Preston Singletary

"Preston Singletary was fortunate as a child. He was surrounded by creativity at home. His father was an outdoorsman who loved climbing, painting, carving soapstone, and writing poetry. His mother made beadwork and fiber art. Both parents played music.



At 19, he got a job in a glass studio. He started as the night watchman but soon began mixing chemicals for glass blowing and welding. Three months later he started blowing glass. He and his best friend who worked together were exposed to prominent glass artists on the job. A major step toward his current career came with the visit of Italian master Lino Tagliapietra who inspired Singletary to learn everything he could.



In 1984, Singletary attended his first class at Seattles famous Pilchuck Glass School where glass artists come from all over the world to learn. He began to create smaller pieces to show and sell, using European glass blowing techniques. He went from group shows in the early 1980s to one-man shows in the 1990s. Major talents like glass artists Tony Jojola from the Southwest and Dale Chihuly from the Northwest both inspired Singletary and encouraged the blossoming artist to pursue his ideas. After a stint in Sweden and Finland studying a different approach to design, Singletary returned to Seattle and reverted to his familiar cultural images.



Only a handful of Native Americans work in glass. Singletary has been a forerunner, using previously undeveloped techniques to revolutionize a new art form. He has unintentionally carved a place in history parallel to that of San Ildefonso potter Maria Martinez or the great Hopi potter Nampeyo. Singletarys work is characterized by the arresting light images cast when his work is lit from above. Singletary uses the strong Tlingit images of his culture to create stunning glass forms utilizing many layered and etching techniques he created himself."

by Preston Singletary (Tlingit)

13"h x 10"w x 8"d

WEB # 6405

Preston Singletary - Blue Rain Gallery

 

Reflection
WEB REF: 6393


Dimensions 15.5"h x 7"w x 5"
Medium Blown Glass Sculpture

Reflection by Preston Singletary - Blue Rain Gallery

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117 South Taos Plaza

Taos , New Mexico 87571

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Born in 1963 in San Francisco, CA.
Tlingit Native American


Education

1984 - 2009
Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA (studied with Lino Tagliapietra, Cecco Ongaro, Benjamin Moore, Dorit Brand, Judy Hill and Dan Dailey)

Awards

2004
1st Place Contemporary Art, Sealaska Heritage Foundatin, "Celebration 2004", AK

2003
Rakow Commission, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

2002
Seattle Arts Commission, Purchase Award
2nd Place Sealaska Juried Art Show, "Art and At.oow!", Juneau, AK

2000
Mayor's Award and 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, Diversified Arts, Best of Division, Indian Art NW, Portland, OR

2009
First, Second, and Third Place, Diversified Arts, Best of Division, Indian Art NW, Portland, OR
Study Grant, Washington Mutual Foundation, The Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1998
First Place, Diversified Arts, Best of Division, Indian Art NW, Portland, OR

1996
The Jon and Mary Shirley Scholarship, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

1995, 2009
Washington Mutual Foundation, Study Grant, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1988, 1990
The Glass House Goblet Competition Purchase Award

1985
Work Study Grant, The Institute of Alaska Native Arts

Solo Exhibitions

2005
From the Fire Pit of the Canoe People, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2004
Effigy, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA
Boreal Traditions, Anchorage, AK

2003
Vision Quest, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
Threshold, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2002
Vision Quest, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2001
Clan House, William Traver Gallery, Seatlle, WA
Glass Potlatch, Chappell Gallery, New York, NY

2000
Glass Formline, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2009
Current Work, Gallery San Nicolo, Venice, Italy
New Work, Chappell Gallery, Boston, MA
One Man Show, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

1998
Jeff Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

1991 -97
Glass Gallery, Bethesda, MD

1991
The West End Gallery, Bethesda, MD

Group Exhibitions

2005
2nd Annual World Glass Exhibition, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA
Hybrid Harves: Contemporary Native American Arts, Visual Arts Center, University of California, Fullerton, CA
Fusing Traditions, The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 2, Museum of Art +Design, New York, NY
Group Exhibition, Holsten Galleries, Stockbridge, MA
Visions in Glass, Collaboration with Tammy Garcia, Blue Rain Gallery, Taos, NM

