2016 Special Exhibits

2016 Special Exhibits

Dafna Kaffeman
Defeated (wolf #01), 2013
Flameworked glass with
aluminum and silicone
32 11/16 x 27 9/16 x 1 15/16 inches
David Owsley Museum of Art,
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana;
Purchase: John and Janice Fisher
Glass Endowment, Museum of
Art Endowment, and The Friends
of the Museum, 2014.008.000
Photo © David Owsley Museum of Art

Ball State University’s Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass: Creating a Foundation for the Future

Ball State University’s Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass in Muncie embodies the late, highly respected Studio Glass collector’s vision to establish a premier university glassmaking program in Indiana. It is the only American center for contemporary glass in academia with an endowment for facilities updates, materials, faculty salaries, graduate assistantships, student scholarships, and visiting arts professionals. The exhibit Ball State University’s Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass: Creating a Foundation for the Future introduces SOFA audiences to the resources available to Glick Center undergraduates and graduates.

Presented by Ball State University’s Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass, Muncie, Indiana

Visiting Artist Jay Macdonell at Museum of Glass
Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass

Celebrating 500: Innovation in the Museum of Glass Visiting Artist Residency Program

Since Museum of Glass (MOG) opened to the public in 2002 it has hosted over 500 Visiting Artist residencies in its Hot Shop in Tacoma, Washington. These residencies have featured a broad spectrum of artists - encouraging emerging artists, masters of the material, and artists of other mediums to create work and experiment with glass. Celebrating 500 marks the 500th residency milestone celebrated at MOG last year, and examines the impact of the Museum’s Visiting Artist residency program at SOFA. Celebrating 500 will include insight into the evolution of the artistic process which unfolds in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop, and will also highlight innovation and experimentation in the medium of glass.

Presented by Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington

Scholar-artists from the ChiArts Visual Arts Conservatory

Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts)

The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) is Chicago’s first public arts high school. ChiArts provides scholar-artists with a tuition-free, pre-professional arts training program paired with a college-preparatory academic curriculum. We focus on serving each scholar-artist through a lens of compassion so that empathy and understanding permeate into every arts and academic classroom. Our arts conservatories include Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. ChiArts’ Visual Arts Conservatory begins with foundational instruction, including an emphasis upon essential art making skills and understandings, and progresses toward more complex concepts, including critical analysis of visual culture and the fostering of independent work. The curriculum challenges and empowers students to develop their own aesthetic as each matures into an innovative artist and critical thinker. Here at SOFA, we are proud to showcase rising scholar-artists who have taken our mural course to create a piece in real-time, led by Visual Arts faculty.

Presented by Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), Chicago Illinois

Amboyna burl spoon
11 x 4 x 4.5 inches

Collectors of Wood Art - Wood: 25 years of Innovation

In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of SOFA CHICAGO, the Collectors of Wood Art have identified some of the most innovative artists working in wood over the past twenty-five years. All of the artists were selected for their unique, innovative techniques and the groundwork they laid for others to follow. Thirty-five talented artisans; including furniture makers, sculptors, carvers and turners; have joined together to showcase the amazing things that are possible with the medium of wood.

Presented by Collectors of Wood Art, Summerville, South Carolina

Daniel Randall
Asst. Professor, Metals
Tennessee Tech University
Formal Transgression 5
20” H x 9-1/2” Diameter

Discipline, Skill, Method, Means, Deliberateness

An essay on the topic, written by Janet Koplos for this exhibition, forms the organizing principal expressed through the works displayed. The exhibition features and embraces large concepts around skilled making and fine craft. 

Since inception, The Appalachian Center for Craft (now part of the School of Art, Craft & Design at Tennessee Tech University’s College of Fine Arts) has been dedicated to promoting excellence in American craft by teaching tradition and innovation in technique, concept and design, by providing access to the highest quality craft education, professional artists, and programs in a community arts context. While skill has become de-emphasized within many University arts programs, our commitment has never wavered. We develop skilled makers who engage in deep material investigations

Presented by Appalachian Center for Craft, School of Art, Craft & Design at Tennessee Tech University, Smithville, Tennessee

Intersection: Art & Life cover

Intersection: Art & Life

Intersection: Art & Life shares works by artists featured in a new book of the same name. The book, by Kevin Wallace, director of the Center, explores the historical parallels between art and life, with the arts playing a central role in exploring identity, spirituality, our relationship with the environment and developing technologies.

Presented by Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Ojai, California

Harvey K. Littleton in his Spruce Pine, North Carolina studio.
Photo credit: John Littleton

North Carolina and the Studio Glass Movement

Artists and institutions in North Carolina played a pivotal role in the Studio Glass Movement. Penland School of Crafts was an early adopter of glass, with Director Bill Brown bringing in Bill Boysen in 1965 to build their first hot glass studio. The addition of the Artist-in-Residence program nurtured the careers of many glass artists. It was also at Penland in 1970 that the Glass Art Society was founded. Western Carolina University played an important role through biennial exhibits curated by former Harvey Littleton student Joan Byrd. These exhibits, which began in 1974, included the work of William and Katherine Bernstein, Fritz Dreisbach, Stephen Dee Edwards, Gilbert C. Johnson, Jon Kuhn, Robert Levin, Yaffa and Jeff Todd, Mark Peiser, Richard Ritter and Jan Williams, among others. In 1976 Harvey Littleton moved to the region, bringing in more collectors and international glass artists. The exhibit covers the period from 1965-1995.

Presented by Asheville Summer of Glass, Asheville, North Carolina

Portraits of our Studio Glass
Movement Community,

THE DOCUMENTA PROJECT Presents: Portraits of our Studio Glass Movement Community

Within the worldwide Contemporary Glass Movement there is passionate support to capture the spirit and character of the unique quality of the people who contributed to and enabled our community with a collection of archival portraits. 

By photographing them using near life-size images, their gestures and presence will be preserved on large format black and white film and high resolution digital files. Mary Van Cline, who is known for her artwork combining photography and glass since 1979, and THE DOCUMENTA PROJECT team members are photographing the many well known personalities in the studio glass movement.

Presented by Mary Van Cline, Seattle, Washington

Etty Hasak
Prayers, 2018,
Metal mesh, thinset,
stone, smalti, clay
8 x 8.5 x 4.5 inches

The Text

In The Text, an international group of artists explore the form of the artist’s book interpreted through the medium of mosaics. Their works, which express a diverse range of visual and textural sensibilities, share a common goal: to speak in the language of form. These artists play with the tradition of the codex and create unconventional approaches through an ancient art form. As they explore their own truths, both personal and universal, the mortar becomes a page where these stories can unfold. Through their work, each artist examines their personal relationship with language and books as vehicles for self-expression, discovery, and communication. This exhibition reflects a distinctive set of technical skills and aesthetic visions in a confluence of materials, form, and texture that explore text as verbal and visual simultaneously.

Presented by Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics, Chicago Illinois

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