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Martin Blank has admired the grace and flow of the human form since childhood, having begun digging into clay at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts at age 13. In 1984, Martin earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and moved west to begin his professional career in Seattle. Working at the epicenter for studio glass, Martin learned from the driving force behind it; Mr. Dale Chihuly. He worked on the Chihuly team, bringing his infectious enthusiasm and courageous desire to push the material of glass to its limit for several years, all the while establishing his own contributions to the glass movement. Blank’s early figurative work swiftly solidified his place as a premier figurative sculptor working in glass. He then expanded his contributions to the contemporary glass scene in 2001 when he introduced his sensual and fluid abstract landscapes. Says Blank, “I am an intuitive artist. I work on the way forms relate to each other to cut a line in space that flows, turns and carries the eye around the piece. The forms reveal a negative space that is as vital and potent as the actual objects. My sculptural work is as much about the void as the mass.” Martin Blank’s work is about carving space. From the commanding musculature of a male torso, to the sensuous curve of a vibrant scarlet abstract element, to the placid elegance of monumental glass trees, his creations evoke a direct connection to natural forms. Over the years he has created multiple installations in prestigious corporate lobbies and continues to provide impressive public art installations, one of which Repose in Amber, can be viewed in the Karl S. and Ella L. Bolander Gallery of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Among the museum’s growing collection of glass art, this is the largest installation to date. In further news, Current was provided with a new home after being re-installed in the Tacoma Art Museum during the third week of December, 2018.

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

2020
SOFA Chicago, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

2019
SOFA Chicago, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
47th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH

2018
SOFA Chicago, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
46th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

2017
Crystal Reveal, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
SOFA Chicago, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
45th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

2015
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
SOFA Chicago, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
43rd International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

2014
SOFA Chicago, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
42nd International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

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