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Artist: April Surgent

Engraved Glass
  • April Surgent started working with glass in 1997, in Seattle, WA. She studied at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, earning her B.F.A. with honors, in 2004. She moved back to Seattle in 2005 and set up a cold-working glass studio with artist, Ethan Stern. Since 2003, Surgent has taught, lectured, and exhibited her works internationally. In 2009, she was awarded one of the two prestigious Neddy Fellowships, through the generosity of the Behnke foundation, along with the UrbanGlass, New Talent award. In 2010, she had her first solo museum show, at the Bellevue Arts Museum, WA. She was recognized by her peers at the Tacoma Museum of Glass auction, receiving the ‘Artist’s Choice’ award, in 2011.

    On her journey with glass Surgent had the opportunity to study with Czech master engraver Jiri Harcuba at Pilchuck glass school, in 2003. Harcuba introduced her to the technique of engraving, which has become the predominant method she uses to make her work. Harcuba became Surgent‘s mentor and in 2008, they started instructing a series of short courses together. Their classes have centered on the idea that glass engraving can be contemporary art. Interested in the juxtaposition of using an “endangered” traditional craft to make contemporary art, she focuses on making permanent, archival records of contemporary life.

     

  • Selected Collections

    2013 Museum of Glass, ‘The Valley’, Tacoma, WA. 
    2011 Ulster Museum acquisition, ‘Days Gone By’, Belfast, Ireland. 
    2010 Corning Museum of Glass acquisition, “Jiri”, Corning, NY, USA. 
    2008 Chrysler Museum acquisition, “Don’t Wait for Me”, Norfolk, VA, USA.  
    2008 Museum of Glass, “But You Wont Look Back”, Tacoma, WA 
    2007 Hotel Murano lobby commission, Tacoma, USA.  
    2004 Australian National University Public Artwork Program, Canberra, Australia
    2004 Bradley Allen Acquisition Award, Canberra, Australia
    2004 Embassy of Spain Art Collection, Canberra, Australia
    2003 Kamberra Wine Center, Canberra, Australia

  • Awards, Grants , Publications & Research Funding

    2012 National Science Foundation, Antarctica Artist and Writers Grant – artist residency to Antarctica
    2012 Tacoma Museum of Glass visiting artist, 5-day hot-shop residency.
    2011 ‘Artist Choice Award’, Tacoma Museum of Glass auction award, USA.
    2011 ‘April Surgent, Forging Relationships in Reflections’ article, Drawing Magazine, Naomi Ekperigin. 
    2011 Tacoma Museum of Glass visiting artist, 5-day hot-shop residency.
    2010 New Talent Award, Urban Glass, New York, USA.
    2010 Bellevue City Council Grant, in support of Bellevue Arts Museum project, Bellevue, WA.
    2010 4Culture grant, in support of Bellevue Arts Museum project, Seattle WA.
    2010 Urban Glass Quarterly blog interview.
    2010  Neddy Fellow, Awarded one of the two Neddy Fellowships, Behnke Foundation, Seattle, USA. 
    2010 in Residence, Australian Nationtional University, School of Art, Glass workshop, Canberra, Australia. 
    2010 “Ones to Watch”, article, “Western Art and Architecture” magazine, Michele Corriel
    2007 Artist in Residence with Jiri Harcuba, Bullseye Glass Company, Portland, USA. 
    2007 “Glass City: April Surgent’s fused and cameo engraved panels”, Cover article, “Glass Art”, magazine, Shawn Waggoner. 
    2006 Emerging Artist in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, USA. 
    2006 Juror’s Choice, Tina Oldknow, New glass Review. 
    2005 University Medal, Australian National University, Canberra,   Australia
    2005 Artist in Residence, Bullseye Glass Co., Portland, USA
    2004 Embassy of Spain Travelling Scholarship, Embassy of Spain, Canberra, Australia
    2004 Dean’s List, School of Art, Australian National, University, Canberra, Australia
    2003 Honors Scholarship for 2004, School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
    2003 Commission, International Year of Freshwater design competition, Canberra, Australia
    2002 Kamberra Glass Prize, Kamberra Wine Center, Canberra, Australia
    2002 Dean’s List, School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
    2001 Dean’s List, School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
    2001 Dean’s List, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, USA
    2000 Full tuition scholarship, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, USA

