Artists In Residence
The legacy of the Artist in Residence Program dates back to the beginning of the school. Over the years, hundreds of notable artists from a wide range of artistic disciplines have come to Pilchuck to explore how glass can factor into their practice and visual vocabulary. Artists and collaborative groups are invited for each session and provided with their own artist assistant, who acts as a translator, giving technical guidance and assistance in the studio. Two Craftspersons in Residence (also known as gaffers), skilled glassblowers, help realize projects in hot glass.
2018 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Dawn Cerny is a Seattle-based artist and arts educator. Cerny’s work has been described as “…literary, historical, and political. It’s also messy, pulpy, direct, and poetically profound. Oh, and it’s funny,” by art critic Jen Graves. Cerny uses her work to look for the comedic and tragic aspects of humans’ drive for safety and the desire to belong. Her works on paper, sculptures, and collaborative projects have been exhibited widely around the Pacific Northwest.
Shari Mendelson is a sculptor living and working in Brooklyn and upstate New York. She interprets ancient art using the ubiquitous material of our era: plastic bottles. Her work reflects on material value, historical interpretation, and the role objects play in the past’s relationship to the present. Mendelson has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, four New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowships, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.
As a traditional Puget Salish basketry weaver and teacher, Ho-Wan-Ut “Haila” Old Peter has devoted over twenty years to the art of basketry. Old Peter specializes in cedar and beargrass baskets with a heavy focus on patterns and contrasting colors. Old Peter is committed to teaching and preserving basketry for her family and tribal community.
cannupa hanska luger
Cannupa Hanska Luger is a multi-disciplinary artist of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent. Through monumental installations, Luger interweaves performance and political action to communicate stories about 21st century Indigeneity. Using social collaboration and in response to timely, site-specific issues, Luger produces multi-pronged projects which present a call to action, provoking diverse publics to engage with Indigenous peoples and values apart from the lens of colonial social structuring.
Natalie Ball has a bachelor’s degree with a double major in ethnic studies and art from University of Oregon, and a master’s in Maori visual arts with a focus on Indigenous contemporary art from Massey University, New Zealand. Ball received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale School of Art, Connecticut. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including at the Contemporary Native Art Biennial, Montreal; Te Manawa Museum of Art, New Zealand; Portland Art Museum; and IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe.
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