Tina Aufiero Selected to Participate in TMA Glass Artist Residency

Eye On Art  |  10/28/2019 9:00 am

Internationally acclaimed artist Tina Aufiero will be the 46th Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) artist in residence at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA). Aufiero will be in residence from Nov. 6 through Nov. 15 and will give a free artist talk Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the GlasSalon. GAPP invites contemporary artists from around the world to create new work in glass and share their process with the public.

An artist and educator, Aufiero will share her artistic practice in relation to glass as a material in her design and art practices during her free lecture.

“Aufiero has worked with a variety of materials during her career, weaving glass and other materials together to represent elusive values such as desire, happiness, and love,” said Alan Iwamura, glass studio manager at the Museum. “TMA is looking forward to helping her explore new and innovative approaches to glass during her GAPP residency.”

Aufiero has worked professionally in the arts. She most recently served as artistic director for Pilchuck Glass School. She earned a bachelor’s of fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s of fine arts from Parsons the New School for Design. She has exhibited and lectured internationally and her works are included in the collections of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, Wisconsin), The Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, New York), and Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Lausanne, Switzerland). 

Since its opening in 2006, the Glass Pavilion has uniquely combined its role as the home of one of the world’s great glass collections with its place as a working glass studio born from Toledo roots. As the birthplace of the Studio Glass Movement, Toledo continues to play a pivotal part in today’s contemporary glass community. A large part of that influence comes from TMA’s continued association with many of the most influential and up-and-coming glass artists in the world.

GAPP highlights the unique nature of the Glass Pavilion by encouraging experimentation with glass in innovative ways. Specifically designed to encourage resident artists to utilize or respond to the Museum collection, this program is uniquely situated to serve both the educational mission of TMA and to promote greater dialogue within both the contemporary glass and contemporary art communities.

GAPP artists have the opportunity to create works of art utilizing the outstanding studio facility at the Glass Pavilion, to receive technical assistance from Museum staff, to have uninterrupted time to create artwork, and to benefit from the wide-ranging expertise in various glass-making techniques present within the community.