Renowned Studio Glass Artist Bill Carlson at the Lowe Art Museum

From Apr 24th through Jun 6th, 2010.

altThe University of Miami Lowe Art Museum will greet spring with a faculty exhibition, featuring the internationally collected glass artist, Endowed Chair, and UM Art Department Professor William Carlson. The UM Faculty Exhibition, William Carlson: Aquila Non Capit Muscas (An Eagle Does Not Catch Flies) will be on view at the Lowe Art Museum from April 24th to June 6th, 2010.

Considered among the most important figures in the studio glass movement, Carlson creates laminated sculptures that incorporate a variety of materials, ranging from glass of his own making to bits and bands of commercially produced safety glass and Vitrolite, to granite. His work addresses issues of interior space, geometry, texture, and color.

William Carlson, a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award, his work is included in numerous museum collections around the world, including Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of Art & Design (formerly American Craft Museum) in New York, and the Hokkaido Museum of Art in Sapporo, Japan. The entrance to the Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts at UM’s Lowe Art Museum features a site-specific glass installation by Carlson entitled Prõcellōsus (Sudden Storm).

William Carlson, an endowed UM Professor, received his MFA from Alfred University, New York State College of Ceramics. He has served as Professor of Art and Program Chair of Glass, Clay, Sculpture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His program at the University of Illinois was honored in 1988 by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass for its contributions to the contemporary glass movement.

He has also taught or developed programs at major craft education centers, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, Haystack Mountain School, Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts and Appalachian Center for Crafts. In 2003, Carlson joined the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences as Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, and has successfully strengthened its programs in art history, ceramics, glass, graphic design, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.

Said Myrna Palley, “Bill is widely considered one of the most important figures in the studio glass movement, and has significantly impacted the contemporary art glass movement as both an artist and an educator. We are so proud to have him here in Miami: teaching, creating, and mentoring young artists.”

The exhibition – Aquila Non Capit Muscas – is organized by the UM Department of Art and Art History and sponsored in part by Stella Holmes and Overseas Partners Realty, Inc.

The Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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