Artist: Joanna Manousis

  • British born artist and designer, Joanna Manousis lives and works in the United States, creating literary works in glass and mixed media that speak of human emotion, memory and the passage of time. Holding a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Alfred University, New York, and a First Class Honors Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from The University of Wolverhampton, England, Manousis has worked, studied and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Manousis earned a Bombay Sapphire Award nomination for ‘Excellence in Glass’ in 2008, the first ‘Hans Godo Frabel Award’ for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Glass’ in 2010, along with other numerous scholarships and awards for her individual approach in glass sculpture and installation. Manousis has created her work within residencies at The Museum of Art and Design, NYC, Corning Glass Museum, NY, and The Cité Internationale des Arts, France. Her work can be seen in the permanent collections at Ebeltoft Glass Museet, Denmark and the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Yerevan, Armenia.

  • Honors


    Awards / Scholarships


    2015                   The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Award

    2014                   The Inaugural Borowsky Awards Nomination, Philadelphia, PA

    GCAC Professional Development Grant, GCAC, Columbus, OH

    Pilchuck Glass School, Study Scholarship, WA

    2013                   GCAC Supply Grant, GCAC, Columbus, OH

    Best in Show, Indiana Glass Alliance, Kokomo University, IN

    Emerging Artist Award, ‘Best of Ohio 2013’, Ohio Craft Museum, OH

    Corning Museum of Glass, Study Scholarship, NY

    Inaugural Borowsky Awards Nomination, Philadelphia, PA

    2012                   Northlands Creative Glass Center, Study Scholarship, Scotland

    2011                   Margaret M. Mead Award, Burchfield-Penney Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

    Corning Museum of Glass, Study Scholarship, NY

    2010                   Emerge, ‘Finalist’, Bullseye Glass, Portland, OR, USA

    2009                   Hans Frabel Glass Awards, ‘Excellence and Innovation’, GA, USA

    2008                   Pilchuck Glass School, Study Scholarship, WA

    Bombay Sapphire Glass Awards, ‘Nominee’, Milan, Italy

    2007                   MFA Fellowship, Alfred University, NY

    Pearson’s Glass Award, ‘Emerging Artist’, Cardiff, Wales, UK

    Pilchuck Glass School, Study Scholarship,George / Lepisto Class

    2007                   GAS, ‘International Student Award’, Pittsburgh, PA

    2006                   Corning Glass Award Nomination, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA

    Pilchuck Glass School, Study Scholarship

    2005                   Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Study Scholarship, Willenbrink Class

  • Solo Exhibitions


    2014                           The Dominant Sophia, Urban Glass Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    2013                           Selected Works, Neusole Glass Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

    2012-13                     Presence in the Past, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    Fertile Ground, Exhibit A, Corning, NY, USA

    Selected Works, Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2010                           A Reflection of Time, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Alfred, NY, USA

    2007                           Ladies and Lace, Bilston Craft Gallery, UK

    BA Thesis Exhibition, Wolverhampton University, UK


    Group Exhibitions


    2016                           Collective Design, Skylight Clarkson Square, New York, NY

    Lifeforms 2016, Hodge Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA / Houghton Gallery, Corning, NY

    The Garden of Earthly Delights, Ease Gallery, Columbus, OH

    Fog Design + Art, Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, CA

    2015                           Sofa Chicago, Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, Chicago, IN

    Collective Design, Skylight Clarkson Square, New York, NY

    2014                           The Salon: Art + Design, New York, NY

    Sofa Chicago, Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, Chicago, IN

    Coburg Prize, Rödental, Germany

    2014                  2nd Biennial of Contemporary Glass, David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

    2013                           Gathering: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland, Kokomo, IN

    Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass, Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park, Grand                                           Rapids, MI

    2013                       Young Sculptors Competition, Miami University, Miami, OH

    Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

    Best of 2013: Ohio Designer Craftsmen, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus

    Bruntnell Astley Contemporary Glass, Ruskin Glass Center, Stourbridge, UK

    Collective Design Fair, Manhattan, NY

    Glass Weekend, Wheaton Arts Center, NJ, USA

    New Visions, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Glass Weekend, Wheaton Arts Center, NJ, USA

    2012                           Urban Glass MFA Show, Manhattan, NY

    2011 – 12                   Breath Taking, Crafts Council, London, UK

    2011                           Art in Craft Media, Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY, USA

    Southern Tier Biennial, Olean, NY

    Contemporary Glass, Exhibit A, Corning, NY

    2010                           E-Merge, Bullseye Glass Gallery, Portland, OR, USA

    Domesticity: How We Live, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, PA, USA

    Home, Glass Museum at Broadfield House, Stourbridge, UK

    2009                           The Hans Frabel Glass Awards, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

    Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, (Permanent collection) Ebeltoft, Denmark

    2009                           The Feast, Pittsburgh University Gallery, Kansas, USA

    2008                           Pilchuck Glass Auction, Seattle, USA

    Origin, Somerset House, London, UK

    Beautifully Crafted, 10th Year Anniversary, The National Glass Museum, UK

    Glass Routes, Bilston Craft Gallery, UK

    The British Glass Biennale, Stourbridge, UK

    The Bombay Sapphire Awards, Via Tortona, Milan, Italy

    2007                           New Designers, Business Design Center, London, UK

    Pearson’s Glass Awards, Cardiff, Wales