Artists

Preston Singletary

Born 1963, San Francisco, CA
Tribal Affiliation: Tlingit

 

Education

1984-99      The Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

                   Studied with Lino Tagliapietra, Checco Ongaro, Benjamin Moore, Dorit Brand, Judy Hill, Dan Daily, and Pino Signoretto

 

Awards

2013            Mayor’s Art Award, Seattle, WA

                    Visual Arts Fellowship, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA

2010            Honorary doctorate, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

2009            National Native Artist Exchange Award, New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston, MA

2004            1st Place Contemporary Art, Sealaska Heritage Foundation, “Celebration 2004,” AK

2003            Rakow Commission, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

2002            Seattle Arts Commission, Purchase Award

2000            Mayor’s Award and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Diversified Arts, Best of Division, Indian Art NW, Portland, OR

1999            1st, 2nd, 3rd place, Diversified Arts, Best of Division, Indian Art NW, Portland, OR

1998            1st place, Diversified Arts, Best of Aivision, Indian Art NW, Portland, OR

1998            Jon & Mary Shirley Scholarship, Pratt Fine Arts Center

1995            Washington Mutual Foundation, Study Grant, The Pilchuck Glass School.

1988/90       The Glass House Goblet Competition Purchase Award

1985            Work Study Grant, The Institute of Alaska Native Arts

 

Bibliography

2009             Post, Melissa G. Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows.  University of Washington Press and Museum of Glass; Seattle and London, 2009

2007             “Native American Sculptor Heroes” Sculpture Review, Spring 2007, pp. 22-25

                     “Glass Act - Visions of the West” Cowboys and Indians, January 2007, pp. 92-93

2006             “Manawa - Pacific Heartbeat, A Celebration of Contemporary Maori and Northwest Coast Art, University of Washington Press, 2006, pp. 98, 109, 133, 167

2005             “Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2 Contemporary Native North American Art from the West, Northwest and Pacific”, Museum of Arts and Design, 2005, pp. 110, 159, 198-199

                      “Sculpture, Glass and American Museums”, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005, pp. 178-179 

2004              “Glass Acts,” Art & Antiques, May 2004, pp. 43-49

                       New Glass Review, Corning Museum of Glass, 2004, pp. 77-79

                      “Vision Quest,” Glass Magazine, Matthew Kangas, June 2004

2003                International Glass Art, Richard Wilfred Yelle, Schiffler Publishing, pp. 304-305

                       “Preston Singletary, Tlingit,” Fjärde Världen, Carl Johan Gurt, January 2003, pp. 5-11

                       “Preston Singletary,” Southwest Art Magazine, Dottie Indyke, June 2003, pg. 32-34

                       “Crossing the Threshold,” Queen Anne Magnolia News, Nancy Worssam, June 11, p. 14

                       “The Perfect Couple: Native American Artifacts and Glass Art,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Judy Wagonfeld. June 6, p.18

                       “Breaking Into Glass,” The Arizona Republic, John Carlos Villani, May 11, E1

                       “A Seattle Collection,” Native Peoples, Barry Herem.  July/August, pp. 64-66

                       “Vision Quest,” Art Access.  January, 2003

                       “Fusing Traditions: Transformations in Glass by Native American Artists,” American Indian Art Magazine Spring 2003, Carolyn Kastner & Rosalyn Tunis, p. 56

                       “SAM Merges Native Art from Past with Modern Styles,” The Daily of the University of Washington, May 29, p.7

2002               “In the Galleries,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Regina Hacket, March 7, 2002

                       “Tradition and Experiment Fuse,” Anchorage Daily News, June 13, 2002, D6

                       “In the Galleries,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Regina Hackett, March 7, 2002, D1

                       “The Jet City,” Lars Falk, Gant Fall and Winter Catalogue, 2001

2001               “Clan House: Preston Singletary at William Traver,” Glashaus, Geoff Wichert, 4th Ed, pp. 6-7

                       “Cross Cultural Fusion,” Native Peoples Magazine, Gary Wyatt, November, 2001

2000               “Modern Masters,” HGTV Artist Profile, aired January 25, 2001

1999               “Native Art you won’t see in the Casinos,” New York Times, Charlie LeDuff, Sept. 19

                       “Mythic Beings,” Gary Wyatt

                       “Artist Profile,” Southwest Art, Bonnie Ganglehoff, August, 1999

                       “Native and European Traditions Meet,” Native Peoples Magazine Spring, 1999

1998               “Tackling Tradition with Style and Wit,” The Wall Street Journal, Gail King, Sept 4, 1998

                       “Four in Glass,” New Art Examiner, Mars, Glen Brown

1990               “The Glassblowers of the Pacific NW,” Glasswork Magazine, Japan, Dick Weiss, Nr 11

