Tracy Kirchmann was born and raised in Chicago. She is currently the founding glass studio instructor and lead artist at the Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy. At LBPA she teaches high school glass and sculpture classes to youth from Chicago’s South Side. At LBPA Ms. Kirchmann has designed and implemented a variety of therapudic, economic and educational glass programs which have benefitted her students across the board. Ms. Kirchmann graduated with a BFA in glass from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and has benefited as both a student and teacher’s assistant at Pilchuck Glass School. She has an MFA in Sculpture from Western Carolina University in December of 2010, and graduated with honors. As a graduate student, she focused on the research and development of the Jackson County Green Energy Park where she built a green glass studio powered by the methane from the park’s landfill.