Student and Alumni Exhibitions and Professional Practice

Updates from the RISD Glass Community.


Glasstress 2017

Karen LaMonte

On view through November 26
Palazzo Franchetti
San Marco 2847, Campo Santo Stefano 30124 Venice,  Italy


Squaring the Circle

Michael Glancy

On View April 20 - May 26, 2017
Opening Reception: April 20, 6-8pm
Heller Gallery
303 Tenth Avenue, 28th Street, New York, NY 10001


Dead Horse Bay:
The Glass Graveyard of Brooklyn

Featuring Glass Alumni: Anna Riley and Brett Swenson

On View February 1 - April 1, 2017
Opening Reception: February 1, 6-9pm
Agnes Varis Art Center
647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217



Featuring Glass Alum Brett Swenson

On View January 25-February 18, 2017
Opening Reception:  January 25, 6-8pm
Equity Gallery
245 Broome Street, NY, NY 10002

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To Touch the Sky with Two Arms

 Kim Harty and Brian Caponi

On View October 22nd-November 26th, 2016
Holding House
3546 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48216


Flock the Optic

Featuring Glass Alumni Liesl Schubel and Tina Aufiero

On View October 22 — 29, 12-6 pm
9e2 Seattle
King Street Station 303 S. Jackson Street, Seattle WA 98104

RISD Glass Alumni Tina Aufiero, and Liesl Schubel, along with David King, Abram DesLauriers, use sensors, projections, and a kaleidoscope to contrast the migration of snow geese with American political and pop culture.


Never on Our Plate

Alexandra Ben-Abba

October 20, 6-9pm
Repair the World
808 Nostrand Ave.  Brooklyn, NY 11216



Kana Tanaka

On View October 13th — October 28th, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, October 14th, 18:00 -19:30

AA Building 1F, 2-9-16 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-Ku, 

Tokyo 107-0061 Japan


Pilchuck EAiRs 2015

Cooper O'Brien

On View October 6 — November 5
Schack Art Center
| 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA 98201

Concerned with capturing the passage of movement through material and cultivating textural details of the turbulence that manifests, Cooper O'Brien's work draws on the aesthetics of fluidity and liquid behavior. Practicing ritualistic repetition and layering of action, O'Brien arrives at form by pouring himself and material into space to inspect the eddies and ripples that crystalize. 


PAD London Art & Design Fair

Michael Glancy

On View October 5 — 9, 2016
PAD London Art & Design Fair, represented by Clara Scremini Gallery
Berkeley Square W1, London, England



Boyd Sugiki

October 4, 2016
The Glass Art Society is pleased to announce that the 2016 Technology Advancing Glass (TAG) Grant will support “3-D Animated Glassblowing Tutorials,” an innovative project proposed by Boyd Sugiki. Sugiki will be awarded $5,000 USD to transform his 2-dimensional glassblowing teaching diagrams into 3-dimensional animations. The animations will not only illustrate key points in shaping various forms in blown glass, but will also show indicators of heat, directional pressure, and the intensity of pressure being applied to the glass form.


The New Classics: Contemporary Glass

Curated in Part by RISD Glass Alum Benjamin Wright

On View October 2 - December 23, 2016
Islip Art Museum | 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY 11730

Curated By Rachel Rader & Ben Wright of Urban Glass 

To define the 4th dimension of the glass world one must find the variables vibrating from the farthest cultural norms and well-traveled orbits of the masses; They must be so far off the atomic grid that they redefine it. The artist’s in this exhibition engage space, time, and pseudo-science with the sardonic wit of a home chemistry enthusiast.

There is no question that glass attracts a community of eclectic practitioners that move to the beat of an idiosyncratic drummer. In this, it defies rigid logic and acts of its own volition: freezing movement, transferring light, and transitioning between a liquid and solid states. Even in this odd company, these artists are transgressive, the weirdest of the weird, non-conformist, ill-fitting prosthetics of the glass world. They are busy producing the new classics of tomorrow.

