The Glass Art Society (GAS) is pleased to announce James Labold, Ito Laïla Le François, and Wil Eldridge Sideman as the 2016 Saxe Emerging Artists, scheduled to present short lectures at the GAS conference on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 12:30pm-2:00pm in the Corning Incorporated Headquarters Auditorium in Corning, NY. A digital catalogue featuring juror comments and work by the selected artists is available on issuu.com and on the GAS website.
Each year, GAS selects three artists with promising talent to introduce their work to a large audience of established artists, educators, peers, collectors, and critics. Qualified individuals are nominated by professional academics and curators, and then evaluated and selected by a small jury. The 2016 jurors included artist and director Osamu Noda from Niijima, Tokyo, Japan, as well as artist and educator Jeff Zimmer of Edinburgh, Scotland. Noda and Zimmer selected the three emerging artists from more than 20 applications.
“The ecumenical approach to working with glass among this year’s entrants, its techniques and expressive potential, was impressive,” said Zimmer. “I’m pleased that our three winners display a diversity of aesthetic, from the carnal to the cool to the kitsch."
was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art and his MFA from Ball State University. Labold’s glass and mixed media work explores the connections between patriotism and mysticism through objects and installations. He is inspired by the ideals embodied in the historic sites of the American Revolution as well as the crumbling factories and neighborhoods surrounding them. His work was included in New Glass Review in 2010 and 2015. Labold was awarded a 2014 Rosenberg Residency in Salem, Massachusetts. He currently lives and works in Muncie, Indiana.
Ito Laïla Le François was born in Québec and holds diplomas in sculpture and glass art. Her works are unfolding chimeras with strong primitive touches as she examines the beauty and ugliness of living beings. Femininity, violence, and body obsession govern her art – instinctively, metaphors emerge. In her creations the human and animal anatomy are omnipresent with looming death and the coexistence of life. She studied three years in sculpture at MMAQ (Québec, QC), and continued her education in the visual arts program at Concordia University (Montréal, QC). Ito Laïla Le François recently won the 2015 RBC Award for Glass.
Wil Eldridge Sideman was born and raised in New England. He studied for his BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and received scholarships from and attended workshops at Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and The Penland School of Crafts. In 2013 Sideman received his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He served as a visiting artist and lecturer at the Massachusetts College of Art, and recently participated in Artist in Residency programs at North Lands Creative Glass Center and Star Works. Sideman's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and he is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Glass at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The emerging artist presentations are made possible by the Saxe Emerging Artists Lecture Fund. For more information about the 2016 GAS conference, please visit www.glassart.org.
Images (L to R): Ito Laïla Le François, La Malcommode (work in progress), photo by Boris Plique; James Labold, Divisive Ruling; Wil Eldridge Sideman, Piscatoribus Sacrum