BECon 2013 Presenters
As Glass Technologist/Production Manager, Sam Andreakos has been developing exotic and original styles and colors of glass at Bullseye for 25 years. He worked as a restoration and commission artist at Victorian Glass Studio and Alvarado Studios in Chicago before moving to Portland where he initially worked at Glass Craft Studios and then Uroboros Glass Company. He has developed special colors and facilitated art projects with such artists as Klaus Moje, Lino Tagliapietra, and Dale Chihuly.
Michael Endo earned an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, in 2009 and a BA from Portland State University, Oregon, in 2005. His work has been exhibited internationally and has been selected for group and solo exhibitions. Endo now resides in Portland where he is a curator at Bullseye Gallery and continues his studio practice.
Beverly Fishman received her BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1977, and her Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1980. She is presently at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she has been Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting since 1992. Ms. Fishman's numerous honors include a Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Purchase Fund Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant. In addition to private and corporate collections, her work may be found in many public collections including the Toledo Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Art Museum, and the United Nations Embassy in Istanbul.
Rudi Gritsch is head of the kilnforming department at the Glasfachschule Kramsach in Austria. He has been an independent glass artist for more than 25 years. Gritsch was the first director of Bullseye's department of Research and Education, where his work with artists like Narcissus Quagliata, Klaus Moje, and Lino Tagliapietra resulted in the development, implementation, and publication of numerous glassworking techniques and equipment that have since been absorbed into the general methodology of kilnforming. From triple-fire testing, annealing-revision, and full-sheet polarizing, to the roll-up and the vitrigraph, Gritsch's research and inventions provide the foundation for much that is taken for granted in today's kiln-glass repertoire.
Sandra Gross owns and operates Cincinnati's Brazee Street Studios, home to over 22 artists, a glass school, and a gallery. A BFA and MFA in sculpture from Miami University; teaching experience in wood fabrication, bronze casting, and plaster mold making; and an MEd from Xavier University in Montessori and Early Childhood Education are the deep foundation on which Gross has built her unique ability to spark children's creativity through kilnforming.
Tom Jacobs is Project Manager for Bullseye’s Research & Education studios, 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.
In dog years, Richard Marquis has been working in glass for over three centuries. In that time he's worn out four dogs and is working on his fifth. Also in that time, he's created a weird and varied body of work, a portion of which is in important public and private collections. Eschewing publicity, he works quietly and haphazardly in his shop on Whidbey Island, Washington. He's received more than his share of awards and notoriety.
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.
Marketing Manager at Bullseye Glass, Mary Kay Nitchie graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (BFA, Printmaking and Graphic Design) and Reed College (BA, Studio Art). She has worked at Bullseye for 23 years, currently managing a creative team that produces Bullseye's technical videos, website, advertising, and catalogs for products and classes, as well as Emerge, Bullseye's biennial kiln-glass art competition.
Tanja Pak holds a Masters in ceramics and glass from the Royal College of Art in London and a BA in industrial design from the University of Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design, where she has been a professor since 2001. Pak has participated in numerous international residencies. Her work in design and fine art has been exhibited and published in Europe and America with special attention given to a number of breathtaking glass installations in architectural settings.
Narcissus Quagliata was born in Rome in 1942, where he studied painting with Giorgio De Chirico. At 19, he moved to the United States and received both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Painting & Graphics from the San Francisco Art Institute. Soon after graduation, he began working in glass and continues to use it as his principle form of artistic expression. Currently residing in Mexico, Quagliata's recent monumental glass works, one built on Michelangelo's last Roman basilica and another on a Taiwanese transportation station underscore the multicultural issues inherent in the artist's use of light and color. His book, Narcissus Quagliata: Architypes and Visions in Light and Glass, will be published later this year.
Clifford Rainey was born in Northern Ireland and received his MA from the Royal College of Art in London, serving there as a lecturer from 1977 until 1984. Rainey is Chair of the Glass Program at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, where he has taught since 1991. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Corning Museum of Glass, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Currently on sabbatical from teaching, Rainey is preparing Black, a major exhibition at Bullseye Gallery.
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.
Daniel Schwoerer is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (BS, Civil Engineering;
Stacy Lynn Smith, a native of Vancouver, Washington, earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After returning to the Northwest, she mounted Accumulate, her first solo exhibition, in 2010, followed by shows at Art Santa Fe and the inFORM exhibition at Bullseye Gallery in 2011. In 2013, she joined the Research & Education team at Bullseye, in addition to exhibiting her work in the duo exhibit “The End and After” (with Michael Endo) at Bullseye Gallery. Later this year she will show new work at SOFA Chicago.
Richard Speer is a contributing critic for ARTnews, Art Ltd., and Visual Art Source. Since 2002 he has been visual-arts critic at Willamette Week, the Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative newsweekly in Portland, Oregon. His essays about art, architecture, and music have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Opera News, and Salon. He is the author of Matt Lamb: The Art of Success, the biography of Outsider artist Matt Lamb (1932-2011).
Louise Tait works primarily in kilnformed glass from her studio in rural Renfrewshire, Scotland. Formerly a current affairs journalist working in TV, radio and newspapers, Tait draws parallels between her past work where "contrasting lives and events was a major feature of my daily routine" and her present search for the contrasts between known and unknown, light and shade, rough and smooth. A longtime board member of North Lands Creative Glass, Tait has studied with many of the world's great glass masters and has shown her work in group exhibitions at Portland's Bullseye Gallery.
James B. Thompson is a Professor of Art at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1986. His work has been featured in national and international exhibitions and is included in both public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. Linear Metaphysics: Contemporary Mark-Making and Time-Based Art Works, Thompson's body of new work, will be exhibited in 2013 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. James B. Thompson: An Investigation Of Place, a documentary film on his dual role as artist and educator, can be viewed at his website. Thompson earned his BA from Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1973 and his MFA from Washington University's School of Fine Arts in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1977.
Judy Tuwaletstiwa is a mixed media painter, writer, and teacher based in New Mexico. Her most recent book, Mapping Water, seeks to embody the creative process through visual imagery and words. Tuwaletstiwa received her BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley and her MAT in English literature from Harvard University. She writes: "My work is to integrate the dark and the light into a harmonious whole that speaks directly to the soul." Her art resides in numerous public, private and corporate collections. She is represented by William Siegal Gallery in Santa Fe.
Erik Whittemore is the Studio Coordinator for Bullseye Resource Center Santa Fe. He earned his BS in art with a focus in sculpture from Eastern Oregon University. From 2004 to 2010 he was an instructor/technician at Bullseye Portland, where he taught courses, developed kiln-glass curriculum and educational videos, and assisted a number of world-class artists. Whittemore can often be found in his studio developing new works.