Aspire 2: A Retrospective of New Talent


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“Aspire 2: A Retrospective of Young Talent” highlights the capability and creativity of the technical apprentices at Pittsburgh Glass Center from the last 10 years.  The artwork of 24 emerging glass artists will be on view from June 3 – August 7, 2022.  

A free reception featuring glassblowing demonstrations by a few of the apprentices runs from 6 – 9pm on Friday, June 3. 

Featured artists in Aspire 2 include: 

  • Zach Arroyo 
  • Jonathan Bolivar 
  • MiShawn Cabrera
  • Sarah Cohen 
  • Percy Echols II 
  • Jaclyn Harris 
  • Reid Jacobs 
  • Daniel Kilbride 
  • Mitchell Kile 
  • Caroline Landau 
  • Dana Laskowski  
  • Zach Layhew 
  • Madelanne League 
  • Josh Messmer 
  • Elean Yang Messmer 
  • Sarah Montrond 
  • Tate Newfield 
  • Chris Ross 
  • John Sharvin 
  • Margaret Spacapan 
  • Sam Spees 
  • Blaine Steiner 
  • Rachael Strittmatter
  • Emlyn Strzempka 

PGC’s Technical Apprenticeship is an educational work opportunity designed for students who have completed their undergraduate study in glass or who have similar experience but have not completed a four-year degree program and are looking to gain professional studio experience in a state-of-the-art, public-access studio.  

The apprentice program has attracted 54 young artists to live and work in Pittsburgh since it began in 2005.  

This exhibition is presented as a part of the International Year of Glass 2022

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