Artist: Kathleen Mulcahy

Glass aluminum
  • Since 1969, Kathleen Mulcahy has been creating works of art from glass and mixed media. With a Masters of Fine Arts in glass sculpture and three-dimensional design from Alfred University, she directed glass studio programs at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh then went on to develop the Pittsburgh Glass Center, one of the top public access glass studios in the nation. During this time, her own work — installation pieces, cast glass, blown glass objects — evolved into unique and poignant statements. Kathleen received Fellowship Awards from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Creative Glass Center of America, The Lusk Memorial Award through the Fulbright Foundation, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992, she was selected as Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Her works are in many public and private collections including the American Craft Museum, The Corning Museum of Glass, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Renwick Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution and The Westmoreland Museum of Art. In 1997, she was selected as Fellow of and Artist in Residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. She lives and works in Oakdale, Pennsylvania with her husband and partner Ron Desmett.


  • 2010 Westmoreland Museum Exhibition Award for Tidal, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 100th Year Exhibition at the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
    Mendelson Award Exhibition for Tidal, AAP at Carnegie Museum

    2009  Alfred University, Distinguished Alumni Exhibition and Lecture

    2008  Fine Foundation Award, Leadership Pittsburgh, Year Long Study Program

    2007  Women in the Arts, 36 Founders, Pioneers, Instigators, New Hazlett Theater, Pittsburgh

    2005  Distinguished Alumni in the Arts, Kean University Alumni Association, Union NJ

    2006  Speaker, The Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women, David Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh2004Feature, Women in the Arts, Pennsylvania Commonwealth of Women

    2004 2003
    Member, International Womens’ Forum

    1997  Artist in Residence, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

    1996  Creative Achievement Award, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

    1994  Artist in Residence, Mid Atlantic Arts Fellowship, Studio Access to Glass, Corning, NY

    1993, 83, 81  Individual Artist Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

    1992  Artist of the Year, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pennsylvania

    1991   Masterworks Fellow, Creative Glass Center of America, Millville, New Jersey

    1984  Fulbright, Lusk Memorial Award, Murano, Italy1980Visiting Artist, ArtPark, Lewiston, New York

    1979  National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award1978Invited Participant to the World Crafts Council, Kyoto Japan

  • 2013 (not) Water, Kim Foster Gallery, NYC

    Habatat Galleries, 41st International Glass Invitational, Michigan2012Pismo Gallery, SOFA Chicago, Il
    Habatat Galleries 40th International Glass Invitational,(catalog) Michigan
    Mendelson Museum Award Exhibition, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
    Curious Harmony, Morgan Contemporary, Pittsburgh, PA

    2011   Cycles and Symbols: Nature in Glass, New Work Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, NJ
    Mendelson Museum Award Exhibition, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
    Pismo Gallery Denver at SOFA Chicago, Il

    2010    A Decade and Change, Borelli Edwards Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, 100 Year Anniversary, Carnegie Museum, PA
    Perestroika, Selby Art Gallery, (catalog) Ringling College, Sarasota, FL

    2009   A Matter of Form, Cohen Gallery, Alfred University, New York2007Viva Vetro! Glass Alive! Venice and America, Carnegie Museum of Art, (catalog) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    New Works. West Virginia University
    Truth/Beauty, Chautaugua Center for the Visual Arts. New York
    Natural Forces, Kean University Gallery, (catalog) Union, New Jersey
    Glassnost, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery (catalog), Pittsburgh , PA
    Celebrating Connections: Contemporary Glass by Mid Atlantic Artists, Museum of American Glass, (catalog) Millville, New Jersey
    Set Design, The Sounds of A Voice, Philip Glass Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

    2006   Truth/ Beauty, Pittsburgh Glass Center, (catalog) Pennsylvania
    25th Anniversary Exhibition, The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, MD

    2005    Masters of the Visual Arts, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
    Five. James Gallery, Pittsburgh
    Well Hung, Chandeliers Revealed.(catalog) Pittsburgh Glass Center

    2003   New Work, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon
    20/20, Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village, New Jersey

    2002  The Maxine and Bill Block Collection, Carnegie Museum of Art, ’03
    (catalog) Toledo Museum of Art2001Artist in Residence Exhibition, Artist Image Resource, Pittsburgh, PA
    Hot & Cool: Contemporary Glass Works, traveling exhibition with catalog, (catalog)

    1998   Breathless: The Figure in Contemporary Glass, Art Center of Battle Creek, Michigan

    1997  Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
    Transformations, Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh

    1996   Regional Focus, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
    Parallel Visions, Kristina Olson, curator, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh

    1995   Respect, Vicky Clark, curator. The Brew House. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Beyond the Third Dimension: Contemporary Pennsylvania Sculpture, Passions, Kean College of New Jersey, Union, New Jersey

    1994  Made in America, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland
    Issues of Abstraction, Allegheny College Art Galleries, Meadville, Pennsylvania
    Across Borders/Sin Fronteras, The Art Museum of the Americas, Washington,D.C
    Revised Context, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon

    1993  Contemporary Artists’ Series, State Museum of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg
    Body of Work, Butters Gallery Ltd, Portland, Oregon
    Degrees of Abstraction, 925 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh. Curator, Vicky Clark

    1992  Artist of the Year, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniaard1978Invited Participant to the World Crafts Council, Kyoto Japan