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Dean Allison artist talk
Visiting Artist in Glass

January 16 2020

When 9:30am - 11:00am
Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Peter B Lewis Theater

glass sculpture of child wearing underwater goggles and breathing tube

"Waterbug," 2016. cast glass, 36x18x16 inches

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Join us for an artist talk by Dean Allison beginning at 9:30am Thursday, January 16, in the Peter B. Lewis Theater.

Allison is a Pittsburgh-based studio artist working with portrait sculpture and the figure with glass. He begins with a life cast of a subject. The final portrait, made in cast glass, expresses the fragility and transparency of the human experience through a medium that inherently captures those qualities. The work is a document, a three-dimensional photograph that examines preconceptions and perception toward individuals.

Dean Allison is a studio artist working with portrait sculpture and the figure with glass. His studio is in Pittsburgh PA. He received his Master of Art, Visual Arts in glass from The Australian National University in Canberra in 2010 and a B.S. in Studio Arts from Illinois State University in 2001. He has worked at The Northlands Creative Glass Center in Scotland, The Canberra Glass Works in Australia, Chicago Hot Glass, Pilchuck Glass School. He has taught at The Penland School of Crafts, The Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Bullseye Glass Factory in Portland OR and The Glass Furnace in Istanbul Turkey. Public collections include The Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon MI; The Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn AL; Hinson Art Museum, Wingate NC; and The Imagine Museum, Sarasota FL. He is presently represented by Habatat gallery Michigan.


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