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As an artist, I am intrigued with the idea that what is precious to one person will be discarded by another. My work is influenced by commonplace possessions, familial vignettes and photographs. These evoke an ephemeral sense of past memories. Whether found in a second-hand shop or passed down from my family, I am often attracted to and captivated by the lost beauty of subtle images and materials. By re-creating and casting momentos in glass and metal, I transform their history in my own voice. The process allows me to capture and hold on to another time in the past. Photographs and chosen objects allude to narratives of fleeting moments.

Jen Blazina is a sculptor and printmaker who uses glass as her primary medium. She currently resides in Philadelphia where she is a working artist and professor.

Blazina’s work is in multiple collections such as the Neuberger Museum of Art, The Imagine Museum, The Cranbrook Museum of Art, and the Corning Museum of Glass to name a few. Blazina has been awarded numerous residencies including: the Corning Artist in Residency at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York; GAPP Residency at Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH; Bezalel Art and Design Academy in Jerusalem, Israel; and the Creative Glass Center of America in Millville, NJ.  She has been awarded prestigious grants as the Bessie and Louis Stein Fellowship; Independence Foundation Grant; and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant.

Jen Blazina received her M.F.A. in printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art, her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and her B.F.A., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Purchase College.

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, USA

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, USA

The Imagine Museum, St. Petersburgh, FL, USA

The National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Ha’mizgaga Glass Factory Museum, Nachsholim, Israel

Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside CA, USA

Woman’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY, USA

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ, USA

Frans Masereel Centre, Kasterlee, Belgium

Kala Institute of Art, Berkley, CA, USA

Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, NY, USA

California Community Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Mesa Contemporary Art Center, Tucson, AR, USA

The Hyatt, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Various Private Collections

2020    Solo Exhibition, Koelsch Haus Gallery, Houston, TX

2019     Jen Blazina New Works, Lyon College, Batesville, AL

2018     Images of Israel, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

2017     Floating, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

              Works as an Invited Visiting Artist, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX

2016 Ephemera, Ha’mizgaga Glass Factory Museum, Nachsholim, Israel

            Winter-scape, The Glass Market, Corning Museum of Art, Corning, NY

2015  Intertwined, Koelsch Haus Gallery, Houston, TX

            Homage to Corning, The Glass Market, Corning Museum of Art, Corning, NY

            Outdated, Lindenwood University, MO

2014   Outdated, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL

            Reflections, FotoFest 2014, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX

2013   Minimal Decadence, University of Dallas, Dallas, TX

2012    Collection, Thompson Gallery, Furman University, Greenville, SC

            Westward Ho, Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

            Sweet and Sickly, European Ceramic WorkCentre, Den Bosch, The Netherlands

2011   Menagerie, Outdoor Installation, Djerassi Artist Residency Program, Woodside, CA

            Collection, European Ceramic WorkCentre, Den Bosch, The Netherlands

            A Remembrance, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX

2011     Watches, Paxton Gate Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010  Bittersweet, Affordable Art Fair, Divergence Fine Art Gallery, NY, NY

            A Garden of Decadence, Pictura Gallery, Dordrecht, Netherlands

2009  Relics, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX

            Ephemeral Narratives, Silica Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008  Ephemera, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

            Returning, Radford University Art Museum, Radford, VA

            Inaugural Exhibition, Youens Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2007     Oracle, Kunstoffice, Berlin, Germany

            Recollection, Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ

            Recollection, Art Chicago, Marx Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006     Recollection, The Bridge International, Art Basel Miami, Miami, FL

            Nesting, Marx Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

            Fantasma, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2005     Mending, Scuola di Grafica, Venice, Italy

 

 

 

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2019     Domestic Matters: Uncommon Apron, Petersvalley School of Craft, Layton, NJ

2018     Sculptural Objects Functional Art and Design, Chicago

represented by Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

Glass Now 2019

The National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Some Like It Hot,

Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery,

Pittsburgh, PA

            46th International Glass Invitational Award Exhibition,

Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

Ears of Buddha: Mystical Powers

Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX

            Sound and Vision

The National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2017     GlassWeekend 2017, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Millville, NJ

