OSU Alumni Chosen for New Glass Now Exhibit

December 3, 2018
Glass piece

Three of our Alumni, two undergraduate students and one graduate student will be among those featured in the Corning Museum's "New Glass Now" exhibit coming May 12, 2019.

David King - BFA 2006
Sean Merchant - MFA 2017
Nate Ricciuto - BFA 2008

New Glass Now will document the innovation and dexterity of artists, designers, and architects around the world working in the challenging material of glass. A global survey designed to the show the breadth and depth of contemporary glassmaking, the exhibition will feature objects, installations, videos, and performances made in the last three years by 100 artists of 32 nationalities working in more then 25 countries.

The third exhibition in a series dating to 1959, New Glass Now employs a democratic curatorial methodology. Just as in 1959, the show was curated from an open call for submissions by an international panel. Headed by Susie J. Silbert, curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, the panel also includes guest curators Aric Chen, curator-at-large, M+ museum, Hong Kong; Susanne Jøker Johnsen, artist and head of exhibitions at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Denmark; and American artist Beth Lipman. The panel received submissions from more than 1,400 artists and designers from 52 countries.

The selected artworks demonstrate the diversity of their makers, ranging from timely political commentary and investigations of the materiality of glass to explorations at the intersection of high-technology and the hand. The show includes artists at every point in their career, from recent graduates to established artists, representing nearly every glassworking technique. They range in age from 23 to 84 years.

The first two exhibitions in the series, Glass 1959 and New Glass: A Worldwide Survey (1979) brought unprecedented critical and popular attention to the material, its makers, and designers. As the first exhibition to showcase international contemporary glass, Glass 1959 created the field and laid the foundation for the blossoming of the Studio Glass movement. Twenty years later, New Glass: A Worldwide Survey revolutionized it, spurring individual and institutional collecting across the globe, garnering new scholarly attention, and promoting continued artistic innovation. New Glass Now stands to make a similar impact today.

Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, the Museum will publish the 40th anniversary issue of New Glass Review. The 2019 edition will include the 100 artworks and design objects chosen for the contemporary survey New Glass Now as well as important contextual essays and information.

Full list of featured artists can be found here: https://www.cmog.org/collection/exhibitions/new-glass-now