Via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Elliot Walker, the winner of the second season of “Blown Away” on Netflix, demonstrated his glassmaking craftsmanship as he worked on a piece surrounded by 100 guests during a private open house Saturday at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. READ THE ARTICLE
Artist Nikki Lau talks about her art exploring identity politics and social justice, and her residency creating new work for our upcoming exhibition, Full Spectrum.
Pittsburgh Glass Center would like to invite BIPOC craftspeople to apply for Full Spectrum, an exhibition brought to you by Crafting the Future, ORIGINS, and The Color Network. This exhibition will celebrate the diverse voices in the field and the myriad of approaches to a fully realized practice and career. We invite you to apply whether you identify as a maker, artist, designer, craftsperson, or anywhere in between. DEADLINE TO APPLY: August 1, 2021
During their residency at PGC in preparation for the Silica Valley exhibition, artists Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack encountered successes such as figuring out the context of their work, but they also experienced failures with some of their technical experiments. Challenges pop up frequently when artists create new work. On one hand, they frustrated Jenn and Matthew; however, on the other hand, they inspired them and gave them opportunities to solve problems that no one ever had attempted.
“It’s a huge experiment for us. We’re taking extreme risks with the material,” Jenn said. Matthew said, “Failure is important, and it’s an intrinsic part of artistic growth. If we don’t allow ourselves to fail, we won’t experience success.”
This past October, Percy Echols II, Pittsburgh Glass Center’s resident plasma and neon expert, traveled to The Glass Factory in Sweden and The Plasma Art Alliance in Boston to meet and share knowledge with other plasma artists from across the globe. All this was made possible by an award from Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, a joint program of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.
Jaime Guerrero’s solo exhibition, Cuando El Río Suena, opens this Friday, October 4, bringing to life the experiences of migrants and refugees and the struggles they face crossing the southern border of the United States. The exhibition will feature over a dozen intricate glass sculptures of children who made this perilous journey, along with environmental installations and audiovisuals to transport the atmosphere of the border into the gallery.
PGC's executive director Heather McElwee attended an exclusive leadership training program at Hult Business School in Berkhamsted, England thanks to funding from The Benter Foundation through the Benter Vision Awards.
Apply by May 31 to be considered for these two exciting opportunities for glass artists—the Ron Desmett Memorial Award for Imagination with Glass, and a call for artists for a 2020 exhibition in our Hodge Gallery, "The United."