Glass Matrix: The Cleveland Connection

at the Ohio Craft Museum

September 11–October 16, 2016


(Columbus, Ohio)—Internationally renowned artist and retired Cleveland Institute of Art professor Brent Kee Young bends and curves glass rods to create intricate and fragile sculptures. His superb work, along with that of ten former students, can be seen in the Ohio Craft Museum’s “Glass Matrix: The Cleveland Connection,” September 11–October 16.

Organized by the Mansfield Art Center, this exhibition “is a testimony to Young’s creativity, knowledge of glass and ability to teach other artists,” says Art Center executive director George Whitten. According to Young, who began flameworking in the 1970s, his work “speaks of many things: of a respect and reverence for things natural, of ambiguity in space, form, volume, time and images that are there and not there. It speaks of the concept of evidence: man’s marks, nature’s marks, their relation, together and apart.”

Former students showing work alongside Young include Carrie Battista, Robert Coby, Earl O. James, Brent Marshall, Shawn Messenger, Michael Mikula, Marc Petrovic, Kari Russell-Pool, Mark Sudduth and Linda Zmina. Robert Coby’s forms are “explorations into surface and texture informed by features and processes of the natural landscape,” he notes. “I explore the line between organic and natural vs. controlled and geometric, and between ephemeral vs. artifactual.”

The exhibition opens at the Ohio Craft Museum on Sunday, September 11, with a reception from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Along with the exhibition, the Ohio Craft Museum will present a number of educational programs, including:

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 11, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Hand-in-Hand Family Workshop: Gorgeous Gourds

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: A member of the Ohio Gourd Society will start the session with a display and presentation to inspire participants in creating a Gorgeous Gourd. A child and a favorite adult will embellish a gourd using found and natural materials to create a one-of-a-kind piece.


CraftView Evenings (open to adults and teens):

Thursday, September 22, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Raise a Glass! Paint Your Own Beer Stein. Celebrate Oktoberfest with your very own personalized beer mug! Bring your friends—and your favorite beverage—to this fun evening! Snacks are on us! Fee: $14; ODC members, $12. Pre-registration required: call (614) 486-4402.

Tuesday, October 11, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. or 7:15 p.m.–8:15 p.m.

Blown Glass Pumpkin at Glass Axis The Ohio Craft Museum and Glass Axis are partnering for this introductory glass-blowing class. You’ll work with hot glass while staying on the cool end of the pipe, with the help of a glass artist to hand-blow a pumpkin. Held at Glass Axis. Open to adults and teens. Fee: $73; members, $8. Pre-registration required: call (614) 486-4402.

The Ohio Craft Museum receives ongoing funding from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation. The museum is located at 1665 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212. Hours are Monday–Friday, 10 A.M.–5 P.M.; and Saturday–Sunday, 1–4 P.M. Admission and parking are free. Donations are appreciated. For further information, telephone (614) 486-4402; or see our website at