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Donated artwork sought for auction supporting Black Glass Artist Series

Organizers of the Black Glass Artist Series, during which glass artists of color will come to the Alfred University campus for one-week residencies throughout the spring 2023 semester, are holding an auction of artwork to raise funds to support the series.


Organizers of the Black Glass Artist Series, during which glass artists of color will come to the Alfred University campus for one-week residencies throughout the spring 2023 semester, are holding an auction of artwork to raise funds to support the series.

The inaugural Black Glass Artist Series was held during the spring 2022 semester. The University welcomed glass artists of color to campus for one-week residencies, during which they presented artist talks and gave demonstrations of their practice in the Alfred University School of Art and Design’s Hot Glass Shop. The series is the brainchild of senior B.F.A. student Adeye Jean-Baptist from Scarsdale, NY. In 2020, Adeye proposed to host a series of visiting glass artists who hail from the afro diaspora and led efforts to gain funding to support the series, including organizing an auction.

The fundraising auction of artwork to support the 2023 Black Glass Artist Series is planned for October 20 at 5pm in the Robert C. Turner Gallery. Organizers are seeking donations to be auctioned and are asking for one piece of work per artist. Donations, with a completed form, are due at the School of Art and Design office in Binns Merrill Hall by Oct. 15. For questions or more information, email anguspowers@alfred.edu.

The series is also supported by the School of Art and Design and its Sculpture Dimensional Studies Division, Student Senate, the Institute for Cultural Unity, and Olympic Color, a glassblowing supply company in Seattle, WA.