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Pilchuck Outstanding Service in Glass Awards

“Pilchuck Celebrates” continues the school’s long-standing tradition of recognizing extraordinary contributions to the field of contemporary glass with two special awards. Pilchuck Glass School honored John and Joyce Price of Seattle with the 2nd Annual Service to the Arts Award, and Fritz Dreisbach with the 17th recipient of the Brychtová/Libenský Award. These two awards, presented during the Pilchuck Leadership Council annual event of May 12, 2015 at Chihuly Glass and Garden, recognize individuals whose contributions to the arts reflect and advance the core values and vision of the school.  

The Service to the Arts Award reflects individuals whose leadership and service have made a lasting difference to our quality of life. John and Joyce Price believe that a community should embrace the arts and its artists, supporting the originality, beauty, and historic significance brought to our lives through art.  Objects from the Price’s art collections have been shared in over 100 museums and exhibitions throughout the world, including a 2010 retrospective of their collection at the Bellevue, Washington Arts Museum. Their objective has been introducing people of all ages to the arts and to community cultural resources.  In addition to collecting a broad range of artwork, their community responsibilities have included board positions with Bellevue Arts Museum, Burke Museum Association, Pilchuck Glass School, and Poncho Charitable Organization.

The Brychtová/Libenský Award, presented to Fritz Dreisbach,acknowledges extraordinary talent and high achievement in the world of contemporary glass.  The selection jury of previous award recipients considers an artist’s standing in the field of contemporary glass, artistic achievement, educational leadership, teaching and ambassadorial contributions made to Pilchuck.

Fritz Dreisbach is an independent artist who teaches and creates glass artwork in his studio on Whidbey Island, Washington. An early pioneer of American Studio Glass, he is celebrating more than 50 years of working with blown glass.  Fritz has offered hundreds of workshops and lectures at more than 180 institutions in Asia, Europe and North America.  A founding member of the Glass Art Society, Dreisbach received their 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award and in 1988 was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Craft Council. He was awarded the 1993 Corning Museum Rakow Commission to create the “Dreisbach Pokal” which commemorates 30 years of Contemporary American Studio Glass. In the United States his work is represented in numerous collections, including the American Craft Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, High Museum of Art, the National Collection of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and the Toledo Museum of Art.  Overseas, his work can be found in museum collections in Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Taiwan.   Fritz has been with Pilchuck since its inception, serving as a teacher and artist-in-residence; and, since 1993, as a member of the Board of Trustees.

| Posted 15 Jul 24

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