The scholarships provided financial support to assist these eligible full-time student members of GAS in attending the 2015 Glass Art Society Conference in San Jose, California. Recipients this year were chosen from 53 applicants representing 31 different schools and 6 countries. GAS would like to extend thanks to the 2015 Jurors: Shane Fero | Corey Hampson | Kirstie Rea.
GENERAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS: Ryland Gulbrandsen, Su-yeon Kim, James Labold, Anna Mlasowsky, Jin Qu
Juror Comments "I was so honored to be asked to jury the Student Scholarships this year. When you start a process like this, you never anticipate how difficult it actually becomes. To have so many eligible applicants makes it all the more difficult to choose who deserves such an award. It makes it even more difficult because it is an award that makes it possible for students to attend the conference in San Jose this year, who might not be able to attend without the scholarship money. To me, our student membership is always very important for the future of GAS and the glass arts community as they are our future. Congratulations to all of the students who applied and keep up the good work."
Shane Fero was born in Chicago, IL in 1953 and has been a flameworker for 45 years and maintains a studio next to Penland School in North Carolina. He participates in international symposia and conferences by lecturing and demonstrating. Fero is also an educator and has taught at institutions such at Penland School, Urban Glass, the Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, the University of Michigan, Eugene Glass School, Espace Verre, Montreal, Quebec, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck Glass School, Bild-Werk, Frauenau, Germany, the International Glass Festival in Stourbridge, UK, Scuola Bubacco, Murano, Italy, Chameleon Studio, Tasmania, Taiwan, Australia and in Seto, Osaka, and the Niijima Glass Art Center in Japan. His work can be found in collections both private and public institutions worldwide. He has had 29 solo exhibitions since 1992 and has participated in over 400 group exhibitions during his career. He has been honored with three retrospectives; a 30 year at the Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan in 1999, a 40 year at the Huntsville Museum of Art in 2008 and at the Christian Brothers University in 2010. His work can be found in over 20 museum collections worldwide including the Museum of Art & Design, NY, GlasMuseum, Denmark, the Asheville Art Museum, NC, the Huntsville Museum of Art, AL, the Museum fur Glaskunst, Lauscha, Germany, and the Nijiima Contemporary Glass Museum in Japan. He is the Past-President of the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society and received the Lifetime Membership Award from GAS in Chicago in 2014.
Juror Comments “I am greatly surprised and deeply excited about the quality of work! As I went down the list I came across a number of works that as a dealer would consider “gallery quality” however, that was not what I was really looking for. Some work may never work in a gallery setting because it is driven not by the market but something much purer. We could call it “heart.” As I was examining the work submitted, I wanted to find “heart.” I wanted to find the presence of passion. Which I in no doubt found with in a number of the images and statements submitted by the applicants. I spent a lot of time reading over the artist statements and trying to understand not only the creative process but the artist’s inspiration for the work. I followed those who wanted to send a message to see if they were successfully reaching their audience where one could understand or connect with the statement being made. It is always difficult to fully understand the work through an image or a video. I did my best not to compare artists work as based on the statements, images and bios as there is a variety of artists with various backgrounds and different ideas. The variety is really what made this process a joyful and wonderful experience. I would like to thank the artists who had the courage to submit their work as well as the Glass Art Society for inviting me to be a part of the decision making process.”
Corey Hampson is a graduate of the Hayworth's School of Business at Western Michigan University and acted as Director of Sales at Habatat Galleries for over a decade. He is currently President and Owner of Habatat Galleries inc. He has written and published numerous articles about studio glass. Mr. Hampson has curated dozen of Museum and Art Center exhibitions throughout the United States. He hosts the largest and longest annual studio glass exhibition in the world (43 years) entitled: Habatat Galleries International Glass Invitational. Mr. Hampson works very closely developing collections for private collectors, museums and organizations around the world. He is currently on the National Advisory Board of Directors for the AACG – Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and is also the President of the MGCA - Michigan Glass Collecting Alliance.
Juror Comments “Reviewing the 2015 GAS student scholarship applications I was reminded of the high quality of student work coming out of a wide range of colleges from around the world. The majority of work shown was idea driven but still looked closely at material issues alongside investigations into personal themes. Work especially originating in the hot shop had been reworked and combined with other materials. Across the board much of the work shown was constructed with an array of materials and elements. New technologies are already making a significant impact on student work and in some instances forcing students to closely address material issues before resolving ideas. It seems that many applying for this years scholarships had already attended a GAS conference and were aware of the multitude of benefits from attending and wanting to repeat the experience. There were also many applications from those engaged in graduate studies which made me reflect on whether there could be a scholarship category specifically for undergraduate students. And just a reminder that high quality images are an absolute must for any application.”
Kirstie Rea is currently an independent studio based artist living and working in Australia. Over the past 30 years she has taught widely in the fields of kiln formed and cold worked glass around the world. From 1987 -2003 she lectured in the Glass Workshop, Australian National University, in 2010 at Sydney College of the Arts and 2011-2012 was Acting Head of Ceramics and Glass at the University of South Australia. Kirstie was the inaugural Creative Director at the Canberra Glassworks, Australia. From 2003 - 2005 Kirstie served on the Board of Directors for the Glass Art Society (USA) and was closely involved in the organisation and running of three international glass conferences. She also served on the Board of Directors of Ausglass and was a co-chair for the 14th biennial Ausglass conference Open House in 2008. In 2009 Kirstie received the Ausglass Honorary Life Membership Award for her contribution to the education of glass in Australia.
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