ARTISTS / PRESENTERS
John Balistreri is Head of Ceramics and Professor of Art at Bowling Green State University. He is best known for his large-scale ceramic sculpture as well as his innovations using digital technology to create ceramic objects using ceramic 3D printing techniques for which he has been awarded two patents. Balistreri has conducted more than fifty workshops and lectures throughout the United States and China, has had nine solo exhibitions of large-scale ceramic work, and has participated in many national and international group exhibitions. His work is included in numerous corporate, private and museum collections, including the Fredrick R. Weisman Art Museum , The American Museum of Ceramic Art , The Canton Museum of Art, The Daum Museum , The American Ceramic Society, The Shiwan Treasure Pottery Museum (China) and the Foshan Ancient Kiln Museum (China). He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Kent State University. His articles have been published in Ceramics: Art and Perception, Ceramics Monthly, and American Craft and his work has appeared in many books on ceramic art.
Jane Bruce is an independent artist and educator based in New York City who works in a range of techniques to create objects and mini installations, primarily through the processes of kiln forming, blowing and cold working glass. Born in England, Bruce received a Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art, London, and did postgraduate study at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. She has been the recipient of a range of fellowships, visiting artist awards and grants, including the Creative Glass Center of America and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in major museum collections worldwide, including those of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the European Museum of Modern Glass, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Corning Museum of Glass, Toledo Museum of Art, and The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia.
As an educator, Bruce served as senior lecturer in the Glass Workshop of the Australian National University Canberra School of Art (1994 - 2001) and was Head of Workshop (2001-2003). She was artistic and technical director for Northlands Creative Glass, Caithness, Scotland (2003-2007) and continues to organize annual symposiums there for British and international artists and students. She has also taught workshops in the US at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, New York, Bullseye Glass Co., in Portland, Oregon, and Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington.
William Corwin is a visual artist, writer, and curator living and working in New York City. A graduate of Princeton University, he has exhibited at the Judson Church, Clocktower, LaMama, and Geary Galleries in NYC, FRISE Kunsthaus, Hamburg, George & Jorgen and Gazelli Galleries, London, Puccs Contemporary Art In Budapest, and Red Gate Gallery, Beijing. He writes for The Brooklyn Rail, Art Papers, Canvas, BOMB, and Artcritical, among others, and will be curating Post-War Women at The Art Students League this fall, an exhibition of over 40 League alumna active between 1945-65. His first book is & Model, a history of a gallery in Leeds.
Scott Hocking is an installation artist, sculptor and photographer based in Detroit. He creates site-specific sculptural and photographic installation projects, often using found materials. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, including the van Abbemuseum, the Kunst-werke institute, Kunsthalle Wien, and the French Triennial Lille 3000: Renaissance, and nationally at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art, the School of the Art Institute Chicago, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Pennsylvania Academy Of Fine Arts Museum, The Mattress Factory Art Museum, The Detroit Institute Of Arts, Cranbrook Art Museum, The Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit, The Eli And Edythe Broad Museum at MSU, And The University Of Michigan Institute For The Humanities. He has received multiple awards, including a Kresge Artist Fellowship, A Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant, and An Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship. Hocking is represented by David Klein Gallery, Detroit.
Erin Duhigg is a Visual Artist whose work encompasses sculptural objects, performance, installation, and text. Her practice is invested in questioning the role trust and belief play as social contracts. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis.
Charles Kanwischer is currently Professor of Art and Director of the School of Art at Bowling Green State University. He holds a BFA in Printmaking from University of Iowa and an MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University School of Art. Solo exhibitions at Ellen Miller Gallery, Boston Brett Shaheen Contemporary, Cleveland (2010 and 2017), and the Oresman Gallery at Smith College (2014). National and regional two-person and group exhibitions include: “Elaine Wilson and Charles Kanwischer” at the Bowery Gallery, New York City, “Small Worlds” at the Toledo Museum of Art, “The Pencil Show” at Foxy Production in New York City, “Eight Views – Contemporary Landscape” at the Washington Arts Center in Washington Depot, CT, “New Master Drawings,” at the Akron Museum of Art, “Visions and Revisions, Art on Paper Since 1960” at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Annual Invitational Exhibition at the National Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City. Recipient of Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships in 1999, 2001. 2004, 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2017. Represented in a number of public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Akron Museum of Art, Progressive Insurance Corporation and the Cleveland Clinic.
