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.
2017 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Dan Webb is a full-time wood-carver, tinkerer, and sculptor. He is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery and has shown in galleries and museums for more than twenty years. His work is held in the collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, the Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Webb is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the Betty Bowen Award, and the Washington State Artist Fellowship award. He lives and works in Seattle.
Ann Toebbe’s work delves into the intimate, domestic spaces that we inhabit in day-to-day life and challenges perceptions of space and dimensionality in minute detail. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, an MFA in painting from Yale University, and a DAAD Scholarship to the Universität der Kunst, Berlin. Toebbe has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in Europe and the United States. She lives in Chicago.
Allan Packer is known for his motorized, painted, shaped canvases in kinetic motion. As a master printer for Dorset Fine Arts, he produced prints for Kananginak, Pitseolak and Pudlo Pudlat. He studied with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris. Awards include Canada Council and Artist Trust grants. Residencies include Kohler Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts and theInternational Studio Curatorial Program. Packer exhibits internationally is represented in a host of public and private collections.
Tobias Klein works in the fields of architecture, art, design and interactive media installation. His work generates a syncretism of contemporary CAD/CAM technologies with site and culturally specific design narratives, intuitive non-linear design processes, and historical cultural references. Works of his studio are exhibited internationally. Klein has joined City University Hong Kong in the role as interdisciplinary Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Media and the architectural department.
Keiko Hara, a native of Japan, has had more than fifty solo exhibitions as well as numerous group shows throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States. Her works are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, and museums and private collections worldwide. Hara earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is a professor of art emeritus at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, where she lives.
Beth Lipman explores aspects of material culture through still lifes, site-specific installations and photographs. She lives and works in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Lipman has exhibited in the United States and abroad, and her work is in the collections of numerous museums including: the Brooklyn Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Jewish Museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Norton Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Rande Cook (Kwakwaka’wakw) was born in Alert Bay, BC. He carries two chieftainships, the Hamatam/Seagull and Gigalgam from the ancient ancestor Kwanusila/Thunderbird. Traveling and exhibiting throughout the world bolstered his desire to push the boundaries of traditional works such as ceremonial masks and art of the potlatch with performance, carving, photography, and painting. He puts his knowledge, heritage, and experiences into provocative works that challenge viewers to think beyond the traditional.
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Tam Van Tran’s use of mixed media and dense layers of texture in collage and sculpture creates complex, organic works that draw on a rich history of experiences. Born in Vietnam, he studied painting and received his BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Tran's work was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and is held in museum collections nationwide. He has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions.
Ranjit Bhatnagar is a sound artist who creates performances and installations using technology, language, and found materials. His projects encompass interactive and sound installations, scanner photography, and Internet-based collaborative art. His Instrument-a-Day project, for which he creates a homemade musical instrument each day during the month of February, is approaching its tenth year. He received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rose English’s uniquely interdisciplinary work combines elements of theater, circus, opera, and poetry to explore themes of gender politics, the identity of the performer, and the metaphysics of presence. English has mounted performances in ice rinks, at the Royal Court Theatre and Tate Britain, London, and at Franklin Furnace, New York. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, in 2015, and Camden Arts Centre, London, in 2016.
Brian Gillespie is a computer programmer and product manager for Rhino, 3-D modeling software for designers. Using Grasshopper, a visual programming language, Rhino enables generative design and digital fabrication of everything from jewelry and shoes to yachts and skyscrapers. Gillespie loves understanding complex problems and designing processes to solve them. He creates art with metal, wood, ceramics, and plastic. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Tara, their two boys, and their dog.
Turi McKinley is a designer of interactions, experiences, and services. She sees design as a connective practice that links makers, participants, humans, and the wider world. McKinley’s personal work explores the inner boundaries formed by past experiences and builds new experiences that take participants on a journey through changing perspectives. Her personal and design work invites participants to collaborate on shaping the narrative.