The Arts Commission Announces Nationally and Internationally Recognized Finalists for Momentum | Intersection

Eye On Art  |  08/26/2019 2:00 pm

The Arts Commission is pleased to share the finalists for the second year of Momentum | Intersection, an opportunity that connects artists, designers, and industry professionals at Pilkington Glass North America (Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd.). Inspired by the studio glass movement, The Arts Commission seeks to provide new collaborations between applications of glass as an artistic medium and manufacturing processes.

Jurors Katya Heller and Douglas Heller (Heller Gallery, NYC), Dr. Katerina Ru╠łedi Ray (Professor, Art History, Bowling Green State University), and Kyle Sword (Manager of Business Development at Pilkington North America) selected the six artists to tour Pilkington facilities and receive a sampling of glass of their choice. After experimenting with the materials, each artist will submit formal project proposals due December 1, 2019. Up to three artists selected from the six candidates will be given materials, a stipend, technical support and learning opportunities through Pilkington, and exhibition space during Momentum 2020.

The finalists are: Jason Bauer, Davin Ebanks, John Hogan + MOS Architects, Carrie Iverson, Nate Ricciuto, and Kristine Rumman.

The initial tours will take place during the Momentum festival September 19-21, 2019, with a product introduction for selected artists. The weekend includes a free downtown-wide music event and a festival of art, music and makers in Promenade Park and surrounding waterfront. Momentum | Intersection will launch during the festival and continue to build through September 2020.

Finalist’s biographies:

Jason Robert Bauer (Brooklyn, NY) is an American born, New York based multidisciplinary artist. His work exists as an ongoing exploration of mindful processes and technical challenges to create mental, physical and spiritual spaces through the use of sculpture, video, installation, light and sound. Bauer has been working primarily with glass for over 13 years, having extensively travelled across the states after earning his BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2010. He has been the recipient of residencies at STARworks in NC, Circle 6 Studios in AZ and Pittsburgh Glass Center. His work has been presented at The Assemblage, Lorimoto Gallery, The Bitter End and Bowery Electric in New York, Marcia Evans Gallery in Columbus, The Hodge Gallery in Pittsburgh, The Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, CA, El Cluster in Bogota, Colombia, the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA and The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Davin Ebanks (Kent, OH) is a sculptor who primarily utilizes glass to explore his personal and cultural history. Born in the Cayman Islands, the artist spent his formative years on the water. His work often examines the relationship between identity and environment—a theme that resonates with him, as his homeland is a research ground for environmental change. In 2010 Davin received an MFA in Glass Sculpture from Kent State University. He has shown at national and international venues including: the Ireland Glass Biennial in 2017, SOFA Chicago 2016 and CONTEXT Art Miami and SculptureX: Igniting Change, among other venues. In 2016 he received the Silver Heritage Star from the Cayman National Cultural Foundation for contributions to creativity in the Arts and the preservation of Caymanian cultural heritage. His glass sculptures are in the collection of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands and His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales. Davin Ebanks is currently Assistant Professor (Head) of the Glass Program at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, USA.

John Hogan (Seattle, WA) is a Seattle-based glass artist. His critically lauded work, which spans both functional objects and fine art sculpture, is highly distinctive in its exploration of refracted light. Drawing influences from a wide range of sources - from molecular gastronomy to physics - Hogan’s sculptures evoke an otherworldly quality; glass that feels alive - morphing simple, recognizable forms into complex, inexpressible objects. MOS (New York, NY) is a New York–based architecture studio, founded by principals Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith in 2005. Together with their office they have built works of architecture both within the United States and abroad, with a varied focus on educational facilities, the arts (collaborative installations, exhibition design, galleries, and museums), campus planning, housing and private residences, speculative urban plans, and reconversions. Committed to realizing architecture that is as innovative as it is pragmatic and responsible, MOS projects typically begin by researching generic building types and vernacular construction that combine the functional requirements of a project with its site—or begin, it may be said, with urban components and the particularly contextual qualities (and resiliencies) of their use. In assembling its teams of consultants and sub-consultants, MOS continues to have the advantage of working with experts in their respective disciplines. MOS has successfully partnered on projects with ARUP NYC, Hanif Kara and AKT Structural Engineers, Atelier Ten Environmental Engineers, Transsolar Climate Engineers, OLIN landscape architects, and Stoss Landscape design.

Carrie Iverson (Arlington, TX) was raised in rural Virginia, attending Prince Edward County Public Schools from 1976-1990. The childhood experience of attending the school system after it reopened as an integrated, though still primarily African-American, public school fueled the incremental activism that has shaped her approach to her publicly engaged projects, leading her to focus on connecting with the community where she works in depth. Iverson received her BA from Yale University with a focus in printmaking and painting in 1994 and her MFA in 1998 from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on digital offset printing and artist’s books. Her print work is in many private and public collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY), The Museum of Modern Art, (New York, NY), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art (Richmond, VA). As part of her studio experiments, Iverson developed the image transfer for glass process, an innovative technique which uses principles from lithography to create a print composed entirely of sheet glass and glass powder. She has subsequently continued to develop this process in her own work, and to teach it at many studios in the US and around the world.

Nate Ricciuto (Columbus, OH) is a multidisciplinary artist who merges sculpture, glass, image and performative objects in envisioning design, architecture, and craft as existing in the odd space between the technical and the intuitive. His recent projects have been exhibited at the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY), Practice Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), S12 Galleri (Bergen, Norway), Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), Roy G Biv (Columbus, OH), The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH), and the Museum of American Glass (Millville, NJ). He holds a BFA from Ohio State University (2008), and an MFA from Tyler School of Art (2015). Nate has been an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, a Creative Glass Center of America Fellow in New Jersey, and was the recipient of a 2017 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. He lives in Columbus, OH, where he is currently a lecturer at Ohio State University and instructor at Columbus College of Art and Design.

Kristine Rumman (Philadelphia, PA) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work often investigates the possibilities of what art can do that politics cannot. Comprised of sculpture, installation, performance, video, and object-making, Rumman works with technologies that are familiar forms for producing propaganda globally, ranging from security glass and empathy inducing lighting to self-help audio tapes, olfactory praxis and social platforms. Rumman grew up in Toledo, the birthplace of the Studio Glass Movement, where she began her nearly two decade long relationship with glass. She graduated with a BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2018. For her work, Rumman has received awards and grants, including support from The Velocity Fund though Temple Contemporary and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Laurie Wagman Prize in Glass, and recognition from the Glass Arts Society, who named her as a top Emerging International Talent, and a 2019 Saxe Emerging Artist.

Momentum is generously sponsored by: ProMedica, Owens Corning, the University of Toledo, HART, Bowling Green State University, Hanson, Inc., Huntington Bank, KeyBank National Association Trustee for the Walter E. Terhune Memorial Fund, Buckeye Broadband, Lucas County Commissioners, Imagination Station, NSG (Pilkington), Rudolph Libbe Group, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, HCR ManorCare, Erie Construction, Toledo Community Foundation, First Solar, City of Toledo, Mansour Wealth Management, The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium, Hylant, Welltower, Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP, Mager Designs,, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Renaissance Hotels (First Hospitality Group), PNC Bank NA, Kingston Healthcare, La-Z-Boy, Aly Sterling Philanthropy, Lathrop, The Andersons, Inc. , Mainstreet Ventures, Metroparks Toledo, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, J&M Cruise Lines, and private donors.

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