Artist: Christina Bothwell

  • In my work I am drawn to the processes of birth, death, and renewal. What lies below the surface fascinates me and I try to capture the qualities of the “unseen” that express the sense of wonder that I feel in my daily existence. I am attracted to glass because it can do everything that other sculptural media can; in addition, it offers an inner space and transmits light.

    My subject matter includes babies, animals, and children as they embody the essence of vulnerability that is the underlying theme in my work. Currently I am exploring metamorphosis as a topic, and have been incorporating figures within figures in my pieces. Within each glass figure there is a smaller figure seen through the surface of the glass.

    I think of these pieces as souls, each being pregnant with their own potential, giving birth to new, improved versions of themselves.

  • Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Museum of International Contemporary Glass, Denmark

    SMOG, Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai, China

    Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

    Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation, Munich, Germany

    The Smithsonian Museum of Art’s Archives of American Art,

    Oral History Collection

    Fuller Craft Museum, MA

    Racine Museum, Racine, WI

    Corning Glass Museum, NY

    Palm Springs Museum, CA

    Lowe Art Museum, FL

    Virginia Groot Foundation Collection, IL


    2013                          Collector’s Choice Award, 41st Annual Internatl Glass Exhibition, Habatat  Gallery, Michigan

    2012              Racine Art Museum Award, 40th Annual International

    Invitational Glass Exhibition, Habatat Gallery, Michigan

    2008                          Winner of the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award for

    Excellence in Sculpture, First Place, Chicago,Illinois

    2003                          Grant, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, Midatlantic Arts             Foundation, PA

    2002/1985 Grant, Greenshields Foundation, Quebec, Canada

    2001                          Full Scholarship/ Pilchuk Glass School, Seattle, WA

    1997                          Grant, Ruth Chenven Foundation, NYC

    1996                          Grant, Elizabeth Foundation, NYC

    1994                          Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NYC


  • 2014   Salon Show, “Christina Bothwell,”, Austin Art Projects & Studio, Palm Desert, California

    2012   Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico

    2011   POWER IN EACH STEP, Obsolete Gallery, Venice, CA

    2010   LANDSCAPE WITHIN, Echt Gallery, Chicago, IL

    2009   TRANSITORY PRESENCE, E Avery Draper Showcase, Delaware Center

    for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware

    Exhibition travels to Heller Gallery, New York, NY

    2008  THE DREAM WELL, Habatat Chicago Gallery, Illinois

    2007-2008    INVISIBLE REALITIES, Exhibition travels to Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, OH,

    Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio,

    Heller Gallery, New York, NY, 32 page full color catalogue available

    2007   BETWEEN FASCINATION AND FEAR: Mixed Media Sculpture,

    Heller Gallery, New York, NY

    BELOW THE SURFACE, Habatat Gallery Chicago, Illinois

    2004     L’Eclat du Verre Gallery, Paris, France

    2003     LUCID DREAMING, Habatat Galleries, Chicago, Illinois,

    2002     John Elder Gallery, New York City, NY

    1999      I REMEMBER YOUR VOICE, Elliot Smith Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri

    HIDDEN IN FULL VIEW, Susan Cummins Gallery,  Mill Valley, California

    SCREEN MEMORIES, Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    DOGS, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham,  Michigan

    1997     LIVING WITH GHOSTS, Radix Gallery,   New York, NY

    1996     WHEN DOLLS GROW OLD, K & E Gallery, New York, NY




    2014       Figure It, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio

    Contemporary Glass Sculpture, Palm Desert Museum, Palm Desert, California

    Narrative Sculpture, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina

    Shattered, Contemporary Sculpture in Glass, Frederick Meijer Garden Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

    2013       10 Years, Gallery Sklo’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Gallery Sklo, Korea

    Ocean, A Look at Marine Life Through Glass, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft,

    Denmark, *full color catalogue

    41st International Glass Award Winners Exhibition, Fort Wayne Museum, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Visions, 41st Annual International Glass Invitational, Habatat Michigan Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan,

    *full color catalogue

    The Philadelphia Story Exhibition, Asheville Museum of Contemporary

    Art, Asheville, North Carolina

    2012       Perturbations, Le Musee Febre, France

    Fire and Sand, Mesa Museum, Contemporary Art Center

    The Female Gaze, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Phila.

    40th International Glass Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria

    2012       40th Annual International Invitational Glass Exhibition, Habatat

    Michigan Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan, *full color catalogue

    2011       Strong Presence, Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, FL

    In The Name of Love, Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation, Germany

    *full color book

    2011       Strong Presence, Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, FL

    Fresh Figurines, A New Look at a Historical Art Form, Fuller Craft  Museum, Brockton, MA

    Regards Complices, Musee Languedocien, Montpelier, France,

    *full color catalogue

    Anything But Clear, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee

    Glass Uprising, Swanson Reed Gallery, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville KY 2010

    2010      See Through, Islip Art  Museum, Long Island, NY

    Matters of Size, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

    2009        Visages, Rockford Art Museum, Chicago, IL,

    Narratives in Contemporary Glass, Art Gallery,Highland Park, IL

    Rising Stars, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, NJ

    2007      The Art of Glass from Galle to Chihuly, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

    2006       Poetic Expressions of Mortality, Figurative Ceramics, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Al,  Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, Al

    Life Insight. The Human Experience, Kentucky Museum of Art, KY.

    2005         OUTSIDE THE CENTERS/ON THE EDGE. Exhibition travels to

    Kutztown U., Pa College of Art & Design, Lancaster, Erie Art Museum,

    Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell U, Lewisberg, Southern Alleghenies

    Museum of Art, Loretto, PA

    Figurative Art , Arnot Art Museum, NY

    2004             1st Biennale International, La Puissance Du Verre dans L’art  Contemporain, Paris, Franc

    HSINCHU INT’L GLASS ART EXHIBITION, Hsinchu    Museum,Taiwan