Michael Glancy in his Rehoboth, Mass., studio.

Michael Glancy in his Rehoboth, Mass., studio.

On Tue., Feb. 23, Glass Artist Michael Glancy will travel from his Rehoboth, Massachusetts, studio to talk about his work and career as part of Ball State University’s Visiting Artists, Designers and Scholars Series. Glancy began working with glass in 1970 as an undergraduate student. He earned a BFA from the University of Denver in 1973 and a second BFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1977. He went on to earn an MFA in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1980, where he studied with famed glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Glancy, whose art now fetches tens of thousands of dollars for its exceptional quality and design, will speak at 5:30 p.m., in Ball State’s Art & Journalism Building Room 225.  The event is free and the public is invited.

A member of the adjunct faculty in the Jewelry & Metalsmithing Department at the Rhode Island School of Design, Glancy also has been an invited faculty member to the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. His career includes numerous solo and group exhibitions, most recently in private galleries in New York City and Basel, Switzerland.

Glancy’s work has been acquired by major museums and public collections in the US and worldwide. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City acquired its first Michael Glancy object in 1980 from the inaugural exhibition of Heller Gallery on Madison Avenue. Curators returned to the gallery 27 years later to acquire a major work for the 2007 exhibition “ONE of a KIND: The Studio Movement.”

In 2003 Glancy was included in the exhibition “Fire and Form,” curated by William Warmus for the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. In the book accompanying the show, Warmus wrote: “Michael Glancy magnifies nature in order to reveal its underlying structure…the flat glass panels that form sculptural bases for his artworks…unfold into and inspire the vessels that sit astride them.”

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