Pilchuck appoints Donna Davies as first Deputy Director

Published Friday, September 20, 2019 5:00 am

After an extensive search, Pilchuck Glass School is excited to share that Donna Davies will be joining the organization as its first Deputy Director this winter.

"I am pleased to welcome Donna to the newly formed Deputy Director position," shares Executive Director Christopher R. Taylor. "She has the strategic vision, experience, and demeanor to succeed in this role. There was an overwhelming response to the position, showing once again that Pilchuck holds a special place in our international community of glass art and design."

Through an investment in our staffing by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Pilchuck was able to introduce the Deputy Director role to support the overall organization, operations, and strategic priorities of the school. The Deputy Director will serve as the second in command and a key advisor to the Executive Director. They will bring leadership to the year round staff and direction of the Stanwood Campus.

For over 12 years, Donna Davies has been the Group Show Director leading the team that produces SOFA Chicago, SOFA New York, SOFA West, Art Aspen, and Art Palm Springs, among others.

She is widely respected in the glass community through this work and as the former Director of the Marx-Saunders Gallery in Chicago, where she curated exhibitions for such artists as Lino Tagliapietra, William Morris, and Dante Marioni, among others. Previously, she was the Assistant Director at Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe.

Davies holds a BA in Art History from University of Kansas and an MA in Art History from University of Oklahoma, where she wrote her Master’s Thesis on contemporary Native American glass, focusing on the work of Preston Singletary, Tony Jojola, and Marvin Oliver.

"I am thrilled to be joining the talented team at Pilchuck Glass School and am honored to be the first Deputy Director of this illustrious school. I have long admired Pilchuck and its dedication and progressive approach to pushing the boundaries of glass. As Pilchuck looks ahead to its 50th anniversary, I am delighted to be a part of Pilchuck's legacy and look forward to helping shape its future." - Donna Davies, Pilchuck Deputy Director

Pilchuck Glass School fosters and educates a worldwide community that explores the creative use of glass in art and design. Each year, hundreds of artists from around the world travel to Pilchuck to learn, share ideas, and experiment in glass art.

Pilchuck Glass School extends its gratitude to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington—that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. murdocktrust.org