Coppin State University Presents Fired Up! Baltimore’s First Glass Exhibit Since 1996

By Michael Janis on May 16, 2022

Wed, 18 May 2022 - Sat, 18 June 2022

Michael Janis, “How We Take Care of Each Other”, 2021, Kilnformed Glass
Opening Reception: May 25 from 7-9pm

Fired Up! is a survey exhibition highlighting the diversity and innovation of artists working in contemporary glass around the mid-Atlantic Region, and features works by Chul Hyun Ahn, Anthony Corradetti, Oletha DeVane, John Henderson, Michael Janis, Emily Lamb, Tim McFadden, Soledad Salamé, Dr. Joyce J. Scott, Tim Tate, and Erwin Timmers.

Fired Up! includes objects and installations as distinct as their makers, examining glass as a sculptural medium for art and the many messages the media is capable of imparting. The United Nations General Council announced that 2022 be declared a United Nations International Year of Glass (IYOG), to celebrate the essential role glass has in Society. Fired Up! is part of the events commemorating the IYOG, the 2022 Glass & Optical Materials Division (GOMD) Conference in Baltimore, the 60th Anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement. The exhibition brings a distinct group of renown artists to students and admirers who wish to discover the creative possibilities in glass, while amplifying artists voices including members of the BIPOC, Latinx, LGBQT and immigrant communities. This exhibition is made possible through the support of the GOMD, the American Ceramic Society, and Corning & Owens Corning who helped fund outreach to Baltimore City High schools.

Planned and Co-Curated by Howard Cohen of Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass with Amy Raehse of Goya Contemporary Gallery, Fired Up! will be the first major glass sculpture exhibit in Baltimore since the Dale Chihuly show at the BMA in 1996.

The show is free and open to the public at the James Weldon Johnson Auditorium Gallery at Coppin State University, 2500 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21216-3698

The exhibition run May 18th through June 18th, 2022 in Coppin State University’s Carry Beth Cryor Gallery, JWJ Auditorium. Weekly Gallery Hours are Thursday- Saturday from noon-6pm

For more information contact Linda Day-Clark of Coppin State University via email at lday-clark@coppin.edu