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Glass Artist Richard Parrish Returns for Glass Art Society Conference

The Rockwell Museum is pleased to host glass artist Richard Parrish for the second time in 2016 – this time to present to his allies in art at the Glass Art Society Conference held in Corning, NY this year. 

Not only is the exhibit on view throughout the conference, but Parrish will present a gallery talk on Wednesday evening, June 8, 2016. The Gallery Talk will take place 5:30 – 6:00 p.m, followed by 1:1 questions with the artist. This is event is free and open to the public, but advance reservations are highly recommended.  CLICK HERE TO RESERVE

The exhibition, Aerial Perspectives of the American Landscape, features kilnformed panels, the most recent creations in Parrish’s’ Mapping series.  Informed by aerial photography, the panels provide a birds-eye view of the landscape.  Fields, rivers, and crop irrigation patterns are presented in an altered spatial context, while being preserved as recognizable components of the composition. By manipulating the expected vantage point, Parrish controls our engagement with the subject matter and causes us to view the shifting topography of America from a different perspective. Parrish’s work serves as a continuation of the rich American landscape tradition. 

The thick panels are comprised of multiple layers of transparent and opaque glass and glass powders that are kilnformed to create surface relief and texture.  The surfaces are ground and cold worked to expose layers in much the same way as the surface of the earth is eroded, graded and cut to expose materials below the surface.  The resultant panels evoke images of maps, topography and geology. G.A.S. Conference participants will be catching the tail end of this stunning exhibition, on view through June 19, 2016.  

Richard Parrish At Work

As an artist and an architect, Parrish finds inspiration in both the natural and the human-made environments.

Glass Kilnforming

Opaque glass and glass powders are kilnformed to create surface relief and texture.

Richard Parrish at Work

The surfaces are ground and cold worked to expose layers.

Alluvial Fan

Richard Parrish, Alluvial Fan, 16" x 27.75" x 1"


Richard Parrish, Bend, 15" x 24" x .75"


Richard Parrish, Prairie, 19.5" x 34.5"

Richard Parrish is the owner of and designer for Fusio Studio, a studio for kilnformed glass in Bozeman, Montana.   He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. His work was selected for the Corning Museum of Glass’s New Glass Review 27, and he was awarded the American Craft Council Award of Achievement in 2003.  He teaches classes in kilnformed glass throughout the United States and internationally.



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