Sheri Simons to take part in artist residency at the TMA
TOLEDO: Sheri Simons, a Detroit-native known for
her large-scale installations related to sound and movement,
will participate in the Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP)
at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) from Feb. 20 to March
1, 2019. She will give a free artist talk on Friday, Feb. 22, at
7 p.m. in the GlasSalon.
During her GAPP residency, Simons will work with the Glass
Studio team on how to incorporate active audience participation
in experiencing her glass works, as well as techniques related
to both casting and glassblowing.
“We are going to be doing some experimental work with
anti-fogging agents in the glass and how that can be used to
create patterns or messages when the audience breathes into the
object,” explained Alan Iwamura, the Museum’s glass
studio manager. “A lot of Simons’ work is interactive with sound
and touch, so this idea is a new and interesting opportunity to
engage the audience with the art.”
In addition to maintaining a studio practice, Simons is also a
professor in the sculpture area of the Department of Art and Art
History at California State University, Chico.
The Guest Artist Pavilion Project, or GAPP, brings in both glass
artists and contemporary artists who are willing to explore the
use of glass in their work and to be inspired—without
restriction—by the TMA collection, studio facilities, and staff.
The program highlights the unique nature of the Glass Pavilion
by encouraging experimentation with glass in innovative ways.
The program is uniquely situated to serve both the educational
mission of the Museum and to promote greater dialogue within
both the contemporary glass and contemporary art communities.
TMA provides technical support, materials, and time for
experimentation along with a staff that can help artists realize
a body of work in glass without the years of training they might