"I prefer not to think of a corporate ladder.
It seems to me to be more of a jungle gym."
We're dedicated to the next generation of glass artists. You're invited to join in. Registration deadline is Oct. 10.
Our sixth year of assistantships will bring the highest visibility. Norfolk, the Chrysler Museum, and the Chrysler Museum's Perry Glass Studio will host the international conference of the Glass Art Society June 1-3, 2017.
Norfolk is a hip town with an up-and-coming arts district. Our Studio is national leader in glass art as performance art. Our Third Thursday video library could include you next. And think of wowing the daily demo crowd.
Professional development, practice time, exhibition opportunities, and a chance to work with, and learn from, top-flight visiting artists. Click here for all the details in PDF format or keep scrolling for a feel of what's ahead.
Here's the story,
as told in pop-up photographs.
You'll further your education, have fun, hone your skills, and have fun. You'll exhibit your work, as seen here, here, here, and here. You'll be involved in presentations and critiques, and in case you haven't noticed, make great things.
Here's the story,
as told by former assistants in their own words.
"I wanted to learn a few things. I wanted to learn techniques to further my glass blowing ability. To be honest I was very surprised at the whole program. I was under the impression we would be helping out with the studio and working here and there, not basically being the backbone of the Studio and helping with everything. As well as getting blow time for free and learning how to become a professional artist, it truely has changed my whole life going through this program."
"As an emerging artist, the assistantship program at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio was an invaluable experience. It granted opportunities that I wouldn't have had for years. It allowed me to meet established artists in my field, teach at a museum level and helped build up my resume to open more doors. I will never forget sitting around the dinner table with Lino Tagliapietra. The friends I made and experiences I had are something I will always cherish."
–Grant Garmezy, Practicing Artist,
"The Chrysler Glass Studio assistantship was integral in meeting new artists from different backgrounds, and realizing that I could find a community outside of my educational environment. Additionally, meeting people connected with Virginia Commonwealth University put that school on my radar for graduate school, where I eventually went. Teaching and learning with the public also came to influence my work in a completely new way."
"Being a part of the assistantship pushed me so much farther than just understanding the glassmaking process—from the science of glass, to the mechanics of our studio equipment, to handling and packing glass, to packaging and branding myself as an artist. All of this has had a direct force on my career and continues to effect and have resonance on my studio practice every day. You cannot even put a price on the education the Chrysler museum of art glass studio has given me."
–Kristi Totoritis, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Instructor and MVA candidate, Australia National University.
"Attending the Chrysler Glass Studio assistantship program has set me up for success in competitive and creative field. Not only did the museum fuel and facilitate my passion for the fire arts, but it has also introduced me to an amazing staff of accomplished artists and immersed me into the professional realm of art and education. To simple state it, the Chrysler Museum made my world bigger, and rewarded me with a future in my medium."
–Eli Cecil, Phoenix Studios, Tampa FL.
"Coming down to the Chrysler as a travelling assistant was a formative experience in helping jump start my studio practice after college graduation. In addition it was an incredible opportunity to have access to one of the largest glass collections in the United States and informed my work and research."
"The studio assistantship was a very educational and fun experience. I learned about the practical side of operating as an artist through the professional development class and the effort that goes into an educational museum program. The team and environment at the the Chrysler Glass Studio is encouraging and helpful."
–From a member of our first class of assistants, 2011.