Pieces of Myself
Pieces of Myself

By Amanda Takacs

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Star Trails

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By Michael Mentz

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Cleveland Institute of Art Glass Invitational

June 12th - July 31st, 2021

Curated by River Gallery owner G. Ara Hamamjian and CIA Glass Department Chair Benjamin Johnson and featuring work from 12 CIA faculty and alumni. 


Alicia Telzerow is a glass-focused artist born and raised on the east side of Cleveland. She earned a BFA in Glass from the Cleveland Institute of Art and is pursuing a Masters of Arts Administration and a Museum Studies certification from Ohio University.

Takacs is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in conceptual glass art and fascinated by the concept of soul and the ability of humans to be consciously aware of our psychological experiences.

An artist committed to sculpture, the design of contemporary glass objects, and the architecture of spatial installations, Johnson’s work explores pattern and texture to tell visual stories about our environment.

Until recently, Brent Marshall worked out of a cooperative glass studio in Cleveland Ohio, however, he now resides and maintains a studio in West Yorkshire, England. He received a BFA in Glass from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and an MFA from the University of Illinois. In 1990, Brent was awarded the Lilly Endowment Grant for personal development of glass casting techniques.

Glass artist and Cleveland Institute of Art Professor Emeritus Brent Kee Young, has been recognized by scores of museums, galleries, colleges and universities in the United States and Asia, which have displayed and/or acquired his work or invited him to speak, demonstrate or teach.

Kari graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1990 with a major in glass and a minor in printmaking. Her work can be widely seen in private and public collections most notably The Charlotte Mint Museum of Craft and Design, The Chrysler Museum of Art, The Corning Museum of Glass, and The Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

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Marc earned a BFA with a major in glass and minor in metals from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1991. There he met his wife, and fellow glass artist Kari Russell-Pool. His work can be seen in numerous public and private collections such as the Corning Museum of Glass and the Museum of Art and Design in NY, and the Tacoma Museum of Glass in WA.

"There is a quality in glass that is generated by the glass itself. Those qualities are elusive, intriguing and seductive. I make them as much a part of my work as possible."

Mentz’s personal art practice primarily explores the concepts of interdependence and co- creation of self-identity through the mechanisms of interactive artworks. He hopes to engage his audience by creating opportunities for self-reflection and inner rumination. In this way, Mentz’s works provide him with a sense of purposeful action.

Michael Mikula looks to the built environment for its patterns, forms and details to spark his imagination. Early to mid twentieth century structures most often attract his attention. Designers in this period utilized and celebrated ornament and craftsmanship  and Michael is drawn to the optimistic nature of the era.

Nate Cotterman is known for his modern interpretation of glass objects, using traditional Venetian glass blowing techniques, he challenges low-end production with innovative design and handmade quality. Nate Cotterman has created a line of bar ware, lighting, & home décor that is both subtle and powerful. His simple forms highlight the natural beauty of the material.

Since taking his first gather of glass in the fall of 2001, Zac has been practicing the craft as well as teaching others all over the world.  Beginning his career in Cleveland Ohio, Zac had his ‘baptism by fire’ at Superior Hot Glass.

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