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5th Annual Glass National

October 26, 2019 - January 12, 2020

5th Annual Glass National
On view October 26, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Vulcan Gallery, Building W-16
Reception: Saturday, November 9, 6 – 8 p.m.

Workhouse Arts Center is proud to present the 5th Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition.

This exhibition represents the depth and breadth of contemporary functional and sculptural glass artworks being created throughout the country.  Our juror, Wesley Fleming, juried over 110 images of glass art to select 44 pieces of art which incorporate a contemporary spirit as well as a technical mastery of the material.  The show is a rare opportunity to see a variety of styles and techniques which encompass the field of contemporary glass arts.

Juror Statement

When viewing entries of competitions and group exhibits, I often wonder how the juror(s) possibly selected such work.  The process of choosing accepted entries and particularly selecting the prize-winners was both interesting and educational!

I come from a craft-centric background with no art school experience, so this forms my foundational understanding and appreciation of glass objects.  I sincerely appreciate idea and narrative behind the making of a piece, but a piece must be well-made and well-presented first and foremost. Otherwise it can be hard to look past issues to see the bigger picture, especially when a tiny photo (rarely with a second image or detail view) was all I could see when jurying. I wish I could view the actual exhibit to see how different the selected pieces are in-person – hence my reason for asking Best of Show award to be by audience choice.

It was a real honor to jury the 5th Annual Workhouse Glass National competition, and my congratulations to the makers of the selected entries! Many I viewed were very close to winning an award, but only four entries could be selected. Great work!!!


Featured photo: Artwork by Stephen Sherwin


Above artwork, from top: Benjamin Johnson, Jubee Lee, Cathy Richardson, Jane Hartman, Diane Cooper Cabe, Mirjam Seeger


October 26, 2019
January 12
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