Artists Helen Lee and Joyce J. Scott Invited to TMA Glass Residency

Eye On Art  |  01/29/2020 9:00 am

Artists Helen Lee and Joyce J. Scott will be the 47th and 48th artists to participate in the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) program.

GAPP invites contemporary artists from around the world to create new work in glass and share their process with the public.

Lee will be in residence from March 23 to March 27 and give a free lecture Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the GlasSalon. Scott will be in residence May 6 to May 15 and give a free artist talk Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the GlasSalon.

“The Toledo Museum of Art is grateful for the opportunity to invite both of these talented artists to participate in the GAPP residency,” said Alan Iwamura, glass studio manager at the Museum. “As the birthplace of the American studio glass movement, TMA continues to be a place where artists can experiment and innovate.”

Lee is an artist, designer, educator and glassblower currently based in Wisconsin where she leads the glass program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her innovative work combines her interests in glass and typography.

Scott is a sculptor, quilter, performance artist, installation artist, print maker and educator. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2016 and a Smithsonian Visionary Artist in 2019. Scott is best known for her figurative sculptures and jewelry using free form, off-loom bead weaving techniques.

TMA’s permanent collection includes Scott’s work, Nuanced Veil (2008-2017). Using thousands of tiny glass seed beads, Scott spent nearly a decade completing this intricate work of dozens of figures emblematic of the complicated nature of the human experience.

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.