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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>)



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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