Guest Artists 2015


Amber CowanAmber Cowan is an artist and educator working out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Originally from York, Pennsylvania, she first started working with glass at Salisbury University in Maryland where she received her BFA in 3-Dimensional Design with a concentration in glass. In 2011 Cowan received her MFA in Ceramics/Glass from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Before returning to graduate school she lived in New York City for many years where she worked as an instructor of glassblowing and flamework at One Sixty Glass and Urban Glass in Brooklyn. She has taught alongside and been the teaching assistant to many prolific artists including Paul J. Stankard, Gianni Toso, Michiko Sakano, and Lucio Bubacco. She was recently awarded the 2012 International Procter Fellowship at The Australian National University, The Steve Stormer Award from Temple University and participated as a resident at The Toledo Museum of Art for the Toledo Workshop Revisited Residency. 

Cowan was a lecturing artist at the 2011 International Flameworking Conference at Salem Community College. Her lecture included information on the current state of flameworking in the university system, and she demonstrated flameworking using recycled cullet. She is currently a faculty member of the glass department at Tyler School of Art and her work is represented by Heller Gallery in New York City.

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Luke JerramLuke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 17 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. He is also Visiting Senior Research Fellow at CFPR, University of West of England.

Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large scale public engagement artworks. Most recently his giant installation Park and Slide caught the world’s imagination. His celebrated street pianos installation ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ has been presented in over 46 cities so far, reaching an audience to date of over 6 million people around the world. Launched by the French Minister of Culture in Paris and Mayor Bloomberg in NYC, the installation has received press coverage in almost every newspaper and television station around the globe. In 2010 Jerram was voted ABC “Person of the week” for this work.
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