Noted glass artist Kim Harty to head CCS’s glass program

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CCS has named noted glass artist Kim Harty to lead its glass program starting with the fall 2014 semester. Recognized by influential observers in the field as part of the new generation of glass artists, Harty is known for her unique combination of skills, which range from the most traditional studio techniques, such as Venetian glass blowing, casting and mold-making, hot casting, cold working, fusing and slumping, to the most recent conceptual and media practices, such as performance, video, and the full complement of creative software and digital tools. Harty is expected to introduce innovative working methods and a greater engagement with contemporary theory and professional practices into the CCS glass program. Relocating from Chicago where she currently maintains an independent studio, Harty is yet another of those creative practitioners who are moving to Detroit in order to take part in the city’s creative resurgence within which CCS is a key player.

“The College for Creative Studies has taken a leading role in fostering innovation and creativity in Detroit going all the way back to its founding in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts,” said Richard L. Rogers, president of CCS. “I'm excited that Kim Harty will be joining us to carry that legacy forward and to lead the CCS glass program into the future.  We are fortunate to have such an accomplished artist and up-and-coming scholar joining not only the CCS community, but the Detroit cultural community as well."

Harty’s teaching and residencies include School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Ox-Bow at Saugatuck, Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, and Urban Glass in Brooklyn. She has exhibited her work across the United States, including at the Heller Gallery in New York City, the Chrysler Museum in Virginia, and SOFA Art Fair Chicago. She has additional professional experience as a glass fabricator and studio assistant for artists in New York City and as a designer of functional glassware sold through Stillhouse Gallery, also in New York.

Besides her work as an artist and educator, Harty is known as a critic and historian of the Studio Glass Movement, including serving as managing editor of Glass: The Urban Glass Quarterly and most recently as editor of the Glass Art Society Newsletter, as well as authoring numerous feature articles and reviews for various publications.

"Kim Harty is highly regarded as one of the new generation of glass artists emerging on the national scene. Her breadth of experience and fresh perspective are sure to prove invaluable to the CCS Community, the local art scene, and the region as a whole,” said Sooshin Choi, provost and vice president for academic affairs for CCS. “With Kim Harty at the helm, I believe that the CCS glass program will become the premier program for the medium in the country.”

Originally from St. Louis, Harty has her Master of Fine Arts degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design.