James Renwick Alliance Lecture with Mel Douglas and Nancy Callan

By Editorial Team on March 11, 2019
Courtesy of James Renwick Alliance.
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Talk: Thursday, March 14 from 6:30pm to 8pm
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Free and open to all. Get your tickets here.

The James Renwick Alliance presents a lecture by collaborating glass artists Mel Douglas (Australia) and Nancy Callan (US). The two artists are coming to Washington directly from a stint as visiting artists at the Chrysler Museum of Art’s studio in Norfolk, VA and will be talking about their work and their recent collaboration.

Mel is a leading glass artist in Australia. She’s been awarded several national and international prizes for her work, and is featured in major collections around the world. Mel Douglas is interested in the resonance of silence and in making glass forms that induce a state of meditative calm. The fine calibrations of linear engraving, circling and intersecting across each form, transform the black glass into grayscale patterns that trick the eye in their minute irregularities so that they seem to hover on the surface.

Nancy is a well-known American glass maker. She lives and works in Washington state, but also has held several important residencies and fellowships, including a Creative Glass Center of American fellowship and residencies at the Museum of Glass, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and the Chrysler Museum. Callan celebrates and draws on her early experience as a graphic designer to bring pattern and color to the forefront. Her colorful blown forms become a beautiful canvas for the intricate overlapping, woven, organic, and playful cane and murrine designs she creates.

American University Katzen Arts Center is located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.