Artist: Kait Rhoads

Blown Glass
  • Kait Rhoads is best-known for her innovative use of Venetian blown glass techniques, such as murrine and filigrana, which she has applied to sculptural forms as well as to vessels. Her process involves weaving pieces of blown and cut glass tubes with copper wire to create flexible looking “soft sculptures.” Her love for murrine making  dovetails well into her investigation of growth patterns and biological structures. Kait’s public art represents the natural world in such a way that whomsoever view it will become empathetic/curious/feel a connection to it. She focus her intention on promoting ocean ecology when possible as her youth was spent growing up on a boat in the Caribbean. Kait received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1993, her MFA from Alfred University in 2001 as well as a Fulbright grant to study sculpture in Murano, Italy. She maintains a studio in Seattle, WA.

  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA.

    Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY.

    Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark.

    Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA.

    Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA.

    New Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood, CA.

    Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA.

    Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA.

    Shanghai Meuseum of Glass, Shanghai, China

    Toyama Institute of Glass Museum, Toyama, Japan.

  • 2014                 Hauberg Residency, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

    2012                 Demonstrating Artist, Klart Glass symposium, Tjura, Norway.

    Guest Artist, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI.

    2011                 Visiting Artist, Toledo Museum of Art, the Glass Pavillon, Toledo, OH.

    2011, 09, 08 & 04        Artist in Residence, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA.

    2008                 The Corning Museum of Glass, the Studio Residency, Corning, NY.

    2008                 The Creative Glass Center of America, Fellowship, Millville, NJ.

    2005-08 Pilchuck Professional Artist-in-Residence program, Stanwood, WA.

    2004, 97, 96, 94 & 91  Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.

    2001-02 Fulbright Scholarship for study of sculpture in Venice, Italy.

    1997                 Jon and Mary Shirley Scholarship in Glass, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle WA

    1995                 Artist in Residence, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA.

    1994                 Emerging Artist in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.


  • 2015                 Parallel Frequencies, Cohen Gallery , Alfred, NY.

    2014                 Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, MI.

    2013                 The Cutting Edge, Racine Art Museum, WI.

    Fluid Reformations, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY.

    2012                 A Closer Look, Pratt Fine Art Center Gallery, Seattle, WA.

                            50 Years of Studio Glass, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY.

    Fifty by Fifty, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI.

    2011                 Hawaii Crafstmen Annual Juried Show, Linekona Arts Center, Honolulu HI.

    Contempory Glass, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA.

    Pysis, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA.

    2010                 Transformation 6: Contemporary Works in Glass, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN.

    2009                 BIGG:  Breakthrough Ideas in Global Glass Exhibition, OSU Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH.

    As Below, So Above, Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA.

    2008                 Beautifully Crafted, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK.

    Glorious Glass: Translucent and Opaque, the Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL.

    Corallum, Chappell Gallery, NYC, NY.

    A Clear Mind: Glass Invitational, Figge Art Museum, IL.

    2007                 Shattering Glass, New Perspectives, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY.

    Viva Vetro! Glass Alive! Venice and America, 1950-2006, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Submerge, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA.

    Fillette, curator and participant, Viscosity, Seattle, WA.

    2006                 Arbor, Chappell Gallery, NYC, NY.

    Making Sense, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY.

    2005                 Undulation, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA.

    Plumage, Chappell Gallery, NYC, NY.

    Ebb and Flow, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA.

    2004                 Italian Influence in Contemporary Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY.

    Warp and Weft, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA.

    Vetri. Nel mondo. Oggi, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arte, Venice, Italy.

    2003                 20/20 Vision, Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ.

    The Eye of the Peacock, Chappell Gallery, NYC, NY.

    2002                  Peacock Vessels, Vetri International Glass, Seattle, WA.

    Under 40, Scuola del Vetro Abate Zanetti, Murano, Italy.

    2001                 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Alfred University, Alfred, NY.

    Visionary Women, Bausch & Laumb, Rochester, NY.

    • Solo Show, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA.

    1999                  Shelter, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA.

    Glass America 1999, Heller Gallery, NY, NY.

                              Vessels: A National Glass Invitational Exhibition, Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa,TX.

    1998                  1998 Venezia Aperto, Venice, Italy.

                              1998 Pacific Northwest Annual Exhibition, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA.

    Skins and Shelters, solo show, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA.

    1997                 The Ripple Effect in Glass, The Gallery of American Craft at Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ.

    Young Glass 1997, Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark.

    1996                 Artist In Residence Exhibition, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA.