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Professional Experience
Teaching Experience
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COMMENT (unpublished):

"In the elaborate and sophisticated fused glass works of Roger Thomas, contradictory impulses meet and seemingly irreconcilable intentions co-exist. Committed to natural representation, he arranges his subjects with an eye to abstract order, seeking to emphasize and improve the designs inherent in their patterning. His goal, much like that of the Japanese Landscape artists he so admires, is to know nature so well that he can improve its resemblance to itself. At the same time, he will not conceal the presence of glass nor deny his chosen material a 'nature' of its own.  In order to reach these contrary goals, Thomas needs a full palette of specific techniques, ways of manipulating glass that he regularly invents and assiduously seeks to employ. The test of each technique is that it leave no "brush stroke", no sign of the human hand.  Thus nature and art are reconciled, as both are manipulated to the artist's purposes, yet each appears to remain itself, untouched." ___ Geoff Wichert,1992

EXHIBITIONS:

2011:

  • Art in Embassies Program, Department of State. Work on display at the American Embassy in Ankara, Turkey

2010

  • “Sidewalk Stories” Brian Marki Fine Art, Portland, OR

2008

  • "Looking Through the Glass" The da Vinci Days Art Show, Corvallis, OR 
  • "For Exactly Four:  Roger Thomas, Richard Glenn, Michael Behrens and Alice Gebhart"                    Brian Marki Fine Art, Portland, OR

2007       

  • Roger Thomas "New Destinations" Pismo Fine Art Glass, Aspen, CO
  • "Sand, Ash & Bone - Intimate Landscapes by Roger Thomas" L'Attitude Gallery, Boston
  • "Clear Expressions" A Juried Art Glass Exhibition. Chemeketa College, Salem, Oregon

2006     

  • Art in Embassies Program, Department of State. Work on display at the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.
  • "New Works: the Fused Glass Paintings of Roger Thomas" Pismo Fine Art Glass, Aspen, CO

2005 

  • "Frit & Fire: New fused glass paintings by Roger Thomas" L'Attitude Gallery, Boston
  • "Impressions in Glass" Pismo Fine Art Glass, Aspen, CO
  • "Orientally" Kane Marie Galleries, Virginia Beach, VA

2004

  • “E-Merge: WG@BE3, Director’s Corner”. Bullseye Glass Co., Portland, OR
  • “Blown Away: New Forms in Glass” (honorable mention) PostPicasso.com
  • "Transformed by Fire: Glass Today" Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
  •  "Glass Art for the Wall" Kane Marie Galleries, Virginia Beach, VA
  • "Fusion; Roger Thomas' Fused Glass Paintings" L'Attitude Gallery, Boston
  • "Seeing Things; the Fused Glass Paintings of Roger Thomas" Pismo Fine Art Glass, Aspen, CO

2003

  • "Legacy: An exhibition of how glass is learned" The Bullseye Connection Gallery, Portland, OR
  • "Seeing Things: the Glass Paintings of Roger Thomas" Kane Marie Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA
  • "Impressions in Glass" Brian Marki Fine Art, Portland, OR
  • Art in Embassies Program, Department of State. Work on display at the American Trade Mission in Cuba. 
  • "Glass Heat-Transformed" Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD
  • "ARTforms"  West Palm Beach, FL
  • "Sculpting the Wall" L'Attitude Gallery, Boston, MA 

2002

  • "Paintings in Glass" The Rachael Collection, Aspen, Colorado
  • "Impressions in Glass" Brian Marki Fine Art, Portland, OR
  • Art in Embassies Program, Department of State. Work on display at American Embassy to the Philippines
  • GLASTEC 02, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • "Crystal Petal, Painted Leaf" Kane Marie Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA
  • "Together Again - Vitreous Paintings of Kathleen Sheard and Roger Thomas," Firehouse No.12, Vancouver, Washington
  • "The Art of Glass" Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia

2001     

  • "Roger V Thomas, Fused Glass Paintings" Brian Marki Fine Arts, Portland, Oregon
  • “New Works,” Kane Marie Fine Arts, Virginia Beach, Virginia

2000

  • “North American Glass 2000,” 6th biennial exhibit of the Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, Connecticut
  • "Roger Thomas: Vitreous Mosaic," The Rachael Collection, Aspen, Colorado

1999  

  • Solo Exhibition, The Rachael Collection, Aspen, Colorado
  • Solo Exhibition, Elizabeth Doyle Gallery, Lahaina, Hawaii
  • "Painterly Expressions in Glass" Roger Thomas & Tom McGlauchlin, Vespermann Galleries, Atlanta, Georgia
  • "Northwest Glass Masters" Northwest by Northwest Gallery, Cannon Beach, Or
  • "Fire and Ice" Yoshida's Fine Art Gallery, Troutdale OR.

1998     

  • “International Exhibition of Glass”, Kanazawa, Japan
  • "North American Glass '98", The Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, Connecticut
  • Guest Artist, "Summer Art '98", California State University Fullerton Library
  • Glass Exhibit, The Gallery at the Airport, Eugene, Oregon

1997  

  • "Transformation / Contemporary Glass", The Society for Contemporary Crafts,Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Solo Exhibition, the Rachael Collection, Aspen, Colorado
  • "Selections from the Permanent Collection," The Bullseye Connection, Portland, Oregon

1996  

  • Annual Glass Invitational, Phoenix Rising Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • Benefit Auction, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon
  • GLASTEC 96, Dusseldorf, Germany

1995  

  • Solo Exhibition, the Rachael Collection, Aspen, Colorado
  • "Glass for the Mind and Soul" Phoenix Rising Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • "Roger Thomas, Solo Exhibition," Gango Gallery, Portland, Oregon

1994  

  • GLASTEC 94, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • "Post Pilchuck: Beyond the glory hole" Phoenix Rising Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1993  

  • "58th Annual CAA National 1993" Cooperstown Art Association, New York
  • "19th National Miniature Show" La Luz, New Mexico

1992  

  • GLASTEC 92, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Art Glass Suppliers Association, Exhibition, Dallas, Texas
  • "92 World Glass Congress" Reno, Nevada
  • "6th Glass Art Exhibition" Electric Culture Museum, Nagoya, Japan

1990  

  • GLASTEC 90, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • "Kiln Formed Glass" White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, Oregon
  • "Gone Fishinn" Ladd's Gallery, Portland, Oregon

1989  

  • "Contemporary Glass 89" Contemporary Crafts Gallery Portland, Oregon
  • "Contemporary Imagery" Eileen Kremen Gallery Fullerton, California

1988  

  • "The Wichita National" All Media Craft Exhibit, Wichita, Kansas
  • "International Exhibition of Glass Craft, 88" Kanazawa, Japan
  • "Glass Directions, 88" Chemeketa College, Salem, Oregon

1987  

  • "Landforms" John Thomas Gallery, Fullerton, California
  • "International Competition and Exhibition" Stained Glass Association of America, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
  • "Feet of Glass" Art Glass Alliance of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Solo Exhibition, "Luminaries" California State University, Fullerton

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION, PUBLIC WORKS:

  • Children's Hospital, Boston, Research Wing Commission, 2003
  • Art in Embassies Program, Department of State. Works displayed at American Embassy to the Philippines, American TradeMission to Cuba and United States Embassy, Cairo, Egypt and Ankara, Turkey. 2002-2011
  • Acquisition by Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. 1999
  • Pacific Gas Transmission, Oregon, Corporate Commission, 1995
  • Clackamas Communications, Oregon, Corporate Commission, 1995
  • Pacificare Corporation, Oregon, Corporate Collection, 1994
  • Kaiser Permanente Corporate Collection, 1992
  • Portland Orthopedic Clinic, Oregon, Corporate Collection, 1992
  • Hewlett Packard, Washington, Corporate Commission, 1990
  • Professional Stained Glass "A Decade of Excellence" award, purchase grant, 1990
  • Bullseye Glass Company, Artist in Residence Purchase Grant, 1989
  • Pilchuck Tenth Anniversary Auction Contributing Artist, 1988
  • Professional Stained Glass "Fusion 88" Award

