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SCC International Flameworking Conference marks 19th year, March 1-3

SCC International Flameworking Conference marks 19th year, March 1-3

Salem Community College’s 19th annual International Flameworking Conference (IFC) will kick off with “Flameworking in the Context of Contemporary Art,” on Friday, March 1 with nationally respected glass artist Amy Lemaire.  This free program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Sol and Jean Davidow Performing Arts Theatre, Davidow Hall, 460 Hollywood Ave., Carneys Point.

Lemaire will survey how contemporary artists respond to a socially conscious and technologically changing world to create a cultural dialog through flameworking. 

She will examine work by artists who share the material language of flameworking -- but do not specifically identify as glassmakers.  Said Lemaire, “We’ll take a look at recent exhibitions and individual works shown in museums, galleries and art fairs.  We’ll explore ways artists participate in contemporary dialog to address themes such as the politics of absence and presence, space exploration, and the flow of people and water.”

An explorer at heart, Lemaire is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator based in Brooklyn. Her work reveals an interest in currency systems, material language poetics and the production of histories. Lemaire studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (bachelor’s degree in fine arts) and Pratt Institute (master’s in fine arts). She has taught at UrbanGlass, Pilchuck Glass School, Salem Community College and Penland School of Crafts, and shown her work at SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago.

The IFC will continue on March 2-3 with flameworking demonstrations at the Samuel H. Jones Glass Education Center (GEC) in Alloway. Consult www.salemcc.edu/glass for registration, parking details and the schedule.  One- and two-day passes are available through February 26 or at the GEC on March 2-3. 

IFC featured artist Kit Paulson received her MFA from Southern Illinois University and a BFA from Alfred University. She has taught across the United States and internationally at schools including Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School and Bildwerk Frauenau. Kit has completed residencies including the Rosenberg Residency at Salem State University, S12 Gallery in Bergen, Norway and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. She has received scholarships from Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Windgate Foundation, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and the Glass Art Society. Her work has been published in New Glass Review editions 36, 37 and 38. She is currently a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts.

Other weekend presenters are also highly respected, many with an international following -- Dennis Briening, Micah Evans, Beccy Feather, Carmen Lozar and Mike Shelbo.  

The IFC was created by SCC Distinguished Alumnus and internationally respected artist Paul J. Stankard of Mantua, N.J.  Stankard is now IFC chair emeritus.  Kristin Deady, SCC’s Glass Education Administrator, chairs the 2019 conference.  

The IFC is made possible through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the SCC Foundation and glass industry sponsors.  For more information, call 856.351.2602 or email bclark@salemcc.edu.

 

Caption: Salem Community College’s 19th annual International Flameworking Conference will kick off with “Flameworking in the Context of Contemporary Art,” on Friday, March 1 with nationally respected glass artist Amy Lemaire (pictured).  This free program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Sol and Jean Davidow Performing Arts Theatre, Davidow Hall, 460 Hollywood Ave., Carneys Point. Lemaire will survey how contemporary artists respond to a socially conscious and technologically changing world to create a cultural dialog through flameworking.