Artist: Jeff Zimmer

  • I am fascinated by exploring areas between certainty and doubt, and provoking a sensual experience of light. In a polarized political and social atmosphere I view ambiguous subject matter and visual presentation as political acts. By creating enigmatic works, I intend to seduce the viewer into being comfortable with ambiguity.

    Through my technique, I am able to convey a sense of the volume of space. The images are built through multiple firings of enamels on many layers of glass, allowing a depth of space within which objects ‘move’ as the viewer moves around the piece as imagery on each layer shifts in relation to the others and to the light.



  • Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

    European Museum for Modern Glass/Veste Coburg, DE

    Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark
    Glasmuseum Frauenau, Germany
    North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK

  • 2014 Second Prize, Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass, DE
    2014 Stephen Procter Fellowship, Australian National University, Canberra, AU
    2010 Arts Trust Scotland, Grant Recipient, UK
    2009 Scottish Arts Council, Professional Development Grant Recipient, UK
    2006 Gulbenkian Residency, North Lands Creative Glass, UK
    Scottish Arts Council, Professional Development Grant Recipient, UK
    Celeste Arts Prize (Shortlist), Goldsmiths University of London, UK
    2004 Overseas Student Scholarship, Edinburgh College of Art, UK

  • 2014
    Absorb, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, AU
    Curated by Olivia Meehan
    Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass, Veste Coburg and the European Museum of Modern Glass, Coburg & Rosenau, DE
    UK Glass, Het Glazenhuis, Lommel, BE

    Curated by Jeroen Maes

    Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, USA
    Light and Shadow, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, DK
    Royal Scottish Academy Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

    European Applied Arts Prize, Exhibition Hall “Anciens Abattoirs”, Mons, BE
    Cultural Exchange, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK
    Curated by: Mieke Groot
    Lüstern Wohnen : Lichter – Leuchten – Lüster – Lampen, Eisch-Atelier – Galerie am Museum, Frauenau, DE

    Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia Convention Centre, Philadelphia, PA USA
    Washington Glass School 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Longview Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
    Curators: Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Erwin Timmers
    British Studio Glass, European Museum of Modern Glass, Rosenau, Coburg, DE
    Curated by: Dr. Sven Hauschke
    Trove, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Perth, UK
    Curators: Sandra Martin, Roger Dodsworth & Kari Moodie
    Fête de Verre: Futur, Urban Glass, NYC, USA
    Curators: Jane Adlin, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art;
    Katya Heller, Heller Gallery;
    David McFadden, Chief Curator and Vice President, Museum of Arts and Design; and
    Claire Oliver, Claire Oliver Gallery

    Essence, Glass Art Gallery, London, UK
    Curators: Stephen Pollock Hill, Barbara Beadman & Peter Layton
    British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge, UK
    Curators: Annabelle Campbell, Reino Leifkes, Sylva Petrova, Alan J. Poole & Colin Reid
    Remarkable Glass, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
    Curators: Sarah Edwards, Victoria Scholes, Alan J. Poole, Mieke Groot
    Vitreous North, Timespan Museum and Arts Centre, Helmsdale, UK

    Migrate, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, UK; Broadfield House Glass Museum, West Midlands, UK and tour
    Head of Curating Committee: Dan Klein
    Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, UK

    British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge, UK
    Curators: Will Farmer, Jeremy Hunt, Deirdre Figueiredo, Kim Mawhinney & Angela Thwaites
    Absorption, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Leith, UK
    Curator: Emilia Sosnowska