Eugene, b.1947

Ann Gardner

Northwest-based artist Ann Gardner creates work about repetition, pattern, and the rhythm of form. To create each piece, the artist uses a combination of mosaic and pigment-tinted concrete and glass.

Working in glass mosaic, Ann Gardner creates forms that seem to be inspired equally by architecture and nature. Arcs, discs, and waves are covered entirely in squares of colored glass. She cuts and lays these materials individually. This time-intensive process creates complex forms and patterns. While there is an element of playfulness to Gardner’s work, it is impossible to ignore its dedicated, meditative quality.

Naturally, light is an essential material in these sculptures. They reflect and refract at every angle. This interplay between light, color and form allows the work to be fluid and dynamic.

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Biography

Northwest-based artist Ann Gardner creates work about repetition, pattern, and the rhythm of form. To create each piece, the artist uses a combination of mosaic and pigment-tinted concrete and glass.

Working in glass mosaic, Ann Gardner creates forms that seem to be inspired equally by architecture and nature. Arcs, discs, and waves are covered entirely in squares of colored glass. She cuts and lays these materials individually. This time-intensive process creates complex forms and patterns. While there is an element of playfulness to Gardner’s work, it is impossible to ignore its dedicated, meditative quality.

Naturally, light is an essential material in these sculptures. They reflect and refract at every angle. This interplay between light, color and form allows the work to be fluid and dynamic.

Gardner’s work is influenced by her many travels, places where she feels that the repetition of pattern offers a sense of structure and grounding amidst the surrounding dynamism and chaos. She has won numerous awards and her work is included in major collections such as the National Museum of American Art, the American Craft Museum, and the Seattle Art Museum.

Artworks

13

Horizon, 2019

RELATED CATEGORIES

American Art / Blown Glass / Contemporary American Art / Geometric Abstract / Geometric Expression / Glass / Glass Crafts / Inspiration from Architecture / Inspiration From Nature / Light / Mobile / Mosaic / Nature / Pattern / Repetition / Sculpture / Seattle / Steel

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 1974

    University of Oregon & Portland State University, Ceramics & Fine Arts

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Vapor,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY

  • 2017

    “Air Water Earth,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  • 2014

    “Variations,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2014

    “Variations,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  • 2013

    “New Selection,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  • 2012

    “Black + White,” Heather Gaudio Frine Art, New Canaan, CT

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Education

  • 1974

    University of Oregon & Portland State University, Ceramics & Fine Arts

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Vapor,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY

  • 2017

    “Air Water Earth,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  • 2014

    “Variations,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  • 2011

    “Point in Time,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  • 2008

    “Lumen,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY

  • 2007

    “Space,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  • Michelle Bello Fine Art at Sloan Miyasato, San Francisco, CA

  • 2006

    Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO

  • 2005

    “Light,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  • Friesen Gallery Fine Art, Sun Valley, ID

  • 2001

    “Mantra,” William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2014

    “Variations,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  • 2013

    “New Selection,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  • 2012

    “Black + White,” Heather Gaudio Frine Art, New Canaan, CT

  • “Contemporary Glass,” Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

  • 2010

    “Eyes for Glass: The Price Collection,” Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

  • 2009

    “Artists of Artech,” Wright Exhibition Space, Seattle, WA

  • 2008

    “Spring Salon,” J Crist Gallery, Boise, ID

  • “New Directions,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  • 2007

    “Shattering Glass: New Perspectives,” Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

  • 2006

    “Please Do Not Touch,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY

  • 2005

    Aqua Art Miami, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Miami Beach, FL

  • “Lucky 7,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  • 2004

    “Expansion,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  • Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

  • 2002

    “25th Anniversary Show,” William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

  • “Permanent Collection Highlights,” Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL

  • Sloan Miyasato, San Francisco, CA

Commissions

  • 2019

    “Untitled,” Mosaic. Private Commission, San Francisco, CA

  • “Untitled,” Blown Glass Hanging Sculpture. Private Commission, Seattle, WA

  • 2018

    “Untitled,” Blown Glass Hanging Sculpture. Private Commission, South Lake Union, Seattle, WA

  • “Song of Night and Day,” Exterior free-standing mosaic sculpture. Commissioned by the County of San Diego, San Diego, CA

  • “Phase,” Mosaic. Commissioned by Bryn Mawr Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

  • “Untitled,” Blown Glass Hanging Sculpture. Private Commission, Seattle, WA

  • “Untitled,” Mosaic. Private Commission, Philadelphia, PA

  • “Untitled,” Blown Glass Hanging Sculpture. Private Commission, South Lake Union, Seattle, WA

