SONJA BLOMDAHL
 


EDUCATION

1974    BFA, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

1976    Orrefors Glass School, Orrefors, Sweden


SELECTED FACULTY POSITIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1983-Present    Owns and operates private glass blowing studio, Seattle, WA 

1991-Present    Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA, Board of Trustees, Advisory Board

2002, 1985        Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, Instructor

1998, 92, 88      Haystack Mountain School, Deer Isle, ME, Instructor


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2003             William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA

                     Hawk Gallery, Columbus, OH

2001-1981    William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2001             Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Cleveland, OH

2000, 1999   Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

1999             "Twenty Years", Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA

1998             R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2005    Taking Shape: The Pilchuck Glass School in the 70s, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA 

            Second Annual World Glass Exhibition, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA

2004    The Italian Influence in Contemporary Glass, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

            Transformed by Fire: Sculpted in Glass From the Collection of Becky & Jack Benaroya,Seattle Art             Museum, Seattle, WA

            The Perfect Collection: A Shared Vision of Contemporary Craft, Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA

            "Group Show: Blomdahl, Gardner, Morris, Tagliapietra," Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

2003     "Tribute to Jan Erik Ritzman," Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA

             "Masters of Contemporary Glass Art," Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, curated by Holsten                         Gallery

2002     "Seige Damer: 3 Person Show," Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA 

2000-1999    "Glass! Glorious Glass!", Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, Washington, DC

2000     "Vessels: The International Exhibtion of Glass," Koganezaki Glass Museum, Shizuoka, Japan

             "An International Survey of Glass," Kentucky Art & Craft Foundation, Louisville, KY

             "Glass from the Emerald City," Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA

1998     "Aperto Vetro - Exposizione Internazionale del Vetro Contemporaneo", Venice, Italy

1997     "Glass Today by American Studio Artists", Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1995-1992    "Clearly Art: Pilchuck's Glass Legacy", Whatcom County Museum, WA and touring

1992     "International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa", Kanazawa, Japan

1990-1989    "History of American Glass" Hermitage, Leningrad, USSR

1986     "Crafts Today: Poetry of the Physical", Inaugural Exhibition, American Crafts Museum, NY


SELECTED AWARDS

2001    U.S. State Dept. Gift, presented by President Bush to the Prime Minister of Sweden

1987    Artists' Trust Fellowship Grant, Washington State 

1986    NEA Visual Arts Fellowship Grant


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2005    Southwest Art, "Infinite Imagination", May 2005

            Elements of Living, "Glass Lines", February/March 2005

2004    International Glass Art, Richard Yelle, Schiffer Publishing Limited

2003    Women Working with Glass, Lucartha Kohler, Schiffer Publishing Limited

1999    New Glass Review, No. 20 The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

1998    Skilled Work, American Craft in the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

1996    Pilchuck A Glass School, Tina Oldknow, University of Washington Press

1995    The White House Collection of American Craft, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc

            Glass Quarterly, No. 59 "Matters of Mood: The Glass of Sonja Blomdahl", Spring

1992    New Glass Review, No. 13 The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

1991    Out of the Fire: Contemporary Glass Artists and Their Work, B. Miller, Chronicle Books

1990    Artists at Work: 25 Northwest Glassmakers, Ceramists, and Jewelers, S. Biskeborn, Alaska                         Northwest Books

1985    New Glass Review, No. 6 The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

1983    New Glass Review, No. 4 The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY


SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Little Rock, AR

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

Montgomery Museum of Fine Art

Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, New York, NY

Museum of Decorative Art, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Renwick Gallery, National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.


SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Bank of America, Portland, OR

Boeing Corporation, Seattle, WA

IBM Corporation, New York, NY

Mayo Clinic, Minneapolis, MN

MCI Communications Corporation, World Headquarters, Washington D.C.

Prescott Collection of Pilchuck Glass, Pacific First Centre, Seattle, WA

Safeco Corporation, Seattle, WA

Seafirst Bank, Seattle, WA

Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, WA

Sprint Art Collection, Overland Park, KS

Target Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

United Parcel Service Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA


SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Everett Public Library, Everett, WA

Harborview Medical Center, Cultural Heritage Artwork Collection, 1% for Art, Seattle, WA

Oregon Public Arts Commission (Salem Public Service Building), Salem OR

Port of Seattle, Seattle, WA

Seattle Arts Commission Portable Works Collection, Seattle, WA

United States Department of State: Art in Embassies Program

United States Department of State: Official Gift to Sweden 2001, Washington, D.C.

Washington State Arts Commission (Art in Public Places), Olympia, WA