John Kiley’s sculptures, composed of fused translucent glass, are cut with precision and create an acute sense of imbalance. His richly hued sculptures are both optically and emotionally engaging explorations of fragility and light.
Kiley has traveled the world working with the top international contemporary glass artists including Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra. His work is held in international private and public collections and museums ranging from the Tacoma Museum of Glass to the Shanghai Museum of Glass.
Tip Toland seeks to mirror the vulnerability of humanity back to the viewer, often choosing peripheralized subjects for their ability to portray innocence and extreme complexity. Her hyperreal figures in clay transcend the medium and hover disconcertingly between the fantastic and the mundane.
Toland teaches nationally and has been the recipient of numerous national grants and awards. She has exhibited with the Barry Friedman Gallery LTD, New York City, and had a solo exhibition in 2014 at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Her work is held in numerous public and museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, and the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
Merrill Wagner’s wall-mounted compositions are quietly meditative and stridently urban – smooth curves and soft colors contrast richly with the sharp edges of heavy raw steel. The work functions both figuratively and as an abstract work focused on rhythm, pattern and movement transmitted through the use of purposeful, unequally weighted negative spaces.
Wagner has held teaching positions at the Parsons School of Design, New York, and Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. She was the recipient of several prestigious awards ranging from the Andrew Carnegie Prize to the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Fellowship Grant. Her work is held in numerous public and museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.
Jamie Walker's semi-abstract ceramic cloud forms play on the inherent contradiction between the ephemeral nature of their subject matter and the concrete timelessness of sculptural objects, and are they meant to conjure a sense of wandering, day-dreaming and a brief sense of departure from our daily experiences.
Walker is currently the Director of the School of Art at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He has received a number of accolades and awards and his work is held in notable private and public collections including the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, Racine Art Museum and the International Museum of Glass. In 2010 he completed a three-piece outdoor commission for Vulcan Inc., located at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle.