Artist #7 – April Surgent
Interested in the juxtaposition of using an ‘endangered’ traditional craft to make contemporary art, Seattle-based glass artist April Surgent applies new technologies to the ancient art of cameo engraving on glass to make permanent, archival records of contemporary life. Mentored by Czech master engraver Jiri Harcuba, who introduced her to the engraving technique, she has taught, lectured and exhibited her work internationally since 2003, and been the recipient of prestigious fellowships and awards. She studied at the Australian National University, Canberra.
Artist #6 – Erwin Redl
Perhaps best known for draping the Whitney Museum in red and blue lights for the 2002 Whitney Biennial, Redl works with tiny light-emitting diodes mounted in a grid to play with viewers’ perceptions of space and architecture. His use of LEDs and their placement in often large-scale architectural environments has led to comparisons with the light and space artists of the 60s and 70s. Having also studied electronic music and computer art, his work often includes drawings and music.
Artist #5 – Beverly Fishman
A painter and printmaker, Beverly Fishman explores links between humanity, science, and medicine. She creates images that are meditations on the nature of chemistry, the brain, and how drugs are branded and marketed. Working in the Glass Pavilion in fall 2010/early 2011, she created colorful glass capsules for the first exhibition in Galerie Richard in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York. Fishman has been the artist-in-residence and head of painting at the Cranbook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Michigan.
Artist #4 – Laura Donefer
Laura Donefer’s vibrant and original glasswork is as colorful as the artist herself. Her tremendous talent, passion for glass, and outgoing personality have made her a favorite of students, peers, collectors, and the glass community. Ms. Donefer is perhaps best known for her colorful amulet baskets and glass clothing. She is an outspoken advocate for Canadian glass artists, lecturing around the world and curating exhibitions of their work. Ms. Donefer completed her GAPP residency in the spring of 2010.
Artist #3 – Dan Dailey
New Hampshire-based Dan Dailey has been a respected member of the Studio Glass Movement for 40 years. He is best known for his imaginative and whimsical glass sculptures including his animal vase series begun in 1992 that ultimately led to the publication of a children’s book, Glassigator, written and illustrated by Dan and Allison MacNeil Dailey in conjunction with the Toledo Museum of Art. During his November 2008 residency, Dailey began work on a glass mural inspired by TMA’s landscape paintings.
Artist #2 – Radcliffe Bailey
Radcliffe Bailey, who is primarily known as a mixed media painter, visited TMA in March 2008 to try his hand at working with glass. He worked with a team of local glassblowers as well as TMA instructors and staff to create monumental glass bubbles that became the centerpiece of large-scale versions of old fashioned lanterns. Bailey also created a series of hot glass-on-paper drawings while at TMA, one of which was gifted to the Museum. The visit had a significant impact on the artist and his work. His 2009 Solomon Projects exhibition in Atlanta prominently featured works created during his time in Toledo.
Artist #1 – Fritz Dreisbach
Leading studio glass artist and Ohio native Fritz Dreisbach is internationally recognized for his glass-working proficiency, as well as his knowledge of glass chemistry and history. Dreisbach travels around the world exhibiting, consulting, conducting workshops, and presenting lectures on his work in glass. He has taught at TMA’s School of Art and Design, the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his two-week visit in 2007, Dreisbach created approximately 40 works inspired by the Museum’s collection.