  • 2017

    “Air,” Blown Glass Hanging Sculpture. Private Commission, Seattle, WA

  • “Journey,” Glass wall-mounted Sculpture. Washington State Arts Commission, Ferris High School, Spokane, WA

  • 2016

    “Yellow Orb,” Hanging Sculpture. White Center Library, Seattle, WA

  • “Water,” Private Commission, San Francisco, CA

  • 2014

    “Day Light,” Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

  • “Petal,” Court of Light at the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

  • 2013

    “Ripple,” Hanging sculpture. Troxel Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

  • “Lumens,” Glass wall-mounted sculpture. Private Commission, La Jolla, CA

  • “Untitled,” Glass wall-mounted sculpture. Private Commission, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • “Passage,” Suspended glass sculpture. Private commission, Horseshoe Casino, Cincinnati, OH

  • 2012

    “One day,” Glass wall-mounted sculpture. Commission by Horizon House, Seattle, WA

  • “North Star,” Exterior glass wall-mounted sculpture. Commissioned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, D.C.

  • “Grace,” Five glass wall-mounted panels. Commission for Gandhi residence, San Francisco, CA

  • “Untitled,” Exterior glass sculpture. Private commission, Seattle, WA

  • “Moonlight,” Glass wall-mounted sculpture. Private commission, Barcelona, Spain

  • 2011

    “Time,” Suspended glass panel. Commissioned by Swedish Medical Center Issaquah Hospital, WA

  • “Waterfall 2,” Exterior glass wall-mounted sculpture. Private commission, San Diego, CA

  • “Two Vessels,” Glass wall-mounted sculptures. Private commission, San Diego, CA

  • 2010

    "Lumen,” Suspended glass sculpture. Commissioned by City of San Antonio, TX for San Antonio Int'l Airport

  • “Loop,” Suspended glass sculpture. Commissioned by WA Arts Commission for Clark College, Vancouver, WA

  • “Waterfall,” Glass wall-mounted sculpture. Private commission, Portland, OR

  • 2009

    “Trace,” Suspended glass sculpture. Private commission; Palm Desert, CA

  • “Convergence,” Outdoor wall-mounted sculpture. Commissioned by Schnitzer West/Vulcan Real Estate; Seattle, WA

  • “Morning,” Suspended glass sculpture. Private Commission, Washington, DC

  • “River of Light,” Wall-mounted glass sculpture. Private Commission, Bellevue, WA

  • 2008

    “Untitled,” Six glass wall-mounted panels. Commissioned by Blackburn Architects for Indianapolis International Airport

  • “Three,” Three glass wall-mounted panels. Private Commission, Shenzhen, China

  • “Long Day/Long Night,” Suspended glass sculpture. Fairbanks International Airport, Fairbanks, AK

  • “One Day,” Glass sculpture. Commissioned by Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR for Providence Portland Medical Center

  • 2007

    “Link,” Suspended glass sculpture. Commissioned by St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise ID

  • “Sliver of Light,” Two wall-mounted sculptural panels. Commissioned by the Metropolitan, Pearl District, Portland, OR

  • 2006

    “Sky 2,” Glass wall-mounted sculpture. Commissioned by Joan Warren-Grady, Art Advisor, San Diego, CA for Regent Bal Harbour in Bal Harbour, FL

  • “Heartline,” Hanging glass sculpture. Private commission, Seattle, WA

  • “Landscape,” Glass wall-mounted sculpture. Commissioned by Joan Warren-Grady, Art Advisor, San Diego, CA for Mosaic on Miami Beach, Mosaic Condos

  • “Trace,” Outdoor glass wall. Private commission, Mercer Island, WA

  • “Center,” Glass sculpture. Private commission, Bellevue, WA

  • “Wave 2,” Glass sculpture. Commissioned by Washington Mutual, Seattle, WA

  • 2005

    “Circle, Wave, Horizon,” Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital, Vancouver, WA

  • “Earth,” 4 wall-mounted panels. Commissioned by Westin Hotel, Bellevue, WA

  • “Untitled,” Monoprint, ink on paper. Commissioned by Marriott Hotel, St. Louis, MO

  • 2004

    “Weave,” Hanging glass sculpture. Commissioned by Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR for St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, WA

  • “Land & Sky,” Glass wall-mounted sculpture. Commissioned by the City of Everett Cultural Commission for Everett Events Center, Everett, WA

  • 2003

    “Ring of Water,” Hanging glass sculpture with terrazzo floor. Commissioned by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta, GA

  • “Wrap,” Stained glass windows. Commissioned by Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR

  • “Untitled,” Suspended glass sculpture. Commissioned by Marriott Hotel, San Jose, CA

  • 2002

    “Sunrise/Sunset” and “Circle,” Two interior glass wall-mounted sculptures. Commissioned by Sato Pharmaceutical, Tokyo, Japan

