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Sheri Simons to take part in artist residency at the Toledo Museum of Art

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Sheri Simons, a Detroit-native known for her large-scale installations related to sound and movement, will participate in the Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) at the Toledo Museum of Art from Feb. 20 to March 1. She will give a free artist talk on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the GlasSalon.

During her GAPP residency, Simons will work with the Glass Studio team on how to incorporate active audience participation in experiencing her glass works, as well as techniques related to both casting and glassblowing. 

 “We are going to be doing some experimental work with anti-fogging agents in the glass and how that can be used to create patterns or messages when the audience breathes into the object,” explained Alan Iwamura, the Museum’s glass studio manager. “A lot of Simons’ work is interactive with sound and touch, so this idea is a new and interesting opportunity to engage the audience with the art.”

In addition to maintaining a studio practice, Simons is also a professor in the sculpture area of the Department of Art and Art History at California State University, Chico.

The Guest Artist Pavilion Project, or GAPP, brings in both glass artists and contemporary artists who are willing to explore the use of glass in their work and to be inspired—without restriction—by the TMA collection, studio facilities, and staff.

The program highlights the unique nature of the Glass Pavilion by encouraging experimentation with glass in innovative ways. The program is uniquely situated to serve both the educational mission of the Museum and to promote greater dialogue within both the contemporary glass and contemporary art communities.

The Museum provides technical support, materials, and time for experimentation along with a staff that can help artists realize a body of work in glass without the years of training they might otherwise require.