"The only remaining images of a live Tasmanian tiger are preserved in a small collection of still photographs and about 60 seconds of film from the 1920's."
Rachel Berwick has casted Hovering Close to Zero, a Tasmanian tiger crystal skull, from a preserved Thylacine skull. "Crystal (like amber) is a material that is believed to be able to bring back life... This installation was inspired by the Thylacine's disappearance and the rich mythology that has emerged from its loss."
Berwick received her MFA from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut nand her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Solo exhibitions include Brent Sikkema in New York, NY; Wooster Gardens, New York, NY; and Nordanstad Gallery in New York, NY. Berwick has exhibited widely from the 26th Bienal do Sao Paolo, Brazil; Egofugal at the 7th International Istanbul Biennial in Istanbul, Turkey; The Greenhouse Effect at Serpentine Gallery in London, England; to A Scattering Matrix at Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
Anthony Cioe received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and is soon to receive his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Awards and Scholarships include Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship at Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ; First Place in Fidelity Investments Annual Glass and Photography Show at Providence Art Club, Providence, RI; and RISD and Pilchuck Glass School Full Partner Scholarship at the Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.
Anthony Cioe (L)
Daniel Clayman received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has studied at University of Massachusetts/ Amherst and Connecticut College. Clayman is the recipient of numerous awards and grants and has shown extensively both nationally and internationally. Awards include Innovative Use of Glass in Sculpture, an UrbanGlass Award; three years of Artist's Grant from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; and an Artist's Fellowship from New England Foundation for the Arts. Clayman's work is a part of numerous collections. Few of many include The Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; The American Craft Museum, New York, NY; The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; The Museum of Art, Fukui, Japan;and Musee de SARS POTTERIE of France.
Steven Easton has attended Rhode Island School of Design, Philadelphia College of Art, and The New York Studio School Summer Session in Paris, France. Easton has also been a part of The Arts Students League. Having shown both internationally and nationally, recent exhibitions include Verriales 2006 Memory at Galerie Internationale du Verre, Biot, France; Fantastic Architecture at The Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI; and The Face Lost and Found Again at Alexander Tutsek Foundation in Munich, Germany. Public collections include The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland; The Museum of Arts & Design in New York, NY; and the Alexander Tutsek Foundation, Munich, Germany.
Adrienne Evans (L), Michael Glancy (R)
Adrianne Evans collected samples of the sediments that accumulate in the following artists' glass studios below:
Michael Glancy, Lathe Basin, January-June 2005
Toots Zynsky, Scrap Bowl, June-October 2005
Jim Watkins, Lathe Basin, October 2001-September 2005
Steve Weinberg, Diamond Saw Basin, March-September 2005
Jose Chardiet, Lathe Basin, July-September 2005
Michael Scheiner, Diamond Saw Basin, February 2003-February 2004
Daniel Clayman, Sink 2 days, August 2005
Steven Easton, Bucket, 5 month period 2005
Evans received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from New York State College of Ceramics. She has received numerous awards and scholarships which include Friends of Glass Scholarship, John A Chronna Memorial Scholarship, and Second Prize of the Fidelity Investments and Providence Art Club. Exhibitions include Artist Choice at Habitat, Boca Raton, FL; Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ; Providence Art Club, Providence, RI; Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI; and Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK.
Gemma Fabris received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and has attended Parsons School of Design in New York, NY. Fabris's exhibitions include Inside at Provincetown Art Association in Provincetown, MA; Baca Street Show at Liquid Light Glass in Santa Fe, NM; Gender Garden at Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, MA; New Glass at Hudson D. Walker Gallery in Provincetown, MA; and The Cutting Edge at Cape Museum of Fine Arts in Dennis, MA.
Michael Glancy received his BFA from the University of Denver in 1973 and received an additional BFA and an MFA the Rhode Island School of Design. Glancy is currently an Adjunct Faculty member of the Metals Department at RISD. Glancy's work is represented in many public and private collections including, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Corning Museum of Glass, NY; Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Hokkaido, Japan; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, among others. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
Having been formally educated in architecture and glass, Helen Lee combines language and body as a running theme in her work. "My attitude towards the body stems from my practice as a glassblower. A glassblower's body is the primary tool in shaping hot glass. What I shape as a graphic designer, on the other hand, is the perception of language and information. These two activities of shaping traditionally operate in very disparate arenas. But by thematically drawing the tool of one discipline (the body) toward the medium of another discipline (language), I engage in an activity of shaping that is not disparate to either discipline or either theme." -- Helen Lee
Lee received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI and her BS in Art and Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. She is the recipient of RISD Graduate Award of Excellence in Fine Arts, E.P. Anderson Scholarship Award, MIT Arts Scholar, MIT Council for the Arts Grants Recipient, and Honorable Mention from National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, among others.
