FLUSHING, NY, March 24, 2006 – Light Listened, an exhibition of recent work by Ellen Mandelbaum, one of America’s foremost glass artists, will be on view at the Queens College Art Center beginning Thursday, April 6. On that day, the public is invited to a free gallery talk by the artist from 5 to 6 pm, followed by a reception to 8 pm. The artist will give another free gallery talk on Sunday, May 7 from 2 to 3 pm, followed by a reception to 5 pm.
Light Listened – the exhibit title inspired by a Theodore Roethke poem – presents selections from the work that Mandelbaum has created since her 1998 Painting and Glass Art exhibition in the Art Center. Techniques vary; some works were executed in the traditional leaded glass method, while others are paintings on single sheets of antique glass often intended for residential use. The exhibit also includes watercolors (one of the artist’s favorite media for developing ideas and visual language for her works in glass), as well as a selection of presentation drawings and documentation of her architectural art-glass projects.
In addition, Colors of the Sky, a work of painted glass panels more than five feet high, has been installed in the Rosenthal Library’s west windows overlooking the Manhattan skyline. This installation will remain on permanent view.
Of her work, Mandelbaum says:
I work in glass and paint with color and light. My work in the traditional leaded glass method is an adventurous and exciting art made out of a rigid glowing material held together by lead and the flow of my brush. There is something infinite about this art, with colors that change because of the weather and the sky.
My intention is to make beautiful work with meaning, often to help create a holy space. I had started as an expressive painter. However, in the mid-seventies I discovered stained glass and was excited to use my painterly modes of expression, line, color and form to create new free work in glass.
Since 1981 I have been creating architectural stained glass and permanent kiln-fired glass painting, collaborating with professionals in the fields of art and architecture and religion. It is a great pleasure to design my glass with the architect and for the people who use the building. I have been delighted to make architectural work that is creative and non-traditional. Some have won awards. At the same time, I am always aware of the seriousness of architectural purpose and that I am helping to create a permanent prayerful experience or secular space for people’s real use.
Mandelbaum is a graduate of Indiana University (MFA in painting 1963) and has studied with major glass artists, as well as at the Stained Glass School at North Adams, MA and the Pilchuck Glass Center, WA. She has been Resident Artist at the Contemporary Kalani Honua Center in Hawaii (1995) and has taught glass painting and architectural glass at Ellen Mandelbaum Glass Art Studio since 1981. Before she turned to glass, she also taught painting, drawing and modern art history at Hunter College and Pace University in New York City.
Mandelbaum’s architectural commissions since 1993 include glass for many churches and synagogues across the U.S. Her work for Christ United Methodist Church in Honolulu won the “Bene” and Best of Show award from the Ministry and Liturgy Magazine in 2001, and her work for Adath Jeshurun Synagogue in Minneapolis received the 1997 Religious Art Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects. She has also received awards from Modern Liturgy Magazine (including Visual Award of Excellence, 1987 and 1989); the AIA Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (Award for Stained Glass Design, 1986 and 1987); and the Stained Glass Association of America (Associates’ Exhibition “Judge’s Choice,” 1985). In addition, her work can be seen in the South Carolina Aquarium and Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Mandelbaum’s art has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Japan, France and Germany. Her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections in the United States and abroad, and has been featured in articles in such publications as MaStained Glass Quarterly, Architectural Record, Home Magazine, The New York Times, Jewish Week, and in monographs, exhibition catalogs and reviews. Her own discussions of art have been appearing in print since 1968.
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Exhibition Dates: Thursday, April 6 – Monday, July 31, 2006
Where: The Queens College Art Center
6th floor, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY
Gallery Talk and Reception: Thursday, April 6, 2006, 5 – 6 pm Reception, 6 – 8 pm
Sunday Gallery Talk
and Reception: May 7, 2006, 2 – 5 pm
Gallery Hours: Mondays – Thursdays, 9 am – 8 pm
Fridays, 9 am – 5 pm
(April 12-21, hours are 9 am – 5 pm; after May 29, call for summer hours; closed May 29, July 4)
Gallery Contacts: For more info: (718) 997-3770
Fee: Free and open to the public
Contact: Phyllis Cohen Stevens
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