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Students, faculty create one-of-a-kind glass art pieces in annual fundraiser

Paperweights, goblets, jewelry, abstract sculptures and more pieces of art created by students and faculty from The University of Texas at Arlington’s Art and Art History program will be up for sale at the annual Glass Art Sale and Show on April 7 at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis St.

Glass art

Glass art like this will be on sale at the annual Glass Art Sale and Show April 7.

The show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a silent auction that goes live at 2 p.m.

The annual Glass Art Sale and Show draws people from across North Texas and neighboring states, which proves the popularity of extraordinary works of art from students, faculty and visiting artists.

Funds from the glass art sale will help pay for scholarships for students to attend conferences, take technical skill workshops, as well as provide funding for graduate level research. The proceeds also will benefit the glass studio operating system and budget.

“Allowing students to experience the opportunity of making something and having a person want to purchase their creation is really motivational and inspiring,” said Justin Ginsberg, glass program coordinator and assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History. “We’re hoping to have more complex works and to surpass past years fundraising efforts.”

The sale includes more than 3,000 glass items. The silent auction will feature 10 to 15 more substantial works by advanced students, faculty and visiting artists.  

“The glass program is self-funded and the success of our internationally recognized program relies heavily on this opportunity,” Ginsberg said.

The glass art sale and auction will feature a live demonstration from faculty and students to show the level of skill needed to create glass art. The event also will feature faculty and graduate student exhibitions and a raffle. Ginsberg said the raffle items are always a surprise, but generally consist of one of his glass art works, a collaborative piece and something special.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the building. Call the Studio Arts Center at 817-272-2891 for more information.

Media may schedule interviews and filming by calling 817-272-2761.

-- Written by Kimberly Idrogo