Herb Babcock currently section chairs the glass department at the College for Creative Studies, where he has been a professor since 1974. He began to study glassblowing in 1969, the same year he received his BFA in sculpture from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Shortly thereafter, he built and ran a glass studio for the Cranbrook Academy of Art, while he earned his MFA in sculpture. He attended Skowegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1967, and glass workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1970-71. Babcock’s work appears in many collections as the Detroit Institute of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Muskegon Museum of Art, and Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany. Commissions include: Young Bamboo In Wind for the Hsinchu Culture Center in Taiwan; The Monroe and Woodward Markers, Campus Martius, Detroit; The Great Lakes, Pillared Series, MGM Grand Hotel, Detroit. His numerous community exhibitions and installations include: the Huntington Woods Public Library’s Children’s Windows (project manager) and Adult Windows (designer, project manager). A member of the Michigan Glass Month Committee since 1982, Babcock has also served on the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Modern Decorative Arts Group Steering Committee and on the Board of the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art.
- Title: Professor and Section Chair, Glass
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