  • “Wave,” Interior hanging glass sculpture. Commissioned by Talbot Corporation, Bellingham, WA

  • “Earth & Sky,” Glass sculptural panels. Commissioned by Stoel Rives, LLP, Seattle, WA

  • 2001

    “Lebeg (slight movement in the air),” Suspended and rotating glass sculpture with terrazzo floor. Commissioned by WA State Arts Commission in partnership with the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, WA

  • “Ripple,” Three undulating glass wall panels. Commissioned and installed at Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup, WA

  • “Yin & Yang,” Two glass wall mounted sculptures. Commissioned by Clise Properties, Seattle, WA

  • 2000

    “Four Vessels,” Found and blown glass sculptures. Commissioned by London Club, London, England, installed in Las Vegas, NV

  • “Evidence,” Glass panels. Commissioned by University Hospital, Seattle, WA

  • “Tango Rojo,” Glass column. Private commission, Seattle, WA

  • “Sliver of Fire,” Glass sculpture. Private commission, Mercer Island, WA

  • “Day & Night,” Glass wall panels. Commissioned by Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Grants & Awards

  • 2017

    Museum of Glass, Fuel Their Fire IV Residency, Tacoma, WA

  • 2011

    Rakow Commission, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

  • 2008

    Juror's Choice Award, “Fog”; New Glass Review 29, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

  • 2004

    Urban Design Award, “Ring of Water”, Atlanta, GA

  • Americans for the Arts, Year in Review; Public Art, “Ring of Water”

  • 2003

    Museum of Glass, International Center for Contemporary Art, Visiting Artist Summer Series, Tacoma, WA

Collections

  • American Craft Museum; New York, NY

  • Birmingham Museum of Art; Birmingham, AL

  • Charles Wustum Museum of Fine Art; Racine, WI

  • Corning Museum of Glass; Corning, NY

  • Detroit Institute of the Arts; Detroit, MI

  • Huntsville Museum of Art; Huntsville, AL

  • Microsoft Corporation; Redmond, WA

  • Racine Art Museum; Racine, WI

  • Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art; Washington D.C.

  • Seattle Art Museum; Seattle, WA

Bibliography

  • 2012

    “The Rakow Commission.” New Glass Review Vol. 33, Corning: Corning Museum of Glass, 2012, pp. 98-100, June 2012. Print.

  • “Ann Gardner: Recipient of the 2011 Rakow Commission.” Museum of Glass Magazine Fall 2011/Winter 2012, p. 11. Print.

  • 2011

    “Downstairs, Upstairs.” Drawing One. Architectural Digest June 2011. Print.

  • 2010

    Goldfinger, Eliot. "Amazon Campus, South Lake Union: Reflecting on the ’Hood." City Arts Magazine – Seattle May 2010: 50. Print.

  • "Convergence; Commissions." Sculpture Magazine Insider May 2010. Print.

  • "A Body of Work." Mosaic Art Now 2010: 16-24. Print.

  • 2008

    "Fog: Juror's Choice Section." New Glass Review, Vol. 29. Corning: Corning Museum of Glass, 2008. Print.

  • 2007

    Gardner, Ann. Michello Bello Fine Art at Sloan Miyasato, San Francisco. 2007. Lecture.

  • 2006

    "Ann Gardner." Neues Glas Winter 2005/6: 30-37. Print.

  • "Ann Gardner at Winston Wächter Fine Art." Artweek Dec.-Jan. 2005/6: 19. Print.

  • 2005

    Gardner, Ann. Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle. 2005. Lecture.

  • 2004

    "Ring of Water." New Glass Review. 26th ed. Corning: Corning Museum of Glass, 2004. 18. Print.

  • "Ring of Water, Public Art 2003 in Review." Art in America Aug. 2004. Print.

  • "Ring of Water, Commissions." Sculpture Magazine Sept. 2004. Print.

  • Gardner, Ann. Emporia State University, Emporia. 2004. Lecture.

  • 2003

    Gardner, Ann. Glass Art Society, Seattle. 2003. Lecture.

  • Gardner, Ann. "Museum of Glass." International Center for Contemporary Art, Tacoma. 2003. Lecture.

  • 2002

    "Light Wave, Sculptor Refines Mosaic Expression." The Bellingham Herald 12 Oct. 2002. Print.

  • "Ann Gardner: Selected Commissions of the Year." Art in America Apr.-May 2002: 56-57. Print.

  • 2001

    "Pendants of Beauty Go Public." Seattle Post Intelligencer 9 June 2001. Print.

  • Gardner, Ann. Microsoft Corporation, Seattle. 2001. Lecture.