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50th Anniversary of Studio GlassJay Musler headlines Salem Community College’s International Flameworking Conference

CARNEYS POINT, N.J.—World-renowned glass artist Jay Musler will offer insights into his unique craft at Salem Community College’s annual International Flameworking Conference, Friday-Sunday, March 16-19.

The conference also will include demonstrations by Christopher McElroy of Richmond, Va., Margaret Neher of Ithaca, N.Y. and Jeri Warhaftig of West Orange, N.J.; a talk by Jesse Kohl of Middlesex, N.J.; a panel discussion moderated by Amber Cowan of Philadelphia; and a webcast presented live from Eureka, Calif. by Garth Johnson.

As featured artist, Musler will give a slide presentation Friday evening at 7 p.m. in the Sol and Jean Davidow Performing Arts Theatre.  Titled “Why? Why Not?,” the presentation is free and open to the public.  A reception in Musler’s honor will follow.

Musler has been recognized as an innovative force in glass art for over three decades, having twice been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts.  The Oakland, Calif. resident studied with Marvin Lipofsky at the California College of Arts and Crafts in the late 1960s, and worked as a glassblower for nearly a decade.

His work is exhibited at many museums, including the Corning Museum of Glass; The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Renwick Gallery of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; the Musée de Design et d’Arts Appliqués Contemporains in Lausanne, Switzerland; the United States Embassy in Istanbul, Turkey; and the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo, Japan.

Musler says his work -- also found at major glass galleries in the U.S. -- is about “constructing patterns. I see things in patterns. Patterns are everywhere; in nature, landscapes, and architecture. You can pull patterns out of anything.”

Since its inception in 2001, the International Flameworking Conference has promoted excellence in flameworking through artist demonstrations and scholarly presentations.  Paul J. Stankard, a world-renowned glass artist and SCC distinguished alumnus, chairs the event.

The conference is sponsored by the Salem Community College Foundation with support from ABR Imagery; Bethlehem Apparatus Co.; Chemglass Life Sciences, LLC; International Society of Glass Beadmakers; SJ Venture Capital Co.; The Flow and Glass Art Magazines & Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award; and Wale Apparatus.

The event also is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, visit http://www.salemcc.edu.

| Posted 12 Feb 09

 
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