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BECon 2017 Presenters


Tim Carey

Tim Carey is the Creative Director of Judson Studios, where he has worked since 2004. He has degrees in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California San Diego and a degree in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design. He designed the window for the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, and was the lead painter on the project, which he executed in concert with Narcissus Quagliata and the team at Judson Studios.

Resurrection: the Transformation from Tradition with Tim Carey and Ted Sawyer



Daniel Clayman

Daniel Clayman has been working with glass for more than 30 years and is known for his elegant kilncast sculptures which over the years have become increasingly more sophisticated in their execution and presentation. He holds a BFA in glass from Rhode Island School of Design and maintains a studio in Providence, Rhode Island. His work is shown internationally, and he has completed numerous private and public commissions.

This Changes Everything




Dr. Jane Cook

Dr. Jane Cook is the Chief Scientist at The Corning Museum of Glass where she is the museum’s principle resource on the science and technology of glass to the public and the glass art community. Jane works with the museum’s staff on incorporating scientific content in exhibitions and educational programs, and lectures widely at universities, colleges, and art schools, and works closely with artists to teach them how scientific and engineering fundamentals can inform their work. A materials engineer with more than 25 years of expertise in glass, ceramics, and metallurgy, she holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked in research and development for Corning Incorporated for 16 years, and is an inventor on over 30 patent applications.

Devit: Glass's Journey of Self-Discovery




Brian Creany

Brian Creany is the owner of Flux Design, a custom design and fabrication studio specializing in architectural elements crafted from steel and other metals. Brian earned an architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998, but was never satisfied with the process of designing from behind a pencil. For him the creative process is influenced most by the strengths and potential of the materials being used and the thrill of bringing an object into existence through the work of hands. Brian founded Flux Design in 2006 and works primarily in Portland, OR, but has received commissions both nationally and internationally.

Panel Discussion—Mixing Media




Johanna Donnelly

Johanna Donnelly has just completed her junior year at Portland’s Lincoln High School where, in addition to taking full International Baccalaureate classes, she also plays varsity lacrosse, racquetball, and cross country. Donnelly began studying Arabic in middle school and is currently a student in the advanced Arabic class that served as the “incubator” for Portland’s first Multaqa: Meeting Through Glass program.

Panel Discussion—Multaqa: Meeting Through Glass




Michael Endo

Michael Endo is the curator at Bullseye Projects. He earned an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Acedemy of Art in 2009 and a BA from Portland State University in 2005. In 2011, Endo received a Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant. In 2015, he was the University of Sunderland’s first Emerging Artist-in-Residence at the National Glass Center. His work is exhibited internationally.

Panel Discussion—Permeable Structure: Transforming Spaces for Art




Dawndae HK Hamilton

Dawndae HK Hamilton is the Studio Development Manager for Bullseye Studio. Prior to joining Bullseye’s fabrication team, she managed such creative enterprises as Waechter Architecture, Egg Press, and Full Upright Position. Dawndae’s interests lie in supporting creative work and being a resource. Her B.A. is in art history and M.A. in arts management.

Panel Discussion—Scale Up: Working with Fabricators




Susan Harlan

Susan Harlan Susan Harlan is an emeritus Professor of Art at Portland State University. Her work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the National Gallery of Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among others.




Paul Housberg

Paul Housberg is an American glass artist recognized for his use of fused and kilnformed glass as an architectural medium. He studied painting early in his career, but was drawn to glass for its atmospheric color. He received his BFA and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and as a Fulbright Scholar pursued his art at the International Center of Glass Research (CIRVA) in Marseille, France. He lives and works in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

Panel Discussion—Scale Up: Working with Fabricators




Jessica Jackson Hutchins

Jessica Jackson Hutchins lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Hutchins’s expressive and intuitive studio practice produces dynamic sculptural installations, collages, paintings, and large-scale ceramics, all hybrid juxtapositions of the handmade. Based upon a willingly unmediated discourse between artist, artwork and viewer, Hutchins’s works ultimately serve to refigure an intimate engagement with materiality and form. She is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery in NY.