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Catalogue, Art in Embassies Program, US Department of State, Ankara, Turkey, 2011
  • Walker, Brad. Contemporary Fused Glass. Clemmons, NC: Four Corners Int. Inc. 2010.
  • Olsen, Beth, “Landscapes Through The Looking Glass” Oregon Home, March-April 2006
  • Oregon Public Broadcasting, Calendar for 2005 (November)
  • Catalogue, Art in Embassies Program, United States Interest Section, Havana, Cuba, 2004
  • Nitchie, Mary Kay, et al. E-Merge. 2004 Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln-Glass Exhibit catalogue. Portland, OR: Bullseye Glass Co. 2004
  • Tuch, Rebecca. "Crossing Boundaries, Making Art" Arts Media, Summer, 2004, Volume 8, #43
  • Gangelhoff, Bonnie. "SWA Selects Artists to Watch" Southwest Art, May 2004.  Volume 33, #12
  • Featured in both Bullseye and Uroboros '03 Product Catalogues
  • Franks, Rebekah. "Artist goes back in time to revive old techniques" The Business Journal, Portland, Oregon, Volume 20, Number 29, Sept.19, 2003
  • McGinnis, D. "Artist Thomas Turns Dreams into Reality" The Hollywood Star, Portland, OR, Feb. 2003
  • Conway, Judith Finn. "The Pioneers of Frit: How it All Came About" Glass Craftsman, April/May, 03
  • Catalogue, Art in Embassies Program, United States Embassy Manila, 2002
  • Cowen, K C. "Oregon Art Beat." Oregon Public Broadcasting, 10/2001
  • Wichert, Geoff. "Roger Thomas at the Easel" GLASHAUS, 3/2001
  • Perlis, Leslis. “Kickstarting Your Creativity” Glass Craftsman, No.164,  Feb/Mar 2001
  • Walker, Brad. Contemporary Warm Glass. Clemmons, NC: Four Corners Int. Inc. 2000
  • Forst, Jim. "Canvassing the N W Art Scene" Northwest Travel, July,August, 1999
  • Cover art, Oregon Focus magazine, April 1996
  • "The Art of the Glass" Uroboros Glass Co. advertisement campaign, various magazines, 1990 to 96
  • "The Creative Edge" Bullseye Glass Co. advertisement campaign, various magazines, 1990 to 94
  • "I learned about fusing over coffee with Steve" Pacific Art Glass Co. advertisement campaign, various magazines, 1989 to 91
  • "A Decade of Excellence" Professional Stained Glass , July, 1990
  • "Discover Portland" Glass Art Magazine , December 1988
  • "Fusion 88" Professional Stained Glass , April, 1988
  • "SGAA, International Competition and Exhibition" Stained Glass Quarterly, Vol 82 #3 Fall 1987
  • Feature Editorial, "Showcase Houses" Designers West, Six/Eighty
  • "An Image of Art Deco" Architectural Digest, September 1977

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Instructor, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, New York, 2008
  • Instructor, Wired Designs, San Antonio, Texas, 2007
  • Seminar:  "Roger Thomas:  In Studio"
  • Instructor, Eugene Glass School, Eugene, Oregon, 2005
  • Seminar: "What am I Looking at?"
  • Instructor, The Studio, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning New York, 2004; "Thinking Painting: Using Fusing"
  • Instructor, Glass Forum, Averøy, Norway, Periodically from 2003. Seminars: "What am I Looking at?" and "Thinking Painting: Using Fusing"
  • Instructor, Vitrum Studios, Baltimore, MD, Periodically from 2003. Seminars: "Expanding the Kiln Formed Palette" and "What am I Looking at?"
  • Instructor,  Firehouse No.12, Vancouver, Washington, Periodically from 2001 to 2004 . Seminars:  "Expanding the Kiln Formed Palette" and "What am I Looking at?
  • Instructor, Pacific Art Glass, Gardena, California, Seminars periodically from 1998; "Expanding the Kiln Formed Palette" and "The Projects Class"     
  • Instructor, Creative Glass MHS AG, Zurich, Seminars periodically from 1996; "Visuelle Effekte in Glas Fusing", "Tiefenwirkung" and "Landschaften"
  • Instructor, Pacific Northwest College of the Arts, Portland, Oregon, 1996, Kiln formed Glass
  • Instructor, University of Ohio, Kent, April, 1991, Kiln worked Glass Seminar
  • Faculty Assistant, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, Washington, Summer 1988,1st Graduate Workshop
  • Faculty, California State University, Fullerton, Spring 1987, Flat Glass
  • Adjunct Faculty, Coastline College, Fountain Valley, California, 1985-88, Stained Glass

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • 1983-Current: Studio glass artist
  • 1991: Kiln Working Director, Bullseye Glass Company, Portland, Oregon, a decorative and fusing sheet glass manufacturer
  • 1989-91: Production Manager, Uroboros Glass Studios, Portland, Oregon, a decorative sheet glass manufacturer
  • 1985-87: Design Consultant, Project Director for The Artists Guild, Anaheim, California, a firm specializing in architectural art
  • 1983-85: Design Consultant, Project Director for Buffalo Studios, Pasadena, California, a firm specializing in architectural art
  • 1980-83: Vice President of Paul Crist Studios, Santa Fe Springs, California, a Tiffany Lamp Reproduction Facility
  • 1973-80: Owner of Homeblown-Fotofloyd, a stained glass studio in Fullerton, California

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