Art is a Tool | Therman Statom, Guest Lecturer

Event Type Educational Lectures, Special Events, Lectures
Date calendar  Saturday, August 19, 2023
Time clock  2:00pm - 3:45pm (1h 45m)
Location FIA Theater

Pioneer of the studio glass movement and self-described painter, sculptor, and craftsperson, Therman Statom will share stories of his career and explore how art can be a tool for activism, diplomacy, and social change. Whether it is at home, in the United States or across the world in Africa or Germany, he sees countless opportunities to bring people together through artmaking. For Statom, these moments of connection can come in many forms—during a casual conversation or in a formal workshop and they all have the opportunity to act as a catalyst for social change and positively impact a community.

Although Statom was born in Winter Haven, Florida, and spent his childhood in Washington, D.C., he currently works and resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Initially, he was interested in painting but began exploring three-dimensional art while completing his. bachelor’s degree at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the 1970s. After an experimental glassblowing session with Dale Chihuly, he became fascinated with the spontaneity of glass and its limitless possibilities. He attended Pilchuck Glass School during its inaugural year (1971) and experimented with glassblowing and using industrial sheet glass. He later studied at the Pratt Institute of Art and Design in Brooklyn, New York. He has taught workshops around the world and has returned numerous times to Pilchuck as an instructor.

The J & M T Fund

Contemporary Craft Lecture provides a forum for artists from around the world to explore the multicultural aspects of materials, history, techniques, and other areas of importance to contemporary craft artists.

ASL Interpretation is made possible by Ford Foundation Equity Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint

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