2016 Student Scholarships - Recipients and Jurors

Getting Students to the Conference

The Glass Art Society congratulates the 2016 student scholarship recipients, who will each receive financial assistance to attend the conference in Corning, NY. The awardees were selected from 46 eligible, full-time student applicants representing 25 different schools and 11 countries.

GENERAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: Nathalie Houghton, Jubee Lee, Anna Lehner, Erin Murdock, and Michelle Pennington


GAS would like to extend sincere thanks to the 2016 student scholarship jurors: Shelley Muzylowski Allen, Mireille Perron, and Boyd Sugiki. To read the juror comments and bios, please click HERE.

2016 Student Scholarships



Jurors for the 2016 Student Scholarships

The Glass Art Society would like to thank the 2016 jurors for generously donating their time and expertise.


shelleymuzallen_Russell_Johnson.jpegJuror Comments: It was an honor to be asked to jury the 2016 Student Scholarships. GAS recognizes the importance of the student membership and their attendance at the conference. I was pleased to see the high quality of work and the number of applicants. Reviewing each application thoroughly, I took into account not only the craftsmanship and the idea driving the work, but also the element of raw or striking and fresh visional communication. It was a difficult decision and I congratulate all of the students on their excellent work. Thank you for inviting me to be part of this process.

Bio: Holding a degree in oil painting from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, Shelley Muzylowski Allen takes an investigative approach to sculpting glass. She was a member of the William Morris team for five years before building her glass studio with her husband, Rik Allen, in the Skagit Valley of Washington. Her work has been exhibited in the Rockwell Museum, the Museum of Northwest Art, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, and Nuutajärvi, Finland. Her work is additionally held in the collections of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Toyama City Institute of Glass Art. As a guest artist in Murano in 2012, Muzylowski Allen created a body of work with Davide Salvadore, and she will be again working with him in summer 2016.


Mireille_Perron_Photo_by_Mark_Werklund.JPGJuror Comments: It is with great interest and pleasure that I studied and deliberated with the peer jury the applications, correspondingly for their conceptual, technical, and imaginative skills. Congratulations to all the applicants. Your work manifests your passion and that this is the best time to be part of the glass arts community. I am also grateful to GAS and its Education Committee for supporting these scholarships. We can never underestimate the importance of recognition for our promising emerging glass artists.

Bio: Mireille Perron’s irrepressible curiosity for studio glass is credited to the excellence of the BFA glass program, its exceptional faculty, and the students at the Alberta College of Art + Design, AB, Canada. Moreover, the College's new MFA in craft media will allow for further interaction with advanced glass students. Perron is a visual artist, writer, and educator. She was born in Montréal, Québec. She is the founder of the Laboratory of Feminist Pataphysics (LFP), which promotes social experiments that masquerade as artworks/events. Her installations have appeared in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, Europe, and the United States.  Perron has presented and/or published numerous essays related to visual arts and craft practices in Canada and abroad. A recent example is The Question of Material and Labour, guest edited with Grace Nickel, a thematic issue for Cahiers métiers d'art ::: Craft Journal, 2015.


Boyd_Sugiki_Photo.jpegJuror Comments: The jury process for the 2016 GAS student scholarships was an exciting, reflective, and inspirational experience for me. I am excited to see where the future of glass is going, and fascinated by the variety of techniques utilized. I was moved by the diversity of work that ranged from objects to installations to experiential works, and was surprised to see how each person came to a resolution. The jury process brought back memories of a time in my career in which I was eager, yet had trepidations. I was experimenting, stumbling, and trying to find my own voice. It reassured me of the importance of process, investigating, and following that inner voice that says, "I don't understand it but it's fascinating." I was inspired by the diversity of techniques, and amazed by the remarkable intricacies of both the flameworking and pâte de verre practices exhibited. It was encouraging to see an uninhibited level of commitment to glass and what lies ahead. I want to thank everyone that applied for the GAS scholarships and want them to know how important they are in building, forming, and shaping our community. The proposals demonstrated an eagerness to explore new ideas and techniques. You are the future generation in glass and I wish all of you success on your journey.

Bio: Boyd Sugiki was introduced to glass at Punahou High School in Honolulu, HI. He went on to receive a BFA in glass from California College of the Arts, and in 1996 received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Sugiki exhibits his work throughout the US and overseas while also maintaining, in collaboration with his partner Lisa Zerkowitz, a product line that is marketed under the name Two Tone Studios. He has lectured, demonstrated, and taught glassblowing workshops throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Korea, and Turkey. Sugiki is based in Seattle, WA.


Juror photo credits: Shelley Muzylowski Allen photo (c) Russel Johnson; Mireille Perron photo by Mark Werklund, Boyd Sugiki photo courtesy of the artist.

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