Peter Christian Johnson is currently Associate Professor of Art at Kent State University after serving more than decade as the head of the ceramics department at Eastern Oregon University. He earned his MFA from Pennsylvania State University and a BS in Environmental Science at Wheaton College. Peter has been a Visiting Artist at Alberta College of Art and Design, Australian National University, the University of Florida, Harvard and numerous other institutions. He received the Oregon Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship, the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship, and was a Matsutani Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. He was awarded first place in the 2018 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics and an Honorable mention at the 9th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale. His work has been exhibited in Canada, Australia, China, Korea, and throughout the United States.
Loraine Lynn is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Toledo, OH. Her practice recontextualizes the familiar in order to challenge preconceived notions of mastery, labor, identity and the scripts they follow. She completed her MFA in Three-dimensional studies at Bowling Green State University and earned her BFA in Glass and Sculpture from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Lynn’s work has been exhibited widely in locations including South Korea, Italy, and Ireland. She has had solo shows at River House Arts in Toledo, OH and at the Greenly Gallery in Bloomsburg, PA. She has been a featured artist at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion and has recently completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She’s received grants from organizations such as the Toledo Arts Commission to produce project proposals and create new work.
Loraine Lynn is currently an instructor at Bowling Green State University within the First Year Program. In addition to teaching she also curates exhibitions and writes about art within the region.
Catie Newell is the founding principal of the art and architecture practice *Alibi Studio and the Director of the MS in Digital and Material Technologies program at the University of Michigan. Newell is also an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Design. She has a Masters of Architecture from Rice University and a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Tech. Newell is a licensed architect. In 2006 she won the SOM Prize for Architecture, Design and Urban Design with her project Weather Permitting. Before joining the University of Michigan as the Oberdick Fellow in 2009, Newell was a project designer at Office dA in Boston. Newell’s work and research captures spaces and material effects, focusing on the development of atmospheres through the exploration of textures, volumes, and the effects of light or lack thereof. Newell's creative practice has been widely recognized for exploring design construction and materiality in relationship to location and geography, and cultural contingencies. Newell won the 2011 ArtPrize Best Use of Urban Space Juried Award and the 2011 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers. Newell recently exhibited at the 2012 Architecture Venice Biennale and the 2015 Lille3000 Triennial. This year UMMA hosted Catie's first museum solo-show, Overnight. Catie won the 2013-2014 Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize in Architecture. She is a Lucas Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a Detroit Kresge Artist Fellow
Michael Rees’s work weaves complex pataphysical narratives around process and object that range from the grotesque to the cerebral, from the uncanny to the experientially charged. Known for his experimental work with sculpture, he is an expert in the use of digital media for the realization of sculptural form both virtual and physical. Rees was born in Kansas City and lives in North Bergen, New Jersey as a professor of Sculpture and Digital Media at William Paterson University and the Director for the Center For New Art there. His has shown work in public venues including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, Grounds For Sculpture, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and others. HIs exhibition Synthetic Cells: Site (Para)Site will be on view at Grounds For Sculpture, in Hamilton, New Jersey until January of 2020.
Diane C. Wright was appointed the curator of glass and decorative arts at the Toledo Museum of Art in 2017. Previously, she was the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art where she published Glass: Masterworks from the Chrysler Museum of Art and co-chaired the 46th Glass Art Society conference, Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance. She has also held positions at The Corning Museum of Glass, Yale University Art Gallery and Pilchuck Glass School.
Wright has taught extensively on the history of glass and is a recognized scholar of the windows and mosaics of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his Studio. Her current research focuses on making connections between historic objects and contemporary makers working in craft-based mediums. She is the recipient of the Rakow Grant for Glass Research from The Corning Museum of Glass and received her MA in the History of Decorative Arts from Parsons the New School for Design.