Featuring: Megan Biddle, Christopher Duffy, John Drury, Beccy Feather, Elias Hansen, Eve Andree Laramee, Nate Ricciuto, and Esther Ruiz


Works in Glass

Featuring RISD Glass Alumni Adrianne Evans, Matthew Szösz

On View September 28 - November 6, 2016  
Dedee Shattuck Gallery
1 Partners Lane, Westport, MA 02790      

Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present Works in Glass, featuring KeKe Cribbs, Steven Easton, Adrianne Evans, Carrie Gustafson, Alicia Lomné, and Matthew Szösz, with paintings by Severin Haines.  This exhibition will showcase a range of artists, whose works vary widely in theme and form.  Artists explore pattern, surface, color, and light through various processes.


Quinquagenary: RISD Glass Graduate Biennial

Maia Chao, Felicia LeRoy, Evan Voelbel, Katie Bullock, Ziqing Liang, Ipek Kosova, Songlin Li,
Yufei Liu 

Opening Thursday September 29, 2016  7-9pm
On View September 29, 2016 — October, 16 2016
Sol Koffler Graduate Gallery | 169 Weybosset St, Providence, RI 02906


Wisconsin Triennial

Helen Lee

On View September 23, 2016 — January 8, 2017
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
227 State St, Madison, WI 53703



Megan Biddle, Amber Cowan, Jessica Jane Julius, and Sharyn O'Mara

On view September 15 — October 22
River House Arts | 425 Jefferson, Toledo, OH 43604

Four Philadelphia-based artists offer a timely refuge from the chaos and din of our daily, digital world. Colleagues on the faculty of Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Megan Biddle, Amber Cowan, Jessica Jane Julius, and Sharyn O’Mara have created a body of stunning works that are visually and conceptually diverse, including site-specific installations as well as individual sculptures and drawings.

“Glass is tied to both old and new technologies; its processes can be both archaic and innovative, manual and mechanical. As the material of the screens on our phones, laptops, and tablets, it becomes a membrane between the physical and the digital, the medium delivering a constant barrage of information and connecting us to vast social networks. In “HUSH”, however, the artists look to glass as an escape from the noise and speed of a digital age, as something slow, quiet, manual, and solitary.”

-Alexander Rosenberg, “Analog Dialogue”, Glass Quarterly, Fall 2016



Featuring RISD Glass Alumni Ben Wright, Kim Harty, Brett Swenson
Curated in part by Glass Alum Susie Peck

September 11 — October 23, 2016
Norte Maar Gallery   88 Pine StreetBrooklyn, NY 11208

Norte Maar’s cutting edge visual art program continues in Cypress Hills with an exhibition organized by guest curators Suzanne Peck (artist) and Erin O’Connor (sociologist). Paracosm: New Worlds in Glass features works that imagine parallel universes through the artists’ experiences and the unique material attributes of glass. Frida Fjellman, Kim Harty, David King, Erica Rosenfeld, Brett Swenson, and Benjamin Wright create paracosms of their own design – works that draw in, illuminate, and challenge both the earnest and absurd. This show explores transformation by art’s earliest artifice.



James Watkins

On View September 10, 2016 — January 8, 2017
Newport Art Museum  |  76 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840


The Life Ecstatic

Judith Schaechter

On View September 8th, 2014 — October 15th, 2016
Claire Oliver Gallery
 |  513 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001


Touch & Go

Alexander Rosenberg, Christy Gast, Frank Heath, Kevin Hernández, Ozie194

On View September 6, 2016 — October 5, 2016
The LeRoy Neiman Gallery  

310 Dodge Hall, Columbia University, New York City, NY 10027



Yuka Otani

On View September 2nd, 2016 — January 15, 2017
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main St, Houston, TX 77002


Chihuly: From Sand. From Fire. Comes Beauty

Dale Chihuly

On View June 25, 2016 — January 2, 2017
Royal Ontario Museum  
100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6, CA