Wheaton Conversations: Lily Wilkins & Brianna Gluszak

Wheaton Conversations with 2024 Summer Fellows:
Lily Wilkins & Brianna Gluszak

Watch the June 20, 2024 recording above

Meet WheatonArts 2024 Summer Creative Glass Fellows Lily Wilkins & Brianna Gluszak! 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.

Black and white headshot image of WheatonArts 2024 Creative Glass Fellow: Brianna Gluszak. Brianna has short hair that is cut above the chin and is wearing a long sleeve shirt with buttons. a collar, and a pocket on the right side.

Brianna Gluszak received a bachelor’s in fine arts with distinction in glass from The Alberta University for the Arts (formerly The Alberta College of Art and Design) in 2016 and a master’s in fine arts from The Ohio State University in 2022. Gluszak has studied and worked at Pilchuck Glass School, The Corning Museum of Glass, The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, and the STARWorks Center for Creative Enterprise. They have traveled internationally to participate in residencies in Denmark, Scotland, and Canada.

Their utilizes playful motifs, gendered forms, materials, and captivating color schemes. They often exploit the hard-edged masculine architecture and the phallus form to transform the assumed gender of an object or space through the transition and translation of color. They are blurring the distinctions created between the ideals of feminine or masculine through glassmaking, textiles, and installation.

Grayscale headshot of WheatonArts 2024 Creative Glass Fellow Lily Wilkins. Lily is wearing a long-sleeve shirt with a collar, buttons, and a pocket on the right side. Lily is looking off to the side in the image and her hair is tied back.

Lily Wilkins is an interdisciplinary artist and designer from Los Angeles, California. Her work is deeply rooted in exploring urban and industrial landscapes and the intricate interplay between architecture, industry, and public spaces. Lily’s practice draws inspiration from both the industrial and the handmade, producing work that fluctuates between sculptural and functional objects that share a common aesthetic language.

She received a BFA in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2021). While participating in the Core Fellowship at the Penland School of Craft (2022-24), Lily began working with glass, exploring the transformative possibilities of the material and translating her visual vocabulary into both cast and blown forms.