Mark Zirpel Awarded Hauberg Fellowship

Mark Zirpel at the Bullseye Gallery, 2005

Seattle, WA – Pilchuck Glass School announced today the selection of its 2006 Hauberg Fellows. Spearheaded by Seattle-based artist Mark Zirpel, the group comprised of Brian Boldon, Jim Butler, Robert Campbell, Rebecca Cummins, Ben Wright, and Zirpel will collaborate to explore the relationship between glass and imagery at Pilchuck’s Stanwood campus from May 8 through May 19, 2006.

Hauberg Fellows will apply images obtained from various sources onto kiln-formed glass. Glass will not be used solely as a canvas. It will be a vehicle to explore how its optical properties can cause the viewer to rethink the meaning of images. The potential of new media and digital imagery will expand the understanding of art created with glass.

This residency is conceived as a collaboration in which the six artists will work together, gaining inspiration from one another. Hauberg Fellows will use one of the school’s studios as part theater, part gallery, and part installation space. Individual works may result, but Zirpel intends the Hauberg Fellows to focus more on group projects that will inspire artists working in their studios long after the fellowship ends.

Seattle-based artist Mark Zirpel began creating in glass following a successful career in printmaking. With a B.F.A. from the University of Alaska and an M.F.A. from San Francisco State University, Zirpel has taught printmaking and drawing at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. His most recent works use glass as one element of mixed-media kinetic sculpture such as Sound Organ, an installation on view at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass through June 4, 2006.

Established in 2000 with a funded endowment to honor Pilchuck co-founder, the late John H. Hauberg, the Hauberg Fellowship residency offers up to six established professional artists the opportunity to create work that responds to Pilchuck’s environment or uses the school’s glassmaking facilities. Participants are selected following a competitive application process. Criteria for their selection include artistic merit and collaborative theme. The application deadline for the 2007 Hauberg Fellowship Program is December 1, 2006.

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April 1, 2006