2004
Vetri. Nel Mondo. Oggi., Instituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere de Arti, Venice, Italy
Group Exhibition, Holsten Galleries, Stockbridge, MA
Our Universe, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC
Multiplicity: Glass in All its Glory, Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Sea-Tac, WA
Traveling Road Show, Blue Rain Exhibition, Palm Springs, CA

1995-pres.
Instructor's Exhibitions, Center on Contemporary Arts, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

1989-Present
The Annual Pilchuck Glass Show, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2004
Blue Rain Exhibition, Traveling Road Show, Palm Springs, CA

2003
nDn Art, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
Representing Representation VI, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
Anniversary Exhibition, Blue Rain Gallery, Taos, NM
Group Exhibition, Stonington Gallery, Seattle, WA

2002
Fusing Traditions, Traveling Exhibition: Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA; Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK; Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK; Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket, CT
Art & At.oow!, Sealaska Juried Art Show, Juneau, AK
25th Anniversary Show, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2001
Collaborations in Glass, Quintana Gallery, Portland, OR
Lino Tagliapietra et Amici, Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA

2000
Traditions in Glass, Sheldon Museum, Haines, AK
Blue Rain Roadshow, San Francisco, CA
Head, Heart, and Hands, DeLand Museum, DeLand, FL, Birmingham International Festival & the American Folk Art Museum, Orlando, FL, Yakima Nation Museum & Cultural Center and American Craft Museum, New York, NY
Indian Art Northwest & Butters Gallery, Festival & Gallery Show, Portland, OR
Millennium Glass, Kentucky Arts & Crafts Gallery, Louisville, KY
Cultural Edge: Contemporary Views of Native Artists, Lower Columbia College, Longview, WA

2009
Glass Formline, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
Invitational Road Show, Blue Rain Gallery, Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA
Port of Seattle Show, Sea-Tac Airport, Sea-Tac, WA

1998
Premonitions, Spirit Wrestler, Vancouver, B.C.
Head, Heart & Hands, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH
Head, Heart & Hands, Kentucky Art & Craft Gallery, Louisville, KY
Invitational Exhibition, Blue Rain Gallery, Taos, NM
Morgan Contemporary Glass, Pittsburgh, PA
Port of Seattle Show, Sea-Tac Airport, Sea-Tac, WA

1997
Four in Glass, Fova Gallery, Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX
Kiva Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Passion Afire, Seattle, WA
NW Coast Images in Glass, Vetri International Glass, Seattle, WA

1993-1997
Margo Jacobson Gallery, Portland, OR
5 NW Artists, Gumps, San Francisco, CA

1988-1996
Annual Goblet Show, The Glass House, Seattle, WA

1996
A New Generation, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

1995
A Powerful Presence, Pilchuck 25 Years, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle, WA

1994
Six Glass Artists, Gallery Glass 1, Stockholm, Sweden

1991-92
Goblet Show, Gallery Nakama, Tokyo, Japan

1992
New Visions, The Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage, AK

1990
Goblet Show, Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, Japan
Kurland Summers Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989
International Glass Trade Show, Tokyo, Japan

Collections

The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
City of Seattle, Portable Art Works Collection, Seattle, WA
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY (Rakow Commission)
Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, WA
Handelsbanken, Stockholm, Sweden
Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Heard Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ
Mint Museum of Art and Design, Charlotte, NC
The Museum of Natural History, Anchorage, AK
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of the Red River, Idabel, OK
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
St. Paul's Cathedral, Oklahoma City, OK
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Washington Mutual Savings Bank, Seattle, WA
Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA

Professional Experience, Lectures and Teaching

2004
Lecturer, Museum of Art and History, Anchorage, AK
Lecturer, Native Heritage Center, Anchorage, AK

2003
Lecturer, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Faculty Instructor, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Guest Lecturer, Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA
Guest Lecturer, University of Washington1s Native Studies, Seattle, WA
Guest Lecturer, California College of Art and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Guest Lecturer, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Guest Lecturer, The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2002
Guest Lecturer, Microsoft Art Collection Panel Discussion, "Collecting Glass Today"
Guest Lecturer and Demonstration, The Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian, The James Renwick Alliance

