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Shane Fero - "Lauschan Larry" Glass Bird

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Approximately: L 5 1/2" x W 3" x H 4 1/4".

Shane Fero - Toledo Museum of Art G.A.P.P. Residency Artist

Shane Fero was born in Chicago, IL in 1953 and has been a flameworker for 40 years and maintains a studio next to Penland School in North Carolina. He participates in international symposia and conferences by lecturing and demonstrating. Fero is also an educator and has taught at institutions such at Penland School, Urban Glass, the Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, the University of Michigan, Eugene Glass School, Espace Verre, Montreal, Quebec, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck Glass School, Bild-Werk, Frauenau, Germany, the International Glass Festival in Stourbridge, UK, Scuola Bubacco, Murano, Italy, Chameleon Studio, Tasmania, Australia and in Seto, Osaka, and the Niijima Glass Art Center in Japan.

His work can be found in collections both private and public institutions worldwide. He has had over 23 solo exhibitions since 1992 and has participated in over 400 group exhibitions during his career. He has been honored with three retrospectives: a 30 year at the Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan in 1999, a 40 year at the Huntsville Museum of Art in 2008 and at the Christian Brothers University in 2010. His work can be found in over 20 museum collections worldwide including the Museum of Art & Design, NY, GlasMuseum, Denmark, the Asheville Art Museum, NC, the Huntsville Museum of Art, AL, the Museum fur Glaskunst, Lauscha, Germany, and the Nijiima Contemporary Glass Museum in Japan. He is the Past-President of the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society.

Artist's Statement on Birds

During my 40-year career I have been fascinated with and have rendered bird imagery into my work in various forms. This focus has sharpened in the last 8 years with the blown bird series, which is based on techniques of German flameworking. I learned these techniques when I was a young apprentice, although I brought them into a contemporary context in relation to my work. I have always combined bird and human elements in my sculptures, vessel forms, and mixed media pieces. Plus, I love to invoke humor and character into these pieces, especially in the titles. Recently, I have added bird prints in the medium of vitreography printed at Harvey Littleton studios and paintings in acrylic on canvas to the mix.

Birds have that special metaphysical and spiritual quality, which is reflected in their beautiful colors, song, and flight. I had a cockatiel, Ubie, a.k.a., Mr. Bird-e-Byrd for over 21 years who just passed on recently. When I lived in the Adirondacks, I was a member of the Audubon society and I maintain a life list as an amateur birdwatcher. Creating bird imagery has been a fun and rewarding experience for me.

Educational Background

1991 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA. Studied German Lampworking with Kurt Wallstab, Received John Burton Scholarship for Lampworking.
1989 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC. Studied Glass Sculpting and Casting Techniques with Paul Marioni.
1988 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC. Studied Advanced lampworking with Frederick Birkholl and Hot Glass Techniques with Stephen Dee Edwards.
1974-1977 Glass Apprenticeship, With Jerry and Lee Coker, Lake Placid, NY
1974-1976 Studied Philosophy, Plattsburg State University, Plattsburg, NY
1971-1974 Studied Philosophy and Anthropology, Polk Community College, Winterhaven, FL
1968-1974 Glass Apprenticeship With Roger Smith, Winterhaven, FL

Selected Teaching Experience

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI
Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
Eugene Glass School, Eugene, OR
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY
Bild-Werk, Frauenau, Germany
The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
Studio Uneo, Seto, Japan
International Glass Center, Niijima, Japan
International Glass Festival, Stourbridge, UK
Creative Glass, Rochester, Kent, UK
Ropex International, Osaka, Japan
Espace Verre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Chameleon Glass Studio, Franklin, Tasmania, Australia
Scuola Bubacco, Murano, Venezia, Italy
Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN

Selected Museum Exhibitions

Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, NC
Kentucky Museum of Craft & Design, Louisville, KY
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
Asheville Art Museum, NC
Hickory Museum Of Art, NC
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, OH
Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Art Museum of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX
Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA
Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
Museum Fur Glaskunst, Lauscha, Germany
Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum, Kobe, Japan
Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ
Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY

Permanent Collections

Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
Arizona State Museum at Tempe, AZ
Bank of America Corporate Collection, Tampa, FL
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI
Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
Izo-Kogen Tombotama Museum, Ito City, Japan
Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Museum Of American Glass, Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ
Museum fur Glaskunst Lauscha, Lauscha, Germany
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Niijima Contemporary Glass Museum, Niijima, Japan
North Carolina State University, Visual Arts Center, Raleigh, NC
Pilchuck Glass School Collection, Stanwood, WA
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
The Fine Art Museum of Western Carolina University, Cullowee, NC
The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Permanent Collection, Iowa City, IO
University of Michigan Permanent Collection, Dearborn, MI
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, NY
Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum, Kobe, Japan
Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 The Ross Gallery, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
2009 Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2009 The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, FL
2008 July-September, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
2008 Georgia State College & University, Milledgeville, GA
2007 Marta Hewett Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2005 Vespermann Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2005 Philabaum Glass Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2004 Featured Artist, Vetri, Seattle, WA
2004 Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
2002 R. Duane Reed, St. Louis, MO
2001 Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
2001 ERL Originals, Winston-Salem, NC
1999 "A Shane Fero 30th Anniversary Retrospective", Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI
1999 Kane Marie Fine Arts Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA
1997 Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, FL
1997 Ariodante Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 "7 plus 11", Eisch Galerie am Museum, Frauenau, Germany
2010 "Intersection: Work from the Sutherland Artists-In-Residence Series", University of Louisville's Cressman Center, Louisville, KY
2010 "Collector's Choice 30 Years of Celebrating NC Art", Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
2010 "Glass Quake Again 2010", Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2010 "Southeastern Art Celebration" Vespermann-Cooper Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2010 "Gathering Light: The Women's International Glass Workshop Exhibition", in collaboration with Chris Bird-Jones, Swansea, Wales, UK
2010 "Sofa New York", represented by the Jane Sauer gallery, Chicago, IL
2010 "16th Annual Goblet Show", Kittrell-Riffkind Art Glass, Dallas, TX
2010 "A Survey of Contemporary Flameworking", the Merwin Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
2009 "Sofa Chicago", represented by The Works/Synderman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009 "Perfume Bottle Show 2009", Kittrell-Riffkind, Dallas, TX
2009 "Gathering Light: The Women's International Glass Workshop Exhibition", in collaboration with Chris Bird-Jones, Centre International Du Vitrail, Chartre, France
2008 "Big Ideas/Small Packages, Magnificent Glass Under 20", Bergstorm-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI
2008 "NC Glass Exhibition" Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
2008 "Contemporary Flamework" Gallery of American Craft, Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ
2008 "15th Annual Scent Bottle Show", Kittrell-Riffkind Art Glass, Dallas, TX

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