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Christopher Ries (1952) received a BFA from the Ohio State University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. While at Madison, he was the personal assistant to Harvey K. Littleton, who is considered by many to be the father of the 20th century Studio Glass Movement. Today, Ries is a highly acclaimed worldwide contemporary glass artist known for his elegant sculpture.
Christopher Ries composes light through the medium of glass. Working with large blocks of optic crystal, he releases the form, employing the same techniques used in stone sculpting. While these sculptures suggest a range of sources from prisms to faceted gemstones, these terms are too limiting to describe them. His works quietly move the viewer. They create emotional and aesthetic reactions in the viewers that connect them to his work and to the things from our environment that inspire him. Ries effectively blends a technical precision with an artistic vision that challenges the mind, while satisfying the spirit.
1978 Master of Fine Arts in glass, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1975 Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics and glass, The Ohio State University
ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2009 Glass Weekend, Wheaton Village, Millville, New Jersey. Also 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997,
1995, 1993, 1991, 1989
Palm Beach 3, Palm Beach, Florida. Also 2005
Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, Illinois. Also 2008, 2006, 2005,
2004, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994
Reflections in Glass, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA.
2008 DeBruyne Fine Art Gallery Row, Naples, Florida
Da Vinci Days Festival, Glass Show, The Corvallis Arts Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Quidley & Company, Boston, Massachusetts
NEPA Landscape Show, Art of the Land, Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art, Scranton, PA
Pan Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Also 2006
Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, Illinois. Also 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001,
2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994
2007 Davis & Cline Gallery, Ashland, Oregon
Los Angeles Art Show, Five Centuries of Art: Santa Monica, California
Dane Gallery, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
pAn Amsterdam, The Art & Antique Fair for today, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phoenix Airport Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2006 Capturing the Light: Masterworks of Contemporary Glass, Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Palm Beach 3, Palm Beach, Florida. Also 2005
Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), New York, New York. Also 2005, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998
Two Expressions/Two Media, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio
Oisterwijk Sculptuur, Etienne & Van den Doel, Expressive Glass Art, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands
Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco, California
The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2005 Dane Gallery, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Glass Weekend, Wheaton Village, Millville, New Jersey. Also 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1989
Seeing Clearly, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2003 Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Florida
2002 Acquisition Trust Event, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida
2001 Treasures for a Queen: A Millennium Gift to Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
New Faces in Glass, Gallery 500, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Palm Springs Art Fair, Palm Springs, California
A Touch of Glass, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
2000 Kunst Rai, Rai Congrescentrum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Old State House, Hartford, Connecticut
Art Expo, Jacob Javitts Convention Center, New York, New York
1999 Clearly Inspired: Contemporary Glass and Its Origins, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida
Buscheln Fine Arts, Ltd., Vancouver, Canada
1998 Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Holsten Gallery, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Also 1994, 1993
1997 Glass Today: American Studio Glass from Cleveland Collections, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), Miami, Florida. Also 1996, 1995
Naples Art Gallery, Naples, Florida. Also 1993, 1992
1996 Gallery Lara, Chicago, Illinois
Merrill Chase Galleries, Chicago, Illinois
Whitt/Krauss Objects of Fine Art, San Diego, California. Also 1995
1995 Galerie Rob van den Doel, The Hague, The Netherlands
1994 Laura Larkin Gallery, Del Mar, California
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Miami Art Fair, Miami, Florida
The Rachael Collection, Aspen, Colorado
1993 Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois. Also 1992, 1991, 1989
1985 Gazebo Gallery, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
The 1985 Ohio Selection Exhibition, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio
Layering: An Art of Time and Space, The Albuquerque Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Habatat Gallery, Pontiac, Michigan. Also 1983, 1982, 1980
Sculptural Glass Invitational, Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania
1982 Contemporary Art in Detroit Art Collections, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Invitational Exhibition of Sculptural Glass, Contemporary Artisans Gallery, San Francisco, California. Also 1981
Glass Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1981 Art of Glass: Selections from Columbus Collections, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
1980 Art in Columbus: 50 Years, State Office Tower, Columbus, Ohio (from the collection of the Columbus Museum of Art
with support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council)
1979 Prospectus: Glass Masters of Two Eras, National Heisey Glass Museum, Newark, Ohio
Contemporary Glass Invitational, D. Erlien Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1978 Limited Editions and Cohen Gallery Invitational, Cohen Gallery, Newton, Massachusetts
Glass America 1978, Contemporary Art Glass Group, Lever House, New York, New York
Contemporary Glass in America, Oklahoma Arts Center, Oklahoma, City, Oklahoma.