2001
Guest Lecturer, Native American Art Society Association Conference, "From the Fire Pit of the Canoe People."
Instructor and Co-Creator, Pilchuck Glass School, "Glass & Wood," Donors' Totem Pole

2000
Artist Assistant to Joe David, Pilchuck Glass School, Artist in Residence Program
Visiting Artist, Taos Glass Arts and Education, Taos, NM

1985 - present
Assistant Glass Blower to Benjamin Moore, Richard Royal, Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Fritz Dreisbach, Dante Marioni, Lino Tagliapietra, Temo Sarpenava, Stanislav Libensky, Sonja Blomdahl, Ann Wĺhlstrom, Marvin Lipofsky

1992, 2009
Collectors Conference Workshop, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

2009
Blowing Demonstration, Glass Art Society, Tampa, FL

1998
Visiting Artist, 'Documents 98,' Ezra Glass Studio, Kanazu, Japan

1993
Workshops & Demonstrations, Kosta Boda, Sweden, Itala and Nuutaajarvi, Finland
Co-Founded Maggio Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1988 - 1990
Gaffer, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1982 - 1985
Glass Blower, The Glass Eye Studios, Seattle, WA

Publications

2004
Glass Acts," Art & Antiques, May 2004, pp. 43-49 New Glass Review, Corning Museum of Glass, 2004, pp. 77-79 Kangas, Matthew. "Vision Quest," Glass Magazine, June 2004

2003
"Preston Singletary, Tlingit" Fjarde Varlden, Carl Johan Gurt, January 2003, pg. 5-11.
"Preston Singletary" Southwest Art Magazine, Dottie Indyke, June 2003, pg. 32-34.
"Crossing the Threshold" Queen Anne Magnolia News, Nancy Worssam, June 11, pg. 14.
"The Perfect Couple: Native American artifacts and glass art" Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Judy Wagonfeld, June 6, pg. 18.
"Breaking Into Glass" The Arizona Republic, John Carlos Villani, May 11, E1.
"A Seattle Collection" Native Peoples, Barry Herem, July/August, 64-66/ "Vision Quest" Art Access, January, 2003.
"Fusing Traditions: Transformations in Glass by Native American Artists.," American Indian Art Magazine Spring 2003, Carolyn Kastner & Rosalyn Tunis, p.56
"SAM merges Native art from past with modern styles" The Daily of the University of Washington, May 29, pg. 7.

2002
"In the Galleries," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Regina Hacket, March 7, 2002.
"Tradition and Experiment fuse. . . " Anchorage Daily News, June 13,2002, pg. D6.
"In the Galleries," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Regina Hackett,p. D1, March 7, 2002.
"The Jet City," Lars Falk, Gant Fall and Winter Catalogue, 2001.

2001
"Clan House: Preston Singletary at William Traver," Glashaus, Geoff Wichert, 4th ed. pg. 6-7.
Native Peoples Magazine, Nov. Issue, Gary Wyatt, "Cross Cultural Fusion," Pilchuck Totem Pole.

2000
"Modern Masters," HGTV Artist Profile, aired January 25, 2001.

2009
New York Times, Sept. 19th, Charlie LeDuff, "Native Art you won1t see in the Casinos"
"Mythic Beings", Gary Wyatt. Spirit art of the NW coast. pub. by Douglas & McIntyre
Southwest Art, Bonnie Ganglehoff, "Artist Profile" August Issue
Native Peoples Magazine "Native and European traditions meet..., ("Creating" section, Spring issue.)

1998
The Wall Street Journal Sept 4, 1998, Gail King, "Tackling tradition with style and wit."
New Art Examiner, Mars, Glen Brown, "Four in Glass."

1990
Glasswork Magazine, Japan, Nr 11, Dick Weiss, "The Glassblowers of the Pacific NW".

1997
St. James Guide to Native North American Artists, Bio.
Indian Artist Magazine, Winter issue, Ramona Gault, "Feature article".
"Four in Glass", Matthew Kangas, Lubboc, TX, Fova Galleries.
The Seattle Times, March 30, Robin Updike, "A Place to Reflect".

1996
Glass Magazine #63, review, Geoffrey Wichart, "A New Generation."

1995
Skona Hem, Interior Magazine, Sweden, July. Lage Stone.

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