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. 

2020 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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Shoplifter / Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir

 Shoplifter is one of Iceland’s leading contemporary artists, based in New York. Working with both synthetic and natural hair her sculptures, wall murals, and site-specific installations explore themes of vanity, self-image, fashion, beauty, and popular myth. Representing Iceland at La Biennale di Venezia in 2019, her installation
Chromo Sapiens opened at the Icelandic Pavilion in May 2019 in Venice, Italy.

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Mercedes Mühleisen

Mercedes Mühleisen is an Austrian born, Oslo-based artist working primarily with video installation. Her works revolve around self-written or found texts, often dramatized through the characters in her videos. A pivotal point is her interest in the non-human, whether it be natural phenomena, objects, or single-celled organisms. Mühleisen’s work has recently been exhibited in the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Kunsthall Oslo; and Contemporary Art Centre, Lithuania.

SESSION 1

Cross-Currents: Scandinavia

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CHRIS KALLMYER

Chris Kallmyer is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work focuses on sound and space. His unconventional musical works use everyday objects and other senses, such as taste and touch, to engage the observer in questions about the physical environment and our presence within it. Kallmyer’s work has garnered commissions from the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art; San Fransisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic among other spaces in America and Europe. 

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BRIAN PIKE

Brian Pike is a studio-artist educator based on Whidbey Island, Washington. His love of nature informs much of his art-making practice. Pike works as a gardener and musician playing at multiple local venues. He received his graduate degree from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, New York. Juxtaposing traditional
glassmaking with a humble use of lowbrow materials, Pike creates objects and installations that emphasize the materials’ strengths in harmony with our natural world.

SESSION 2

The Jam Session

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Marela Zacarías

Working with a labor- and research intensive process merging sculpture with painting, Marela Zacarías molds window screen and plaster to fabricate undulating forms with the quality of fabric. Zacarías has held solo exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum; Sapar Contemporary, New York; Praxis Gallery, New York; Minneapolis; and more. She has received large-scale permanent site-specific commissions from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; Facebook HQ, California; and the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico.

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Susie Silbert

CURATOR IN RESIDENCE

Susie Silbert is the curator of modern and contemporary glass at Corning Museum of Glass, New York. Trained in glassworking and design history, she is motivated by the complex and intertwined histories of material, making, and makers in all media. Silbert serves as the editor of New Glass Review, selects the recipient of the Museum’s annual Rakow Commission, and serves on the committee for the Specialty Glass Residency. 

SESSION 3

Families Valued

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MONICA COOK

Monica Cook received her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia. Her work has appeared in exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad, including YouTube Play Biennial, and Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilbao, Venice, and Berlin. Cook’s work is included in numerous collections, and was recently acquired by the 21c Museum Hotel collection, Louisville, and the Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta. Cook currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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Kambui Olujimi

Kambui Olujimi earned his MFA from Columbia University, New York, and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine. His work challenges modes of thinking that commonly function as “inevitabilities”, taking shape through interdisciplinary bodies of work spanning multiple medias and mediums. His works have premiered internationally at The Sundance Film Festival; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Para Site, Hong Kong; among others.

SESSION 4

Loquacious

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DOUG JOHNSTON & TOMOE MATSUOKA

Doug Johnston focuses on a process of coiling and stitching rope, producing a wide range of functional and sculptural objects. His work takes the position that no made object is exclusively aesthetic or utilitarian. Tomoe Matsuoka’s work explores two different modes of living: fixed and nomadic. Through creating an alternative form of objects, furniture, and architecture, she envisions a situation where both modes can coexist.

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SABINE MARCELIS

Based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Sabine Marcelis runs a studio for material, installation, and object design with a strong focus on materiality. Marcelis’ method of working allows her to intervene in the manufacturing process, using material research and experimentation to achieve new and surprising visual effects in projects for musems, commercial commissions, and fashion houses. She has earned representation from Etage Projects Gallery, Denmark, among others.

SESSION 5

Intelligent Design

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judy pfaff

Often cited as a pioneer of installation art and contributor to the Pattern and Decoration Movement (P&D), Judy Pfaff has created work that spans disciplines from painting to printmaking and sculpture to installation. Born in London in 1946, Pfaff received a BFA from Washington University in Saint Louis in 1971 and an MFA from Yale University, New Haven, in 1973, where she studied with Al Held. She lives and works in Tivoli, New York.

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BUSTER SIMPSON

Buster Simpson collaborates with infrastructure and site design. Many of his deceptively simple sculptures offer social and ecological engagements and solutions to real problems. His recent work includes an ongoing collaboration on a major seawall effort addressing rising waters, Seattle; and Carbon Veil for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Presently, Simpson is working on a San Jose waste-water facility that produces gas from refuse to power the plant.

SESSION 6

BUILDERS

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