BECon 2017: Artist Story, Jessica Jackson Hutchins




Nadania Idriss

Nadania Idriss is founder and managing director of Berlin Glas. Born in Berkeley, California, Idriss has a specialization in medieval art and architecture of the Middle East. She worked at the British Museum in London, moved to Paris in 1997 to work at UNESCO, before moving to Germany in 2005. The programs she leads at Berlin Glas provide artist collaborations, classes for the general public, youth and refugee projects, artist residencies, and bi-lateral exchanges with international universities. Idriss is on the advisory board of Berlin’s Islamic Art Museum and the Board of Directors of North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland.

Panel Discussion—Multaqa: Meeting Through Glass




Mirka Jablonski

Mirka Jablonski is a partner and co-founder of Upper Left Projects, a Portland-based organization committed to delivering learner-centered professional development and programming to educators. Mirka also a trains and coaches nationally in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), which asks students to look closely, think critically, and engage in meaningful discussion. Her appreciation for VTS’s transformative approach led to her current role. Mirka holds a degree in fine art and art history from the University of Minnesota and worked in the education department at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Panel Discussion—Multaqa: Meeting Through Glass




Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs is Project Manager for Bullseye Studio, where he oversees the fabrication of architectural and large-scale kiln-glass projects. He frequently assists artists in up-scaling their work or translating works from other media into kiln-glass. Jacobs received his BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was a Bullseye instructor for five years, teaching nationally and internationally, before moving to his current position.

Panel Discussion—Scale Up: Working with Fabricators




Niela Kalra

Niela Kalra of nielanell is a textile designer specializing in contemporary knitwear, homeware, and accessories that combine artistic expression with functionality. By studying the shape, drape, and use of traditional garments—such as the sari and the kilt—she has developed a style that strikes the difficult balance between complex innovation and simple construction.

Panel Discussion—Permeable Structure: Transforming Spaces for Art




Delaney Kellye

Delaney Kelly has worked in the field of woodworking and design for over 20 years. At a young age, he began learning the craft in his Father’s NW wood shop. With a reverence for mid-century design and architecture, he works to create refined, contemporary pieces and interiors that are informed by tried-and-true techniques of the past. Delaney is currently working at MADE studio where he leads a team of exceptionally gifted builders.

Panel Discussion—Mixing Media




Dorothy Lenehan

Dorothy Lenehan moved to the Bay Area in 1983 to study with artist Narcissus Quagliata. The move, intended as a two-year foray to the big city, turned into a 13-year tenure. As Quagliata’s studio manager, Lenehan executed several major architectural works and served as technical advisor for installations in galleries around the world. In 1995, she founded Lenehan Architectural Glass, which works with architects, artists, and designers to design and fabricate architectural elements for small- and large-scale projects.

Panel Discussion—Scale Up: Working with Fabricators




Silvia Levenson

Silvia Levenson has lived in Italy since 1981. She uses glass in her installations and sculptures as a narrative lens, focusing on conflicts in families and in society. Her work is exhibited internationally and is part of many collections, including the Corning Museum of Glass, New Mexico Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Museo del Vetro di Murano, and Museo del Castello Sforzesco.

Panel Discussion—Permeable Structure: Transforming Spaces for Art




Morgan Van Madison

Morgan Van Madison earned his Bachelors degree from Lewis and Clark College and shortly thereafter began making sheet glass as part of the production crew at Bullseye Glass Company. He has been a full time artist since 2007. His work, which uses glass and many other media, is guided by his love of drawing and inspired by place and the colors, textures, design and landscape that define an experience. He has been awarded several artist residencies, including one at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and has taught at Urban Glass and Pilchuck Glass School.




Lani McGregor

Lani McGregor is the Director of Bullseye Gallery. Prior to joining Bullseye Glass Company in 1984, she operated a glass studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that specialized in kilnformed and flat architectural glass. In 1990 she established Bullseye's Research & Education Department and developed its initial teaching programs. Today, with partner Dan Schwoerer, she shares a home that doubles as a private museum and laboratory for the study of architectural kiln-glass. In 2005 the couple shared the GAS Lifetime Membership Award. McGregor has served on various non-profit glass, art, and craft boards, and most recently joined the board of trustees of the Portland Art Museum.

