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Therman Statom - sculptor, glass artist, and painter - is most notably known as a pioneer of the contemporary glass movement for his life-size glass ladders, chairs, tables, constructed box-like paintings, and small scale houses; all created through the technique of gluing glass plate together. Sandblasted surfaces become a canvas for spontaneous vibrant colors and line work, which take nuances from Abstract Expressionism and concepts of Minimalism, while simultaneously incorporating a twist by using blown-glass elements and found objects. 


Born in Winter Haven, Florida in 1953, Statom spent his adolescence growing up in Washington, D.C. His interest in the arts grew from a fondness of painting and he began to investigate ceramics at RISD. However, after an experimental glass blowing session with Dale Chihuly, he was soon hooked on the spontaneity of glass blowing and its limitless possibilities. Statom went on to pursue studies at Pilchuck Glass School during its inaugural year, completing a BFA in 1974 from RISD, and later studied at the Pratt Institute of Art & Design. 


Throughout his career, public artworks have been permanently installed at prominent locations including the Los Angeles Public Library, Corning, Inc. Headquarters, the Mayo Clinic, San Jose Ice Center, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Jepson Center for the Arts in the Telfair Museum, Savannah as well as several hospitals across the country. 


His artwork appears in numerous exhibitions annually, including solo and group shows around the nation and internationally. Over the span of his career, he has completed over thirty large, site-specific installations. Most notably in recent years, his 2009 solo exhibition “Stories of the New World,” at the Orlando Museum of Art, which spanned over 5,000 square feet, has been his largest installation to date. Exploring themes related to Juan Ponce de Leon's 1513 search for the fabled Fountain of Youth as a point of departure, the installation referenced historic and contemporary themes of hope, discovery, ambition, and destiny. Visitors traversed the gallery space consisting of a mirrored maze, panoramic glass wall mural, a room-size structure built entirely of glass, and video projections. In conjunction with the exhibit, Statom partnered with the educational department of the OMA and the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Eatonville to work with over eighty young students to create a work of art titled, “Glass House”, which was a large, walk-though structure built from glass boxes designed by the children. The piece was later displayed at the annual summer community festival. 


Much of the latter half of Statom’s career has been focused on the importance of educational programming within the arts. He has taken a deep interested in employing workshops as a catalyst for social change and in affect, positively impacting a community. Working directly with the artist himself, adults and children alike share a combined experience of exploring art making via a hands-on experience. Inhibitions and limitations are left by the wayside, and the practice or act of “doing” becomes a journey of self-discovery, creating an opportunity for the participant to go to a new place within themselves.


“I believe art can be understood both conceptually and intuitively. I think there is a need for the general public to come to an understanding that to appreciate art and creativity they must trust his or her self; that extensive education is not a prerequisite for understanding art. Much of what I do is seeded in what is more of an intuitive process; a large portion of my work is exploring these processes within people and their environments.
 
The fact is, I believe that creativity is a part of all aspects of what people do; my studio and educational efforts via workshops and the support of outside programming, general educational and cultural institutions, are a reflection of this belief.
 
I feel that art is tool for empowerment and education. It’s also a viable tool to investigate positive change and engage a culture through the use of exploration. ”

