Artist: Alex Bernstein

  • Alex Gabriel Bernstein grew up in a creative environment with access to many of the artists of the American studio glass movement. As the child of two established glass artists, William and Katherine Bernstein, the beautiful surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina where they lived played almost as much of a part in his inspired upbringing as did the breadth of teachers around him.

    Alex studied psychology at the University of North Carolina in Asheville and worked at a children’s psychiatric hospital before making the decision to pursue his artistic endeavors full time. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts and went on to teach at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Penland School of Crafts, and The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass.

    Most recently Alex was the Department Head of Glass at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts but he made the decision to return to his hometown, Asheville, NC, in 2007 to set up a studio and focus on creating his own work full-time.

    Bernstein has recently mounted solo shows at Chappell Gallery in NYC; Hooks Epstein Gallery in Houston; Habatat Gallery in Royal Oak, MI; and the William Traver Gallery, Seattle. His work is included in numerous collections, including those of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glasmuseum Frauenau in Germany, the Mellon Financial Corporation, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Palm Springs Art Museum.

     

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

    Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY

    Glassmuseum Frauenau. Frauenau, Germany

    Burchfeild-Penny Arts Center, Museum of Western New York Art, Buffalo, NY

    Wallace Memorial Library, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

    The Dean of Liberal Arts Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

    Mellon Financial Corporation, Harrisburg, VA

    Wachovia Financial Group, Greenville, SC

    Deloitte & Touche, Boston, MA

    Bascom-Louise Gallery, Highland , NC

    Royal Caribbean, Oasis of the Seas

    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

    Mobile Art Museum, Mobile, AL

  • 2012 Critic’s Choice Award, Habatat International Glass Invitational
    2010 Collectors Choice Award, Habatat International Glass Invitational
    2009 Rising Star for the 21st Century, Distinction from The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass
    2008 Award of Excellence, Habatat International Glass Invitational
    2006 Award of Excellence, Habatat International Glass Invitational
    2003 Selection for New Glass Review
    2002 American Craft Council Emerging Artist Grant
    2001 Dean of Liberal Arts Purchase Award.
    Wallace Memorial Library Purchase Award.
    Special Selection, International Craft Biannual, Cheongju City, Korea.
    Honorable Mention, International Craft Biannual, Cheongiu City, Korea.
    2000 Niche Award for glass sculpture
    Sylvia L Rosen Endowment Purchase Award
    1999
    Aaron Rosenstreich Memorial Fund for Excellence.

  • SOLO SHOWS 2012
    Natural History, Winterowd Fine Art Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
    2010
    Contemplative Reduction, Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
    2009
    Progressions, Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    New Work, Winterowd Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    2008
    Small Work, Tom Riley Gallery, Cleveland, OH
    New Work, Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX
    Time Exposed, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
    New Work, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC
    2007
    Alex Gabriel Bernstein, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    New Work, Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, FL
    Inside Out, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
    A look back- five years at Chappell Gallery, Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    New Work, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
    2006
    New Work, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, Cleveland, OH
    2005
    New Work, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    New Work, Prism Contemporary Glass Gallery, Chicago, IL
    New Work, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville NC
    2004
    Tactile Visions, Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    2002
    Featured Artist, Tomas R. Riley Gallery, Cleveland, OH
    2001
    Stories and Observations, Bevier Gallery; Rochester, NY
    Observations, The Hope Collection; Santa Fe, NM

