RIT Glass Visiting Artist Lecture Series

The RIT Glass program's Visiting Artist Lecture Series routinely brings first-rate practitioners and educators to RIT for demonstrations, public lectures, group discussions, one-on-one tutorials and critiques.

Hosting esteemed artists from around the world is one of the many ways the program contributes to students' artistic development. RIT offers a Glass option in the Studio Arts BFA and an MFA in Glass. For any questions about RIT's Glass offerings contact program faculty David Schnuckel or Susie Peck.

Visiting Artists 2021-22

Sara Clugage with many glasses resting on a table in front of her.

Sara Clugage

Clugage is the editor-in-chief of online journal Dilettante Army, organizer for the Wikipedia campaign Art+Feminism and core faculty for the Critical Craft Studies MA program at Warren Wilson College. Her diversified practices in teaching, making and thinking was shared during a public lecture and workshop.

Gayle Forman and Liesl Schubel working together in the glass hot shop.

Gayle Forman and Liesl Schubel

Forman is an artist and designer who engages research and practice focusing on play, imagination and the absurd in the everyday through performance, video, photography, installation and sculpture. Meanwhile, Schubel’s artistic practice is based around the physical, historical and psychological impact of gravity, culminating in sculptural and performative work questioning notions of stability, presence and the necessity of purposelessness. Together, they balance a making practice with their roles as art administrators at UrbanGlass, a nonprofit public space in New York City. Photo by Jesse Wolfe '22.

Amy Lemaire works in the flameworking shop.

Amy Lemaire

Lemaire is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Brooklyn, N.Y. An explorer at heart, her work reveals an interest in currency systems, material language poetics and the production of histories. Her versatile approach to making with (and thinking through) glass was shared during a public lecture and public demonstration in the glass studio. Photo by Jesse Wolfe '22.

Blotches of paint forming an abstract piece.

Xan Phillips

Phillips is a poet, writer and visual artist whose visit illuminated ways in which language can be used to further shape and strengthen the way artists engage their ideas, materials, processes and practices. The visit included an artist talk as well as a writing workshop.

A storage unit holding art materials.

Penelope Rakov

A diversified artist and glass jewelry designer, Rakov’s approach to cane and murrine patterning techniques is one of the most innovative applications of these traditional processes within contemporary glass. During her visit, she discussed the development of a practice that lives at the intersection of art and design and demonstrated the labor-intensive expertise of her work in the RIT Hot Shop.

Visiting Artists 2020-21

The program is reimagining its lecture series during the COVID-19 pandemic, welcoming visiting artists virtually for equally substantive discussions and critiques. In the fall of 2020, RIT hosted four artists to engage with students and faculty via Zoom.

Kambui Olujimi working during a Zoom meeting.

Kambui Olujimi

Olujimi is a New York City-based artist working across disciplines using installation, photography, performance tapestry, video, large sculptures and painting. He has received grants and commissions from well-known institutions such as the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship and MTA Arts & Design. 

A Zoom meeting with a screen share of Jes Fan's work.

Jes Fan

Fan works with glass, silicon and resin to create sculptures that question binary conceptions of race, gender and identity. Fan was born in Canada, raised in Hong Kong and is currently based in Brooklyn.

A Zoom meeting with a large photo on the left and participants on the right.

Jemila MacEwan

Born in Scotland before immigrating to Australian as a child, MacEwan is an interdisciplinary artist known for their intimately interwoven earthworks, sculptures and performances that build mythological narratives around meteorites, volcanoes, fault-lines and melting glaciers. MacEwan’s work has been exhibited around the globe, including in Australia, Denmark, Iceland and New York City.

Kim Harty

Harty, not pictured, was a visiting critic for the MFA program's end-of-semester critique. is an artist and scholar whose work investigates the connection between craft and performance through sculpture, installation, video and performance — all while being heavily informed by her training as a glassblower. She is also the chair of craft and material studies and associate professor of glass at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich.

Visiting Artists (2019-20)

Fall 2019 visiting artists were prompted by the semester theme of "color," and how it relates, visually and conceptually, to glass.

Students watch Michael Hernandez work in the hot shop.

Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez’s work makes use of neon, glass and mixed media is an alchemical approach to materials, symbols and form. Through various explorations of materiality and vivid visual dynamics, his work examines themes of landscape, environmental entropy and human responses to place. Hernandez currently resides in San Marcos, Calif., where he heads the glass area at Palomar College. During his visit, he led an artist talk and hot shop demo. Photo by Erin Percy.

Aya Oki is assisted in the hot shop by MFA student Kayla Cantu.

Aya Oki

Aya Oki '14 MFA (Glass) provided an artist talk and led a group discussion and studio demo in November 2019. Oki is an artist who was first introduced to glass at Aichi University in Japan before coming to RIT to earn a graduate degree. She has since been exhibiting and teaching internationally, developing new work within various artist residencies and fellowships, and was selected as one of the 100 artists included in New Glass Now, a global survey of contemporary glass, which is currently showing at Corning Museum of Glass.

Designs of glass vessels.

Nickolaus Fruin

A detailed photo of ears and hair.

Courtney Dodd

Nickolaus Fruin and Courtney Dodd are based out of Bakersville, N.C., and wear many professional hats creatively through independent practices as artists, educators, designers and glassblowers. They also work together through "Shaker and Salt," a collaborative line of functional tableware with objectives to build community through food, drink and good company. Aside from rigorous exhibition and teaching records, they both play important staff roles at the internationally renowned Penland School of Craft; Dodd as the educational programs manager and Fruin as the glass studio coordinator. The pair held an artist talk and studio demos during its time at RIT.

Judith Schaechter critiques a student's work.

Judith Schaechter

Glenn Carter points to the screen as he gives a presentation.

Glenn Carter

Judith Schaechter and Glenn Carter delivered artist talks and engaged in group discussions with students and faculty during their visit in February 2020. Schaechter is an artist recognized for her long career in translating the traditions of the stained glass window as a medium of contemporary art. Carter, meanwhile, has been working with architectural glass in both restorative and artistic capacities for the last 30 years, in addition to maintaining an independent casting and fusing studio practice. The visit coincided with an exhibition of Schaechter's stained-glass art at Memorial Art Gallery. Photos by A. Sue Weisler.

Visiting Artists (2018-19)

During the 2018-19 academic year, the lecture series supported the program's respective semester themes of "Language" (fall) and "X" (spring). Language focused on the idea of using words as things while X was a continuous conversation between students and faculty to identify new possibilities in various relationships with glass. Artists, designers, thinkers and writers were invited to RIT to help diversify the discussions, allow students to explore cross-disciplinary research methods and promote discovery. 

Daniel Clayman lectures to students.

Daniel Clayman

Daniel Clayman, seen here discussing his work with glass faculty and students, splits time between his studio in Rhode Island and teaching in the glass program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. His diversified studio practice involves sculptural objects, installations and architectural commissions.

Annie Nicholson takes a photo of student Ethan Townsend blowing glass.

Annie Nicholson

Annie Nicholson is an England-based graphic artist whose visit to RIT included an artist talk and a workshop. She makes large-scale, narrative-driven piece accessible to all. Her work seeks to smash taboos around complex subject matters such as death, trauma, mental health and gender constructs. Photo by A. Sue Weisler.

An installation with colorful glass vessels.

Katherine Gray

Katherine Gray is an artist whose work focuses on disappearance, using glass as an embodiment of that notion. She is also an associate professor at California State University, San Bernardino. Her works are featured in collections at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash. She was also a judge on Netflix's "Blown Away" show.

A collage of Glass magazine covers.

Andrew Page

Andrew Page has been an editor-in-chief of Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly since 2004. He is also a frequent panelist and moderator for organized symposiums regarding art and art education, an essayist and a regular contributor to various writing projects. 

Anna Riley and RIT students and faculty look at artifacts in the Cary Collection.

Anna Riley

Brooklyn-based artist Anna Riley, along with glass students and faculty, visited RIT's Cary Graphic Arts Collection in February to explore how its awe-inspiring material can play a role in research, seeing and finding within studio practice. Photo by Elizabeth Lamark.

A graphic with text.

Erin O'Connor

Erin O'Connor is an associate professor of sociology in the Department of Politics and Human Rights at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Her artist talk at RIT connected glass and glass processes to larger themes in the social sciences. 

