2014 Art Glass Invitational Brings Acclaimed Glass Artists to Taos, New Mexico
The month-long biennial features well-known glass artists with over 200 works of art glass on display and numerous events
The Taos Institute for Glass Arts (TIGA) announces the 2014 Taos Art Glass Invitational, a month-long series of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations, including live glass blowing. The invitational takes place from Saturday, October 11 – November 9, 2014, with multiple events happening throughout the weeks and every weekend. This fifth invitational, which became a biennial event in 2010, features more than 200 works of art from the national and international art glass arena, alongside top artists of the region working in glass, displayed at seven participating galleries. It includes both juried artists and featured artists whose work will be exhibited in the small, accessible art-historic environment of Taos, a place long known as an epicenter of the visual arts.
“The Taos Art Glass Invitational is a ambitious logistical and creative undertaking that will not only shine a light on the many artists whose work will be exhibited, but on the art glass movement itself and how Taos is playing a large part in this movement,” said Betsy Ehrenberg, founder of Glass Alliance – New Mexico, a regional chapter of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. “It serves as yet another reason Taos remains a center for creativity and a draw for visitors who seek to experience this culture,” she added.
The invitational kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 with an Official Grand Opening—exhibitions of both juried and featured artists at the seven participating galleries. The galleries are David Anthony Fine Art, Copper Moon Gallery, Total Arts Gallery, Mission Gallery, RC Gorman’s Navajo Gallery, El Monte Sagrado Grand Bohemian Gallery, and the Wilder-Nightingale Gallery. Winning juried artists will be announced early in the invitational. The winning categories include Best in Show, Best in Sculpture, Best in Wall, Best in Functional, Best in Wearable, Most Original, Most Technical, and Best Expression. All work included in the invitational is available for purchase.
The 2014 Invitational featured artists, invited by the TIGA board, represent excellence in glass internationally and include Herb Babcock (USA), Hiroshi Yamano (Japan), Paul Stankard (USA), Martin Janecky (Czech Republic), and Paul Scwheider (USA).
“This invitational represents some of the most distinguished artists working in glass from around the world and will continue to put Taos on the map as a center of art glass,” said Delinda VanneBrightyn, the president of the board of the Taos Institute of Glass Arts and founder of the Taos Art Glass Invitational. “The medium of glass is cutting edge, involving both science and art. Its luminosity and translucence offer a world of unexplored territory for the artist and collector alike,” she added.
More about the featured artists:
Inspired by Scandinavian glass and schooled in both the United States and Japan, Hiroshi Yamano is considered a master artist and teacher whose work in is the collection of Museum of Arts and Crafts, Itami, Japan and many others collections around the world. Herb Babcock is a pioneer of fine art glass in America, and an influential teacher and advocate for over four decades. Martin Janecky, from the Czech Republic is the recipient of the Salvador Dalí World Prize by the European Union of Arts. Janecky creates representational sculptures of musical instruments and vintage-inspired circus performers characterized by a haunting gothic lyricism.
Artist-philosopher and admirer of Walt Whitman, Paul Stankard is recognized for the intricate, fragile beauty of flamed-worked still life sculptures of botanical and insect life in clear crystal. In 2004, New York’s Museum of Arts in Design staged a retrospective of his work, “Paul Stankard: A Floating World.” Paul Schwieder, born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, speaks of the “grand sweeping gestures” of the Canadian prairie as an influence upon his molten glass forms. Currently living in Umeå, Sweden, he studied at the Orrefors Glass School in Sweden as well as at the University of West Bohemia in the Czech Republic. His creative breakthrough came when he began sculpting blown glass with a sandblaster, which gave him the ability to augment or diminish elements of the originally conceived form.
Photo credits: Sini Majuri, Finland, Firebird, Twice Blown Graal Glass, 17 x 15 cm.; Linda Ethier, (Oregon), Forest Nest, Pat de Verre, 10 x 5 in.; Kerrick Johnson, (Tennessee), Keen, Cold Worked Blown Glass, 12 x 12 x 8 in.
For more about the Taos Art Glass Invitational, visit www.tiganm.org/invitational.html
The Mission of the Taos Institute for Glass Arts (TIGA) is to expand the understanding and appreciation for the Contemporary Glass Art Movement through classes, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, special events and exhibitions. TIGA serves and integrates the needs of artists, students, collectors, architects and designers. TIGA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which was born when a group of local glass artists purchased equipment that was brought to Taos Pueblo by famed artist Dale Chihuly for his educational program. www.tiganm.org