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Glass Studio 2012 Visiting Artist Series

The 2012 Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Visiting Artist Series brought some of the world's top glass art talent to the Hamton Roads area, and evidence of the success of the Series could be found in the packed houses to which these artists played.

A special nod goes to Lino Tagliapietra, who helped us break in our Studio with a visit during the very first week we were open.

Presented below is a recap of the artists who made our inaugural season such a great success.

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April Surgent
Exhibition Dates: Nov. 14 - Dec. 30
Studio Visit: Nov. 14–18

April Surgent studied glass production in Bornholm, Denmark as a teenager. In 2003, she received a scholarship to attend Pilchuck Glass School, where she learned cold-working and traditional cameo engraving techniques, studying with master Czech engraver and mentor Jiri Harcuba.

She graduated with honors from the Australian National University School of Art, Canberra in 2004. In 2009, she was awarded the Neddy Artist Fellowship for glass through the Behnke Foundation, and received the Urban Glass New Talent award in 2010. Her work appears in the collections of notable museums worldwide, including the Chrysler.

For a look at her exhibition, click here. For photos from her working visit, click here.

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Einar and Jamex de la Torre
Exhibition Dates: Sept. 12–Oct. 28
Studio Visit: Sept. 19–23

Brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Jamex started flame-working glass in 1977, attended California State University at Long Beach, and received a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture in 1983. Einar started work with glass in 1980 while also attending California State University at Long Beach.

In the 1980’s they ran a flame-worked glass figure business while also developing their assemblage style of work. They have since gone on to exhibit their work internationally in France, Japan, Canada, Germany, Venezuela, and Brazil, as well as in the U.S. and Mexico. Their work is in the collections of some of the finest glass art institutions in the world.

For more on their exhibition, click here. For photos from their visit, click here.

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John Miller
Exhibition Dates: July 5 - Aug. 26
Studio Visit: July 11–15

John Miller began working with glass in 1987 as an undergraduate student at Southern Connecticut State University.

He received a master in fine art degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is an assistant professor of glass at Illinois State University. He has worked on the staff and faculty of Pilchuck Glass School and in 1998 was awarded the C.G.C.A. Fellowship at Wheaton Village in Millville N.J. His work is in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and the Museum of Glass, Tacoma. Miller operates his own studio, Ring of Fire Hot Glass, where his focus is blown sculpture. His large-scale recreations of diner and fast food staples are among his most popular works.

To see a YouTube video of his visit, click here, for photos from his visit, click here and for more on his exhibition Blue Plate Special, click here.

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Debora Moore
Exhibition Dates: Apr. 25 - June 10
Studio Visit: April 25 - 29

Debora Moore has worked in glass since the late 1980s. Her awards and exhibitions include the prestigious Rakow Commission and the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft.

She has studied at both the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle and the Pilchuck Glass School. In 1998, she was accepted as a member in the African-American Design Archive at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution in New York. Her work was also included in the prestigious Artistry of Orchids exhibition at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. In 2005, Moore was an Artist in Residence at the Tacoma Museum of Glass and at Abate Zanetti in Murano, Italy.

For photos from her visit, click here. For a look at her exhibition, click here.

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Benjamin Moore, Dante Marioni, Janusz Pozniak
Exhibition Dates: Jan. 27 - March 18
Studio Visit: Feb. 29 - March 4

Benjamin Moore received a bachelor of fine arts degree in ceramics from the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, and a master in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.

He has been a designer for the Venini Studio in Murano, Italy, taught as faculty of the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and served as both a faculty member and Trustee Board Member at the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle. His work can be found in collections worldwide, including the Chrysler.

Dante Marioni studied glassblowing at both Pilchuck Glass School and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. He was honored in 1995 when his work was chosen to grace the jacket cover of The White House Collection of American Crafts. His glass can be found in major collections and museums throughout the world, including the Chrysler, the Corning Museum of Glass, the New Zealand National Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan.

Janusz Pozniak was born in Swindon, England. He received a bachelor of arts in glass from the West Surrey College of Art & Design and received a D.A.T.E.C. diploma from Southport College of Art. Since 1992, Pozniak has worked with various artists, including Moore, Marioni, Sonja Blomdahl, Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, and Dick Marquis. He is considered one of Seattle's most distinguished young glass artists.

For a YouTube video of their visit, click here, for a look at their joint exhibition, click here, and for pictures of them in action, click here.