    SELECT GROUP SHOWS
    2012
    Houston Art Fair, Hooks Epstein Gallery, Houson, TX
    40th Annual Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
    Palm Beach 3, Represented by Habatat Gallery – MI, Palm Beach, FL
    Art Naples, Represented by Habatat Gallery – MI
    2011
    SOFA New York, Represented by Duane Reed Gallery, St.Lous, MO
    Palm Beach 3, Represented by Habatat Gallery – MI, Palm Beach, FL
    Art Naples, Represented by Habatat Gallery – MI
    SOFA Chicago, Represented by Habatat Gallery – MI
    39th Annual Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
    2010
    SOFA Chicago, Represented by Habatat Gallery – MI
    Special Glass Invitational Show, LaKae Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
    38th Annual Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
    SOFA New York, Represented by Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    Palm Beach 3, Represented by Habatat Gallery – MI, Palm Beach, FL
    2009
    SOFA Chicago, Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    Rising Stars of the 21st Century, American Glass Museum, Millville, NJ
    Art Santa Fe, Winterowd Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    Glass Weekend – Wheaton Arts, Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    SOFA Santa Fe, Prism Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    Summer Salon, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC
    All in the Family, Suffolk Center for the Arts, Suffolk, VA
    37th Annual Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
    SOFA New York, Represented by Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    Inspired By, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
    Palm Beach 3, Represented by Habatat Gallery – MI, Palm Beach, FL
    2008
    Four Seasons, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
    Gesture and Cadence, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
    Terra Enigma – Abstracting the Landscape, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC
    36th Annual Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
    Palm Beach 3, Represented by Habatat Gallery – MI, Palm Beach, FL
    North Carolina Glass Show, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC
    SOFA New York, Represented by Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    SOFA Chicago, Represented by Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    2007
    Art Miami, Onnessimo Fine Art, Miami, FL
    35th Annual Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
    Palm Beach 3, Represented by Chappell Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
    Invitational Glass Show, Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX
    SOFA New York, Represented by Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    The Power of Red, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
    Shy Boy, She Devil and Isis, Wornick Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
    SOFA Chicago, Represented by Chappell Gallery, Chicago, IL
    2006
    Palm Beach 3, Represented by Chappell Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
    Gathering: A Survey of Contemporary Glass, Penland School Gallery, Penland, NC
    Invitational Show, Prism Contemporary Glass Gallery, Chicago, IL
    Voices in Glass, Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston, TX
    Glass Invitational Exhibition, Cervini Haas Gallery, Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ
    Arts Scottsdale, Represented by Prism Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
    34th Annual Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
    SOFA New York, Represented by Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    Refined Force: Glass of New England, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
    SOFA Chicago, Represented by Chappell Gallery, Chicago, IL
    2005
    33rd Annual Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI
    Palm Beach 3, Represented by Chappell Gallery., Palm Beach FL
    SOFA New York, Represented by Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    Glass Weekend 05, Creative Glass Center of America, Wheaton, NJ
    Out of The Mold, A Survey Of Contemporary Cast Glass, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News VA
    SOFA Chicago, Represented by Chappell Gallery, Chicago, IL
    Dynamic Glass, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
    Toronto International Art Fair, Represented by Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    2004
    32nd Annual Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI
    Invitational Glass Exhibition, Function + Art, Chicago, IL
    SOFA New York, Represented by Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    SOFA Chicago, Represented by Chappell Gallery, Chicago, IL
    Gallery Artist, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
    Palm Beach Contemporary, Represented by Chappell Gallery., Palm Beach FL
    Apercu, Prism Contemporary Glass Gallery, Chicago, IL
    Toronto International Art Fair, Represented by Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    2003
    Glass Invitational, Parisi Gallery, Del Mar, CA
    International Vessel Show, Museum of Art and Design, Louisville, KY
    Glass Weekend 03, Creative Glass Center of America, Wheaton, NJ
    New Insight, Chappell Gallery, Boston, MA
    Il Pettoo, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
    SOFA Chicago, Represented by Chappell Gallery, Chicago, IL
    New Glass, Function+ Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
    Infusion, Gallery WDO, Charlotte, NC
    New Talent in Glass, Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    SOFA New York, Represented by Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    Bernstein Trio, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
    2002
    SOFA Chicago, Represented by Chappell Gallery, Chicago, IL
    American Heritage; Chappell Gallery, Boston, MA
    Deceptions, Chappell Gallery, Boston, MA
    Benefit Auction Exhibition, Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA
    Annual Goblet Exhibition, Snyderman/Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    New Work New Year, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC
    A Cast of Excellence, Chappell Gallery, New York, NY
    2001
    Faculty Exhibition; Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland, OH
    International Craft Biannual; Cheongju Arts Hall, Cheongju City, Korea
    Off the hook; Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery; Pittsburgh, PA
    2000
    Glass Art Society Exhibition; Triangle Gallery; New York, NY
    International Glass Symposium; “Glass in Context 2000”, Glass Museum; Frauenau, Germany
    Craft Art of Western New York; Burchfield-Penney Art Center; Buffalo, NY
    Contemporary Crafts; Mase Art Center; Mase, AZ
    Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition; The Kittrell/Riffkind Gallery; Dallas, TX
    Featured Artist Exhibition; Craft Company #6; Rochester, NY
    Niche, Student Niche Award Exhibition; Philadelphia, PA
    People, Places, Art, Public Art Proposal; Gallery R; Rochester, NY
    1999
    School for American Crafts Honor Show; Student Alumni Union, Rochester, NY
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
    Art of the New Millennium; The Up-Stairs Gallery; Tyron, NC
    Interior Spaces, Gallery r; Rochester, NY
    Students in Glass; The Visual Arts Center; Virginia Beach, VA
    Sent Bottle Invitational; The Kittrell/Riffkind Gallery; Dallas, TX
    1998
    Annual Goblet Show; The Kittrell/Riffkind Gallery; Dallas, TX
    Glass Artist of Western North Carolina, The Up Stairs Gallery; Tryon, NC
    A Goblet Toast; Gallery Dorita!, Atlanta, GA