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Marsha Glazière is an accomplished American sculptor, author, and contemporary mixed media painter. Her large paintings dramatically synthesize the recognizable in a semi-abstract style and masterfully incorporate colláge onto rich impasto surfaces. She transforms industrial metals into graceful, life-sized figures with exquisite detail. Glazière’s bas-relief paintings brilliantly showcase her diverse artistic aptitude. One can almost feel the emotion of her strong figures that literally project their message with movement beyond the traditional confinement of a canvas or frame.

Glazière received a BFA degree from the University of Illinois where she studied painting and textiles. Her advanced studies include a Master’s Painting Program under the direction of painter Nathan Oliveira of Stanford University, a Monotype Study Program under the direction of artist Michael Mazur of Yale University, and Anatomical Study at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Glazière’s artwork has been featured in over 150 exhibitions in museums, galleries, corporations, and universities throughout the world. Her work is also held in many private and public collections. Her work is held as part of the Permanent Collection of the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, AmSouth Bank, Artbank, and the University of Washington. Glazière’s commissioned work includes a painting commemorating the 20-year anniversary of the achievements of Olympic Gold Medalist Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a life-sized bronze statue of a baseball player in honor of the Negro Baseball League, and the enormous 10’ x 14’ sculpted architectural friezes for the main entablature entrance of Bolles School. Her murals decorate the walls of the pediatric ward of the Grenada National Hospital in St Georges, Grenada, West Indies, and the Casa Colonial Hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Glazière is passionate about activism through art. She is astutely current on the global state of affairs and is often compelled to incorporate civil, political, and environmental concerns into her artwork as can be seen in Quake, Metamorphosis…. Bound, and Science….Dismissed. She states: “Illuminating the issues of our time through visual expression is a meaningful and artistic way to shed light on their importance.” Her most extraordinary artwork is 192″w x 69″h x16″d in size and contains eleven female figures draped in her own country’s flag. The spectacular artwork’s message is one of international peace. Glazière believes that we can achieve this type of peace by “reaching deep within ourselves, beyond borders, languages, doctrines, politics, culture, and the perceived need for territorial and ideological dominance to find and celebrate our human commonality in unity.”

During Glazière’s three-year residency for the Seattle Public School District in Seattle, WA, she was the recipient of a grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development where she piloted and directed the Visual Arts Program for the City of Seattle’s Summer Youth Employment Program. She also received a Cultural Education Grant from the King County Arts Commission to teach art to urban-at-risk youth in the Seattle Public Schools in connection with United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and YouthCare, Inc.

Glazière has held Visiting Artist positions in Oaxaca, Mexico on two different occasions, one of those sponsored by Rice University in Houston, TX. She has taught at the Bellevue Art Museum School in conjunction with Western Washington State University, as well as Florida International University and the University of North Florida.

“My work has always addressed matters of personal and global substance. Some paintings express the female experience specifically, contrasting the paradox of women’s iconography today with that of the past—revealing the disparity which impedes opportunities for women everywhere in all aspects of our lives. Trees are fascinating to me, especially as I experience the wonder of Big Talbot Island in NE Florida. Painting landscape allows me to celebrate the beauty of nature while acknowledging the vulnerability of the environment due to climate change. I believe that bringing visual expression and metaphor to the issues of our times is a meaningful and artistic way to shed light on their importance. I think of my process as mixing media with metaphor.”
Marsha Glazière

ACHIEVEMENTS

EDUCATION

Bachelor Of Fine Arts: Major in Painting and Minor in Textiles; University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

Advanced Study: University of Washington School of Medicine – Program of Anatomical Studies, Seattle, Washington

Master Painting Program with Nathan Oliveira (Stanford University)

Monotype Study Program with Michael Mazur (Yale University)

 

GRANTS

1995   City of Seattle S.Y.E.P./Summer Youth Employment Program with H.U.D. Grant to pilot and direct the Visual Arts Program in Seattle.

1993-1994  King County Arts Commission/Cultural Education Grants to teach urban-at-risk youth in Seattle Public Schools in conjunction with United Indians of All Tribes Foundation as well as with YouthCare, Inc., Seattle, Washington

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017    Haskell Gallery Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville, Florida

2008    Fulcrum Gallery, Tacoma, Washington

2008    Pierce College-Steilacoom, Ladewood, Washington

2006    AmSouth-Regions Bank (2005-2006), Jacksonville, Florida

2004    Wilson Arts Center at Florida State College, juried show, Jacksonville, Florida

2003     Fogle Fine Art, Jacksonville, Florida

2003   State Capitol Complex exhibition program presented by the Florida Department of State, Cultural Affairs, Tallahassee, FL

2002     Florida International University, North Miami, Florida

1998    MOCA-Jacksonville Museum of Modern ArtInstallation, Jacksonville, Florida

1998    Florida School of the Arts, Palatka, Florida

1997    West River Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida

1997    Rink Reynolds Diamond Architects, Jacksonville, Florida

1996    Blue River Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida

1994    The Elegant Equine , Lake Forest, Illinois

1994     Klausner/Cooperage Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky

1993    Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho

1993     Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington

1991    Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1991     Klausner/Cooperage Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky

