Submissions are due by December 16, 2022. Guidelines and entry forms can be found at brattleboromuseum.org or picked up in person at BMAC.
Launched in 2011, GLASSTASTIC, a beloved biennial celebration of youthful imagination and creativity, grew from 250 submissions in the first year to over 1,200 in 2018. Each year, professional glass artists from New England give generously their time and talent to turn a selection of submitted student art into three-dimensional glass sculptures. The most recent exhibition, in 2021, featured 27 fantastical sculptures, including a snoogle, a kelpie, a pegamallow, a preying beetis, and Sheila and Neil, “the first non-flightless snails in the world.” Submissions came from schools across Vermont and New Hampshire and as far away as Washington state.
Every drawing submitted for GLASSTASTIC 2023, including those that are not selected to be made into glass, will be included in the exhibit, which will be on view at BMAC from April 22 through October 9, 2023.
“I love turning unique drawings into three-dimensional glass art,” glass artist Randi Solin said. “I feel it validates the kids’ hard work, inspiring them to stick with their creative endeavors.”
In addition to Solin, the participating artists for GLASSTASTIC 2023 are Josh Bernbaum, Marta Bernbaum, Jocelyn Brown, Robert Burch, Robert DuGrenier, Zak Grace, Jordana Korsen, Sally Prasch, and Jen Violette.
“I can’t think of a better escape from the stresses of daily life than a gallery filled with wonderful, quirky, bizarre, hilarious creatures dreamt up by kids from Vermont and all around the world,” said BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld. “Add in the extraordinary ingenuity and craftsmanship of the talented glass artists who ‘bring the creatures to life’, and you’ve got something really magical to behold.”
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. BMAC is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10-4. Admission is on a “pay-as-you-wish” basis. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit brattleboromuseum.org.
BMAC is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Beer Co.