“Melon Droplet” is now part of the permanent collection at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. “The gift of the Pforzheimer Collection of Studio Glass, which was announced today, includes over 200 works of international studio glass as well as about 40 pieces of historic European and American glass. It greatly expands PEM’s holdings of studio glass and joins an already robust assemblage of historic American glass at the museum. ”
Nancy Callan is featured in the April 2022 issue of Art & Antiques magazine. John Dorfman, Editor in Chief, interviews her about her creative journey, love for the material of glass and her current work.
“It is exciting to have a show in San Francisco, I haven’t been to the city in a number of years and it is great to visit and see what the art scene is like here. Montague has a gorgeous showroom with great visibility from the street. During the pandemic we really missed out on seeing art in person…I make sculpture and there is really nothing like seeing something physically, being able to walk around it and experience how light interacts with the work….”
Thrilled to say that my collaborative exhibition with Katherine Gray, “The Clown In Me Loves You”, is open at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA)! Five years in the making, we are so happy to unveil this project and get you thinking about the archetype of the clown and glass art in a fresh way. Kathy and I collaborated on every aspect of the work in this show, from designing the patterned panels and sculptures to the titles to the show design.
There will be a 48-page catalogue available in August, with essay by William Warmus and introduction by Greg Robinson and Amy Sawyer, co-curators.
Making large-scale work in hot glass is a rare treat, and it’s even better when you get to work with a good friend! Here’s a look back at my 2018 residency with Katherine Gray at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. We had a notion to make some of the classic clown horns in glass, but extra big like Claes Oldenberg & Coosje van Bruggen’s Pop Art sculptures. Little did we know that these XL horns would become “Tell Us How You REALLY Feel”, a central work in our collaborative show “The Clown In Me Loves You”, on view at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (WA) thru September 2019. Enjoy!
Nancy With Finished Horns (Blown Glass with Silver Leaf, Sound Recording)
I have a new exhibition opening at the Heller Gallery in NYC. The show includes new glass panels, unique blown-glass sculptures and works from my Droplet series. I conceived of the show as a visual conversation with some of my favorite modern artists. During lockdown, this dialogue developed new dimensions as I finished the work in solitude. It’s exciting to see it move into the world at this moment!
Thanks to the Mint Museum docents for including my piece “Spin, Weave, Gather” in this feature. I’m thrilled to be in such great company in their permanent collection! And it’s always interesting to hear what docents have to share about works they have spent a lot of time looking at. Enjoy!