A group of people fire up a molten 3D glass printer.
Coils of molten glass come out of a 3D glass printer.

Peter Houk, Daniel Lizardo and Michael Stern

From left: visiting artists Michael Stern, Daniel Lizardo and Peter Houk, along with Brendan Miller, instructional support specialist - hot processes, work in RIT's glass hot shop during a demo in April. Stern, Lizardo and Houk were part of the team that created the world's first molten glass 3D printer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During their visit to RIT, they recreated the initial days of the project through an exciting, hands-on demo using a vitrigraph kiln similar to the one used in those early days. They collaborated with students, faculty and staff to fuse glass-blown objects with 3D-printed coils from the kiln to create innovative objects. Photos by RIT Photo Services.

Visiting Artists (2017-18)

The 2017-18 lecture series saw artists from as close as the Corning Museum of Glass and as far as Australia, Hawaii, Japan and Scotland visit the glass program. 

Students collaborate with visiting artist Masahiro Sasaki.

Masahiro Sasaki

Japanese glass artist Masahiro Sasaki, seen here working in the hot shop with RIT Glass students, was hosted by the program for a series of talks and studio demos. Sasaki's work has been exhibited and collected around the world, and he teaches and heads the glass program at Aichi University in Japan. Photo by A. Sue Weisler.

A person looks at an installation piece.

Anna Mlasowsky

German artist Anna Mlasowsky came to RIT for an artist talk in March 2018. She uses emerging technologies and uncommon approaches to glass methodology to create experiment-driven sculptures, objects and video work influenced by glass’ material qualities. She has an international record of teaching, exhibiting and working in residence.

A detailed photo of an abstract sculpture.

Jessica Jane Julius

Jessica Jane Julius '10 MFA (Glass) is a nationally exhibiting glass artist, educator, collaborator and performer. Her large-scale installations, objects and imagery reflect society's "culture of fear." She is an assistant professor of glass at Temple University's Tyler School of Art and Architecture and also a co-founder of The Burnt Asphalt Family, an artists' collective and performance group that produces collaborative participatory works.

Paul Sacaridiz speaks to a crowd of people.

Paul Sacaridiz

During his visit to RIT, Paul Sacaridiz, executive director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, helped facilitate conversation with students in regards to the landscape of contemporary craft practice during a lecture and group discussion. 

Students and visiting artist Susie Peck talks in the hot shop.

Susie Peck

Visual artist Susie Peck uses glass, photography, digital video and new media in her art practice, which considers touch, interconnectivity and skin through the lens of sculpture and installation. Months after her visit, Peck was hired as a lecturer in RIT's glass program. 

Susie Silbert in RIT's glass facilities.

Susie Silbert

Susie Silbert is the curator of modern and contemporary glass at the Corning Museum of Glass. As part of her role, Silbert serves as the editor of the museum's New Glass Review publication, an annual international survey of international glass.

Visiting artist Charlie Cohan sits around a table with students.

Charlie Cohan

Printmaker Charlie Cohan was at RIT in early 2018 for an artist talk and a pair of demos that merged glass, kiln forming and screen-printing. Cohan is a professor and the printmaking chair at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Jack Wax stands in the hallway with RIT students and faculty.

Jack Wax

Jack Wax, a two-time recipient of individual fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, is a professor of glass at Virginia Commonwealth University. He gave a glassblowing demo and was a visiting critic while at RIT in April of 2018.

Karlyn Sutherland mixes substances as students watch.

Karlyn Sutherland

Karlyn Sutherland, an architectural designer and glass artist from Scotland, visited RIT's glass program twice in the fall of 2017, leading talks and demos.

A glass sculpture that resembles a gas can.

Richard Whiteley

Richard Whiteley, head of the glass workshop at the Australian National University School of Art and Design, uses glass as a substrate to explore issues related to interior and negative space. His talk in September of 2017 was in tandem with architectural designer Karlyn Sutherland. 

Judy Tuwaletstiwa holds up a book as she delivers a talk.

Judy Tuwaletstiwa

Judy Tuwaletstiwa is a visual artist, writer and teacher whose work can be found in private and museum collections around the globe.