Artist: Kait Rhoads

Blown Glass
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  • 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
    Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
    Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium/Pacific Seas Aquarium, Tacoma, WA
    Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
    Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA.
    Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai, China
    Tacoma Mueum of Art, Tacoma, WA
    Toyama Institute of Glass Museum, Toyama, Japan

  • 2018 Artists @ Work, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA
    2017 Public artwork for Pacific Seas Aquarium, Tacoma, WA
    Massachusetts College of Art, Artist in Residence, Boston, MA
    2016, 09, 08, & 04 Artist in Residence, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
    2015 Public art Bootcamp, Office of Art and Culture, Seattle, WA
    2014 Hauberg Fellowship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
    2013/4 Participated in Designers Day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY
    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
    2008 Demonstrating Artist, Toledo Museum of Art, the Glass Pavillon, Toledo, OH
    The Corning Museum of Glass, the Studio Residency, Corning, NY
    2008 The Creative Glass Center of America, Fellowship, Millville, NJ
    2007 Merit Award, Transformation 6, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittlsburgh, PA
    2005-08 Pilchuck Professional Artist-in-Residence program, Stanwood, WA
    2004 Dale and Doug Anderson Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
    2001-02 Fulbright Scholarship for study of sculpture in Venice, Italy
    2001 First Prize, Glass Art Society Student Award at Corning, NY
    1998 Anne Gould Hauberg Award, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Bainbridge, WA
    1997 Jon and Mary Shirley Scholarship in Glass, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle WA
    The PONCHO Scholarship (full), Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
    The Creative Glass Center of America, Fellowship, Millville, NJ
    1996 Doug and Dale Anderson Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
    1995 Artist in Residence, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
    1994 Emerging Artist in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
    199 & 91 Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
    1992 Scholarship, Toyama International Craft Festival, Toyama, Japan

  • 2020
    Venice and American Studio Glass, Le Stanze del Vetro, Venice Italy
    Group Show, Duane Reed Gallery, St Louis, MI

    2019
    Selections from the Anne gould Hauberg Collection, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
    Deep Dive, San Juan Islands Museum of Art, San Juan, WA
    Salmon School Ambasadors, Schack Arts Center, Everett, WA
    Kait Rhoads, Solo Show, Scheipers Gallery, Hasselt, Belgium

    2018
    Glasstastic, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
    Bloom, Belview Island Art Museum, Becon Gallery, Bainbridge WA
    No GLASS Ceiling! Women working in Glass, Part 1 Palm Springs Art Museum, CA
    Making our Mark, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

    2017
    Selections from the Anne Gould Hauberg Collection. Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
    Revering Nature, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge, WA
    Let the Light In – Glass Biennial 2017, Boehm Gallery, San Marco, CA
    Into the Deep, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

    2016
    LifeForms 2016, Pittsburg Glass Center, Pittsburg PA
    LifeForms 2016, Ceder Gallery, Corning, NY
    Into the Deep, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
    The Nature of Glass, Chesterwood, Stockbridge MA
    Fictitious Fibers, Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

    2015
    All Natural, Curator and participant, The Schack Arts Center, Everett, WA
    Sculpture Walk – Wandering Diatoms , Temporary public art, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
    Parallel Frequencies, Cohen Gallery , Alfred, NY
    Parallel Frequencies Seattle, Traver Gallery, Seattle WA
    Game Changers: Fiber Art Masters and Innovators, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

    2014
    Lake Effect, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, MI
    Tidal, Chiihuly Collections, St Petersburgh, FL
    Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, MI
    Accreted Terrane, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA

    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
    Mini SOFA, Fine Arts Associates, Honolulu HI
    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
    ABeCeDarian, Facere Art 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
    2009 As Below, So Above, Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA

    2008
    Beautifully Crafted, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK
    Corallum, Chappell Gallery, NYC, NY
    A Clear Mind: Glass Invitational, Figge Art Museum, IL

    2007
    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
    Behind Glass: Creativity and Collaboration, The Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL

    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
    Solo Show, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
    Textiles, Marta Hewett Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

    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