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Retired glass/neon professor receives Seattle school's achievement award

Fred Tschida, recently retired professor of glass and neon in the Alfred University (AU) School of Art and Design, has been named recipient of the 2014 Libensky/Brychtova Award from the Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA . The award will be presented May 13.

The Libensky/Brychtova Award acknowledges extraordinary talent and high achievement in the world of contemporary glass. The selection jury of previous award recipients considers an artist’s standing in the field of contemporary glass, artistic achievement, educational leadership and teaching, and ambassadorial contributions made to Pilchuck.

“Fred is one of a small elite group of glass artists who have transformed the field,” said Leslie Bellavance, dean of the School of Art and Design at AU.

Tschida, who retired in January 2014, served as an AU professor for more than 30 years. He has exhibited his work across the world and is recognized as one of the top glass artists internationally. 

The award is presented at the Pilchuck Glass School Leadership Council’s annual event recognizing those individuals whose contributions to the arts reflect and advance the core values and vision of the school.