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Glass Research Symposium

Please join Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Art and the Glass Program at The University of River Falls, June 7, 8, 9, 2019, as we highlight faculty, undergraduate and graduate student research, scholarly activities and visual arts at our first Research Symposium. This event provides a casual setting where faculty and student researchers will meet their research cohort and share their academic work with student colleagues and faculty. This symposium offers an opportunity for students to develop their professional presentation skills by sharing their work through poster presentations, oral presentations, and exhibit. Projects should consist of completed or in progress research.

Location: Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts - Studio

Friday June 7

  • 2:00 pm – Introduction

  • 2:15 – 3:15 pm – Helen Lee - presentation and key note

  • 3:20 – 3:50 pm – Emily Leach examines glass as a looking device by reinterpreting text and other visual codes. Leach will discuss Lizzo, 23andMe, French constrained writing techniques and their influence on her research and glass practice.

  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm – Anna Lehner: art making practice, areas of unknowing and unrest, and the events that span beyond typical human timeframes.

  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Collaboration in Hot Shop. All participants will be invited to participate in a final collaboration. Dinner afterwards.

  • 7:00 pm – Grotto Courtyard Participant Dinner Meet and Greet– Filled with native flora and responsive sculpture, the Grotto is a perfect backdrop for a communal grilled dinner and relationship building on site at Foci.   

Saturday June 6

  • 9:00 – 11:00 am – Davin K. Ebanks will present and provide a hot shop demonstration that discusses the benefits of introducing digital making tools into the glass artist’s practice-based research, both on a professional and student level. Includes a step-by-step description of producing blown glass sculptures that combine fused water-jet cut sheet glass with traditional mold blowing and hot- glass sculpting techniques.

  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm - Christopher Gray will focus on the use of varying forms of technology by utilizing digital tools in a way that the process can become an extension of his hand. This will involve the use of CNC from analog to digital to analog, 3D printing and the use of sound collections with the work

  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm LUNCH

  • 2:15 – 3:15 pm – Ruth Sullivan will discuss the nature of pattern recognition in pathology and how this practice can provide scientifically meaningful data. She will finish with how humans and, emergently, machines are trained to perform pattern recognition tasks in pathology.

  • 4:00 – 8:00pm - Recap, roundtable & collaboration. This will be an opportunity for all to ask any questions and provide feedback about the symposium. All participants will be invited to participate in a final collaboration. Dinner afterwards.


  • Helen Lee - Key note and Lead Presenter



  • Davin Ebanks


  • Christopher Gray


  • Anna Lehner


  • Emily Leach


  • Ruth Sullivan

Earlier Event: May 17
2019 Art-A-Whirl