The year of 2017 marks The burnt Asphalt Family 10 year anniversary. Co-founded in 2007 it has been an amazing 10 years. For this year we celebrated by performing at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk VA as a preview for the GAS conference, heading immediatly after to Wheaton Arts to recreate parts of "Around the Campfire", and ending the year helping Urban Glass Celebrate their Birthday. Check out this video of Around the Campfire.
I am so excited to announce I have recieved the Full-Time NTT position in Glass at Tyler School of Art. After teaching as an adjunct in Glass at Tyler for almost 10 years I am now able to focus all my energies to the program. One I am completely honored to be a part of. With an amazing group of faculty and students I am inspired everyday. Thank you Tyler!
Last year I accepted a nomination to become a board member for the international Glass Art Society. At first I did it with hesitation but after a year with the current board members and the Norfolk conference I found it to be so rewarding. I am honored to have a voice in one of our major organizations in glass, be able to help GAS evolve, to get more connected to the international community and to make new friends has been more then worth all the time put in. Recently I accepted an appointment as Secretary on the executive committee. Very excited to see how this year plays out with the Murano Conference so close. Hope to see everyone there!
I am excited to be teaching a workshop this July at Urban Glass in Brooklyn NY call Adaptive Processes: combining Flameworking and Hot Shop techniques. Click Here to sign up
This 2 week course is split between the flameworking studio and the hot glass studio. In the first week, we will focus on developing flameworked structures, patterns, networks, and systems through manipulating soft glass cane and threads. In the second week, we will bring those components into the hot glass studio to investigate multiple pick up techniques including using the garage and pick up ovens. In looking at existing connections and similarities between studios, we will focus on developing new strategies to create. Students will have clear goals with room to experiment. Some experience in the hot shop preferred.
I am very excited to have joined the board of the GLASS ART SOCIETY. A non-profit international organization whose purpose is to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass.
If you love glass, make glass, buy glass, you should consider becoming a member!
Exhibition runs from September 15 - October 22, 2016
Opening Reception: September 15, 6-9 pm
HUSH.ex is the second iteration of a body of work that debuted earlier this year at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Working over the course of a year, Megan Biddle, Amber Cowan, Sharyn Omara, and Jessica Jane Julius, who are also colleagues on the glass faculty at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, created visually and conceptually diverse works that include site-specific installations as well as individual sculptures and drawings. At the outset, the artists recognized commonalities in their practice: reflection (literal and figurative) and distillation. They began with a collective desire to see past the overstimulus of the digital age and to focus on the analog, narrow the vocabulary from color to gray scale, and capture the power of memory and reflection in interpretation of experience. And yet, there is nothing simplistic either in the ambition or scope of any of the artists' work.
Very excited to have taught again with Erica Rosenfeld at Pilchuck this summer with our wonderful TA's Alison Siegel and Eamon DeFabbia-Kane . Our class "Stop, Collaborate, and Listen" investigated the artist collective as support for both individual and collaborative works. We shared resources and merged processes and materials. We worked with students, instructors, and staff in an all campus event at the end of the session. What an inspiration to be around so many talented, passionate, and wild people!!!!
The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to present HUSH, an exhibition that brings together the work of artists Megan Biddle, Amber Cowan, Jessica Jane Julius and Sharyn O'Mara. Working over the course of a year, the artists, who are also colleagues on the glass faculty at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, created visually and conceptually diverse works that include site-specific installations as well as individual sculptures and drawings. At the outset, the artists recognized commonalities in their practice: reflection (literal and figurative) and distillation. They began with a collective desire to see past the over stimulus of the digital age and to focus on the analog, narrow the vocabulary from color to grayscale, and capture the power of memory and reflection in interpretation of experience. And yet, there is nothing simplistic either in the ambition or scope of any of the artists' work.
Invited to write a review on the exhibition "From Vessel to Video" at Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia PA for the Fall 2015 issue of the Glass Quarterly
John Drury wrote a wonderful review in Glass Magazine spring 2014 edition of our Burnt Asphalt Family performance "Act of the Table". This performance took place at Urban Glass, Brooklyn NY in fall 2013. Take a second and enjoy.
Session 3 June 23rd- July 4th
Co-teaching a course with Erica Rosenfeld during third session this summer. Would love to see you there. If you have any questions just let us know.
For more info click the link below
If you visit Urban Glass please check out the new commission work that I finished in the lobby honoring Agnes Varis. All made from water-jet cut glass and adhesive.
The Burnt Asphalt Family presents "The Act of the Table" on November 16th, 2013 from 8-10pm at Urban Glass. Please join us. To get tickets click below.
A group exhibition at Penn Hospital, Philadelphia PA were my son Ty was born. It seemed appropriate to present one of my saliva prints for this site. Exhibition up from January 2012-December 2012.
"Wheaton Glass: The Art of the Fellowship"
Museum of American Glass Major Exhibition
April 2, 2013 through January 4, 2014
In 2013 the Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA) at WheatonArts and Cultural Center celebrates three decades of support for artists and craftspeople working in glass. Since 1983, over three hundred fellowship recipients have conceived and executed artistic ideas and objects at the CGCA, benefiting from the facilities, financial support and creative environment provided by WheatonArts. "Wheaton Glass: The Art of the Fellowship" provides only a glimpse into the work created through and inspired by the CGCA fellowship program.
This invitational exhibition, curated by Diane Wright and Tina Aufiero, illustrates the wide variety of glass created by this diverse group of international artists, many of whom remain linked by their fellowship experience.