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Subject: ArtsQuest News Release: ArtsQuest Announces GlassWorks Staff
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 13:03:24 -0400
From: Mark Demko <mdemko at fest.org>
To: Kim Plyler <kplyler at fest.org>
* NEWS RELEASE*
* DATE:* Oct. 23, 2006
* CONTACT:* Kim I. Plyler
(610) 332-1300, Ext. 333
(kplyler at fest.org <mailto:kplyler at fest.org>)
*ARTSQUEST ANNOUNCES GLASSWORKS STAFF
BETHLEHEM, PA*---*ArtsQuest, the Bethlehem, Pa.-based nonprofit arts
organization that presents Musikfest,* *Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem and
the Banana Factory visual arts center, is pleased to announce the staff
of its new GlassWorks glass studio at the Banana Factory.
* James Harmon*, an esteemed artist with more than 30 years'
experience blowing glass and teaching at some of the nation's most
prominent glass studios, is GlassWorks' Creative Director.
Harmon, who began glass blowing when he was a student at the Rhode
Island School of Design in the early 1970s, has taught glass art at
Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Wash.; The Studio at the Corning Museum
of Glass; Corning, N.Y.; Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, Millville,
N.J.; University of the Arts; Philadelphia, Pa.; and the University of
Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii. In the late 1980s and early '90s, he was integral
in the design, construction and opening of the New York Experimental
Glass Workshop, a prestigious academic and working artists' glass
facility in Brooklyn, N.Y. that is now known as UrbanGlass.
During his career, Harmon has worked with world renowned
glass artist Dale Chihuly and been honored with many outstanding
artistic awards for his visionary work. He is the recipient of a Young
Americans Clay/Glass Award from the American Craft Council, a National
Endowment for the Arts Master Craftsman Award and two fellowships from
the Creative Glass Center of America in Millville.
Harmon's work has been shown around the world and is found
in many fine art museums and corporate and private collections,
including the Smithsonian's American Museum of Art in Washington D.C. In
addition, his pieces can be seen in art books and publications, and he
has produced hundreds of architectural glass details, awards and
lighting pieces for many renowned clients.
As Creative Director of GlassWorks, Harmon is in charge of
establishing the curriculum for classes and the after-school enrichment
program for at-risk youth. He also teaches classes, oversees development
of the glass artist-in-residence program and is responsible for
developing and ensuring the protocols for the safe and efficient
operation of GlassWorks.
*John Choi* has been named the Studio Manager for
GlassWorks. A* *graduate of University of the Arts, where he earned a
degree in industrial design, Choi has more than 10 years of experience
in glass art and sculpting. He has exhibited in numerous galleries and
his work is found in private collections nationwide.
The recipient of a Creative Glass Center of America
Fellowship, Choi has experience in Venetian glass, Swedish glass and hot
glass sculpting. He has taught glass blowing and sculpting with renowned
artists such as Jose Cardiet, Jamex and Einer de la Torre and Karen
Willenbrink-Johnsen, and has served as an instructor at Hot Soup Glass
Studio in Philadelphia; Pilchuck Glass School and the Pittsburgh Glass
As Studio Manager of GlassWorks, Choi is responsible for overseeing the
day-to-day operations of the studio, class scheduling and serving as an
instructor for classes in glassblowing and flameworking.**
ArtsQuest is a community-focused, nonprofit arts organization located in
Bethlehem. The organization, founded in 1984, presents the 10-day music
festival Musikfest each August and the 15-day holiday marketplace
Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem each December. It also owns and operates the
Banana Factory visual arts center and gallery in Bethlehem. ArtsQuest's
mission is "to celebrate arts and culture."
For more information, visit www.fest.org <http://www.fest.org>.
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