Request for Qualifications
A Collaboration of Industry & Art
The Arts Commission and NSG North America have partnered to support the development of art and/or design projects inspired by the properties of NSG's wide range of float glasses. Selected projects will be funded with honorarium and material, and be exhibited at Toledo’s 2020 Momentum Exhibition. Jurors Katya Heller and Douglas Heller (Heller Gallery, NYC), Dr. Katerina Rüedi Ray (Professor, Art History, Bowling Green State University), and Kyle Sword (Manager of Business Development at Pilkington North America) will select six artists to tour Pilkington facilities and receive a sampling of glass of their choice. The initial tours will take place during the Momentum festival September 19-21, 2019, with a product introduction for selected artists. The weekend features a free downtown-wide celebration of the transformative vibrancy of the arts for our city and region with a festival of glass, music, art, and makers. Momentum | Intersection will launch during the festival and continue to build through September 2020. We are accepting initial statements of interest and portfolios until June 28, 2019.
The Arts Commission is pleased to share the awardees for Momentum | Intersection, a new opportunity for regional artists and designers to collaborate with Pilkington Glass North America part of Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd.(NSG). 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 Alli Hoag (Glass Area Head at Bowling Green State University), Kyle Sword (Manager of Business Development at Pilkington North America), and Diane Wright (Curator of Glass at the Toledo Museum of Art) selected three artists to receive materials, a stipend, technical support and learning opportunities through NSG, as well as exhibition space during Momentum 2019: Alibi Studio (Detroit, MI), Sean Merchant (Brunswick, OH), and Zac Weinberg (Toledo, OH).
Alibi Studio is an art and architecture practice that has been widely
recognized for exploring design construction and materiality in relationship to
location and geography, and cultural contingencies. The work ranges in scale
from buildings to products and explores the world most deeply with
installations and photography. Alibi Studio deploys material manipulation,
illumination and darkness, and implications of occupation. The process of
fabrication is a vital act in the work, often amplifying realities and identities of
the site through their interpretation and material exploration. Often
ephemeral, the works address time in the registration of the present moment
and in its short lifespan.
Sean Merchant is an artist and educator currently based in Brunswick, Ohio. Sean was raised in Northwest Illinois and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Illinois State University in 2005. Sean completed his Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State University in 2017. From 2007 to 2014, Merchant was the art director for the architectural glass firm Jacksonville Art Glass, in Jacksonville, IL. Sean’s work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine (Oct ’17), as well as American Glass Now: 2017 (American Glass Guild). Merchant was included in the 2017 International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Achievement in Student Sculpture awardee exhibition, and in 2016 he participated in Bullseye Glass’s biennial exhibition and catalog “Emerge/Evolve” 2016. His work has exhibited recently at the Collective Artist Network (CAN) Triennial in Cleveland, Ohio; Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO; Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL; and the National Cathedral, Washington D.C.
Zac Weinberg’s projects address the systems by which we interpret and allocate status to objects. His glass and mixed media works have been exhibited at home and abroad in venues including The Robert Lehman Gallery, NY, Glassmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark and Glasenhuis, Belgium. Weinberg received a BFA from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a MFA from The Ohio State University. He lives and works as an artist/educator/technician in and around Toledo, Ohio.
In Partnership with NSG North America
NSG Group is one of the world's largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the architectural, automotive, and technical glass sectors. Part of NSG Group, Pilkington North America's Rossford, Ohio float glass production plant has generously donated materials, technical support, and time for the development of Momentum | Intersection programming.