Transformations 6: Contemporary Works in Glass. The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize

January 18 through March 12, 2009

The theme of “transformation” unites the work of 28 internationally recognized and emerging artists who are using a wide range of techniques and materials – forms rooted in traditional craft materials and processes, as well as art that explores relationships between craft and painting, sculpture and installation – to transform glass into contemporary art. The methods associated with glass – blowing, casting, slumping, hot sculpting, etching and painting, etc. – are combined with materials such as aluminum, bone, gears, and found objects. The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize is a biennial award established in 1997 to showcase artists who are expanding the boundaries in their field through new techniques, ideas, and approaches to their medium. Five artists from the Northwest star in the exhibition: