1. Smith presented this lecture on Friday June 21, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.

    The Color that Grabbed Me on the Street

    During her undergraduate training as a painter in Chicago, Smith discovered the world of printmaking through her love of ephemeral posters scattered throughout the urban landscape. Her exploration of this interest took her from painting these artifacts, to producing and posting her own prints, to a more archeological and ultimately transformative approach to working with her muse. Today she continues to harness the power of the high-contrast graphic images produced by a small army of youth culture warriors in the battle to grab our attention—but she does it with kiln-glass.

    Stacy Lynn Smith, a native of Vancouver, Washington, earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After returning to the Northwest, she mounted Accumulate, her first solo exhibition, in 2010, followed by shows at Art Santa Fe and the inFORM exhibition at Bullseye Gallery in 2011. In 2013, she joined the Research & Education team at Bullseye, in addition to exhibiting her work in the duo exhibit The End and After (with Michael Endo) at Bullseye Gallery and showing new work at SOFA Chicago.

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  2. Speer presented this lecture on Thursday June 20, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.

    Angel White and Devil Red: Color's Symbolism in History, Pop Culture, and Contemporary Glass

    "Color," wrote the late painter Sam Francis, "is light on fire. It is also thought on fire. Throughout history and across cultures, colors have been laden with symbolic implications. As writer David Batchelor brilliantly demonstrated in his 2000 book, Chromophobia, saturated colors have long been equated with evil and decadence, while minimal or neutral colors have stood for purity and austerity. Why is this, and how has this dialectical approach manifested in historical, modern, and contemporary art? In this talk, author and art critic Richard Speer offers analysis spanning the realms of philosophy, literature, linguistics, gender studies, music, film, advertising, and the wider arena of popular culture. He also offers strategies for artists, particularly those who work with glass, to harness color's transformative power, both in the studio and during the course of everyday life.

    Richard Speer is a contributing critic for ARTnews, Art Ltd., and Visual Art Source. Since 2002 he has been visual-arts critic at Willamette Week, the Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative newsweekly in Portland, Oregon. His essays about art, architecture, and music have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Opera News, and Salon. He is the author of Matt Lamb: The Art of Success, the biography of Outsider artist Matt Lamb (1932-2011).

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  3. Gross presented this lecture on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.

    Transformations: Color, Kiln-Glass & Children's Education

    What can we learn as artists and educators in observing children creating with color and glass? What makes this particular material—glass—and this artmaking method—kilnforming—so powerful in the development of a child’s vision? How can kilnforming fit into a larger educational program? Where does it coalesce with a curriculum of science, math, and reading? Brazee Street Studio’s Sandra Gross details varied glass projects with children as young as 3 that form the core of her research in this transformative territory. From a glass universe in Toledo, Ohio, to glass rainbows in a Santa Fe museum, color and kiln-glass have proven themselves powerful forces within children’s education.

    Sandra Gross owns and operates Cincinnati's Brazee Street Studios, home to over 22 artists, a glass school, and a gallery. A BFA and MFA in sculpture from Miami University; teaching experience in wood fabrication, bronze casting, and plaster mold making; and an MEd from Xavier University in Montessori and Early Childhood Education are the deep foundation on which Gross has built her unique ability to spark children's creativity through kilnforming.

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  4. Marquis presented this lecture on Thursday June 21, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.

    How I Misuse Bullseye Glass - Richard Marquis
    "Like most accomplished abusers of information I incorporate multiple levels of deceit, manipulation, and both feigned and true ignorance." So begins the description of this session originally submitted (late) by artist Richard Marquis. To summarize the rest, he promised to describe his approach to working with glass as a material ("I ignore all melting advice ... it's like I toss buckets of quarters into a deep wishing well") and the often weeks-long portmanteau process—blowing some shapes, pulling round and square cane and bundling them into complex patterns that get pulled again into complicated murrine, fusing rods into stripes, checkerboards, and odd patterns—that ultimately results in what he calls "various objets d'art": eggs and elephants, boats and teapots, potatoes and Marquiscarpae that are universally celebrated for their beauty, subversive charm, and distinctive blend of humor and pathos. He also stated his intention to discuss why he doesn't worry about things cracking ("a natural process embraced by the natural world") or compatibility ("except with my wife").

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    In dog years, Richard Marquis has been working in glass for over three centuries. In that time he's worn out four dogs and is working on his fifth. Also in that time, he's created a weird and varied body of work, a portion of which is in important public and private collections. Eschewing publicity, he works quietly and haphazardly in his shop on Whidbey Island, Washington. He's received more than his share of awards and notoriety.

    Website: richardmarquis.com

    Richard Marquis at Bullseye
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  5. Quagliata presented this lecture on Thursday June 21, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.

    The World is Color – Narcissus Quagliata
    "The world is color, nature is color, culture and art are color, as well as the psyche." Roman born, US educated, Mexican resident, and public art star in China, Narcissus Quagliata focuses in this presentation on the perception of color as a key to understanding culture, art, and ourselves. He concludes with reflections on the nature of light as the color that profoundly affects the soul.

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    Narcissus Quagliata was born in Rome in 1942, where he studied painting with Giorgio De Chirico. At 19, he moved to the United States and received both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Painting & Graphics from the San Francisco Art Institute. Soon after graduation, he began working in glass and continues to use it as his principle form of artistic expression. Currently residing in Mexico, Quagliata's recent monumental glass works, one built on Michelangelo's last Roman basilica and another on a Taiwanese transportation station underscore the multicultural issues inherent in the artist's use of light and color. His book, Narcissus Quagliata: Architypes and Visions in Light and Glass, was published in 2013.

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    Narcissus Quagliata: Light Fusions
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    Narcissus Quagliata: Architypes and Visions in Light and Glass
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A conference exploring the intersections of color, kiln-glass, and the human experience

As an artist, the mystery of color is fundamental to you and to your work. Sometimes you control it, sometimes it controls you. While this is true in many media,…


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A conference exploring the intersections of color, kiln-glass, and the human experience

As an artist, the mystery of color is fundamental to you and to your work. Sometimes you control it, sometimes it controls you. While this is true in many media, nowhere is the balance as delicate – and as exciting – as it is in contemporary kiln-glass. BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE tackles this challenge through presentations and workshops by leading practitioners in the world of glass, color, art, and beyond.

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