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Toots Zynsky

T O O T S   Z Y N S K Y at Dane Gallery, Nantucket

Born: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., March 25, 1951
B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I., U.S.A., 1973


1979        Rhode Island School of Design,
               Special Student Advanced Glass Program (Fall Semester)

1973        B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island    

1971        Pilchuck Glass Center, Stanwood, Washington,
               Glassblowing Workshop (June thru August)

1970        Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deere Isle, Maine, Glassblowing Workshop (August)


2006        Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts        

1999        “Innovation in a Glassworking Technique”, UrbanGlass Annual Award, U.S.A.

1997        Die Bayerische Staatsregierung, Munich, Germany
               The Bavarian State Government prize

1988        Rakow Commission, Corning Museum of Glass, U.S.A.

1986        National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship, U.S.A.

1984        Research Grant, Stichting Klankschap (Foundation), Amsterdam,
               the Netherlands, Music recording and research, Ghana (1984-1985)

1982        National Endowment for the Arts, Emerging Visual Artist Fellowship
               Pilchuck Glass Center, Stanwood, Washington, Artist-in-Residence (August)

1981-82    New York State Council on the Arts,
                Artist-in-Residence Grant in conjunction with the New York Experimental Glass Workshop


Selected MUSEUM solo* and group exhibitions


Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas Pioneers of Contemporary Glass: Highlights from the Barbara and Dennis Dubois Collection

The Patty and Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida, Living with Studio Furniture:Collection of Robert and Carolyn Springborn


The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX, Hot Glass, Cool Collections

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Studio Glass in Rhode Island: The Chihuly Years

The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia, Inspired! Design Across Time, permanent exhibition of objects from the collection of the Powerhouse Museum

Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, U.S.A. Networks 2008


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada, All for Art! Great Private Collections Among Us

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Viva Vetro! Glass Alive! Venice and America, 1950-2006

The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, U.S.A. The Art of Glass from Galé to Chihuly: Highlights from the Lowenbach Collection

The Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts (mudac), Lausanne, Switzerland, Contemporary Glass Art: A new vision of the mudac’s collection (Permanent exhibition)

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME, U.S.A., A Gathering of Contemporary Glass


Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark Twenty Years On       

Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, Glass: Material Matters

Steninge Slott Cultural Centre, Marsta, Sweden, Steninge World Exhibition of Art Glass

Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio, USA, Two Media/ Two Expressions; an exhibition of Contemporary Clay and Glass

Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle, WA, U.S.A., A Transparent Legacy: Studio Glass Gifted to the Seattle Art Museum from the Collection of Jon and Mary Shirley

The Brunnier Art Museum, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA, From Craft to Art: Contemporary Studio Sculpture

Worcester Center for Crafts, USA, New England Glass: The Quiet Force Worcester, MA, USA


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, Transformations: the Language of Craft

Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan, Contemporary Glass- Light Transfigured, from Toyoma City Collection

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington, USA, Taking Shape: Pilchuck Glass School in the '70s

*Notojima Glass Art Museum, Notojima-machi, Japan Toots Zynsky

Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection, North American Tour, 2003-2006, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

The RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI, Chazan’s Choice: Gifts of Contemporary Art to the RISD Museum

The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AZ, American Studio Glass: A Survey of the Movement (traveling exhibition)

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark, Exhibition of the Permanent Collection
Through American Eyes: Two Centuries of American Art from the Huntington Museum of Art
(traveling exhibition) Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC; Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI; Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI

*Shoha Museum of Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise, Japan Toots Zynsky

The Marxhausen Gallery of Art, Concordia University, Seward Nebraska, USA, Studio Glass International: Selections from the Esterling/Wake Collection

The RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI, Recent Acquisitions in Glass American Studio Glass: A Survey of the Movement (traveling exhibition) Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY, International Museum of Art and Science, NcAllen, TX,
Through American Eyes: Two Centuries of American Art from the Huntington Museum of Art (traveling exhibition) The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ; Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX; The Taft Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio,

Kogenezaki Glass Museum, Shizuoka, Japan, Technique and Expression II: Fusing and Gluing


Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, Fire and Form: The Art of Contemporary Glass

The Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia, USA. Through American Eyes: Two Centuries of American Art from the Huntington Museum of Art (traveling exhibition)

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH USA, Contemporary Directions:Glass from the Maxine and William Block Collection (traveling exhibition)

Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design (formerly Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation), Louisville, Kentucky, USA, Glass Vessel: An International Invitational

The World Craft Forum Kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan, World Competition of Arts and Crafts, Kanazawa, Special Invitational Exhibition  “Crafts Now - -21 Artists each from America, Europe, and Asia”

American Studio Glass: A Survey of the Movement (traveling exhibition)
The William S. Fairfield Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA; Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI; The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA, USA


The Gallery at Steuben, N.Y, N.Y., USA UrbanGlass @ 25- An Anniversary Exhibition Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Contemporary Directions: Glass from the Maxine and William Block Collection  (traveling exhibition)

