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. 

2021 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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NATALIE BALL

Natalie Ball has a bachelor’s degree with a double major in ethnic studies and art from University of Oregon, and a master’s in Maori visual arts with a focus on Indigenous contemporary art from Massey University, New Zealand. Ball received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale School of Art, Connecticut. Her work has been at Te Manawa Museum of Art, New Zealand; Portland Art Museum; and IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe.

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ERICA LORD

Erica Lord explores concepts within a contemporary Indigenous experience. Born to a Finnish-American mother and Athabascan/ Iñupiaq father, her experience of perpetually moving between locations inspires her work’s interest in themes of displacement, cultural identity, and cultural limbo. She has had exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe; Musée du Quai Branley, Paris; National Gallery of Canada; and Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

SESSION 1

The Gathering

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nikolai haas and simon haas

Twins Nikolai and Simon Haas have evolved from fabricators and collaborators to nimble cross-pollinators in fashion, film, animation, art, and design. Their work explores nature, science fiction, sexuality, and psychedelia in materials ranging from brass, porcelain, and fur to resins and polyurethane. Their work is in the permanent collections of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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dawit n.m. 

Dawit N.M. is an Ethiopian-born director and photographer currently based in New York. His first exhibition, The Eye That Follows (2020), was held at Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk. “My fascination with the commonality of the human experience and the emotions that we decide to embrace or deny produces a consistent backdrop for my work,” says Dawit N.M.

SESSION 2

Corporis

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SAYA WOOLFALK 

Saya Woolfalk is a New York-based artist known for her multimedia exploration of hybridity, science, race, and sex. Woolfalk uses science fiction and fantasy to reimagine the world in multiple dimensions. She received a BA at Brown University, Providence, and her MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Woolfalk’s work has exhibited around the United States and abroad, including MoMA PS1, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Studio Museum in Harlem.

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MIKA DROZDOWSKA AND ASIA STEMBALSKA 

Mika Drozdowska is an art curator and head of Galeria SIC! BWA Wrocław, Poland. She curated exhibitions by John Moran, the de la Torre brothers, Philémon Vanorlé, as well as multiple public, interactive projects. Joanna Asia Stembalska is an art curator and head of Studio BWA Wrocław. Drozdowska coordinated two editions of the Biennale of Urban Art OUT OF STH, and Stembalska authored six editions.

SESSION 3

Family Ties

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shoplifter 

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 2021, her installation Chromo Sapiens opened at the Icelandic Pavilion in May 2021 in Venice, Italy.

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blanca de la torre 

Blanca de la Torre is a curator specializing in art, ecology, and sustainability. She was chief curator for Artium Basque Museum–Center of Contemporary Art, Spain. She has since curated exhibitions internationally, including at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico; 2021 NC-arte, Bogotá; Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Poland; National Gallery of Modern Art, India; and MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain, where she is also part of the board of advisors.

SESSION 4

Cross-Currents: Europa

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TOMMY GREGORY 

Tommy Gregory is a Seattle-based artist and curator with a BFA from University of Houston and MFA from University of Texas at San Antonio. Gregory was the public art specialist for the City of San Antonio, and curated the collection for the Houston Airports. Now Gregory oversees public art for the Port of Seattle. Exhibitions include Blue Star Contemporary, Texas, and Glassell School of Art, Texas, and a permanent bronze sculpture at the University of Houston - Downtown.

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SABINE MARCELIS

After graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven, Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis began working as an independent designer. She applies a strong aesthetic point of view to her collaborations with industry specialists, allowing her to achieve new and surprising visual effects for projects showcased in musea and commissioned by commercial clients and fashion houses. She recently won the prestigious Wallpaper* Designer of the Year 2020 award.

SESSION 5

Encephalon

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EBONY G. PATTERSON

Ebony G. Patterson’s multilayered practice—in painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and video—uses beauty to address global social and political injustices. Her work is included in the collections of Brooklyn Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and National Gallery of Jamaica. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark; and the Athens and Liverpool Biennials.

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DOUG JOHNSTON AND 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.

SESSION 6

BUILDERS

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FALL 1: MARELA ZACARIAS

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. She has held solo exhibitions at MadArt, Seattle; Sapar Contemporary, New York; Galeria Alterna, Mexico City; Wasserman Projects, Detroit; and more. She has received large-scale permanent site-specific commissions from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; Facebook HQ; and the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico.

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DOUG JOHNSTON AND 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.

SESSION 7

FALL 1 & 2

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