January 21, 2022 - May 29, 2022
Transitions in Kiln-Glass
Transitions in Kiln-Glass
Bullseye Projects is pleased to partner with Bellevue Arts Museum to present Tg: Transitions in Kiln-Glass, a touring exhibition featuring the best of contemporary kiln-glass art, design, and architecture, selected through a juried competition with applicants from around the globe.
For twenty years, Bullseye Glass Co. highlighted and awarded rising talent in the field of kiln-glass through the juried exhibition, Emerge, which was exhibited at Bellevue Arts Museum in 2016 and 2018. When Emerge was developed, kilnforming was a relatively nascent method of glassmaking and the competition was a way to feature the medium and encourage artists to explore kiln-glass. The transformation of Emerge into Tg: Transitions in Kiln-Glass reflects the vibrant community of kiln-glass artists that has arisen since Emerge was first introduced.
Tg: Transitions in Kiln-Glass continues the support of academic programs and emerging artists originated by Emerge by reserving award categories for students in university programs and those who are just beginning to work in the field. In addition to award categories that are open to artists and designers of all levels and processes, Design and Architectural Glass have been given their own categories, recognizing the remarkable level of work being done in these areas.
Tg refers to the glass transition temperature at which the material shifts between a solid state and a pliable state. It embodies the spirit of kiln-glass and signifies the evolution of both the medium and the international community of artists and makers who continue to explore its capabilities.
Submissions for this exhibition were juried by Michael Endo, Co-Director of High Desert Observatory, Advisor at Yucca Valley Material Lab, and Curatorial Consultant at Bullseye Projects; Helen Lee, Head of Glass at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of Glass Education Exchange (GEEX); and Namita Gupta Wiggers, Founding Director of the MA in Critical Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College and Director and Co-Founder of Critical Craft Forum.
Bullseye Projects is part of Bullseye Glass Company, a manufacturer of colored glass for art and architecture based in Portland, Oregon, with worldwide distribution and a strong commitment to research, education, and the promotion of glass art.
Tg: Transitions in Kiln-Glass is organized by Bullseye Glass Company in Portland, Oregon and juried by Michael Endo, Helen Lee, and Namita Gupta Wiggers. The local presentation of this exhibition is curated by Michael Endo.