Dylan Palmer's work has to do with measurement. He relates standard units of measure, broadly accepted ways of gauging the world to physical and perceptual boundaries, highly subjective ways of gauging the world. He looks for visual reference points that illustrate the gap between actual space and psychological space. Palmer attempts to make this space tangible, recognizable to other people, to create a connection and a mutual understanding. This is the closest Palmer comes to "an explanation of what it is like to have this particular physical container."
Palmer received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from Illinois State University. Palmer is the recipient of Friends of Glass Scholarship from RISD, Mary B. Bishop/ Francis S. Merritt Scholarship from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Mary R. Walker Scholarship from Illinois State University, among others.
Jocelyn Prince (L)
Jocelyn Prince received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Exhibitions include Projections - Watermark Taxonomy at Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Disco Ball for the New Millennium at Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia and at Mobius Gallery in Boston, MA; Domestic Uncanny at Fullerton Museum in California State University in San Bernardino, CA; among others. Prince is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including an Artist in Residence at MIT, three times for a Travel and Project Grant from Canada Council, Award of Excellence from Rhode Island School of Design, and a Professional Practice Grant from Ministere des Affaires Culturelles du Quebec.
Sean Salstrom received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Salstrom has shown at the Peerless Loft Building in Providence, RI; Cross Street in Central Falls, RI; 707 Penn in Pittsburgh, PA; Works Gallery in San Jose, CA; Varying Vessels in San Francisco International Airport Museum in San Francisco, CA; and Red Roaster Room in San Francisco, CA.
Chris Taylor received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from Ohio State University. Taylor is presently part of the faculty in the Glass Department at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Taylor has been granted numerous awards. A few include a Research project in Peoples Republic of China; Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship and Project Grant Recipient; Reticello Competition finalists with Michael Schiener, Glasmuseum, Denmark; Friends of Glass Scholarship, Providence, RI; and Residency at Kitengela Glass in Nairobi, Kenya.
James Watkins received his BA in Art History from Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls, NY and his MFA in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Watkins's exhibitions include Providence Art Club, Providence, RI; Galerie Serge Lechaczynski in Biot, France; RISD Museum of Art in Providence, RI; Espaces Bonnard et St-Bernard in Cannes, France; Global Art Glass Triennial in Borghom, Sweden; Newport Museum of Art in Newport, RI; Heller Gallery in New York, NY; Galleria San Nicolo in Venice, Italy; Museo Correr in Venice, Italy; Dorothy Weiss gallery in San Francisco, CA; Kristina Wasserman Gallery in Providence, RI; and Hokkaido Museum of Modern art in Sapporo, Japan. Watkins is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts.
Caroline Woolard (L), Toots Zynsky (R)
Caroline Woolard explores the space between people and architecture. Through ProvFlux RI and ConFlux NY, Woolard has created a place for the body amidst gigantic buildings on the street of NY and finds new ways to occupy public space. Woolard has installed work on the street since 2002 in NY and RI.
She grew up on an island, swimming between two blues daily. Woolard recalls an eternal yearning, never fulfilled, for the unobstructed horizon. "Recently, I have molded both light and the ocean to my face, made light tangible, collected the salt of my tears and released traces of my body to the sky."
Woolard will graduate from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art receiving her BFA in May 2007. She has spent short periods of time at: RISD, NSCAD , and Pilchuck. Woolard is a recipient of Full-Tuition Scholarship to Cooper Union, placement on National Dean's List, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. and will be published in Glowlab Issue 10 and Espace Sculpture Magazine Winter 2006.
Today, Toots Zynsky is known internationally not only as one of the most innovative voices in the American Studio Glass Movement, but also for her distinctively unique sculptural glass vessels she currently creates using her "filet de verre" technique. In the words of philosopher Arthur Danto, "In an age in which the relevance of beauty to art is widely questioned, Zynsky's work is uncompromisingly beautiful. It is however what the poet Andre Breton would have called convulsive beauty. The intensity of adjoined color, the tactile vitality of fluted walls, the swirling energies of shape and pattern are transformed into a luminous whole through the interaction between glass and light...Her (vessels) are among the most beautiful objects made, but their beauty is a product of the material and processes of artistically transformed glass."
Zynsky's works are found in the world's most prestigious public and private collections. She was the first contemporary glass artist to have a piece directly commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her work was also selected for the first White House Collection of American Crafts in 1993. Most recent acquisitions include the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Koganezaki Glass Museum in Japan.
After living in Europe for 16 years, Zynsky recently has returned to reside in the United States. She now divides her time between her studios in Providence, Rhode Island and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.