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Short Stories: Narratives from the Kiln
June 20– August 15, 2009 (extended from August 1)
Presented by Visionworks Marketing and Communications
Narratives from the Kiln unfurl in Columbia, Missouri
February 16, 2009: Under the curatorial eye of international glass artist Susan Taylor Glasgow, Short Stories: Narratives from the Kiln opens in June at the Columbia Art League in Columbia, Missouri.
Describing Short Stories: Narratives from the Kiln Taylor Glasgow comments: “I've selected artists who take possession of the translucent qualities of glass and share a dialog with the viewer about their work. From the rich vocabulary of the human figure, to the complex expression of personal experience, each artist kindly invites us to jump down the rabbit hole with them, hand-in-hand.”
The show, which will feature 20-30 national and international glass artists, will run from June 20 to August 1 and offer exhibiting artists both a show catalogue and a purchase award prize.
Unlike blown glass, kiln formed glass often starts as sheet glass or broken pieces, ready to be melted into whatever form the artist envisions. The process utilizes molds, gravity, and gradual heat, allowing for delicate details and complex imagery. Kiln formed work often takes weeks or months to complete, the process of gradually shaping glass in the kiln allowing the artist time to instill defining moments and personal content within the piece, and create a unique visual vocabulary. This creative path gives birth to a different kind of object. One, which after such laborious attention, holds a strong imprint of the artist and radiates a conceptual voice.
A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Taylor Glasgow studied Design at the University of Iowa. A resident of Columbia, Missouri her studio is a 1930s house in downtown Columbia that she and her husband rescued from demolition. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum, Chrysler Museum, Museum of American Glass, and several others She was a 2002 recipient of the Pilchuck Glass School emerging artists grant, a Wheaton Village fellow in fall of 2003, and has been the recipient of many awards. In the fall of 2008, she was artist in residence at the Pittsburgh Glass Center creating The Communal Nest, a project which was contributed to by artists from around the world.
The Columbia Art League (CAL) is a non-profit community art gallery founded in 1959. Since August 2008, CAL has been the resident art gallery at the recently-renovated, historic Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts in the heart of downtown Columbia.
Short Stories is supported by the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs, Visionworks Marketing & Communication, and Miller’s Professional Imaging/Mpix.
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"A native of Duluth, Minnesota, I migrated south with the geese one fall and studied Design at the University of Iowa. Now a resident of Columbia, Missouri, my studio is a wonderful old 1930's house in downtown Columbia that my husband and I rescued from demolition. I am a 2002 recipient of Pilchuck Glass School emerging artists grant, a Wheaton Village fellow in fall of 2003, and locally, a visiting artist at several community schools. I have been the fortunate recipient of many awards and have work included in the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum, Chrysler Museum, Museum of American Glass, and several others. Most recently I was artist in residence at the Pittsburgh Glass Center."