Discussion Series

Artist Discussion: Friday, June 1st @ 7p
Canadian/American glass artist Laura Donefer will lead a glass demonstration at Flame Run at Glassworks, 815 W. Market Street, from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Later that evening, she will give a gallery talk about her self-described “crazy experiences” as an artist over the past 30 years. The talk is being held at KMAC in conjunction with the First Friday Trolley Hop and “50 Years of Studio Glass,” Exhibit.
Artist Laura Donefer has used glass as the primary medium in her art for 30 years. Mentoring and teaching is equally important to Laura, who has taught at Espace Verre in Montreal, Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York for many years. Laura is the notorious instigator behind the crazy Glass Fashion Shows, the next one being at the Glass Art Society conference in Toledo. Laura is represented by Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
Both the demonstration and gallery talk are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.


Thursday May 17, 6pm
Screening of Art 21′s Season 6 Episode of Change
featuring artists: Ai WeiweiEl Anatsui, and Catherine Opie

How do artists respond to a world in flux? In what ways do artists act as agents of change, and what kinds of aesthetic choices do they make to express it? This episode features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects.

Thursday May 24, 6pm
Screening of Art 21′s Season 6 Episode of Boundaries
featuring artists: assume vivid astro focusDavid AltmejdLynda BenglisTabaimo

Who and what limits our freedom of expression? In what ways do cultural differences affect our understanding of art and other forms of communication? How do an artist’s process and choice of medium affect our perception of his or her work? This episode features artists who synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media, and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure.

This event is FREE and snacks and soft drinks will be available.

Discussion Series

How does Studio Glass fit into Contemporary Art?
Friday, May 18th @7pm
 James Yood teaches contemporary art history and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is Director of the New Arts Journalism program and Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Active as an art critic and essayist on contemporary art, he is Chicago correspondent to Artforum and writes regularly for GLASS magazine, American Craft, Art on Paper, and Aperture. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a regular correspondent to WBEZ National Public Radio in Chicago. Among his books are Spirited Visions: Portraits of Chicago Artists and Gladys Nilsson.