O.F.A. NY /  WeissPollack Gallery, New York, NY (feature)
                Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD “Compelled By Content” (feature and catalogue)
    2004    Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD (solo)
    2003    Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD (solo)
    2002    Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC (feature)
    2001    Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery Washington, DC (permanent collection)
    1994    S.O.F.A. Chicago /  Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL