The Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group is proud to support artists and institutions which promote the artwork we love. We have established a record of donations and recognition, which serve to implement our mission statement “to recognize, support encourage, promote, and educate everything to do with art made from glass” in a variety of ways.
The Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group has presented grant awards to Pearl Dick of The Firehouse in Chicago, and Carmen Lozar and Matt Urban whose studio is in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.
Carmen Lozar and Matt Urban
Carmen was an earlier recipient of a MCGAG award for her First Place participation in a student show and is a member of the art faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Illinois and her M.F.A. from Alfred University. Carmen creates narrative glass sculpture, using flameworking and cast glass techniques. Carmen has been an artist in residence at The Corning Museum. (Image left is “Cloudscape”, by Carmen Lozar.)
Matt attended the Philadelphia College of Art and Design where he studied industrial design and glass. He received his Master’s degree from Illinois State in glass/sculpture. Matt is the owner of Furnace Urbini Glass Works since 1999 where recycled glass and eco-friendly processes are used. Matt has been an artist in residence at the Corning Museum of Glass.
The year 2012 was a very special time, as it marked 50 years of the modern glass art movement. Galleries and museums all over the country responded with exhibits displaying the full gamut of glass art produced since 1962. MCGAG celebrated the anniversary with a full season of visits to these special exhibits within our geographic area, and with contributions to the museums that provided them. Those museums included:
- Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois
- Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana
- Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin
- Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois
- University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal Illinois
- Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, Wisconsin
- Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
- Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Student Artist Program
Beginning in 2004, MCGAG has sponsored a yearly competition for undergraduate and graduate students from various universities in the area. Students are selected by their instructors to participate in this event, which is held in two prestigious galleries in Chicago – the Ken Saunders Gallery and the Echt Gallery. The opportunity to display their work in such a venue, and to have it viewed by a large audience of collectors and art experts, is a wonderful experience for these young artists. A panel of expert judges awards monetary prizes to one undergraduate and one graduate student, and the audience is also able to vote for the “Collector’s Choice” award from either group.
Initially only Illinois State University was represented in the Student Show. Later Southern Illinois University was added, followed by the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 2014, students from Illinois State University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the Center for Creative Design in Detroit showed their work. Ball State University also participated in 2015.
MCGAG has provided grants to several artists in the past. These grants have enabled the artists to pursue their careers or create specific works of art, which they would otherwise be unable to do due to lack of funding. We will consider additional grants in the future, subject to the policies established by our board.
- A subcommittee of the board is established to evaluate grant applications.
- The final date for considering any application for a year is April 15. The subcommittee will report their decisions to the Grants & Events committee by May 15, and the report will be submitted to the President and the board no later than the July board meeting.
- Selection preference for grants will be given to students of the MCGAG Student Artists Show, but being a student of the participating schools is not a requirement to apply for a grant.
- A maximum of two grants may be awarded each year; however there is no obligation to award any grants in any given year.
- Grant recipients are required to make a report indicating how the money was spent and, if possible, to make a presentation to the board in person.
If you are interested in applying for a MCGAG Grant, download the application using the link below.
Thank you for your interest.