Tell us about yourself!
I am Elizabeth Barbano. I have a Master in Arts from Southern Utah University, Bachelors in Science from Utah State University and Associates Degree in Business Management from the Fashion Institute of Technology NYC. I was introduced to glass art by my muse, collaborative partner and husband Anthony Barbano. My first glass installation was exhibited the summer we were introduced. As the Barbano Glass partner I am responsible for a variety of business operations and exhibitions. Including communicate Barbano Glass collection standards, objectives, and goals. Establish strategy of artistic vision, marketing direction, public event coordination and sales. I manage gallery contracts and coordinate live glass blowing demonstrations as well as exhibit logistics. I photograph art, design/maintain the website, create press content as well as digital material.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I was born into an artist family and married into an artist family. My art is the result of a hyper creative environment. I am inspired by the artists I live and create with. As far as the material itself, I admire glass's intrinsic interaction with light, its pure personification and transparent integrity.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
The avante gaurde
New and unusual experimental ideas
What is your dream project?
My dream project would be working with the Whitney Museum of American Art, Corning Museum of Glass, Smithsonian, Rijksmuseum, or Murano Glass Museum to advance art education and art innovation.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
Creativity is in my blood. It is inevitable that I continue to pursue fields of artistic endeavors.
What's something about you that most people don't know?
I had an artist residency in Venice, Italy and nearly moved there as an illegal immigrant.
Why are you a member of GAS?
I am a member of the Glass Art Society for moments like these. For the celebration of art and its collectors, administrators, educators and innovators.
To learn more about Elizabeth, or to see more of her work, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE