Tracy Kirchman, director of the glass education program at Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy, is organizing two exhibitions for a Friday evening event at the school.
First is an exhibition of student works.
Says Tracy: "We ask that you let us know how many pieces you plan to display as soon as possible. We need to know how many pedestals we need. We also have only one day to set this show up because we are a school and use all of the building on a regular basis so I ask that you consider this in your selection of work."
The goal is to exhibit at least one piece from each at-risk youth program attending the GAS conference.
Says Tracy: "These can be individual or group pieces...have fun with it! You can ship work or deliver it no later than Wednesday March 19th from 8AM-5PM (we can make arrangements for return shipping or you may take your glass with you after the conference)."
Before you send it, make sure it will work and get in touch with Tracy. "Please email me a proposal of what you would like to display to represent your program as by Friday Feb 21st. I would also like to have literature about all of the programs at the show, so it would be great if you could send that along as well."
Second is an exhibition of a collaboration between students from all programs.
In addition to the display of individual work, Tracy is organizing a collaborative glass piece with elements created by students in all of the programs, even those who are not able to attend the GAS conference. She did a similar project commemorating all of the kids under 18 who were victims of gun violence here at LBP and it was stunning.
Here is more about the project from Tracy:
"Our idea was to have each organization make flowers that we can hang around the Atrium in our space from each group. It would be an easy project for our kids to create, and if we have enough of them it will look amazing! Here is a picture of the space where we will be hosting the reception and exhibtion. Pearl and I talked about hanging the flowers from the railing on the second floor, so they would be illuminated by the white lights behind them (see the space pictured above).
"I am open to the flowers being all shapes and sizes but I do ask that you please wire them to be hung (ex. a loop of wire attached to each flower that we can run a piece of rope through to make a garland) I am open to ideas on this and it would be great if everyone could send pictures.
"Again we are a school so we have only got a limited amount of time to set up. My students and I are ridiculously busy with the performance part of this event but we are willing to help in anyway that we can.
"I am looking forward to meeting all of you and hearing all of your ideas. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. "
Tracy M. Kirchmann, MFA/BFA
Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy
Glass Artist and Educator