Glass Studies provides an environment that promotes the growth and nurturing of young Artists, Designers, and Artisans. Students are challenged on a daily basis to apply themselves to the creation and completion of images/objects that identify and utilize the singularly unique qualities of the material glass.
A concentration in Glass in the BFA program involves committing a large block of time to the development of a clear personal vision, a sense of intention, and a basic facility in a wide range of material manipulation techniques. The Glass Program stresses excellence in the individual strengths of young Artists, Designers, and Crafts people. As a rule, we respect encourage the old adage of learning by doing, and more often than not, learning experientially through what could be categorized as failure! The main philosophical thrust of the undergraduate area of study can be said to be, “never underestimate the value of editing!” Students are challenged to be prolific in their experiments and must learn to be their own harshest critics. Our highest goal is to encourage the development of an intellectual and emotional fearlessness in the individual’s investigation into the expressive range of material.
The MFA in Fine Art with a concentration in Glass program demands a minimum of two years of intensive studio work, during which time students are expected to demonstrate a serious dedication to their studio practice through steadfast perseverance, and a constant maintenance of their individual focus. The students are (as a highest ideal) expected to identify aspects of the material that lead them to intellectually, and emotionally fearless art making. The visual vocabularies of all members of the graduate studies program in glass will be extensively supplemented through personally directed in depth research, across a wide swath of disciplines. In the end each graduate course of concentrated study is individually developed, individually tailored, as well as self-driven, where within each student will work closely with a committee of professional faculty members, all of his or her choosing. The end point of study will be the presentation of a culminating solo masters exhibition that showcases the original research undertaken and completed over the two year period.