2014 Student Scholarship Recipients and Jurors

Getting Students to the Conference

The scholarships provided financial support to assist these eligible full-time student members of GAS in attending the 2014 Glass Art Society Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Recipients this year were chosen from 28 applicants representing 16 different schools and 4 countries. GAS would like to extend thanks to the 2014 Jurors: Matt Durran | Ruth King | David McFadden.

GENERAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS: Morgan Chivers, Qiang Liu, Sarah Vaughn, Leah Waldo, Nao Yamamoto



2014 Student Scholarship Recipients


Jurors for the 2014 Student Scholarships

The Glass Art Society would like to thank this years jurors for generously donating their time and expertise.


StuSchol-JurorPortraitweb-MattDurran.jpgMatt Durran

Juror Comments "I always consider it an honour to judge, evaluate and understand nascent works produced by up and coming artists. As a UK based juror, I particularly enjoyed the cultural differences in how the material was approached and the concepts behind the artwork. It is my belief that the next generation of artists working with glass will inform us of future directions, innovations and opportunities." 

Biography - Matt Durran has an international art practice based in London. He works predominantly within the medium of glass with the added elements of film and photography. Exhibiting internationally, Matt Durran's art work is often revealed through large-scale installations, sculptures and photo-grams which capture the inner world of transparent objects. The installations are predominantly site-specific and constructed from many individually made components creating large-scale multi-faceted pieces. His sculptures are mainly represented forms of the familiar, placed in a context that visually explores and challenges habitual perceptions. The photo-grams show the structure of transparent objects. Many of these objects are created by Matt solely for the purpose of displaying their internal structure. By the manipulation, degradation and stressing of the glass, Matt conjures up new landscapes within the internal characteristic of the material, thus rendering the original glass object unstable and therefore, unable to be shown in a public setting. What's on display is a captured image of this internal landscape. Matt's film collaborations have resulted in several awards notably the The Blessed Factory, set in Russia and winner of the Montpelier Film Festival Glass prize 2012. It represents the language of industry and the artist. For the last few years, alongside his art practice, Matt has been working with leading surgeons and researchers at the forefront of the world of tissue engineering.


StuSchol-JurorPortraitweb-RuthKing.jpgRuth King

Juror Comments “Students on the whole tried to present very professional ‘packages’ i.e. images and statements with which we determined the scoring. Of course the first impressions were gained from the images. When the images supported the statement and vice versa, I felt more strongly about particular artists and their work. When the statements were very intellectual or overblown and the work did not express anything of what was written, it did not help me understand where the students were in their development. In a sense, all students are working towards that ‘wholeness’ of thinking and making potentially reflected in an image and statement presentation. A good artist statement is honest and ‘takes stock’ of where the artist or student currently is. I appreciated one such statement the artist admitted that her work was “not there yet with her ideas and she would be working in that direction.” Also, there was advanced work that was not well-supported by the writing and this made me feel there was an imbalance in the development of the artist. The work in the applications ranged from novice to advanced and of course, the advanced work is going to win out over the novice, but it is incredibly important that the novice make application to any and all opportunities such as the GAS student prizes. The process of applying is separate from the making of the work but applying will eventually get refined and be successful if the work is good (and if the student investigates how their application can be better). BTW writing is essential to gaining confidence with ones ideas and should be undertaken on a daily basis, like a journal of what happened in the studio today. When the time comes to create a statement, it will be much easier and more self-aware.”

Biography - Ruth King earned her M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in 1989, and her B.F.A. magna cum laude from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has demonstrated, lectured, and exhibited in Australia, Japan, Great Britain, Taiwan, the United States and Canada; including an exhibition at the Tittot Glass Art Museum in Taipei. King has held professorships at Rhode Island School of Design, California College of the Arts, Alfred University, and the Ohio State University. She has taught in summer programs including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School, The Studio at Corning, and at Pilchuck Glass School. She has also served on the boards of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the International Glass Art Society board. In 2004 King joined the staff of Pilchuck Glass School as Artistic Director and stepped down in 2013 to pursue her studio practice on Whidbey Island in Washington.


StuSchol-JurorPortraitweb-DavidMcFadden.jpgDavid McFadden

Biography - David Revere McFadden joined the staff of the Museum of Arts & Design in 1997 as Chief Curator and Vice President for Programs and Collections.  From 1978 to 1995, McFadden was Curator of Decorative Arts and Assistant Director for Collections and Research at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. For six years, he served as President of the International Council of Museums’ Decorative Arts and Design Committee. McFadden received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota in the History of Art (Renaissance and Baroque Studies), with a secondary major in Chinese history.

McFadden has organized over one hundred and fifty exhibitions on decorative arts, design, and craft, covering developments from the ancient world to the present day. Most of these exhibitions were accompanied by catalogues.  Thematic exhibitions include Wine: Celebration and Ceremony, which studied the social and material culture of wine throughout history; L’Art de Vivre: Decorative Arts and Design In France 1789-1989, an official French-sponsored program of the bicentennial of the French Revolution, Scandinavian Modern 1880-1980, the first American exhibition to survey modern design from all five Nordic countries; Hair, a landmark exploration of the visual and design history of human hair; Changing Hands/Art Without Reservation: Contemporary Native American Art from the Southwest, the most comprehensive exhibition of innovative and non-traditional work by native artists to date, Defining Craft: Collecting for the New Millennium, an exhibition that has traveled extensively in the United States, Jack Lenor Larsen, Creator and Collector, and recent exhibitions exploring the renewed use of traditional materials and techniques in contemporary art and design: Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting; Pricked: Extreme Embroidery; and Slash: Paper Under the Knife. Other exhibitions have examined unusual or overlooked materials in contemporary art, such as Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary; Dead or Alive: Nature Becomes Art; Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design; and Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities.

Mr. McFadden has published over 160 books, articles, catalogues, and reviews worldwide, and has delivered over 300 lectures and papers to national and international audiences.  He has spoken at such cultural institutions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Ecole du Louvre in Paris.  He has served on many international panels and juries. 


The Glass Art Society reserves the right to deny applications for Technical Display, advertising participation, GAS membership or the conference from anyone for any reason.