Emerge/Evolve 2016

February 3 - April 16, 2017

Pittsburgh Glass Center presents “Emerge/Evolve 2016,” a showcase of rising and evolving talents in kiln-glass, organized by Portland, OR based Bullseye Glass Company. 

Emerge 2016

Emerge 2016, Bullseye's ninth biennial juried competition for emerging artists in kiln-glass, attracted more than 370 entrants this year. More than 40 finalists—representing 16 countries—were selected and a total of seven prizes were awarded. Award winning artists included in the exhibition at PGC include:

  • Helen Lee:  Gold Award 
  • Marzena Krzemińska-Baluch:  Silver Award 
  • Alison Lowry:  Bronze Award 
  • Ashraf Hanna:  Crossover Award (For an entrant who first began working or taking classes in kilnformed glass since January 1, 2014) 
  • Kate Clements (Temple University):  Gold Academic 
  • Jeffrey Stenbom (Tulane University):  Silver Academic 
  • Nick Doran Adams (Australian National University):  Bronze Academic 
  • Ligia Bouton: Honorable Mention 
  • Cheryl Wilson Smith: Honorable Mention 
  • Kim Brill: Honorable Mention

Evolve 2016

To acknowledge the fact that an artist’s career is never a before-and-after snapshot, Bullseye Projects has again created a companion exhibit that celebrates former Emerge finalists who have continued to create works that expand the medium. Exhibiting artists include:

  • Rei Chikaoka (Emerge 2010 and 2014)
  • Matthew Day Perez (Emerge 2008 and 2010)
  • Carmen Vetter (Emerge 2006 and 2008)

Emerge/Evolve 2016

Bullseye Glass Company, based in Portland, OR, is a manufacturer of colored glass for art and architecture with worldwide distribution and a commitment to research, education and promoting glass art. Hosted at Bullseye Gallery in Portland, Emerge is a biennial exhibition that acknowledges the work of students and early-career artists working in kiln-glass. After the exhibition closes in Pittsburgh, it will travel to Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington State.

What is Kiln-glass?

Kiln-glass (or kilnformed glass) objects are made with compatible glasses in a variety of forms and colors that are heated in a kiln. Once assembled as desired and heated in a kiln, the glasses soften, fuse together and assume the shape of whatever surface they're resting upon or within, such as a flat kiln shelf, curved mold or casting mold.

The range of kiln-glass objects one can make involves a range of techniques. Most people start by making small, flat objects like coasters and tiles. From these simple forms, they move on to curved plates, platters and bowls. And some go further still, exploring more complex techniques and focusing on the fine arts and architectural potential of kiln-glass. 

Kiln-glass is an especially rich territory for artists because it encompasses an enormous range of working methods, from drawing and painting, to printmaking, to sculpture and more. 

See many award winning examples of kiln-glass on display in the "Emerge/Evolve" exhibition at Pittsburgh Glass Center. Get More Details


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