1997                St James Guide to Native North American Artists

                        Feature Article, Indian Artist Magazine, Ramona Gault, Winter, 1997

                        “Four in Glass,” Fova Galleries, Matthew Kangas

                        “A Place to Reflect,” The Seattle Times, Robin Updike, March 30

1996                “A New Generation,” Glass Magazine #63, review, Geoffrey Wichart

1995                 Sköna Hem, Interior Magazine, Sweden, Lage Stone, July 1996

 

Professional Affiliations

2009- current    IslandWood environmental school, Bainbridge Island, WA – Board of Directors

2008                 Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM - Community Advisory Committee

2007-current     Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA - Community Advisory Committee

2006-current     Artstream Cultural Resources, Pagosa Springs, CO - Community Advisory Committee 

2005-current     Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA - Board of Trustees and Community Advisory Committee

2000-current     Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA - Board of Trustees and Community Advisory Committee

 

Teaching and Lectures

2014                 Guest Lecturer,  Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA (in association with Artist Trust, Seattle, WA)

2013                 Guest Lecturer, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, FL

2010                 Keynote Speaker, Gates Millennium Scholars National Conference, Los Angeles, CA

2008                 Guest lecturer and teacher, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2007                 Guest lecturer, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

                         Guest lecturer Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

2006, 2009       Instructor, Pilchuck Glass School               

2004                 Lecturer, Museum of Art and History, Anchorage, AK

                         Lecturer, Native Heritage Center, Anchorage, AK

2003                 Lecturer, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

                         Faculty Instructor, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

                         Guest Lecturer, Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA

                         Guest Lecturer, University of Washington’s Native Studies Department, Seattle, WA

                         Guest Lecturer, California College of Art and Crafts, Oakland, CA

                         Guest Lecturer, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

                         Guest Lecturer, The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2002                 Guest Lecturer, Microsoft Art Collection Panel Discussion, Collecting Glass Today

                         Guest Lecturer and Demonstrator, The Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian, The James Renwick Alliance

2001                 Guest Lecturer, Native American Art Society Association Conference, From the Fire Pit of the Canoe People

                         Instructor and Co-Creator, Founder’s Totem Pole, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

2000                 Artist Assistant to Joe David, Artist in Residence Program, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

                         Visiting Artist, Taos Glass Arts and Education, Taos, NM

1999                 Demonstrator, Glass Art Society, Tampa, Florida

1998                 Visiting Artist, Ezra Glass Studio, Kanazu, Japan - Documents 98

1993                 Instructor - Kosta Boda, Sweden, Itala and Nuutaajarvi, Finland

                         Co–Founder - Maggio Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1992-1999        Collectors Conference Workshop Instructor - Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1985-1998        Artist assistant to: Benjamin Moore, Richard Royal, Dale Chihuly, Dan Daily, Fritz Dreisbach, Dante Marioni, Lino Tagliapietra, Temo Sarpenava, Stanislav Libenský, Sonja Blomdahl, Ann Wåhlstrom, and Marvin Lipofsky

1988-90            Gaffer - The Pilchuck Glass School.

                         Glassblower - The Glass Eye Studios, Seattle, WA.

 

Exhibitions

Solo Gallery Exhibitions

2016                 Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA - Journey Across The Fire (And Into THe World)

2015                 Stonington Gallery, Seattle, WA - Bronze, Glass, and Paper

2014                 Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – He Who Spins Illusions

                         Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - New Works

2013                 Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – Listen for the Raven

                         Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - New Works

                         Schantz Gallery, Stockbridge, MA - Summer Exhibition Series

2012                 Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – Confluence

2011                 Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA – Contents of a Dream

                         Schantz Gallery, Stockbridge, MA – Collector’s Weekend Showcase        

2009                 Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA –  Beyond Primitivism

                         Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe NM – Solo Exhibition

2007                 William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA - The Uncle Who Went into the Forest

2006                 Heller Gallery, New York, NY - Raven Steals the Light

2004                 Instituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere de Arti, Venice, Italy – Vetri. Nel Mondo. Oggi.

                         Boreal Traditions, Anchorage, AK - Solo Exhibition

2002-current     Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - Solo Exhibitions

2001                 Chappell Gallery, New York – Solo Exhibition, Glass Potlatch

1999                 Gallery San Nicolo, Venice, Italy – Solo Exhibition, Current Work

                         Chappell Gallery, Boston, MA – Solo Exhibition, New Work

1998                 Butters Gallery, Portland, OR - Solo Exhibition

1996-current    William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA - Solo Exhibitions

1991-1997        The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, MD - Solo Exhibition

                         The West End Gallery, Bethesda, MD - Solo Exhibition

 

Group Gallery Exhibitions

2015                 SOFA Chicago, Blue Rain Gallery, Chicago, IL

2011                 Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC – Collaboration with Joe David, Ka Ka Win Chealth

                         Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – Collaboration with Dante Marioni, SOFA Chicago

2010                 Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO - Craft In America

                         Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – Collaboration with Marcus Amerman, Voices From the Temple Mound

2007                 Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC - Collaboration with Lewis Gardiner, Fire & Water

2006                 Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC - Manawa Pacific Heartbeat: A Celebration of Contemporary Maori and Northwest Coast Art.