Curriculum Vitae

Education
1978
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1974
B.F.A. Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1971
Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Solo Exhibitions
2012
 “Six Voyages”, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark
2011
Duane Reed Galllery, St. Louis, MO “Juguetes Náuticos”, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
2010
“Plantando Arboles/Citrus” Lake Wales Art Center, Lake Wales, FL
“New Work”, RNG Gallery, Omaha, NE
“Outside the Box”, Racine Art Museum, Racine WI
2009
“Therman Statom: Stories of the New World”, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
2008
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
“Nascita” Bemis Center For Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
2007
Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
Habatat Gallery, Royal Oaks, MI
2006
“Through the Looking Glass”, California Center for the Arts Escondido, Escondido, CA
“A Divergent Experience”, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE
2005
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
Telfair Art Museum, Savannah, GA
2004
“Nocturnal”, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
2003
Galleria Diverto, Bergamo, ITALY
“Byzantine Istoria”, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI
“Reflexions en el Agua”, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
“Stories from the Wesser”, Glashutte Gernheim, GERMANY
2002
“River Myths,” Tampa Museum Of Art, Tampa, FL
Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL
Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington DC
Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo, HI
2001 
“Installations”, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
2000
“Mitos del Oceano (Ocean Myths) Lowe Museum, University of Miami, FL
“Lunar Tides”, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Habatat Galleries, Lathrup Village, MI
Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL
1999
Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
1998 
Marx-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL
Orange County Museum of Art, South Coast Plaza Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris FRANCE
1997
Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL
Riley-Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions
2012
“Images,” Walter E. Terhune Gallery, Perrysburg, OH “
Symbiosis,” Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
“The Studio Glass Movement: Selections from the Esterling-Wake Collection,” Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE
“GLASS ACT: The Contemporary Studio Art Glass Movement Turns 50,” Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
“Playing with Fire,” Oakland Museum of California, Oakland CA
“Fire & Sand,” Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ
“Blown, Assembled, Cast: A Celebration of Contemporary Glass,” Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, Savannah, GA
“Contemporary Glass Sculpture: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass,” Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
“40th Annual International Glass Invitational,” Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan
2011
“Another Nebraska: Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellows,” Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
“Annual International Glass Invitational,” Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan S
OFA Expo, Chicago, IL
2010
“A Greater Spectrum,” Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE “
Annual International Glass Invitational,” Habatat Galleries, West Palm Beach, Florida
SOFA Expo, Chicago, IL
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL
“Artemis Collection”, Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa FL
2009
SOFA Expo, Chicago, IL
“Los Tres Amigos”, Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
“Annual International Glass Invitational”, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan
“Three Rivers Arts Festival”, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA
SOFA West Expo, Santa Fe, NM
Therman Statom & Toots Zynsky: Friends that Helped Shape a Movement”, Habatat Galleries, West Palm Beach, FL
2007-2009
“Expanding Traditions”, Craft in America Traveling Exhibition, multiple locations
2008
“A Touch of Glass: Selections from the Racine Art Museum’s Collection”, Racine, WI
SOFA Expo, Chicago, IL
“Cranbrook Academy of Art Annual Chair Show”, Anton Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI
2007
“Glassified”, James Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Ongoing Invention”, The Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum San Bernardino, CA
“Contemporary American Crafts”, American Embassy, Seoul, KOREA
“Painting with Light” Palos Verde Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
“non-conformists”, Morgan Contemporary Glasss, Pittsburgh, PA
“Harvey K. Littleton and Friends”, Fine Art Museum, Western Carolina University, SC
“Nebraska’s Glass Artists”, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE
“A Gathering of Contemporary Glass: Artists from Haystack to Pilchuck,” Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine
2006
“Timeless Glass”, Mingei International Museum San Diego, CA
“New Works 2005: Celebrating Recent Gifts to RAM.” Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
2005
“Global Art Glass Triennial,” Borghom Castle, Borgholm, SWEDEN
“Voices in Glass” Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston, TX
2004
“The Perfect Collection: A Shared Vision of Contemporary Craft”, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA “Musings of the Big Red”, Indigo Sky Gallery, Savannah, GA
“The Nature of Craft and The Penland Experience” Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
2003
“Some Assembly Required”, Museum of Glass International Center For Contemporary Art, Tacoma, WA
2002
“Steninge World Exhibition of Art Glass,” Steninge Palace Cultural Center, Marsta, SWEDEN and Hadeland Glassverk, NORWAY
“I-5 Resurfacing: Four Decades of California Contemporary Art”, San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego, CA
“25th Anniversary Exhibition,” William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
“30th Annual International Invitational Exhibit,” Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI
“Contemporary Directions: Glass from the Maxine and William Block Collection,” Carnegie Museum of Art, Oxnard, CA
“Chip off the Old Block,” Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2001
SOFA Expo, Chicago, IL “Glass Weekend,” Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ
“2001: A Glass Odyssey,” Focus Gallery, Salem Art Association, Salem, OR
“29th Annual International Glass Invitational,” Habatat Galleries, Pontiac, MI
“Stop Asking/We Exist: 25 African American Craft Artists,” Florida Craftsmen Inc., St. Petersburg, FL, Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth, Virginia & Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
“18th Annual International Glass Invitational,” Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL
“Material Witness”. Cracker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
2000
“Millennium Glass”, Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
“The Healing Spirit” United States Embassy, Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA
“Flora – A common Thread VI”, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
1999
“Contemporary American Ceramics and Glass”, Seto Ceramics and Glass Art Center, Seto City, JAPAN
“Art of Glass”, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
”Glass! Glorious Glass!” Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC
Teaching Experience & Lectures
2012
National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Ebeltoft, Denmark Project Venture, Niobrara, NE
Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, Lincoln, NE
Native American Indian Education, Omaha, NE
2011
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
“Seeing With New Eyes: Modern Traditions”, KANEKO, Omaha, NE
2010
Lake Wales Art Center, Lake Wales, FL
Omaha Public Schools, Native American Indian Education
2009
North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, SCOTLAND
Racine Art Museum in conjunction with Public Schools, Racine, WI
University of Miami, Miami, FL
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, SCOTLAND
2008
University of Louisville, Teaching residency, Louisville, KY
UrbanGlass, Lecture, Boys and Girls Club Workshop, Brooklyn, NY
Penland School of Crafts, summer teaching, Penland, NC
“The Glass Skin: Ditching Glass Dogma”, California State University, Summer Arts Program, Fresno CA.
2007
“Pittsburgh Celebrates Glass:Collective Fusion” with City High Charter High School, The Neighborhood Academy, The Caring Place and Youth Places, 5th Avenue Place, Pittsburgh, PA
“Transformational Matter”, Glass Art Society’s 37th Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
“Adventures of the Mind”, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
“Myths Across The Atlantic” Contemporary Glass Society, Cornwall ENGLAND
Workshop, Glasmuseet, Ebeltoft, DENMARK.
2005
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
“The Art of Fine Craft”, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
2003
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
American Embassy Program, Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE.
Gallery workshops “Byzantine Istoria, BBAC, Boca Raton, FL
2002
The Glass Furnace, Istanbul TURKEY
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
2001
Bild-Werk Frauenau, GERMANY
Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
2000
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, FL
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Nijima Glass Arts Festival, Nimiji, JAPAN
1999
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Chrysler Museum, ”Emerald City” project Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.
Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA
Hampton University, Norfolk, VA
1998 San Jose State School of Design, San Jose, CA
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.
Barnstall Art Park, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Camilla Strong Miller Master Class Public Glass Workshop, San Francisco, CA
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
1997
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1996
Hilltop Junior High School, Tacoma, WA
1995
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deere Island, ME
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
1983-2000
Pilchuck School of Glass, Stanwood, WA
1993
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
1983
Pitzer College, Calremont, CA
1983-85
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1983
Colorado Mountain College, CO
1980
Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
1976
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Awards

 

2012

National Liberty Museum Artist Honoree

2010

Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Merit Award

2009

Alain Locke Award, Detroit Institute of Art

2008
UrbanGlass Award – Outstanding Achievement
2006
James Renwick Alliance – Distinguished Artist Award, Washington DC
2000
San Diego Commission on the Arts Art in Public Places
1999
Cultural Enrichment Proclamation, City of Beverly Hills, CA
American Craft Council Award, Fellow
Cultural Affairs Individual Artists Grant City of Los Angeles, CA Art In Embassies Program
1988
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1985
Brody Arts Foundation Fellowship
1982
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1978
Pratt Institute Fellowship
1997
Ford Foundation Artists Grant
Public Commissions & Installations
2011
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Cleveland, OH
University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, MO
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Metro Community College, Omaha, NE
2010/2012
Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha, NE
2009
KANEKO-UNO Library, Omaha, NE
2008
Highmark Inc. “Three Rivers” and “Collective Fusion”, Pittsburgh, PA
Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
2005
Wynn Hotel & Resort, Las Vegas, NV
2003
Washington D.C. Convention Center, Washington D.C.
City of San Diego/Valencia, CA
2002
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
2001
New York State Arts Commission, Concourse Village East, Bronx, NY
ADC Telecommunications, Inc, Eden Prairie, MN
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
2000
Ice Center, San Jose, CA
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, FL
US Department of State, Art in Embassies, Moscow Collection
1999
Corning Inc., Corning, NY
Venice Family Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
City of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA
1998
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
1997
Harrah’s Casino, Las Vegas, NV
1995
Harrah’s Hotel, Hampton Inn, Las Vegas, NV
1989-93
Los Angeles Central Public Library, Los Angeles, CA
1989-94
Metro-Rail, Rapid Transit Development, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

