Galleries & Artists

Pearl Dick is the director of Ignite Glass Studios’ Hot Shop and Education. Dick has more than 14 years of working glass experience with an extensive background in art education. She graduated from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, studied abroad at Perugia, Italy and launched a career featuring a multitude of solo and group exhibits and public art installations across the country.

Trish Tullman a diversity educator, believes that unique and powerful opportunities for social progress and equity and inclusion lie in creativity and supporting the community. Trish and her husband, Glen, support the arts, diversity and a range of philanthropic initiatives such as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; City Year Chicago, a national organization to build democracy through citizen service; and Facing History and Ourselves, a professional development organization for educators to combat discrimination and injustice.

Ignite Glass Studios is located at 401 N Armour St in Chicago

Ignite is pleased to announce that they will host the 2014 Glass Art Society Conference! From the GAS website: “Strengthening Community, Collaboration, Forging New Bonds , 2014 Conference Announcement and Call for Presentations Chicago, Illinois, March 20 – 22, 2014,” To learn more about Ignite go here.

Artist, Josiah McElheny was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1966, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and apprenticed with master glassblowers such as Lino Tagliapietra. McElheny creates finely crafted, handmade glass objects that he combines with photographs, text, and museological displays to evoke notions of meaning and memory. Whether recreating miraculous glass objects pictured in Renaissance paintings or modernized versions of non-extant glassware from documentary photographs—or extrapolating stories about the daily lives of ancient peoples through the remnants of their glass household possessions—Josiah McElheny’s work takes as its subject the object, idea, and social nexus of glass. McElheny’s work often takes the form of “historical fiction”—which he offers to the viewer to believe or not. Part of McElheny’s fascination with storytelling is that glassmaking is part of an oral tradition, handed down generation to generation, artisan to artisan. Some Pictures of the Infinite, the first museum survey of his work in the U.S. will open in June at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art.
Excerpted from wikipedia

The Milwaukee Art Museum acquired Laid Table (Still Life with Metal Pitcher), the ambitious glass sculpture by Wisconsin-based artist Beth Lipman, in 2009, and it immediately became a celebrated favorite. Owing to popular demand, Lipman’s sparkling beauty is back on view, in a surprising new location amid the museum’s Renaissance Treasury in Gallery 2. The museum is displaying Lipman’s work in concert with Renaissance masterworks.