Michael Glancy (1950-2016)

Michael Glancy, photo by Scott Lapham.

Michael Glancy, photo by Scott Lapham.

Extraordinary and elegant in quality and beauty, Michael Glancy’s sculptures reveal the artist’s exacting struggle towards perfection. Drawing inspiration from natural macro- and micro-environments, Glancy translates cellular landscapes into elegant jewel-toned sculptural objects. Made with blown and plate glass, copper, bronze, silver, and gold, his works reference science, biology, molecular physics, and mathematics. A native of Detroit, Glancy received a BFA from the University of Denver, a second BFA in sculpture, and an MFA in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied with Dale Chihuly. He is a member of the adjunct faculty in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department at RISD and has taught at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. Glancy’s career has included exhibitions in New York City and Switzerland and his work is in major museums and collections.

Source: NetWorks 2013 – 2014 Catalogue


Liquid Landscape, 2010
Polished cast stainless steel, industrial plate glass, copper, 10 x 17 x 22 in


Video: Richard Goulis
Jan-Erik Ritzman Footage FromGlass, a Dwelling For LightA Film by Sten Holmberg
Still Photography: Mark Johnston and Marty Doyle
Executive Producer: Joseph A. Chazan, M.D.

Additional Resources:

Artist’s website: michaelglancyglassworks.com

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- Highlighting the work of selected artists who have played vital roles in shaping the contemporary visual arts community in Rhode Island. This collection of brief video portraits provides a window into the lives, practices, and cultural contributions of professional artists.

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