Exhibition traveled to the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
1977 Glassblowers and Stained Glass Makers of Ohio, Mather Gallery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Contemporary Art Glass Group, New York, New York
Tarsitano, Debbie, “Christopher Ries: Sculpture in Four Dimensions ( Length, Width, Height and Light),” Glass Art (July/ August 2007)
Lawrence, Lee, “Light Show,” American Style (Summer 2003).
Yood, James, “Christopher Ries: Crystal Logic,” Neues Glas/New Glass (Winter 2001).
Yood, James, “Crystal Logic,” The Glass Sculpture of Christopher Ries. Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, 2001 (exhibition catalog).
Hause, Katherine, “Composed Light,” SCHOTT information, No. 96 (2000).
Paine, Janice T., “Clearly Inspired: Contemporary Glass and Its Origins,” American Craft (October/November 1999).
Chambers, Karen M., “Clearly Inspired,” Tampa Museum of Art (1999) (exhibition catalog).
Drake, Jeanette Wenig, “Splendor in the Glass, “Alumni Magazine, The Ohio State University (November 1998).
Hawley, Henry, “Glass Today: American Studio Glass from Cleveland Collections,” Cleveland Museum of Art, (1997) (exhibition catalog).
Kapelke, Steven, “Focus: Christopher Ries,” American Craft, (December 1996/January 1997).
Waggoner, Shawn, “The Fourth Dimension: The Art Glass of Christopher Ries,” Glass Art (November/December 1996).
Crystal Illusions: The Sculpture of Christopher Ries, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum (1996) (exhibition catalog).
Glass & Light: The Sculpture of Christopher Ries, Everhart Museum (1996) (exhibition catalog)
Optical Illusions: Glass Sculpture by Christopher Ries, Headley-Whitney Museum (1995) (exhibition catalog).
Procelli, Joe, “Christopher Ries,” PSG’s Glass Artist (April/May 1995).
Briggs, Richard, Windows to a View: The Work of Glass Sculptor Christopher Ries, WVIA-TV (November 1993).
Cusick, Daniel L., “A Clear Look at Christopher Ries,” Art Today, Vol. V, No. 3 (1990).
Ellis, Anita J., Illusions I Glass: The Art of Christopher Ries, Cincinnati Art Museum (1988) (exhibition catalog).
Smith, Mary Polites, “Art is Alive and Well and Living in Columbus: Christopher Ries,” Columbus Homes and Lifestyles, (September/October 1985).
Art of Glass: Selections from Columbus Collections, Columbus Museum of Art (1981) (exhibition catalog).
Mulgrew, Susan Weiss, “A Master in Glass,” Columbus Monthly, (May 1981).
Art in Columbus: 50 Years, Columbus Museum of Art (1980) (exhibition catalog).
Holister, Paul, “Glass as Different as Can Be,” Collector Editions Quarterly (Spring 1979).
Board of Trustees member, Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania
AWARDS and HONORS
2005 Artist as Hero, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Distinguished Artist Award, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1990 Ohioana Citation for Distinguished Service to Ohio in the Field of Art.
1978-79 Aid to Individual Artists Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council
1974-75 Leo Yassenoff Scholarship