Artist: Martin Blank

hot sculpted glass
  • Martin Blank glass artist, is one of North America’s premiere figurative sculptors with a style quintessentially his own. Martin Blank’s glassblowing studio is in Seattle, the home of many of the world’s most famous glass artists, including Dale Chihuly with whom Martin worked during one period of his career. Blank’s blown glass work is on display in galleries throughout the United States, and is featured in international exhibitions including the Millennium Museum in Beijing, China, the Shanghai Museum of Fine Art and the American Embassy in Slovakia. In 2001 he created the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “Access to Learning” Award for recipients in Finland, Argentina and Guatemala. Recently, Blank was among a group of America’s most renowned glass artists invited to make presentations to create public art for the new World Trade Center Building in New York City.

    Blank graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1984 with a B.F.A. in Glass, and went on to work with many glass artists, including Dale Chihuly. He now owns and operates his own hot shop, Martin Blank Studios, in Seattle, Washington.

    His work is found in many public collections, including the Corning Museum of Glass,Corning, NY, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Krannert Art Museum, Champain, IL, the Shanghai Museum of Fine art, China, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL.

    Martin is also known for his architectural glass installations. In 2008-2009, Martin Blank’s glassblowing and sculptural skills lead to a large public commission, “Fluent Steps”, a permanent exterior installation at the Museum of Glass, in Tacoma, WA.

     

     

  • 2013      Contemporary Glass Sculpture, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

    Northwest Collects, Museum Of Glass, Tacoma, WA

    White Box Museum, Beijing, China

    Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL

    Coos Bay Museum, Coos Bay, OR

    Naples Museum Of Art, Naples, FL

    2012      Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT

    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

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

    Evolution/Revolution: 50 Years of American Studio Glass, Dennos Museum Center, MI

    Fifty Years: Contemporary American Glass from Illinois Collections, Krannart Art Museum, Champaign, IL

    Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI

    2010      Go Figure, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University Contemporary Collection, Stanford, CA

    Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

    2009      Museum of Glass, Tacoma WA

    2008      Steninge Palace Cultural Center, Sweden

    Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada

    Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI

    New Britain Museum of America Art, New Britain, CT

    2007      Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY

    2006      Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

    Block Museum, NW University, Evanston, IL

    2005      Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

    2004      Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL

    2003      Museum of Northwest Art La Conner, WA

    Honolulu Academy of Art, HI

    2001      International Glass Exhibition, Shanghai Fine Arts Museum, China

    Millennium Museum, Beijing, China

    1996      Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL

    The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom, Nashville, TN

  • 2013      Presented ‘Award of Excellence’ for the International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

    2011      Presented ‘Award of Excellence’ for the International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

    2010      38th Annual International Glass Invitational Award Winner, Habatat Gallery, MI

    Presented ‘Award of Excellence’ for the International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

    2006      34th Annual International Glass Invitational Award Winner, Habatat Gallery, MI

    2005      Repose in Amber tour site for Public Art & Architecture Tour, Chicago, IL

    2003      Selected to propose public art commission for 7 World Trade Center

    1996      Art In Embassies, American Embassy to Slovakia

    1990      Artists Grant, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

    1986      Artists Grant, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

     

  • 2013      Contemporary Glass Sculpture, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

    Northwest Collects, Museum Of Glass, Tacoma, WA

    White Box Museum, Beijing, China

    Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL

    Coos Bay Museum, Coos Bay, OR

    Naples Museum Of Art, Naples, FL

    2012      Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT

    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

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

    Evolution/Revolution: 50 Years of American Studio Glass, Dennos Museum Center, MI

    Fifty Years: Contemporary American Glass from Illinois Collections, Krannart Art Museum, Champaign, IL

    Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI

    2010      Go Figure, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University Contemporary Collection, Stanford, CA

    Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

    2009      Museum of Glass, Tacoma WA

    2008      Steninge Palace Cultural Center, Sweden

    Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada

    Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI

    New Britain Museum of America Art, New Britain, CT

    2007      Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY

    2006      Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

    Block Museum, NW University, Evanston, IL

    2005      Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

    2004      Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL

    2003      Museum of Northwest Art La Conner, WA

    Honolulu Academy of Art, HI

    2001      International Glass Exhibition, Shanghai Fine Arts Museum, China

    Millennium Museum, Beijing, China

    1996      Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL

    The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom, Nashville, TN

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2013      Schantz Galleries Contemporary Art, Stockbridge, MA

    Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH

    2009      Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

    Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL

    William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA

    2007      Hawk Gallery, Columbus, OH

    Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

    2006      Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

    Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Canada

    Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH

    2005      Hawk Gallery, Columbus OH

    Habatat Galleries, Chicago, IL

    2002      William Traver Gallery Seattle, WA

    Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

    2001      Habatat Galleries, Chicago, IL

    Riley Hawk Gallery, Cleveland, OH

    2000      Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

    Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

    Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

    1999      William Traver Gallery Seattle, WA

    1998      Habatat Galleries, Chicago, IL

    William Traver Gallery Seattle, WA

    Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

    1997      Riley Hawk Gallery, Cleveland, OH

    1996      William Traver Gallery Seattle, WA

    Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

    Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

    1995      Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

    Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

     

    SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2013      Red, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

    Gallery Artist Group Exhibition, Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

    Art Palm Beach, with Echt Gallery IL

                   Visions, The Next 50 years, 41st Annual International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

                   SOFA Chicago, represented by Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

    2012      Anniversary Edition: International Glass Invitational & Expose, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

    American Studio Glass: Fifty Years of Extraordinary Achievement,

                                                 Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL

    Expressions: International Glass Invitational, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI

    SOFA Chicago, represented by Habatat Gallery MI

    2011      Project Room, Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

    39th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

    Art Palm Beach, represented by Habatat Gallery MI

    Art Naples, represented by Habatat Gallery MI

    2010      Carving Spaces: Martin Blank & Steve Jensen, Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH

    SOFA Chicago, with Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

    38th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

    Art Palm Beach, with Habatat Galleries, FL

    2009      Fluent Steps Series, Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA

    New Work, Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

    SOFA Chicago, IL, with Habatat Gallery MI

    Art Palm Beach, with Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

    37th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

    2008      SOFA Chicago, with Habatat Gallery MI

    SOFA NY, with Habatat Gallery Chicago

    Art Palm Beach, with Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

    International Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

                                  36th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

    Anton Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI

    2007      New Work, Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA

    La Galerie International du Verre, Biot , France

    35th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

    SOFA Chicago, with Habatat Gallery Michigan

    SOFA NY, with Habatat Gallery Chicago

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

    SOFA NY, Habatat Gallery Chicago

    2006      Sculpture and Drawings, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

    William Traver Gallery, Tacoma WA

                   Art Scottsdale, with Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL

                                  34th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

    2005      33th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

                   International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

    2004      International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

                   32rd International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

    2003      31nd International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

                                  International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

    2002      30th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

    2001      Toronto International Art Fair, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Canada

    1999      1999-2009 A Region Collects, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA

    1998      William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

    1997      Yamaki Art Gallery, Osaka, Japan

    Heller Gallery, New York, NY

    Meitetsu Art Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

    1996      J. Gallery, Hong Kong, 1996

    Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA

    William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

    Riley Hawk Gallery, Columbus, OH

    Horwich Lewallen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

    1996      Grand Central Gallery, Tampa, FL

                   SOFA NY, with Grand Central Gallery, Tampa FL

    1995      SOFA Miami, with Grand Central Gallery, Tampa, FL

    Helander Gallery, Palm Beach

    Friesen Fine Art, Seattle, WA

                   Taiwan International Invitational, Taipei, Taiwan

     

    SELECTED PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

                   2013      Winged Victory, Four Seasons, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    Golden Wheat Landscape, Pendleton Hospital, Pendleton, OR

    Government Hotel, Putuo District, Shanghai, China

    2009      Fluent Steps, permanent exterior installation, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

    2004      Repose in Amber, 120 La Salle Chicago, IL

                   Echo, Orchestral Hall, Detroit, MI

                   The Giving & Winds of Inspiration, Arthur M. Blank Foundation, Atlanta, GA

                   Access to Learning Award, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA

    2001      Eternal Light, The Temple, Nashville, TN

    1999      Current, Melvin Poll Inc., Seattle, WA

    1998      Amber Duet, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

    1995      Drinking from the Cup, Everett Properties, Bellevue, WA

                   Silver Blue Nikkos, The Benaroya Company, Seattle, WA

     

    PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

    2013      Lecturer, SOFA, Chicago, IL

    2008      Unprecedented 42 day residency, Museum of Glass, Tacoma WA

    2007      5th Anniversary Visiting Artist, Museum of Glass, Tacoma WA

    2006      Chihulys’ Gaffers, Demonstration, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

    2003      Visiting Artist, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

    2003      Visiting Artist, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA

    2001      Visiting Artist, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

    2001      Visiting Artist, Wheaton Village, Visiting Artist, Millville, NJ

    2001      Visiting Artist, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

    1999      Visiting Artist, Hastings College, Hastings, NE

    1998      Visiting Artist, Bellingham Museum of Art, Bellingham, WA

    1996      Visiting Artist, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

    1996      Bellevue Art Guild, Bellevue WA

    1996      Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

    1995      “Chihuly Over Venice” at Waterford Crystal, Waterford, Ireland

    1995      “Chihuly Over Venice” at Nuutajarvi, Finland

    1995      Visiting Artist, Miami University, Miami, FL

    1994      Visiting Artist, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA

    1994      Visiting Artist, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

    1994      Visiting Artist, NY Experimental Glass, New York, NY

    1994      Visiting Artist, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

    1993      Visiting Artist, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

    1992      Visiting Artist, NY Experimental Glass, New York, NY

    1992      Visiting Artist, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

    1991      Visiting Artist, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

    1991      Visiting Artist, Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ

    1991      Visiting Artist, Contemporary Art Glass Museum, Ebetoft, Denmark