F.I.R.E. Glenn Zweygardt: Then & Now

by - February 26, 2016

The Metal Museum is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition (F.I.R.E.) Glenn Zweygardt: Then & Now, an exhibition featuring work created by Zweygardt before and after his retirement as a Professor of Sculpture at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

F.I.R.E. Glenn Zweygardt: Then & Now will open to the public on March 13, 2016. On April 7, 2016 at 6pm the Metal Museum will host a Conversation with the Curator which will discuss the exhibition during a tour followed by a Hands­-On Activity on April 30, 2016 from 10am-­2pm. On May 15, 2016 from 2:30pm­-3pm the Museum will host a Gallery Talk with the Artist where Zweygardt will speak about his work followed by an Exhibition Reception from 3pm-­5pm. Zweygardt will serve as the Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition conference on May 11­-14 for metal casting artists utilizing the museum’s foundry.

Glenn Zweygardt is a sculptor who uses diverse materials such as steel, ductile iron, stainless steel, cast glass, cast bronze, aluminum and stone from around the world. He combines natural and fabricated materials to explore the intersection of art, nature and technology. Celestialscape, Glenn Zweygardt Zweygardt says, “I am telling three­-dimensional stories that capture my life experiences immersed in my perception of a collective consciousness.”

His works include themes of duplication and relationships and the sculptures range from monumental outdoor works to small, intimate pieces. The artworks included in FIRE Glenn Zweygardt: Then & Now will represent the work Glenn created before and after his retirement from Professor of Sculpture at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2007. Both periods have sculpture that is narrative and incorporates the motifs of found natural objects and the circle which alludes to cycles, growth and the unseen energy in all life that makes it a spiritual experience.

ABOUT GLENN ZWEYGARDT: ​Zweygardt was born and raised in northwest Kansas. He earned his BFA in sculpture and painting from Wichita State University in 1967 and his MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art in 1969. For over 40 years, Glenn has been an active sculptor and educator. With more than 50 solo exhibitions and multiple purchase awards to his name, he shows works both nationally and internationally. His sculptures are included in many university, museum, outdoor and private collections. Now an emeritus Professor of Sculpture at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Glenn continues to make signature sculptures in his Alfred Station studio. Voyager, Glenn Zweygardt

ABOUT THE METAL MUSEUM: The Metal Museum is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metalwork. This is achieved through exhibitions, collections, conservation, restoration and consulting services, classes, internship opportunities, artists residencies and apprenticeships, research and onsite fabrication of artwork and architectural elements. http://www.metalmuseum.org/

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