2019-2020 AWARDEES

Jason Robert Bauer (Brooklyn, NY) (b. 1986) is an American born, New York-based multidisciplinary artist. His work is an ongoing exploration of mindful processes and technical challenges to create mental, physical and spiritual spaces through the use of sculpture, video, installation, light and sound. 
Bauer has been working primarily with glass for over 13 years, having extensively traveled across the states after earning his BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2010. He has been the recipient of residencies at STARworks (Star, North Carolina), Circle 6 Studios (Phoenix, Arizona) and at the Pittsburgh Glass Center (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). His work has been presented at Fort Makers, The Assemblage, Lorimoto Gallery, The Bitter End and Bowery Electric in New York City, Marcia Evans Gallery (Columbus, Ohio), The Hodge Gallery (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), The Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands (Camarillo, California), El Cluster (Bogota, Colombia), the Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, Virginia) and Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (Cleveland, Ohio).

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Carrie Iverson (Arlington,TX) was raised in rural Virginia, attending Prince Edward County Public Schools from 1976-1990. The childhood experience of attending the school system after it reopened as an integrated, though still primarily African-American, public school fueled the incremental activism that has shaped her approach to her publicly engaged projects, leading her to focus on connecting with the community where she works in depth. Iverson received her BA from Yale University with a focus in printmaking and painting in 1994 and her MFA in 1998 from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on digital offset printing and artist’s books. Her print work is in many private and public collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY), The Museum of Modern Art, (New York, NY), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art (Richmond, VA). As part of her studio experiments, Iverson developed the image transfer for glass process, an innovative technique which uses principles from lithography to create a print composed entirely of sheet glass and glass powder. She has subsequently continued to develop this process in her own work, and to teach it at many studios in the US and around the world.

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Kristine Rumman (Philadelphia, PA) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work often investigates the possibilities of what art can do that politics cannot. Comprised of sculpture, installation, performance, video, and object-making, Rumman works with technologies that are familiar forms for producing propaganda globally, ranging from security glass and empathy inducing lighting to self-help audio tapes, olfactory praxis and social platforms. Rumman grew up in Toledo, the birthplace of the Studio Glass Movement, where she began her nearly two decade long relationship with glass. She graduated with a BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2018. For her work, Rumman has received awards and grants including support from The Velocity Fund though Temple Contemporary and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Laurie Wagman Prize in Glass, and recognition from the Glass Arts Society, who named her as a top Emerging International Talent, and a 2019 Saxe Emerging Artist. 

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2018-2019 AWARDEES

*Alibi Studio | Catie Newell 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. 

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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.