RECONNECTING ARTISTS TO INDUSTRY
Momentum | Intersection is a collaboration of industry, design, and art. 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. The 2019 - 2020 finalists are: Jason Robert Bauer (Brooklyn, NY), Davin Ebanks (Kent, OH), John Hogan (Seattle, WA) + MOS (New York, NY), Carrie Iverson (Arlington, TX), Nate Ricciuto (Columbus, OH), and Kristine Rumman (Philadelphia, PA).
The Arts Commission is pleased to be collaborating with a new pool of jurors for the 2019-2020 edition of Momentum Intersection. 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) bring a depth and variety of knowledge to this unique opportunity in glass, design, and architecture.
Douglas Heller co-founded Heller Gallery in 1973. Heller is a founding board member of the Creative Glass Center of America and serves on the Advisory Board of UrbanGlass. He is a former Vice President of the Associates of the American Craft Museum and a Fellow of The Corning Museum of Glass.
Katya Heller is an art dealer, artist advocate and representative specializing in contemporary glass. Over the past 25 years she has organized exhibitions, international projects and special programs for numerous public art institutions and organizations, commercial galleries and individual artists as project director, interpreter, dealer and curator. She is a Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of UrbanGlass, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Czech Center-New York.
Katerina Rüedi Ray is a Professor and Director Emeritus of the Bowling Green State University School of Art. She was Director of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture from 1997 to 2002. Her design work has been exhibited in Europe and the USA, and has won international awards. She has curated or juried exhibitions in the USA, UK, Germany and the Czech Republic and, with Igor Marjanović, her creative work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her research connects modernism and education in art, design and architecture to critical social theory, focusing on globalization within capitalist and communist spheres.
Kyle Sword is the Business Development Manager for NSG North America and heads the company’s interests in historic restoration. Has worked for Pilkington for 20+ years and is involved with a variety of different technological developments in the glass industry. His main business function is to spread glass education and look for new opportunities to provide value for customers creating products with coated and flat glass products.
Momentum | Intersection 2019
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. The Arts Commission was pleased to present the exhibition of completed works by this batch of Awardees: Alibi Studio (Detroit, MI), Sean Merchant (Brunswick, OH), and Zac Weinberg (Toledo, OH). The exhibition can be viewed at The University of Toledo Center for Visual Arts on the campus of the Toledo Museum of art.
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, Pilkington 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.