2020-2021 Awardees

Helen Lee (Madison, WI) is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she serves as the head of the UW Glass Lab. She earned an MFA in glass from Rhode Island School of Design and a BSAD in Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lee has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, California College of Art, Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Ox-Bow School of Art, Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, and the MIT Glass Lab. Her work is in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and Toyama City Institute of Glass Art. Lee’s work has recently been exhibited in the Corning Museum of Glass’s New Glass Now Exhibition and the Museum of Art and Design’s Burke Prize 2019 Exhibition. 

Lee’s studio practice explores the morphological nature of language. She is drawn to the ways language intrinsically changes over time, across cultures, and in physical form. Her cultural background as a second-generation Chinese American informs her practice as it has shaped her relationship to language. In her work, Lee reifies her bilingual experience in a fluid material that similarly embodies a state of flux. She conceives of glass’s ability to hold light in the same way words hold meaning.

Lee is working in collaboration with Alice Chau (San Francisco, CA), a designer specializing in book, publication, and type design. Her practice seeks to explore the conjunction of traditional print design and algorithmic systems. She uses code and computation as a means of form generation and as a way to examine the fundamental structures of typography, language, and iconography. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Art Center College of Design and a BS in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Dylan Palmer (Chicago, IL) is an artist, curator, and educator teaching multiple disciplines in both the sculpture and ceramics departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Palmer holds a BFA from Illinois State University, and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Exhibitions include: Regime Des Fleurs Atelier, Los Angeles, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, Agency, Los Angeles, PØST, Los Angeles, Glazenhuis, Belgium, Ernsting Stiftung Museum, Germany, Art in Buildings, New York. Bibliography includes: Vogue, Vogue Japan, Full Blede (Issue 5), Fabrik Magazine, Core 77, the Corning Museum’s New Glass Review (#24, #25, #30, #31, #36). His work is held in several public and private collections, including the Ernsting Stiftung Museum and Art Omi International Art Center. Palmer has also received awards and residencies from the Glass Art Society, Pilchuck Glass School, Vermont Studio Center (full fellowship), Art Omi International Art Center. 

Working predominantly in clay and glass, Palmer’s work is concerned with pattern recognition, tacit object/image content, cosmic order, the subversion of conventions, and humor. His work has been described as, “transforming the crude and disposable into the luminous and highly refined with a technical mastery so casual that at first it remains unnoticed" -Hyperopia Projects.


Nate Ricciuto (Columbus, OH) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work envisions design, architecture, and craft as existing in the odd space between technology and fantasy. He combines glass with various other materials to create installations and ambiances of a playful and surreal quality that explore the intersection of alternative narratives, disruptive tactics, and homespun ingenuity. Recent projects have been exhibited at the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY), Practice Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), S12 Galleri (Bergen, Norway), Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), Roy G Biv (Columbus, OH), Hawk Galleries (Columbus, OH), The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH), and the Museum of American Glass (Millville, NJ). He holds a BFA from Ohio State University (2008), and an MFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture (2015). 

Ricciuto has been an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, and a Creative Glass Center of America Fellow at WheatonArts in New Jersey. He was a recipient of the 2020 Saxe Emerging Artist Award from the Glass Art Society and has received two Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council (2017 & 2021). Ricciuto is currently the Glass Program Coordinator at Columbus College of Art and Design, and a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Art at Ohio State University.

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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) Born in rural Virginia, Carrie grew up as the child of political activists. Shifting back and forth between the academic world of her parents and the working-class community of her school shaped her interest in presenting multiple stories simultaneously. This focus has led to innovative approaches to making work: staging a community iron pour outside a former factory, collaborating with the maintenance crew in a government building, and installing a memorial to the casualties of the Iraq War in the windows of an empty warehouse. Her experimental mindset also extends to materials, from pioneering ways of combining printmaking with glass to using paper pulp and enamel undercoating as materials in their own right. At their heart, all her projects are driven by interacting with a specific place, from a worker’s flat on Chicago’s south side to an evolving archive at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Carrie received her BA from Yale University and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 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). Additionally, she has been an artist in residence at the de Young Museum (San Francisco), KALA Art Institute (Berkeley), North Lands Creative Glass (Scotland), Seto Center for Glass and Ceramics (Japan), Pilchuck Glass School, Alberta College of Art and Design (Canada), and Glenfiddich (Scotland).

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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.