The Glass Art Society + Gallery Mack present the Glass Art Society + Refract NW Member Showcase
October 1-31, 2019
The exhibition will be a juried show featuring the works of current GAS members from the Seattle area.
2100 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Application Fee: $25 USD
August 30: Application process closes
September 13: Artists are notified of selection
September 27-29: Artwork drop-off at Gallery Mack
October 2: Public exhibition opening
October 17: Refract Artists' Reception
November 2-3: Artwork to be picked up at Gallery Mack
Sales: All works in the exhibition must be for sale. Artists will retain 50% of the retail price from all sales during the exhibition. Artists may choose to donate 10% of their commission to support the Glass Art Society and its programs.
Insurance: All artwork will be covered by Gallery Mack under its fine art policy while on-site during the exhibition.
Eligibility and Guidelines:
Artwork must feature glass as the primary element and will be selected on the basis of originality, craftsmanship and the creative use of glass. The call is open to artists working in any form of glassmaking.
- Must be a current member of the Glass Art Society through November 1, 2019. Sign up for GAS Membership HERE.
- Artists may submit work individually OR as a group piece, but all members of the group must be current GAS members.
- The artist must be currently living/working in the Seattle area. If submitting a group piece, at least half of the collaborators must be currently living/working in the Seattle area.
- All submitted work must be original and have been completed within the last three (3) years.
- We will do our best to accommodate all types of artwork; however, if your artwork requires projection, television screens, additional pedestals, etc., further discussion of how to display may be required. Please indicate any special needs your artwork may have within the notes section of your application.
- All work accepted for the exhibition must be no larger than 40 x 40 x 40 inches in size, and a maximum of 50 lbs. in weight. All work must be reasonably adaptable to the facility.
By submitting your image and information, you agree to the following:
- You allow GAS and Refract to use your submitted images and information in any online or printed publications/media for promotional purposes.
- Your artwork will be reviewed by a panel of jurors for inclusion.
To apply: All artwork will be submitted via an online application. Complete the entry form here. You will be asked to provide your contact information, images of your submitted work with a full credit line, and a brief artist statement. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
The Seattle Glass Story
Though glass has ancient traditions in Europe, it’s a relatively young art form in the United States. Just over 50 years ago, factory facilities were producing glassworks, but the idea of “glass art” didn’t exist. In 1962, the first glass program in America brought the idea of studio glass to fruition, marking a fundamental shift in glassblowing in America. The Studio Glass movement put greater emphasis on the artist as designer and maker and encouraged the creation of one-of-a-kind objects.
Since those beginnings, interest, and experimentation with glass art has flourished, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, a study led by the Glass Art Society found the Pacific Northwest is the leading regional hub for glass art in the United States. More than 700 glass artists, from emerging artists to master glassmakers, live in Washington. Pilchuck Glass School, an internationally renowned center for glass art education, is thriving here. More than 100 glass art studios made their home in our region.
What is Refract?
Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience is the nation’s newest festival highlighting creative uses of glass. Held October 17-20, 2019. Refract brings together more than 50 art organizations and artists to host events throughout the region. Tour local studios, get up-close to the art of glassblowing at live demonstrations, explore exhibitions and museums, attend evening parties, and more.
Image: John Kiley, Spring Halo, 2018
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.