Public & Private Collections

 

Bergstrom Mahler Museum, Neehah, Wisconsin
Carnegie Museum of Art, Oxnard, California
California African-American Museum, Los Angeles, California
Cincinnati Art Museum
City of Seattle, Seattle, Washington
Corning Inc., Corning, New York
Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
George and Dorothy Saxe, San Francisco, California
University of Washington, The Henry Art Gallery, Washington
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University
Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, Georgia
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Lowe Art Museum: Palley Pavillion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Art, University of Miami, Florida M H deYoung Museum, San Francisco, California
Maxine and William Block Collection
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, North Carolina
Musèe des Arts Dècoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Paris
, France
Musèe de design et d’Arts appliquès contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Columbus, Ohio
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida
Phillip Morris Company, New York, New York
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California
Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
Scottsdale Fine Arts Collection, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona
Simon and Jerome Chazen Collection
Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California
The David Jacob Chadorkoff Collection
Toledo Museum of Art, School of Art and Design, Toledo, Ohio
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
US Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, Moscow RUSSIA, Maputo Mozambique
US Department of State, Friends of Art & Preservation in Embassies, Sydney, Australia
Washington D.C. Convention Center Authority Art Collection 
Selected Reviews

 

Brown, Betty Ann. “Engaging Materials Inside/Out.” Visions 1993:40
Busman, Laura A. “New Your Experimental Glass Workshop.” GLASS 1993:55
Chambers, Karen S. “Therman Statom: On the Brink.” Neus Glas April 1994: 9-1
Chambers, Karen S. & Ferdinand Hampson. Glass From Ancient Craft to Contemporary Art: 1962-1992 and Beyond. Morristown, New Jersey: The Morris Museum, 1992:69.
Creswell, Julie. “ The New Old Thing”. Fortune March 2000:124-126
Drury, John. “Stolen Moments” Urban Glass Spring 2008/Issue 110
Friedman, Jane. “Washington Interiors. ”American Style Magazine”
Fall 1999:51-54.
“Gallery”. American Craft June/July 2002: 78
Goldberger, Paul. “Florida Free Form” Architectural Digest May 1998:207
Gustafson, Elaine D. ed. River Myths: An Installation by Therman Statom. Tampa, Florida: Tampa Museum of Art, 2002.
Horan, Judy. “Center Stage.” Midwest Express Magazine Jul/August 1997:26.
Glass Focus Magazine “Interview: Therman Statom, Thoughts Ideas & Musings”. Oct/Nov 1998:1, 15-18.
Kangas, Matthew.”Therman Statom: Installing Space.” GLASS Winter 1996: 28-35.
Litt, Steven. “Quirky Visual Statements Fun.” Arts and Living Jan 1997:E1
Marks, Ben. Review: “Therman Statom at Dorothy Weiss”. Art in America June `1995: 111.
Memell, Dean. “Myths, Science, and Nature”/ ̈GLASS ̈Summer `997: 51/
Muchnic, Suzanne. “This Project Isn’t By The Book”. The Los Angeles Time/ Calendar. 25 July 1993:5,88.
Nzegwe, Nikiru. “Living In A Glass House, Passing Through Glass”. International Review of African-American Art, Volume II No.2: 44-50.
Palombo Weiis, Ruth. “American Crafts Abroad.” American Style Fall 2000:52-61.
Pincus, Robert. “Escondido-Based Mall Statom’s Art is a Glass Act Atop Painted Plywood.” San Diego Union – Tribune 2 Oct. 1998: E-7.
Porges, Maria.”Therman Statom: Northern Tide.” American Craft, June/July 1995.
Slipe, Jeffrey. “Artistry in Motion.” American Style Magazine,
Winter, 1998: 48-55.
“Stop asking/We Exist.” Society for Contemporary Crafts, The Crafts Report, January, 1999:34.
Vallongo, Sally. “Exploring the Awesome Art of Creativity,”
Arts in Entertainment, March 17, 1996, 1-2.
DC One “Therman Statom” 2002: 59. 

Revised: October 2012

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