Artist: Robert Mickelsen

  • Born in 1951 in Fort Belvoir , Virginia and raised in Honolulu , Hawaii , Robert’s formal education ended after one year of college. He apprenticed with a professional lampworker for two years in the mid-seventies and then sold his own designs at outdoor craft fairs for ten years. In 1987 he took a class from Paul Stankard that opened his eyes to the possibilities of his medium. In 1989, he stopped doing craft shows and began marketing his work exclusively through galleries. Since then, his career has taken off. He shows his work in some of the finest galleries in the country and participates in prominent exhibitions each year. His work is exhibited in many prominent collections including the Renwick Gallery of American Crafts at the Smithsonian Institution, the Corning Museum of Glass, The Toledo Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts and Design, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Mint Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village.

    He has taught extensively at the major glass schools including the Pilchuck Glass School , Penland School of Crafts, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, and The Pittsburgh Glass Center. He has published numerous technical and historical articles on flameworked glass. He served for six years on the board of directors of the Glass Art Society and was their treasurer and vice-president.

  • The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
    The Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
    The Museum of Arts and Design, NYC
    The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
    The Carnegie-Mellon Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    The Mint Museum, Wash. DC
    Kentucky Museum of Arts and Craft
    The Lampwork Museum in Kobe Japan

  • Selected for inclusion in the 1993 Corning Museum of Glass New Glass Review, vol. 14
    “Sangre del Iguanazul” goblet purchased by Corning Museum of Glass – 1993
    Niche Awards 1995, 1996, 1997 – First Place – Non-functional Glass, Lampworking, Teapots
    Selected for Annual Pilchuck Exhibit at Seattle-Tacoma Airport – 1995, 1996
    Best of Category – Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show – 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003
    Board of directors of The Glass Art Society – 1999 – 2005; Treasurer 2002 – 2003; Vice-President 2003 – 2004
    Winner – ABCs of Glass – Mostly Glass Gallery – 1998
    Selected for inclusion in the 1999 Corning Museum of Glass New Glass Review, vol. 20
    “Organism Series – Carnivore” acquired by The Renwick Gallery for their permanent collection. 1999
    “Organism Series – Alien ” acquired by The Toledo Art Museum for their permanent collection. 2003
    “Organism Series – Nematocyst ” acquired by The Carnegie Art Museum for their permanent collection. 2003
    Featured Artist at 1st Annual Flameworking Conference at Salem Community College – 2001
    Selected as special honoree by Salem Community College at their annual flameworking conference – 2005
    Selected as special honoree by Salem Community College at their annual flameworking conference – 2007

  • Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition – 1992, 1993
    Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, Illinois – 1994, 1997 – 2008
    William Traver Gallery, Seattle WA : 17th Annual International Pilchuck Exhibition – 1994
    Habatat Gallery, Pontiac Michigan : International Lampworked Glass Exhibition – 1994
    Glass Lover’s Weekend, Wheaton Arts, Millville, NJ – 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011
    Belvetro – Miami Beach, Florida – Solo Show – 1995, 1997
    Sculptural Objects and Functional Art (SOFA), Miami Beach, Florida – 1996, 1997
    Society for Arts and Crafts – Boston, Massachusetts – Out of the Flame – 1996
    Gallery Lara – Chicago, Illinois – Solo Show – 1996
    Craft Alliance – St. Louis, Missouri – Survey: Flameworking ‘97
    Miller Gallery – New York City, New York – Flameworking Show – 1997, 1999
    Vespermann Gallery – Atlanta, Georgia – Solo Show – 1997
    Philabaum Glass Gallery – Tucson, Arizona – Regions of the Flame – 1997
    Tucson Art Museum – Tucson Arizona – Calido! – 1997
    Miller Gallery – New York City, New York – Figurative Show – 1997, 1998, 1999
    Habatat Gallery – Pontiac, Michigan – International Glass Invitational – 1998
    Mostly Glass – Englewood, New Jersey – Toffolo/Mickelsen – Ethereal Glass I, II – 1998, 2000
    Center of the Earth – Charlotte, North Carolina – VISTAS IV – A Glass Invitational – 1998, 1999
    Stones Gallery – San Francisco, California – Dreamscapes in Glass – Flamework Invitational – 1998
    Wheaton Village – Millville, NJ – The Human Form in Allegory, Metaphor, and Myth – 1998
    Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery – Pittsburgh, PA – Flameworking Show – 1998
    Cool Arts at The Gallery – Corning, New York – Solo Show – 1998, 2001
    Habatat Gallery – Boca Raton, Florida – International Invitational Show – 1994 – 2010
    ERL Originals – Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Solo show – 1999, 2001
    Gallerie Dorita – Atlanta, Georgia – Joint Show with Cesare Toffolo – 1999
    Kane-Marie Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia – Solo show – 1999
    Contemporary Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center – Honolulu, Hawaii – Solo Show – 2000
    Habatat Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida – Solo Show – 2001, 2008
    Mostly Glass Gallery, Englewood, NJ – Solo Show – 2004
    Habatat Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida – Group Show with Paul Stankard, Kari Russell-Pool, and Janis Miltenberger – 2005
    Boca Raton Museum of Art -“Glass Act – The Contemporary Studio Glass Art Movement Turns 50” – 2012
    Orlando Museum of Art – “Contemporary Glass Sculpture: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass” – 2012 – 2013
    Center on Contemporary Art (COCA) – Seattle, WA – “Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe” – 2013
    Habatat Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL – Solo show: “Weapons of Peace” – 2015