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"Queer Glass" is an art slang term[1][2][3][4] used to described fine art glass work produced by LGBTQ artists or about LGBTQ[5] issues.


"Queer Glass" is a subset of "Queer Art", which itself is used as a term for:

"Any art that can be considered 'queer' refers to the re-appropriation of the term in the 1980s, when it was snatched back from the homophobes and oppressors to become a powerful political and celebratory term to describe the experience of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people. Adhering to no particular style, for over more than a century, Queer Art has used photography, portraiture, abstract painting, sculpture, and collage to explore the varieties and depths of queer identity." [6]

But it wasn't until Philadelphia's National Liberty Museum organized the exhibition "Transparency" in 2017, an exhibition that was described as "a first-of-its-kind LGBT-focused exhibition"[7] and showcasing "diverse subjects, methods and styles explored by glass artists in the LGBT community",[7] that it became the first exhibition of LGBT glass artists in the nation[7][8] [9]in what has subsequently been described as "Queer Glass."[3][2][10] As documented by the International Guild of Glass Artists[11], the 2013 "Queer Glass" BFA exhibit at Emporia State University by artist Joe Sircoulomb[12] was possibly the first academic exhibition where the term was used formally. Glass and video artist Tim Tate, director of the Washington Glass School, writes in "Queer Glass : A Personal History":[4]

I’ve heard the term “Queer Glass” being used lately, which completely excites me! Meegan Coll’s “Transparency.” LGBTQ exhibit at the Liberty Museum last year, Jan Smith’s Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, Reflecting Perspectives: Artists Confront Social Issues of Diversity and Inclusion and Susie Silbert’s (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass) upcoming seminar discussion in October (thank you Meegan and Susie!). This makes me want to cheer from the roof tops. Thank you to Meegan for curating that first show, and thank you to Susie for being the first institution to use the term Queer Glass.[4]

In the 2019 Queer Pittsburgh Magazine article "Queer Glass: Meet Joseph Cavalieri, Artist",[2] the artist states that his "art has a gay slant but is enjoyed and collected by everyone."[2]

A more recent 2019 glass exhibition, focused on the same general subject and genre, titled Plain Sight: Celebrating Pride in the glass community, took place at the Pilchuck Glass School in Tacoma, Washington, and is assembled "in honor of Pride... to showcase the LGBTQIA+ identifying members of the glass community! Featuring ten artists, the collection stands as an exploration of visibility and the queer narrative in our ever-evolving society."[13]

"Queer Glass" Artists[]

The following is a list of artists who have either been documented as having an exhibition history of glass art focused on LGBTQ issues and/or exhibited at the National Liberty Museum's Transparency exhibition and/or the Pilchuck Glass School's Pride exhibition:

  • Washington, DC based artist Tim Tate is the first and earliest contemporary glass artist whose work can be most closely identified as "queer glass." Tate was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1990[14],[15] and when given a year to live[14], began learning and making glass works which reflected both his HIV+ diagnosis and life as a gay man.[16][17][18] He is the designer of the New Orleans AIDS Memorial[19], which he designed in 1996 and was built in 2008.[20][21]
  • Philadelphia glass artist Amanda Nardone's glass work in her exhibition "Capital F" was described as "An exhibition of glass lingerie for non traditional sexualities."[22]
  • Joseph Cavalieri[23] notes that he "got interested in glass, and in 2010 switched careers..." and that his "art has a gay slant but is enjoyed and collected by everyone."[2]
  • Joe Sircoulomb[24] explained his work "Queer" as addressing "Eastern esoteric traditions while taking a stance for the quality of gender and sexual minorities."[25] He has also stated that he "hopes his work will unite and empower members of the LGBT community, and inspire those who have also struggled through the process of entering adulthood as a gender or sexual minority."[26]
  • Seattle artists Jenny Pohlman & Sabrina Knowles[27] work together as a team. A 2018 article[28] about their work and life explained that "If anyone can speak to how to maintain a successful long-term union, it’s Pohlman and Knowles. Their lives are intertwined both personally and professionally; they make art, run a business and are life partners. In 1990 they were both on staff at Pilchuck Glass School when their friendship unexpectedly evolved into something more."[28]
  • Drew Mattei[1]
  • Nancy Callan[1][29]
  • Kim Harty[1][30]
  • Chicago glass artist Pearl Dick[31][32] is the artistic director of ArtReach Chicago[33], "a non-profit that offers glass and ceramic art programming to youth and adults with an emphasis on social justice."[34] A 2019 lecture at Alfred University was "framed around her experience of being a queer woman of color and how her identities influence her work and reaching out to others."[34]
  • Sarah Gilbert[1][35][36]
  • Chelsea Thompto[13][37]
  • Carmichael Jones[1][38]
  • Joshua Hershman[1][39]
  • Ronnie Phillips[1][40]
  • Eric Hess[1][41]
  • Brandon Robinson[1]
  • Niki Hildebrand[1][42][43]
  • Walter Zimmerman[1]
  • Cat Burns[13][44]
  • David K. Chatt[13][45]
  • Caroline Landau[13][46]
  • Paul Messink[13][47]
  • Jazz Mom[13][48]
  • C. Miguel Unson[13][49]
  • Jeff Zimmer[50][51]


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  30. "Kim Harty". College for Creative Studies. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
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