Art for Arts Sake – Specific Gravity of Culture

Ben Wright, MFA Glass 2009 at Rhode Island School of Design once made a piece so spectacularly interesting, I proposed a time-themed exhibition, Change, for one of RISD’s gallery. I’d love to share some pieces with all of you, but I’ll have to start with Ben’s initial and inspirational piece. This piece was developed during his time in RISD’s MFA program. Snow begins in the top, and as it melts, water drips down the tube onto the soil, where the seeds sprout into grass.

“Ben Wright holds a BS in Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College, a BFA from the Appalachian Center for Crafts, and an MFA in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design. Wright is currently a member of the Glass faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and makes both design oriented glass pieces and mixed media sculpture based on his studies in the philosophy of conceptual art, the evolution of ecosystems, and the innovation of craftsmanship. He also collaborates extensively with artists from all over the world to realize their visions in glass.

Wright has served on the Board of Directors of The Glass Art Society and has taught at numerous schools in the US including Pilchuck Glass School, the Appalachian Center for Craft, and Penland School of Craft as well as classes abroad in Germany and Turkey. He has received a Creative Glass Center for America Fellowship as well as the prestigious Hauberg Fellowship from Pilchuck Glass School. His work is in the Contemporary Collection of the American Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Museum of Glass.” -via

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