Welcome to BECon 2017: TRANSFORMATIONS




Laura O'Quin

Laura O'Quin has 15 year’s experience with cross-pollination of educational, curatorial, community, and arts engagement program initiatives. An artist, designer, educator and professional projects manager, O’Quin holds a BFA in Art and Design from Western Washington University and an MFA in Applied Craft and Design from Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her own project Working Library, was recently awarded a 2017 project incubator grant with c3:initiative in Portland, OR.

How Glass is Made




Ted Sawyer

Ted Sawyer received his BA in art with a focus in ceramics from Lewis and Clark College. He joined Bullseye in 1997, and is the Director of Research & Education. Sawyer teaches and lectures internationally and directs the production of Bullseye's online educational videos. His work has been featured in Corning's New Glass Review 28, 30, and 31, has exhibited at galleries and museums around the world.

Panel Discussion—Resurrection: the Transformation from Tradition




Heidi Schwegler

Heidi Schwegler explores a wide range of materials in the service of her subject matter. She is drawn to the peripheral ruin, modifying discarded objects to give them a new sense of purpose. There is an equilibrium inherent in such things—they float between endurance and decay, a living death. Her exhibitions include the Co/Lab Art Fari (CA), Raid Projects, (CA), Platform China (Beijing), Scope Art 2004 (NY), and the Hallie Ford Museum (OR). Schwegler is a Ford Family Fellow, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Yaddo Artist in Resident and has received several RACC Individual Project Grants. She earned her MFA from the University of Oregon and is Chair of the MFA in Applied Craft + Design, a joint program of Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She is represented by Upfor Gallery in Portland, OR.




Dan Schwoerer

Daniel Schwoerer is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (BS, Civil Engineering;
MS, Engineering Mechanics), where he also worked in the art department as a graduate assistant to Professor Harvey Littleton in 1968-69. After graduation, Schwoerer moved to Portland, where he founded Bullseye Glass Company with partners, Ray Ahlgren and Boyce Lundstrom. In addition to serving as Bullseye's CEO, Schwoerer works with the company's Research & Education team to investigate leading-edge issues in kilnforming.

How Glass is Made




Jeffrey Stenbom

Jeffrey Stenbom is a sculptor who primarily works in glass. He works and teaches throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area and has taught at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls. Stenbom has received numerous awards and honors including the Silver Academic Award from Bullseye Glass Company’s Emerge competition; the Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship; the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award Nominee; and was a NICHE Awards Finalist in 2013, 2015, and 2016.




Dr. Karlyn Sutherland

Dr. Karlyn Sutherland studied at the Edinburgh College of Art, receiving her doctorate of philosophy in architecture in 2014. Autobiographical in nature, her work explores this dialogue through glass and architecture, with a particular focus on how space is capable of shaping our experience, memories, and sense of attachment to our surroundings. Her work is exhibited across the globe.

Panel Discussion—Permeable Structure: Transforming Spaces for Art




Judy Tuwaletstiwa

Judy Tuwaletstiwa was an Exchange Artist at Bullseye Resource Center Santa Fe from February 2012 to June 2013. She is a mixed media painter, writer and teacher based in New Mexico. She is the author of Mapping Water and, more recently, Judy Tuwaletstiwa: Glass. Tuwaletstiwa received her BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley and her MAT in English literature from Harvard University. Her art resides in numerous public, private, and corporate collections.

Keynote: Transformations




Richard Whiteley

Richard Whiteley became an apprentice in stained glass at the age of sixteen; he holds an undergraduate degree from The School of Art + Design, Australian National University (Glass) and a Masters degree (MFA, Sculpture) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an Associate Professor and Head of the Glass Workshop at the School of Art + Design, ANU. Whiteley was a board member for the Visual Art Board of the Australia Council from 2009–2011 and now serves as a peer reviewer for this organization. His works are held in major museums and private collections worldwide, including the Australian National Gallery, the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY. He has undertaken a major commission for ActewAGL as part of the enlarged Cotter Dam. He has also received many research grants to develop creative works, perform technical research and he has completed research on a major glass-recycling project with Sydney-based Refire Glass.

Tribute to Klaus Moje: A Visionary in Glass

The Portland Vase: Re-Thinking Roman Cameo Glass