*Museo Correr (Civici Musei Veneziani D’Arte e di Storia), Venice, Italy, Toots Zynsky, (traveling exhibition)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA, Crafting a Legacy

Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, USA, Transparent Illusions


*Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark, Toots Zynsky (traveling exhibition) Shanghai Fine Arts Museum, Shanghai, China, and China Millenium Monument Museum, Beijing, China, Contemporary Glass Worldwide

Nordjllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark and Tonder Museum, Tonder, Denmark, Flet, Braid
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA, Venini- Glass and Design in a World Perspective

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, N.Y., Late 20th Century Sculpture

The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, Fire and Light, 3000 Years of Glass Artistry

The Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL, Contemporary Glass from the Permanent Collection


Museum of Modern Art, Open Ends, MoMa2000, New York, NY, USA

American Craft Museum, Venetian Glass: 20th Century Italian Glass from the Olnick Spanu
concurrent with Memories of Murano: American Glass Artists in Venice, New York, NY, USA

Museum of American Art, From Westmoreland Glass to Contemporary Glass, Greensburg, PA, USA   

Koganezaki Glass Museum, Shizuoka, Japan “Vessels” The International Exhibition of Glass

The Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Florida, USA, Splendor in the Glass:  Contemporary Glass from the Palley Collection

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition (SITES), Civic Fine Arts Center, Sioux Falls, SD, 2000;

Museum of Arts and Sciences, Georgia, 2000; George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum,
Springfield, MA, 1999; Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, 1999


Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, The Art of Craft: Contemporary Works from the Saxe Collection 

Singapore Art Museum, Handmade: Shifting Paradigms, Singapore

Global Art Glass, Borgholm Castle, Borgholm, Sweden

*Museo del Vidrio, Monterrey, Mexico

*Koganezaki Glass Museum, Toots Zynsky and Nakao Yuko, Shizuoka, Japan

Venezia Aperto Vetro, Italy

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Masters of Contemporary Glass, Selections from the Glick Collection, Indianapolis, IN, USA   

Tucson Museum of Art, ¡Cálido!, Contemporary Warm Glass, Tucson, AZ, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Glass Today by American Studio Artists, Boston, MA, USA

Cleveland Museum of Art, Glass Today: American Studio Glass from Cleveland Collections, Cleveland, OH, USA

Museo del Vidrio, Inaugural Exhibition, Monterrey, Mexico

Musée des Arts Décoratifs de la Ville de Lausanne, Artistes Verriers Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland


Venezia Aperto Vetro, Italy

Musée National de Céramique, Couleurs et transparence, chefs-d’œuvre du verre contemporain, Sèvres, France

Yamaha Corporation, Glass Now ’95, ’94, ’92,’ 91,’ 90,’ 89, & ’87 Tokyo, Japan


International Craft Exhibition, Lillehammer, Norway, Winter Olympics


White House, White House Craft Collection, Museum of American Art, Washington DC, USA

Toledo Museum of Art, Contemporary Crafts and the Saxe Collection


Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Second Australian International Crafts Triennial, Perth Australia

The Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Clearly Art - The Pilchuck’s Glass Legacy, Bellingham, WA, USA

Conseil Régional de Haute-Normandie, Exposition Internationale de Verre Contemporaine France


Erfurt, Germany, Configura 1 - Kunst in Europa Erfurt 91

Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Prague, “Chefs d’Oeuvres de la Verrerie Française du XIXe siècle à nos jours”, Czechoslovakia


Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Gaste aus Frankreich, Hamburg, Germany

The National Gallery of Art, “Masterpieces of Glass from the Corning Collection”, Washington, DC, USA

The Hermitage, “Masterpieces of Glass from the Corning Collection”, St. Petersberg, Russia

*Toots Zynsky, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Traveling Museum Exhibition, Vormen in Glas, The Netherlands

Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, World Glass Now, Sapporo, Japan


American Craft Museum, Poetry of the Physical, New York, NY, USA         

Huntington Museum of Art, New American Glass, Focus 2 West Virginia, Huntington, W. VA, USA

Oakland Museum of Art, The Saxe Collection, Oakland, CA, USA    


Hokkaido Museum of Art, World Glass Now, Sapporo, Japan

Musée des Beaux Arts de Rouen, Art du Verre Actualité International, France


Cheney-Cowles Museum, Pilchuck Glass, Spokane, WA, USA


The American Embassy, Special Exhibition of Contemporary American GLASS, Prague, Czechoslovakia            


Dimock Gallery, George Washington University, The Fine Art of Private Commissions, Washington, DC, USA

Montclair Art Museum, New York Experimental Glass Workshop Exhibition, Montclair, NJ, USA


Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Americans in Glass, Wausau, IL, USA
Exhibition traveled to: The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, NY; The Krannert Museum of Art, Illinois: (The Western Association of Art Museums)

De Cordova and Dana Museum, Glass Routes, Lincoln, MA, USA

Clayworks-Glassworks Gallery, Sculptural Glass, 10 New York City Area Artists, New York, NY, USA

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