2005                 Visual Arts Center, University of California, Fullerton, CA – Hybrid Harvest: Contemporary Native American Arts

                         Holsten Galleries, Stockbridge, MA - Group Exhibition

                         Blue Rain Gallery, Taos, NM – Collaboration with Tammy Garcia, Visions in Glass

2004                 Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - Multiplicity: Glass in all its Glory

                         Holsten Galleries, Stockbridge, MA - Group Exhibition

2003                 Stonington Gallery, Seattle, WA – Group Exhibition

                         Santa Fe Art Institute - nDn Art

2001                 Quintana Gallery, Portland, OR - Collaborations in Glass

2000                 Lower Columbia College, Longview, WA - Cultural Edge: Contemporary views of Native Artists

                         Indian Art NW and Butters Gallery, Portland, OR - Festival and Gallery Exhibition

1999                 Sea-Tac Airport, Sea-Tac, WA - Port of Seattle Show

1998                 Spirit Wrestler, Vancouver, B.C. Canada- Premonitions

                         Morgan Contemporary Glass, Pittsburgh, PA - Group Show

1997                 Fova Gallery, Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX - Four in Glass

                         Kiva Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM - Group Show

                         Vetri International Glass, Seattle, WA - NW Coast Images in Glass

1993-97            The Margo Jacobson Gallery, Portland, OR - Group Show

                         Gumps, San Francisco, CA - 5 NW Artists

1995-current     Center on Contemporary Arts and Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA - Instructor’s Exhibitions

                         Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle, WA - A Powerful Presence, Pilchuck 25 Years

1994                 Gallery Glass 1, Stockholm, Sweden - Six Glass Artists

1992                 The Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage, AK - New Visions

                         Gallery Nakama, Tokyo, Japan - Goblet Show

1991                 Gallery Nakama, Tokyo, Japan - Goblet Show

1990                 Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C. - Goblet Show

                         Kurland Summers Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - Group Show

                         Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, Japan - Group Show

1989                 International Glass Trade Show, Tokyo, Japan

1989-current    The William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA - The Annual Pilchuck Glass Show

1988-96            The Glass House, Seattle, WA - Annual Goblet Show

 

Museum Exhibitions

2018 (upcoming)Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA - Solo Exhibition - Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

2015 - 2016      Museum of Northwest Art, WA –  Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions in Indigenous Art

2009-2012        Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA – Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows. Traveling to: National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY; Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Anchorage Museum at Rasmussen Center, Anchorage, AK

2010                 John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI - Animal Instincts

2005                 The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA – Fusing Traditions

                         Museum of Art + Design, New York, NY – Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 2

2004                 National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC - Our Universe

2003                 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA - Solo Exhibition, Threshold

                         Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ – Fusing Traditions

                         Arnot Art Museum, New York - Representing Representation VI

2001                 Fuller Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts - Lino Tagliapietra et Amici

2000                 Sheldon Museum, Haines, AK - Traditions in Glass

           

Juried Art Show

2014                 The 42nd Annual International Glass Invitations, Habatat Galleries, Detroit, MI

2002                 Sealaska, Juneau AK - Juried Art Show: Art & At.oow!

 

Touring Group Shows

2009                 McMichael Canadian Art Collection – Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast

2000                 Birmingham International Festival & the American Folk Art Museum, Orlando, FL - Head, Heart & Hands

                         American Craft Museum, New York, NY & Yakima Nation Museum & Cultural Center - Head, Hearts & Hands

                         Kentucky Arts & Crafts Gallery, Louisville, KY - Millennium Glass (other venues scheduled)

                         Kentucky Art & Craft Gallery, Louisville, KY and The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH - Head, Heart & Hands

 

Select Collections

                        Anchorage Museum at Rasmussen Center,  Anchorage, AK              

                        The Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA

                        The British Museum, London, UK

                        The Burke Museum of Natural and Cultural History,  University of Washington, Seattle,            

                        City of Seattle, Portable Works Collection, Seattle, WA

                        Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY (Rakow Commission)

                        Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA  

                        Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO     

                        Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI    

                        Ethnografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden         

                        Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

                        Fred Jones, Jr, Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

                        Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, WA

                        Handelsbanken, Stockholm, Sweden

                        Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA

                        Heard Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ

                        Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH

                        Mint Museum of Art & Design, Charlotte, NC

                        Museum of Art + Design, New York, NY

                        Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

                        Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

                        National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

                        National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK

                        Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

                        Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA

                        Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

                        Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

                        St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oklahoma City, OK

                        The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

                        The Museum of Natural History, Anchorage, AK

                        Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN

                        Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA

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