Kristin Qualls is currently the Director of Exhibitions and Collections at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in New Jersey, where she works on exhibits in the Museum of American Glass and manages the institution’s collections of both historic and contemporary glass art. Qualls gave a presentation highlighting recent exhibitions, and the role of the artist in the art museum.
Is a writer, critic, freelance curator, and educator based in New York City. He is a regular contributor to Art in America and has been published in journals such as Parkett and Sculpture. Volk has contributed to several exhibition catalogs with essays on Joan Jonas, Bruce Nauman, Ayse Erkmen, and Sanford Biggers. During his visit to RISD Glass, Volk presented onrecent curatorial projects and introduced the students to the work of artists with whom he is currently working.
Trisha Donnelly is an internationally recognized conceptual artist based in New York City. She works across disciplines, deploying drawing, video, performance, drawing and sculpture in her pieces. During her time at RISD Glass, Donnelly shared videos of an abstract light-based phenomenon she documented with her iPhone. She then worked closely with students to recreate the phenomenon, moving to the Hot Shop to collaborate on experimental forms investigating potential reflective and refractive properties.
Adam Putnam is an artist who currently lives and works in New York City, where he is part-time Studio Faculty at NYU Steinhardt. During his lecture at RISD Glass, Putnam presented early performative work in which he contorted his tall frame into tight, domestic spaces. He also shared installations that play with light and projection and the perception of physical space. After his lecture, Putam worked with students in the Hot shop to create custom lenses for use in upcoming projects involving light and film.
Glen Cook is the Chief Scientist at the Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, New York. As Chief Scientist, Cook frequently acts as a technical resource for the greater museum community, helping artists in residence conceptualize and communicate potential projects to museum staff. After giving a lecture outlining the complex physical properties of glass and its behaviors, Cook fielded countless technical questions from students eager to know even more about the enigmatic material.
Christopher K. Ho is a Hong Kong-born artist and curator who lives and works in New York City. Ho has been teaching at RISD in the Painting department since 2000. His work focuses on often invisible social forces that shape and define contemporary art. His pieces are frequently site sensitive, using diverse formats and materials to create allegorical elements and immersive installations. During his visit to RISD Glass, Ho analyzed the place of patriarchy in contemporary art.
Ian Alden Russell is currently the Curator of Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery. A self described curator, strategist, and educator, Alden Russell was a fixture at RISD Glass this year. He presented a public lecture, conducted studio visits, attended departmental critiques, and led a discussion with graduate students.