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Christopher Ries

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.

EDUCATION

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    Christopher Ries: Guiding Light, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania
  • 2008    Christopher Ries: Wiford Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2007    Christopher Ries: Optical Reflections, Pismo Fine Art Glass, Aspen Colorado
               Christopher Ries: Guiding Light, Hawk Galleries, Columbus Ohio
  • 2006    Christopher Ries:  Master in Glass, The Ohio State University Faculty Club, Columbus, Ohio
                Photonics West, San Jose, California.  Also 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
  • 2005    Etienne and Van Den Doel Expressive Glass Art, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands
  •            Davis and Cline Gallery, Ashland, Oregon
               Thomas R. Riley Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2004    Marx-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
        
               Lizza Fine Art Studios, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
               Hawk Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
               Friends of Hawk Gallery, educational tour of Schott factory, Duryea,
                       Pennsylvania and Ries Gallery, Keelersburg, Pennsylvania
  • 2003    Glass and Light, Beard and Weil Galleries, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts
               Richards Gallery, Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio
               Thomas R. Riley Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2002    Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery, Palm Desert, California
               Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Kirkland, Washington
   
               Weinstein Galleries, San Francisco, California
  • 2001    The Glass Sculpture of Christopher Ries, The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
                Riley Hawk Galleries, Columbus, Ohio.  Also 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1989
                Hilligoss Galleries, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2000    Christopher Ries Crystal, Old State House, Hartford, Connecticut
               The Rachael Collection, Aspen, Colorado.  Also 1998, 1996
               Coplan Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
               Galerie Rob Van Den Doel, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands
  • 1999    Christopher Ries:  Sculptor of Glass, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
                Merrill Chase Galleries, Chicago, Illinois.  Also 1997
  • 1998    Illusions of Light:  The Glass Sculpture of Christopher Ries, York College Galleries, York, Pennsylvania
               Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Also 1993, 1991, 1988, 1985
  • 1997    Riley Hawk Galleries, Cleveland, Ohio.  Also 1995, 1992, 1991, 1989
  • 1996    Crystal Illusions:  The Sculpture of Christopher Ries, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, Wisconsin
               Glass & Light:  The Sculpture of Christopher Ries, Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania
               Whitt/Krauss Objects of Fine Art, Palm Desert, California
               Naples Art Gallery, Naples, Florida.  Also 1995
  • 1995    Glass und Licht:  Skulpturen von Christopher Ries, Südwestfunk, Mainz, Germany
               Optical Illusions:  Glass Sculpture by Christopher Ries, Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Kentucky
               Heike Pickett Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1993    The Sculpture of Christopher Ries, The Winter Garden, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
               LaFond Galleries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1992    Bell Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1990    Christopher Ries REFLECTIONS: An Exhibition of Glass Sculpture, Contemporary Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1988    Illusions in Glass:  The Art of Christopher Ries, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
               Christopher Ries:  Miracles in Optic Glass, Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville, Ohio
  • 1987    Gallery 200, Columbus, Ohio.  Also 1985, 1982, 1980
  • 1985    Barrett Gallery, Toledo, Ohio
               Prescott Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1984    Habatat Gallery, Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1981    Marilyn Faith Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
               The Glass Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada.  Also 1980
               Galleria of Sculpture, Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1980    Contemporary Glass Group, New York, New York.  Also 1979


GROUP 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


PUBLICATIONS

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).


LECTURES

  • Mountain View High School Art Students, Kingsley, Pennsylvania
  • “Glass and Light” Lecture, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania
  • Misericordia University and Marywood University Art Students, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania
  • “Reflections in Glass” Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania
  • 2007   Nantucket Whaling Museum, Dane Gallery, Nantucket, Mass
  • Salem Community College, Salem, NJ
  • Pennsylvania Art Educators Association Conference, keynote speaker, Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Columbus Museum of Fine Art, Hawk Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
  • Lakeview Museum, Peoria, Ill
  • Century Club, Lackawanna College, Scranton, Pennsylvania



Public Service

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

COLLECTIONS

PUBLIC

  • American Ceramic Society, Ohio
  • Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Columbus Airport, Ohio
  • Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
  • Contemporary Arts and Crafts Museum and Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
  • Corning Museum of Glass
  • Goodyear Collection
  • Governor’s Residence, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Indianapolis Art Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Muncie Public Library, Muncie, Indiana
  • Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village, Millville, New Jersey
  • The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Otto Schott Centrum, Mainz, Germany
  • The Patrick Lannon Foundation, Florida
  • Smart Gallery, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • The University of Central Florida, Orlando Florida
  • Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
  • Vernal House Collection of Mark C. Bloome, Los Angeles, California

CORPORATE

  • Battelle, Columbus, Ohio
  • Bausch & Lomb, Rochester, New York
  • Galileo Electro-Optics, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
  • Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, Pittston, Pennsylvania
  • Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
  • Metaval Corporation, Holtsville, New York
  • Optical Research Associates, Pasadena, CA
  • Penn Security Bank, Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Plummer Precision Optics, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Rutgers, The State University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Schott Fiber Optics, Inc., Southbridge, Massachusetts
  • SCHOTT AG, Mainz, Germany
  • SCHOTT Nippon, Tokyo, Japan
  • United lens Company, Southbridge, Massachusetts
  • ZYGO Corporation, Middlefield, Connecticut

PRIVATE

  • Dr. Sheldon Barnette, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Leon and Barbara Berlin, Montreal, Canada
  • Irvin Borowsky and Laurie Wagman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Ms. Marilyn Carlson, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mr. Milton Chang, Menlo Park, California, California
  • Cindy Crawford, New York, New York
  • Mr. Frederick W. “Ted” Fields, Los Angeles, California
  • Senator John Glen, Ohio
  • Steve Goldman, Winter Park, Florida
  • Dr. and Mrs. Yuhak Hahn, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Donald Head, Sarasota, California
  • J.D.S. Uniphase Inc., Santa Rosa, California
  • Dr. Raj Kanodia, Beverly Hills, California
  • Arthur and Sara Jo Kobacher, Columbus, Ohio
  • Winston Lambert, Los Altos Hills, California
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s, Livermore, California
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Lenfest, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
  • Philip and Anabel Lindy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Harvey K. Littleton, Spruce Pine, North Carolina
  • Mary McFadden, New York, New York
  • Dr. Nagasaki, Chairman Emeritus, Nippon Electric Glass, Japan
  • Paul Nassau, New York, New York
  • Mary Carroll Nelson, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Glen Nelson
  • Dr. Morey Parks, Beverly Hills, California
  • Buck Patton, Columbus, Ohio
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Petzoldt, Mainz, Germany
  • Dr. and Mrs. John Pfahl, Columbus, Ohio
  • Hasso Plattner, Founder of SAP, Germany
  • Governor Edward Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania
  • Lionel Richie, Los Angeles, California
  • Mr. and Mrs. Stanely Rowe, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mr. and Mrs. George Saxe, San Francisco, California
  • Pat Schaefer, Muncie, Indiana
  • Dr. Erich Schuster, Mainz, Germany
  • Governor William Warren & Mary Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Hilbert and Jean Sosin, Detroit, Michigan
  • S.P.I.E. Corporate Headquarters, Bellingham, Washington
  • United Lens Company, Southbridge, Massachusetts
  • Mr. Gilbert Vogt, Mainz, Germany
  • Attorney Howard Weitzman, Santa Monica, California  
  • Leslie Wexner, Columbus, Ohio






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