Wheaton Conversations: 2024 Spring Creative Glass Fellows

Image of the banner for an episode of Wheaton Conversations. The banner is separated into three different sections separated with red lines. The section on the left is a vertical rectangle and two horizontal rectangles on the right. The section on the left is an image of a glass figurine in front of a background that starts white at the bottom and turns dark gray at the top. The figurine has dark facial hair above the mouth and on the chin. There are also tattoos on both forearms. The figure is wearing a black beanie-like hat, a flowy white t-shirt, blue pants, and black shoes. The top horizontal image on the right has a gray background. There is large white text that reads "Wheaton Conversations" with a red curvy line underneath. Below the red line is more white text that reads "Spring Fellows: Jaime Guererro, Anna Boothe, & Nancy Cohen". The bottom horizontal section is an image of small glass pieces arranged on a white background. The right side of the image features a dark gray piece with a knob at the top that extends into a clear glass ruffle piece that is holding small red pieces arranged around a white piece with a tall blue flower on top of it. The gray piece has a curved end on the left side as though it was expelling the small glass pieces on the left side of the image. These pieces are comprised of white smoke-shaped pieces, a white piece that is holding up two small orange pieces, red pieces with orange tips in flame-like shapes, a yellow piece, and an orange piece that has green, yellow, and blue pieces sticking out of it.

Wheaton Conversations with 2024 Spring Fellows:
Jaime Guererro, Anna Boothe, & Nancy Cohen

6 p.m. EST on Thursday, May 16, 2024

Meet WheatonArts 2024 Spring Creative Glass Fellows, artists Jaime Guererro, Anna Boothe, & Nancy Cohen! Together they will discuss their unique, individual experiences and creative processes. Join us as we consider technique, approach, and problem-solving with these dynamic artists as they share what they have been exploring during their Fellowship at WheatonArts.

Closed captioning is provided.
This event is part of “Wheaton Conversations,” 
a virtual series highlighting a diverse community of Artists!
To see the full schedule of conversations, Click Here

Wheaton Conversations is generously presented by PNC Arts Alive! and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.

Image of WheatonArts 2024 Creative Glass Fellow Jaime Guerrero using a large metal paddle tool and a torch on a large human-shaped glass piece. in front of a crowd of viewers. Another artist is using a torch on piece as well in the top right corner.

Jaime Guerrero
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Jaime Guerrero is a Mexican-American glass sculptor currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was born in a predominantly Latino neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, which helped shape his views around race, identity, and social equity. Jaime Guerrero attended California College of the Arts in Northern California, where he discovered the art of glass blowing and instantly became enamored with the process. During his glass-blowing career, he has been fortunate enough to work with Italian Masters such as Pino Signorretto and Checco Ongaro. These interactions helped solidify his passion for sculpting.

Jaime Guerrero now incorporates concepts from his upbringing into glass sculptural forms. Jaime Guerrero has received many awards and accolades. Most notable were two Saxe Fellowship Awards for outstanding artistic achievement, and most recently, his solo exhibition at the Pittsburgh Glass Center was voted top ten in Western Pennsylvania for 2019 by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Image of Nancy Cohen and Anna Boothe standing next to one another in front of a white wall with piece of glass artwork arranged on it to create a larger piece. The artwork consists of white curvy tubes of glass and more tubes of red glass extending off of the white. There is also larger red, blue, and white pieces resting on different sections of the larger piece. Anna Boothe has shoulder length light brown hair and is wearing a long brown dress with a black leaf pattern, a black belt with a gold buckle in the center, and a long sleeve black shrug. Nancy Cohen has short silver hair, blue glasses, and is wearing a sleeveless black dress.

Nancy Cohen and Anna Booth
Nancy Cohen and Anna Boothe have been good friends for 25+ years and collaborative partners since 2012.

Nancy Cohen’s work in glass and handmade paper examines resiliency in relation to the environment and the human body. Recent projects include Once She Dries, an experimental opera and multidisciplinary collaborative installation (https://www.onceshedries.com/) currently on view at the International Biennial of Paper & Fibre Art in the Museum of Craft and Design in Nantou, Taiwan; Your Water/My Sky, a series of 9 double-sided banners commissioned by Summit Public Art in Summit, NJ; and Between Seeing & Knowing, a collaborative installation with Anna Boothe now in the collection of the Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah, WI. Her work was recently featured in NJ PBS State of the Arts.

This past fall, Cohen was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. In 2022, she was a recipient of the Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Works on Paper Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts, a Denbo Fellowship from Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and a Studio Residency grant from Women’s Studio Workshop. In the spring of 2024, she will have a solo exhibition, The State We’re In, of recent glass and paperwork at Markel Fine Arts in Chelsea, NYC.

Anna Boothe has worked with glass since 1980, with degrees in sculpture and glass from the Rhode Island School of Design and Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Her primarily kiln-cast sculptural and decorative works have been exhibited at numerous venues, including the Tittot Glass Art and Bergstrom-Mahler Museums, Museum of American Glass, Museum of Greater Lafayette, and Kentucky Museum of Art and Design, and are included in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, Racine Art Museum and Tacoma Museum of Art.

After 16 years as a Tyler glass faculty member, Anna helped develop Salem Community College’s (New Jersey) glass art degree program and chaired its International Flameworking Conference. She has lectured and/or taught at numerous venues, including the Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Urban Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, and others, as well as at schools in Belgium, Israel, Japan, Switzerland, and Turkey. 

Anna served on the Glass Art Society Board of Directors (’98-’06) and as President (’04-’06). Until recently, she was Director of Glass at Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum, where she curated glass exhibits and organized the Glass Now auction (one of the two largest annual contemporary glass auctions in the US).