Artist: Anna Skibska

  • Anna Skibska uses glassmaking techniques in a masterly fashion likes to reveal the metamorphoses of forms. Using a small acetylene torch, she ‘stretches’ glass rods, creating slender and transparent threads, that are then folded and joined to create ethereal, perfectly balanced sculptures. Embroidering the ‘incorporeal’ mass of the glass with the same ability as a sculptor Anna Skibska manages to create imperceptible compositions of glass, “geometric spiders’ webs” on which light plays, crystallising like frost on a winter’s morning, revealing the Euclidean nature of the frozen water crystals. A play between the visible and invisible that leads to the essenceabsence of gravity and the lightness of her compositions.

    “Trained as an architect, then in fine arts, now recognized as a sculptor of glass, I am not interested in glass per se. It is only one medium that conveys my thoughts, embodies my visions. I work with space, time, light. Sometimes I do collages, photography, film. Sometimes I design small sculptural forms like jewelry. Sometimes I design interiors—just for my proper, artistic hygiene. I believe that architecture is a crown for art, sound and silence, light and dark, not mere brick and steel. Architecture and art are strongly connected: Fine arts do not decorate architecture; architecture is not a shell for fine arts. They are an integral part of each other, and this relationship interests me, as do monumental forms. I develop my thoughts via a unique technique that serves me well: I like to wrap space, embrace time, and trap light, working on them simultaneously from the same beginning.”

  • AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND HONORS
    2010 PONCHO Artist of the Year Award, Seattle, Washington
    2007 PONCHO IFA Merit Award, Seattle, Washington
    2005 Espy Foundation Grant, Seattle, Washington
    2004 ‘Anna Skibska Flameworking Studio’ official name of the studio at Pratt Fine Arts, Seattle, Washington
    2002 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant
    2007 Artist Trust Fund Fellowship, Seattle, Washington
    1999 Artist in Residence at the Bullseye Connection, Portland, Oregon
    1998 Merit Award in New Glass Review 19, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
    1997 International Council of Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington
    1996 Soros Foundation Research Grant for a residency at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, Washington
    1995 Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award from the Kunstmuseum in Dusseldorf, Germany
    1993 Merit Award in New Glass Review 14, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
    1992-93 Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship for Independent Study and Research, New York, New York
    1992 Award for new creative solutions in exhibition “Space” at the State Gallery, Legnica, Poland
    1990 Merit Award in New Glass Review 11, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
    1988 Merit Award in New Glass Review 9, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
    1988 The Egit Foundation Creative Scholarship, Warsaw, Poland
    1984 Polish Minister of Culture and Art Award in the presentation of Art Academy’s Best
    Diplomas at the exhibition, Diploma ‘84, Wroclaw, Poland

  • SOLO EXHIBITIONS
    2013 Museo del Vetro, Venice, Italy
    2012 “Anna, Anna Skibska” Film Premiere IMA, San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park, Friday Harbor, Washington
    2012 Anna, Anna Skibska, IMA, San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park, Friday Harbor, Washington
    2012 Q, Rainier Club, Seattle, Washington
    2011 Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, Washington
    2009 Church of Skibska, Oysterville, Washington
    2008 Anna Skibska Follow The Line. The Path To Form, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington
    2007 Sculpturesite, San Francisco, California
    2006 No Exit, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon
    2006 Landscape with Stars, Studio Centralia, Tucson, Arizona
    2003 In The Neighborhood, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington
    2002 National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland
    2002 Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon
    2001 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
    2001 William Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington
    2000 Anna Skibska, Galleria San Nicolo’, Venice, Italy
    2000 One: Millennium Series, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington (catalog in preparation)
    1999 Anna Skibska, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon (catalog published)
    1999 Anna Skibska: About the Tower, Film premiere, St. Elizabeth Church, Wroclaw, Poland
    1998 Anna Skibska, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington
    1998 Grand Studio, TV Polska SA, Wroclaw, Poland
    1998 Anna Skibska, R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
    1997 From behind…, National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland
    1997 Anna Skibska, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington
    1997 Anna Skibska, Miller Gallery, New York, New York
    1997 Pictures of Glass, Gallery of Modern Art DESA, Wroclaw, Poland
    1996 Anna Skibska, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington
    1995 Simple Pieces of Furniture, Domek Miedziorytnika, Wroclaw, Poland
    1994 Look at my eye…, Gallery Na Odwachu, Wroclaw, Poland
    1993 Stained Glass Sculpture, Permanent Installation, Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton, Pennsylvania
    1992 National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland
    1992 Presentating Dragon A.S. & Peacock EGS: Anna Skibska and Eugeniusz Get Stankiewicz, Wroclaw, Poland
    1991 A.S. Exhibition, Gallery of Modern Art Na Solnym, Wroclaw, Poland
    1990 Stained Glass? (Two), Gallery Theater STU, Cracow, Poland
    1990 Anna Skibska, Galerie D.M. Sarver, Paris, France
    1990 International Meetings of Open Theater, Gallery of Open Theater Center, Kalambur, Wroclaw, Poland
    1989 Pictures of Glass No. 6, Gallery of Modern Art DESA, Wroclaw, Poland
    1988 Drawings of Glass, Gallery of Modern Art DESA, Wroclaw, Poland
    1988 Stained Glass, Theater STU, Cracow, Poland
    1987 Stained Glass, St. Clement Hofbauer Church, Wroclaw, Poland
    1987 Pictures of Glass, Gallery of Modern Art DESA, Wroclaw, Poland
    1987 Stained Glass?, Gallery of Theater STU, Cracow, Poland
    1986 Gallery of Modern Art DESA, Wroclaw, Poland,
    1986 Gallery of Modern Art DESA, Wroclaw, Poland,
    PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS
    2012 Perkins Coie LLP, Portland, Oregon
    2011 Perkins Coie LLP, Bellevue, Washington
    2010 New Castle Library, Issaquah, Washington (in preparation)
    2009 Appaloosa Library, Scottsdale, Arizona
    2008 EFG Eurobank, Athens, Greece
    2008 Musee-Atelier du Verre, Sars-Poteries, France
    2007 Ivy Hotel, san Diego, California
    2006 Memorial Hospital, Savannah, Georgia
    2006 Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, Arizona
    2005 Cristalla, Seattle, Washington
    2004 Ryan, Swanson and Cleveland PLLC, Seattle, Washington
    2004 Mario’s, Portland, Oregon
    2003 Seattle Public Library, Rainier Beach Branch, Seattle, Washington
    2003 Columbia Tower Club, Seattle, Washington
    2002 Jury Room, New King County Courthouse, Seattle, Washington
    2002 Swedish Hospital Cancer Center, Seattle, Washington
    2001 Swedish Hospital Cancer Center, Seattle, Washington
    2001 Gateway Center, Bank of America, Charlotte, North Carolina
    2001 Northwest Airlines, Chicago, Illinois
    2001 PONCHO, Seattle, Washington