            Glass Now, The National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

            Glass Art Society Members Juried Exhibition, Glass Wheel Studio, Norfolk, VA

            Art on Fire, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

            Millefiori, Freemont Gallery, Seattle, WA

            Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Glass, Wayne Arts Center, Wayne, PA

            Embodiment, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2016     Glass Fashion Show, Toledo Museum of Art, Glass Pavilion, Toledo, OH

            Glow, Pilchuck Gallery, Seattle, WA

            Hang in 3D, Koelsch Haus, Houston, TX

            Bounded, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2015     Reincarnation, The Art Car Museum, Houston, TX

            GlassWeekend 2015, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Wheaton Arts, Millville, NJ

            Shattered, Chandra Cerrito Gallery, Oakland, CA

            Works in Jewelry, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

            Enchanted Forrest, Pilchuck Gallery, Seattle, WA

            Way Kool, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX

2014     Square Foot, Art Basel, Projects Gallery, Miami, FL

            Influencers, Printmaking Center of NJ, Branchburgh, NJ

            Hot Glass 2014, Art Commission of Toledo, Toledo, OH

2013     The Art of the Fellowship, Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ

            Common Discourse, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

            GlassWeekend 2013, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013     14th Annual Glass Exhibition, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

            4, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

            Treat Yourself, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX

            Rock and Roll, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX

2012     9, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, P. R. China

            Lights, Camera, Action, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX

            Surrogates, University of Delaware Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

            Hot Glass, GAS Conference, Toledo, OH

            The Fire Continues, The Gallery of Fine Craft, Millville, NJ

            Unlived Histories, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2011     Holding Memory, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

            Art in Public Spaces, Museum of the 21st Century, Langenois, Austria

            GlassWeekend 2011, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Millville, NJ

            Identify Yourself, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MS

            Celebrating 40 Years, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA

            Sculpted Memory, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY

            10x10x10, Pittsburgh Glass Center Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2010     It’s a Group Thing, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX

            Ni Una Mas, Pearlstein Galleries, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

            Transformation 6: Contemporary Works in Glass, Hunter Museum of American Art,

Chattanooga, TN

            Art on Fire, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

            Transformation 6: Contemporary Works in Glass, Western University, Seattle, WA

            Group Exhibition, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010     Hot Glass, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

            Into the Void, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

            Transformation 6: Contemporary Works in Glass, Western University, Seattle, WA

            Represented Artists Exhibition, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX

2009     Drukwerk Buiten de Marge, Pictura Gallery, Dordrecht, Netherlands

            Sculptural Objects Figurative Art 2009, Represented by Silica Gallery, Chicago, IL

            State of the Union, Philadelphia Arts Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

            National Print Exhibition, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Los Angeles, CA

            Sculptural Objects Figurative Art 2009, Represented by Silica Gallery, New York, NY

            The Art of the Reclaimed Object, Mesa Contemporary Art Center, Tucson, AR

2009     GlassWeekend 2009, Wheaton Arts, Represented by Silica Gallery, Millville, NJ

            Vision Realized, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

            Gen-X, Modern Masters Fine Arts Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

            Salon, Pictura Gallery, Dordrecht, Netherlands

            Alumni Exposition, Gallery of Fine Craft, Wheaton Arts, Fine Arts Gallery, Millville, NJ

2008     Time Capsules: 2 Person Exhibition, Gallery Imperato, Baltimore, MD

            Contemporary Works in Glass, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

            Red Dot, Represented by Gallery Imperato, New York, New York, NY

            Multiplicitocracy, American University Museum, Washington, D.C

            Kunstoffice-Ziell V, Kunstoffice, Berlin, Germany

Transformation 6: Contemporary Works in Glass, Philadelphia Art Alliance,

Philadelphia, PA

            The Art of the Reclaimed Object, Mesa Contemporary Art Center, Tucson, AR

            Spirit, James Backas Gallery, Baltimore, MD

            4, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL

            Cast Glass Fellows, The Gallery at Wheaton Art, Millville, NJ

            (In)Vestment, Bahdeebahdu Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

            Invitational Represented Artist Exhibition, The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, MD