Here’s What Happened When Imagine Museum Challenged Glass Artists

Be prepared to be blown away by the works of these studio artists specializing in blown, fused and cast glass artwork.

By D’Ann Lawrence White, Patch Staff
Jul 15, 2019 8:00 am ET
“Lummi Lightning Bear” is the creation of Dan Friday. (Imagine Museum)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Be prepared to be blown away by the works of these studio artists specializing in blown, fused and cast glass artwork.

While the sculptures of Daum, the vases of Steuben and the lamp shades of Galle have remained the standard in studio glass art since the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, the contemporary artists featured in the Imagine Museum’s current exhibit called “Pivot” redefine the art of blowing, molding and fusing glass.

“Pivot” is the year-old St. Petersburg museum’s first open call to artists exhibition.

The museum at 1901 Central Ave. asked artists working in the glass medium to submit works that demonstrated “a change in strategy, direction or expression that communicates a shift in the artist’s development of their work.”

The curators said the response was overwhelming with artists submitting works from around the world.

The exhibit opened Thursday and will be on display through Dec. 22.

Artists selected for “Pivot” are:

  • Dean Bensen, Mountain View, California
  • Peter Bremers, Einighausen, Netherlands
  • Robert Burch, Brooklyn, New York
  • Eunsuh Choi, Rochester, New York
  • David and Jennifer Clancy, Jamestown, Rhode Island
  • Stephan Cox, River Falls, Wisconsin
  • Jennifer Crescuillo, Silver Point, Tennessee
  • Kagen Dunn, Arlington, Texas
  • Meredith Edmondson, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Rick Eggert, Jupiter, Florida
  • Philip Frank, Edwards, Colorado
  • Dan Friday, Shoreline, Washington
  • Nickolaus Fruin, Bakersville, North Carolina
  • Susan Gott, Tampa
  • Tali Grinshpan, Walnut Creek, California
  • Carrie Gustafson, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Mark Leputa, Leesburg, Alabama
  • Karen Mahardy, Seattle, Washington
  • Osnat Menshes, Rosh – Haayin, Israel
  • Devon Murphy, Bedford, New Hampshire
  • Keunhee Park, Duluth, Georgia
  • Kit Paulson, Penland, North Carolina
  • Liz Renee, Casselberry, Florida
  • Jeremy Sinkus, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
  • Mike Soroka, Portland, Oregon
  • Demetra Theofanous, Mountain View, California
  • Emma Varga, Brookvale, Australia
  • Jennifer Violette, Wilmington, Vermont
  • Jinya Zhao, San Jose, California

Imagine Museum is dedicated to contemporary studio glass. Currently, the 48,000-square-foot museum has more than 700 pieces of studio glass sculpture from around the world. 

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