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Toledo Museum of Art selects George Vidas as 47th Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) artist in residence

George Vidas
George Vidas

 

Detroit-based neon artist George Vidas has been selected as the 47th Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) artist in residence at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA). GAPP invites contemporary artists from around the world to create new work in glass and share their processes with the public. A graduate of Alfred University, Vidas will share his artistic practice in relation to glass and neon as a means for creative expression.

Vidas is in residence from Feb. 22 through March 17 and will present a free Zoom artist’s talk on Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. Pre-registration for this event is required and available at toledomuseum.org.

“George Vidas has an impressive creative background in neon art and we are excited to debut our new neon studio by inviting him as our next resident artist,” said Alan Iwamura, glass studio manager at the Toledo Museum of Art. “TMA is looking forward to helping him explore innovative approaches that will involve creative experimentation across multiple studios in the Glass Pavilion during his residency.”

Vidas has worked professionally in the arts and is the proprietor of Signifier Signs in Detroit, Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in 2010 and contributed to creative education programs at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, and Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, New York.

Since its opening in 2006, the TMA Glass Pavilion has uniquely combined its role as the home of one of the world’s greatest glass collections with its place as a working glass studio, born from Toledo roots. As the birthplace of the Studio Glass Movement, Toledo continues to play a pivotal role in today’s contemporary glass community. A large part of that influence comes from its ongoing effort to develop and provide new avenues for artists to create works from glass, which now includes neon sculpture.

GAPP highlights the unique nature of the Glass Pavilion by encouraging experimentation with glass in innovative ways. Specifically designed to encourage resident artists to utilize the TMA collection, this program is positioned to serve the educational mission of TMA while promoting greater dialogue within the contemporary glass and contemporary art communities.

GAPP artists have the opportunity to create works of art utilizing TMA’s outstanding studio facility at the Glass Pavilion, receive technical assistance from Museum staff, have uninterrupted time to create artwork, and benefit from the wide-ranging expertise in various glass-making techniques present within the community.