      
    Professional Experience

    2012 Engraving course with Jiri Harcuba, Corning Studio, Corning, NY. 
    2012 Pilchuck Glass school board member, Seattle, USA. 
    2011 Zen-Graving, Co-instructor with Jiri Harcbua, Pilchuck glass school, Seattle, USA
    2011 ‘Maker’s Mark; An engraving demonstration’, GAS conference, Seattle, WA. 
    2010 Meet the Artist lecture, Jiri Harcuba and April Surgent, Corning Glass, NY.
    2010 Panelist for: Jaraslava Brychtova, Woman in Glass Forum, Seattle, WA. 
    2009 Lecture Tour, Presenting at eight Universities throughout the UK. 
    2009 Juror, Pratt Fine Arts Center scholarship programs, Seattle, WA, USA. 
    2008 “Tradition and Innovation” Cold working class, Co-Instructor with Jiri     Harcuba, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland. 
    2008 “Zen Graving” Cold working class, Co-Instructor with Jiri Harcuba, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, USA. 
    2008 Instructor, Cold working workshop, Australian National University,  School of Art, Glass Workshop, Canberra, Australia. 
    2008 Demonstration Lecture, Presenter, Glass Art Society Annual Conference, Portland, OR.  
    2007 “The Makers Mark”, Instructor of cold working class, Urban Glass, New York City, USA. 
    2007 “Fresh Cold Shop Cuts” cold working class, Co-Instructor with Jiri Harcuba, Bullseye Glass Company, Portland , USA. 
    2006 Studio assistant to Preston Singletary, cold-working, Seattle, USA
    2005 Teaching assistant to Susan Cohn, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland
    2005 Cold-worker, pole-turners session, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA, USA
    2005 Teaching assistant to Kirstie Rea, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA, USA. 
    2005 Studio assistant to Preston Singletary, cold-working, Seattle, USA
    2005 Studio assistant to Joe BenVenuto, cold-working, Seattle, USA
    2004 Studio assistant to Kirstie Rea, Canberra, Australia
    2003 Assistant to Jane Bruce, hot glass, Canberra, Australia
    2002 Assistant to Scott Chaseling, hot glass, Canberra, Australia
    1998 Assistant, hot glass, Pernille Bulow Studios, Sveneke, Denmark

  • Selected Exhibitions


    2013 Glass Weekend at Wheaton Arts, Heller Gallery, Millville, NJ
    2013 ‘LINKS: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest’, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
    2013 ‘Outgrowth: Highlights from the Museum’s Collections’, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
    2013 ‘41st Annual International Glass Invitational Awards Exhibition’, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
    2012 ‘April Surgent’ Solo exhibition, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA 
    2012 ‘Chromatic Fusion’, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM 
    2012 ’Fifty by Fifty: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass, Muskegon Musem of Art, Muskegon MI.
    2012 ‘Import’ Bullseye Pop-up Gallery in conjunction with 50th anniversary, Glass Art Society Conference, Toledo, OH, USA. 
    2012 ‘Images’, Walter E. Terhune Gallery, Toledo, OH, USA.2012 ‘40th Annual Invitational’ Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI, USA.  
    2011 SOFA Chicago, Bullseye Gallery, USA. 
    2011 “Into the Surface”, solo exhibition, Bullseye Gallery, Portland USA. 
    2011 Art MRKT San Francisco, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR. 
    2010 “Into the Surface”, solo exhibition, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA. 
    2010 ‘Women in Glass: Innovators and Visionaries’ Group exhibition, Traver   Gallery, Seattle, WA. 
    2010 Art Miami, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR. 
    2100 COLLECT, Bullseye Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK. 
    2010 “Reflect”, Solo exhibition, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR. USA. 
    2010 “15 Years of Neddy Artist Fellows”, Tacoma Art Muesum, WA. 
    2009 Art Miami, Bullseye Gallery, Miami, Fl, USA. 
    2009 “2009 Neddy Artist Fellowship”, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, USA. 
    2009 “COLLECT”, Bullseye Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK. 
    2008 “Traces of Ourselves”, an exhibition and accompanying catalogue, featuring the work of Jiri Harcuba and April Surgent, Bullseye gallery, Portland, Or. USA. 
    2008 SOFA Chicago, Bullseye Gallery, Chicago, USA. 
    2007  “COLLECT”, Bullseye Gallery,  Victoria Albert museum, London, UK. 
    2007 “Pilchuck Glass School: Emerging Artists in Residence”, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, USA. 
    2006 “A Meandering Tale”, solo exhibition, The Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR,      USA
    2006 “Painting with Light: Artists that paint on and with glass”, Palos Verdes Art Center, CA, USA
    2006  SOFA Chicago, Bullseye Gallery, Chicago, USA.  
    2005 SOFA/Chicago, Bullseye  Gallery, Chicago, USA. 
    2005 “Seeds of Light: 20 Years of Graduates from the Glass Workshop”, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra, Australia
    2004 “Green: 2004 Graduating Students Exhibition”, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra, Australia
    2004 “[email protected] E-Merge”, Bullseye Resource Center, Portland, OR
    2004 “Emerging Artists 2004”, Tobin – Hewett Gallery, Louisville, KY
    2004 “Intersection: The Canberra Connection”, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR
    2003 “Legacy”, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR
    2003 International Student Exhibition, Glass Art Society, Seattle, WA
    2002 Kamberra Glass Prize, Kamberra Wine Center, Canberra, Australia
    2002 “Reflect”, Spiral Gallery, Bega, Australia
    2001 Kamberra Glass Prize, Kamberra Wine Center, Canberra, Austrailia
    2000 Scholarship Recipients, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, USA