Momentum Intersection

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Reconnecting artists to the glass industry since 2018, Momentum Intersection is made possible through a partnership between The Arts Commission and Pilkington North America.

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Momentum | Intersection: A Collaboration of Industry & Art


The Arts Commission invites creative individuals to reimagine the potential of Pilkington float glass toward the creation projects funded through Momentum | Intersection, a collaboration of industry, design, and art. To this end, The Arts Commission seeks to provide new partnerships between applications of glass as an artistic medium and manufacturing processes with a call for proposals.

Inspired by the experimental glass workshops held in Toledo, OH in 1962 The Arts Commission is requesting interested artists, designers, architects, engineers, and others working with glass to submit a portfolio and statement of interest to participate in the third edition of an industrial collaboration with Pilkington Glass North America part of Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. (NSG).

A panel of jurors will select up to six artists to tour Pilkington Glass North America facilities and be given demonstrations of their materials. Applicants will be given a sampling of glass of their choice and three months to experiment with materials before submitting final project proposals due December 2020. Proposals selected from the candidates will be given materials, an honorarium, and exhibition space during Momentum 2021. Accepted participants will be invited to tour NSG’s manufacturing plant; attend seminars on the history of glass manufacturing; learn about materials from NSG research and development engineers; be given demonstrations on various applications of glass materials; be provided with materials of the participants choice; and receive ongoing support from NSG technical teams who will continue to be available throughout the process.

The initial tours will tentatively take place during the festival September 17–19, 2020, with a product introduction with selected artists. Should travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic still be in place all seminars will take place virtually. The weekend includes a downtown-wide music event and a festival of art, music and public art in Promenade Park and the surrounding waterfront. Momentum | Intersection  2020 will feature works by the 2019 selected artists Jason Robert Bauer (Brooklyn, NY), Carrie Iverson (Arlington, TX), and Kristine Rumman (Philadelphia, PA).

Pilkington North America Sample Boxes include:


How Is It Used?

Pilkington Optiwhite™

Low iron flat glass.  Used in buildings, display cases, displays.  Low iron = high light transmission and low color change through glass.

Pilkington Optifloat™ tints – Grey, Bronze, etc.

A wide variety of tinted glass products.  These are often used to help heat transfer into the building and provide building color.

Pilkington MirroView™

Semi-transparent mirror.  Used to hide TVs and displays in bars, restaurants, lobbies.  Uses masking ratio of lighting to either view the mirror portion or see the display through the glass.

Pilkington Mirropane™

Similar to The Pilkington MirroView™, but PilkingtonMirropane™ is a very dark, low light transmission glass.  This is used primarily for one-way glass such as in police stations.

Pilkington Energy Advantage™

Reflective low-e glass used in buildings and construction.  Higher reflection and available in a variety of colors.

Pilkington OptiView™

Anti-reflective glass.  Used in buildings (press boxes, stadiums), display boxes, etc.  Reduces the reflection of the glass and increases the light transmission.

Pilkington Texture glass - Reeded™, Oak™, Autumn™, etc.

Architectural interior and display.  Many different styles and visual effects possible.


Electrically conductive, transparent glass.  This is used in a wide variety of applications where you want to conduct electricity into/out of a glass body.  Examples of use include dynamic glazing (switchable, tintable), heated glazing, embedded LED lighting, cell phone signal attenuation, Faraday cage creation, refrigeration, etc.

Curating Jurors

Tina Aufiero is an internationally recognized visual artist and educator. She was the artistic director at Pilchuck Glass School from 2012–2016. Aufiero earned a bachelor’s of fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s of fine arts from Parsons the New School for Design. Her work spans across disciplines and embraces emerging technologies.

Kevin Sanderson Ph.D., CChem, FRSC is the Research and Development Director at Pilkington North America. His inventions include patents related to coated glass products and applications and he has received multiple awards for his innovative work with glass.

Shannon R. Stratton is the Executive Director of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency. Stratton is an accomplished curator and writer who has worked with hundreds of artists. She earned a master’s of fine arts from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and is the co-founder of Threewalls (Chicago). Her current research explores alternative models for cultural production.

The conceptual framework of the program is as follows:

With a deep background in commercial production and as the birthplace of the studio glass movement, Toledo has served as a nexus between art, industry, and innovation through its historical connection to the material of glass. Momentum | Intersection seeks work that celebrates this unique history of glass.

Jurors will be selecting entries that exemplify:

❏    Re-contextualization of traditional and cutting-edge float glass materials with artistic or design focused solution

❏    subversion of industrial materials through creative intervention


 The call for proposals is open to any artists, designers, architects, engineers, and others interested in working with glass who are currently living in the United States regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability.

All artists submitting must be available to travel to Toledo, OH and be on site from September 17–19, 2020 pending travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All entries must be original. No copies of artworks or reproductions will be accepted. The Arts Commission reserves the right to refuse any work.

Submission Instructions / Entry Procedure

If your project fits the criteria as outlined, please follow these instructions to be considered for funding. Full proposals will be requested if selected as a finalist. Please submit the following information:

● Contact info (name, email, phone number, address)

● Single Page Letter of intent

● Single Page Curriculum Vitae or Resume

● Single Page Bio

● Single Page statement of how the project fits the mission and criteria 

● Image List with file name, title, dimensions, year created, medium

● 10 examples of your work; Files should be labeled FIRST INITIAL LAST NAME_01 (example: HSmith_01.jpg) and should be 1000 pixels for the largest dimension

All of the above materials should be submitted at the following link:

Deadline to apply: June 19, 2020

Accepted Proposals Entrants will be notified by July 10, 2020

The Arts Commission will provide an honorarium for travel and accommodations to and from Toledo, OH for September 17–19, 2020. This includes an arrival on Thursday, September 17; Pilkington tours on Friday, September 18; departure anytime on Saturday, September 19.

Important Dates April 30, 2020: Call / RFP Opens

June 19, 2020: Call Closes

July 10, 2020: Artists Notified

September 18, 2020: Tour of Pilkington facilities pending travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Artists awarded honorarium for proposal development, travel, and accommodations, plus glass materials)

December 1, 2020: Final Proposals Due

December 14, 2020: Artist Notifications

September 2021: Momentum Programming + Exhibition   For questions about the opportunity, please contact Crystal Phelps,  

Reproduction of Images

Permission is granted to the organizers for reproduction of artwork for promotional purposes. Entry constitutes agreement with this understanding.

Momentum | Intersection is presented by The Arts Commission, in conjunction with ProMedica and Toledo’s philanthropic community as part of Momentum, a three-day festival of music and art in the city's downtown with a focus on the revitalizing waterfront. Momentum celebrates Toledo's rich artistic history, its promising and evolving forward trajectory, and draws thousands to the city with over 22,000 attendees in 2019.