Preston Singletary

Preston Singletary - INDIAN CURIO SHELF

Artist Statement

PRESTON SINGLETARY

     The art of Preston Singletary has become synonymous with the relationship

between European glass blowing traditions and Northwest Native art. His

artworks feature themes of transformation, animal spirits and shamanism

through elegant blown glass forms and mystical sand carved Tlingit designs.

Singletary learned the art of glass blowing by working with artists in the Seattle

area including Benjamin Moore and Dante Marioni. As a student and assistant,

he initially focused on mastering the techniques of the European tradition. His

work took him to Kosta Boda (Sweden) where he studied Scandinavian design

and met his future wife. Throughout his over thirty years of glass blowing

experience, he has also had opportunities to learn the secrets of the Venetian

glass masters by working with Italian legends Lino Tagliapietra, Cecco Ongaro,

and Pino Signoretto.

     Recognized internationally, Singletary’s artworks are included in museum

collections such as The British Museum (London, UK), The Museum of Fine Arts

(Boston, MA), The Seattle Art Museum (Seattle WA), The Corning Museum of

Glass (Corning, NY), The Microsoft Art Collection, The Mint Museum of Art and

Design (Charlotte, NC), The Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), and The Smithsonian

Institution (Washington, DC).

     Singletary maintains an active schedule by teaching, lecturing and exhibiting

internationally. In 2009, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, launched a major

mid-career survey of his work, entitled Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and

Shadows. In 2018 he will launch a new traveling exhibition with the Museum of

Glass, titled Raven and the Box of Daylight, which will push the boundaries of

glass as a medium for storytelling.

Biography

PRESTON SINGLETARY

TLINGIT GLASS ARTIST

EDUCATION:

1984-99 The Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.

Studied with Lino Tagliapietra, Checco Ongaro, Benjamin Moore, Dorit Brand,

Judy Hill, Dan Daily, and Pino Signoretto

AWARDS:

2013 Mayor’s Art Award for “Raising the Bar” – Seattle, WA

2010 Honorary doctorate, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

2009 National Native Artist Exchange Award, New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston, MA

2004 1st Place Contemporary Art, Sealaska Heritage Foundation, “Celebration 2004,” AK

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

2002 Seattle Arts Commission, Purchase Award

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

2009- current IslandWood environmental school, Bainbridge Island, WA – Board of Directors

2008 Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM - Community Advisory Committee

2007-current Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA - Community Advisory Committee

2006-current Artstream Cultural Resources, Pagosa Springs, CO - Community Advisory Committee

2005-2011 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA - Board of Trustees and Community Advisory Committee

2000-current Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA - Board of Trustees and Community Advisory Committee

SOLO GALLERY EXHIBITIONS:

2016 Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – Journey Across the Fire (and Into the World)

2014 Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – He Who Spins Illusions

Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – New Works

2013 Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – Listen for the Raven

Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – New Works

Schantz Gallery, Stockbridge, MA – Summer Exhibition Series

2012 Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – Confluence

2011 Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA – Contents of a Dream

Schantz Gallery, Stockbridge, MA – Collector’s Weekend Showcase

2009 Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – Beyond Primitivism

Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe NM – Solo Exhibition

2007 William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA - The Uncle Who Went into the Forest

2006 Heller Gallery, New York, NY - Raven Steals the Light

2004 Instituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere de Arti, Venice, Italy – Vetri. Nel Mondo. Oggi.

Boreal Traditions, Anchorage, AK - Solo Exhibition

2002-current Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - Solo Exhibitions

2001 Chappell Gallery, New York – Solo Exhibition, Glass Potlatch

SELECT MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS:

2018 Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA – Solo exhibition – Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of

Daylight

2015 - 2016 Museum of Northwest Art, WA – Group exhibition – Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions

in Indigenous Art, 1977-2015.

2009-2012 Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA – Solo exhibition – Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and

Shadows. Traveled to: National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY; Heard

Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Anchorage Museum at Rasmussen Center, Anchorage, AK

2011 Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, WA – Group exhibition

– Cultural Confluence: Urban People of Asian and Native American Heritages

2010 John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI – Group exhibition – Animal Instincts

2009 McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada– Group exhibition – Challenging

Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast. Traveled to: The Olympic

Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland, and The Reach Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

2005 Museum of Art + Design, New York, NY – Group exhibition – Changing Hands: Art Without

Reservation, 2

2004 National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC – Group exhibition – Our Universe

2003 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA – Solo exhibition, Threshold

Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, CA – Group exhibition – Fusing Traditions:

Transformations in Glass by Native American Artists. Traveled to: Heard Museum, Phoenix,

AZ; The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA;

Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Corning, NY; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA;

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA; Anchorage Museum at Rasmussen

Center, Anchorage, AK; Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK; Mashantucket Pequot Museum and

Research Center, Mashantucket, CT.

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS:

2015 Clan House – Glass panels and cast glass house posts. Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau, AK

2011 Transformations – Wall panels of steel and glass. Seattle University, Seattle, WA

2008 Clan House – Wall panel and house posts of cast glass. Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

2004 Raven Steals the Sun – Glass sculpture with fiber optic lighting. National Museum of the American

Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

David Pendleton Oakerhater Chapel Window – St. Paul's Cathedral, Oklahoma City, OK

2003 Keet Shagoon – Cast glass panels. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2000 Pilchuck Founder's Totem Pole – Totem pole with cast glass and neon elements. Pilchuck Glass

School, Stanwood, WA

SELECT COLLECTIONS:

Anchorage Museum at Rasmussen Center, Anchorage, AK

The Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA

The British Museum, London, UK

The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

The Burke Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

City of Seattle, Portable Works Collection, Seattle, WA

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY (Rakow Commission)

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Ethnografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

Fred Jones, Jr, Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, WA

Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Heard Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ

Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH

Microsoft Art Collection

Mint Museum of Art & Design, Charlotte, NC

Museum of Art + Design, New York, NY

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

Museum of History & Industry, Seattle, WA

The Museum of Natural History, Anchorage, AK

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK

Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oklahoma City, OK

Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN

Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA