Ed Kirshner of Oakland, California was born in New York City in 1940. He studied architecture and sculpture at Cornell University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Oskar Kokoschka School of Vision in Austria. After thirty years of developing and financing affordable housing, he returned to study art at the California College of the Arts in Oakland as well as at Pilchuck and Corning glass schools and Northlands Creative Glass in Scotland. His glass and gas plasma sculptures have been exhibited throughout the U.S. as well as in Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Austria, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Turkey. His work, “Cone of Chaos”, was a Corning Glass selection and is included in Corning's "25 Years of New Glass Review." His plasma sculptures are in the permanent collections of the di Rosa Fine Arts Preserve in Napa, California, the Swiss National Science Center, Technorama, near Zurich and the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland. Ed has taught glass and gas plasma workshops in the U.S. as well as in Asia and Europe and is on the faculty of the Crucible Fire Arts School in Oakland and, previously, the Glass Furnace in Turkey. He has also been a Trustee and the Treasurer of the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) in Los Angeles and is currently on its Technical Advisory Board. www.aurorasculpture.com
Ed joined the Glass Art Society Board of Directors in June 2012 and became Treasurer in November 2013.
Board of Directors (2016–2017)
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