20 North to open solo exhibition by legendary glassblowerWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In the world of glassblowing, Tom McGlauchlin is a living legend. McGlauchlin, who has been exhibiting his work around the world since the 1960s, will be opening his first solo exhibition for the 20 North Gallery on March 6.
“Tom has a very long history with our gallery. Over the years, he has participated in a number of group exhibitions, but this show which contains about 30 pieces of his newer work, is his first solo exhibit with us. In fact, it will kick off our 17th season. The show is simply breathtaking; it is Toledo glass at its best,” said Associate Art Director Condessa Croninger.
McGlauchlin is known to many as one of the leading figures of the studio glass movement, having first founded workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. He co-founded the movement with renowned local artists such as Harvey Littleton, Fritz Dreisbach, Edith Franklin, and a host of others. McGlauchlin served as a professor and director of the University of Toledo and Toledo Museum of Art joint Glass Program from 1971 to 1984.
“Tom is not only a dear friend, but also a wonderful, creative thinker whose work I have always admired. I’ve known him since the first studio glass workshop and I am always amazed by his willingness to try new media and new techniques. For example, after decades of working in glass, he decided to expand into computer graphic design. After buying a computer, he taught himself what was still very new technology,” said Franklin.
“I’ve started working with fused glass about three or four years ago largely because the field was so new and very exciting to me as an artist. There had been about dozen prominent artists working in the field since the 1920s, until the early 1980s, when advances in technology opened things up creatively making it much easier to work with,” McGlauchlin said.
The opening reception for McGlauchlin’s exhibit will run from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will run through April 25. McGlauchlin will also be giving an artist talk at the gallery on March 21, at 2 p.m.
For more information, call (419) 241-2400 or visit www.mcglauchlin.com.