1991    Perspectives Gallery, Bank of America, Seattle, Washington

1990    Wiseman Gallery at Rogue College, Grants Pass, Oregon

1988    Nihon Kohden Corporation, Irvine, California

1988    Morley and Company Fine Art Gallery, Miami, Florida

1988    One Biscayne Tower Gallery, Miami, Florida

1987    Perspectives Gallery, Bank of America, Seattle, Washington

1987    Significant Form Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1982    Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1982     Galerie Lotus: Sodibe/Beghin-Say Corporation, Paris, France
 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021    Art Gallery- Virtual: Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, Washington

2021    Southlight Gallery juried exhibition, July-September, Jacksonville, Florida

2020    FemArt juried Exhibition –Virtual, Jacksonville, Florida

2007    Washington State Thoroughbred Breeders Association – Best in Show Award, Seattle, WA

2004    University of North Florida: Top 10 Painters of NE Florida, Jacksonville, Florida

2002   St Louis Gateway to Peace Museum, St Louis, Missouri

2002    Victor Quiroz Gallery-108 Fine Art, Miami, Florida

2001    Northern Westchester County Art Center, Mt. Kisco, New York

2001    University of North Florida Faculty Exhibition, Jacksonville, Florida

2000    Alford Ackerman Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida

2000    University of North Florida Faculty Exhibition, Jacksonville, Florida

1998    Pedestrian Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida

1997    Galeria De Arte Invitational, Oaxaca, Mexico

1997     International Women’s Exhibition, Oaxaca, Mexico

1997    Bang! the Gun as Image at The 621 Gallery, Florida State University,                                Tallahassee, Florida

1996    Galeria De Arte, Oaxaca, Mexico

1996    Museo De Caricatura, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

1995    Seattle Art Museum Perspectives Gallery, Bank of America, Seattle, Washington

1993    Women’s Funding Alliance Annual Invitational, Seattle, Washington

1993    Galerie Charlotte Daneel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1993    Vizual Art Galeria, Ava Gera, Budapest, Hungary

1992    Security Pacific Gallery, Security Pacific Bank, Seattle, Washington

1992    Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1992    Seattle Community College Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1991    Washington Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, Seattle, Washington

1991    Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1990    Seattle Artist Exchange: Barcelona, Spain

1990    The Goodwill Games Exhibition: Bank of America, Seattle, Washington

1990    NW Women in Art juried show: Wiseman Gallery at Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, Oregon

1989    The Elegant Equine Gallery, Lake Forest, Illinois

1989    Gallery Mack, Seattle, Washington

1988    NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale – Permanent Collection, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS 

AmSouth – Regions Bank, Jacksonville, Florida

Artbank, Portable Works Collection, Pierce County, Washington

Chism, Jacobson, and Johnson Attorneys At Law, Seattle, Washington

DesignWeld, Inc. Miami, Florida

Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Becker, Jacksonville, Florida

Dr. John Crump, Jacksonville, Florida

Dr. Robin Ford Edwards, Jacksonville, Florida

 

Dr. Onelio Garcia, Miami, Florida

Dr. and Mrs. Jacob Glassman, Miami, Florida

Dr. Richard Dean Glassman, Jacksonville, Florida

Dr. Richard Wall, St. Augustine, Florida

Holland and Knight Attorneys at Law, Jacksonville, Florida

Judge Scott Maker – Florida First District Court of Appeals

Ms. Sally Benke, Seattle, Washington

Mr. and Mrs. Chap Alvord III, Seattle, Washington

Mr. and Mrs. Hal O’Steen, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Pace, St. Simon’s Island, Georgia

Mr. and Mrs. Willard Espy, New York, New York

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale – Permanent Collection, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Rutherford and Weston, Attorneys At Law, Seattle, Washington

Seattle Councilwoman Anne Ormsby, Seattle City Council

Southeast Research Foundation, Miami, Florida

The University of Washington, School of Social Work, Seattle Genetic Systems, Seattle Southeastern

Williams, Kastner and Gibbs Attorneys at Law, Seattle, Washington

 

SELECTED ART COMMISSIONS

Casa Colonial Hotel for an outdoor 9’x12′ mural depicting the premier archeological site of Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico.

City of Jacksonville for a large bronze sculpture of a baseball player in JP Small Park to commemorate the Negro Baseball League, Jacksonville, Florida.

Familia Lopez de Leyva for a 32’x 9′ outdoor mural depicting the local culture in Tlacolula, Mexico.

Grenada National Hospital for a 250 lineal foot indoor mural depicting sea life for the Pediatric Ward, St. Georges, Grenada, West Indies.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, 1984 Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist, commemorative painting / visual biography, Jacksonville, Florida.

The Bolles School to sculpt 10′ x14′ architectural friezes for main entrance entablature and redesign- sculpt water fountain, Jacksonville, Florida.

San Marco Business Association, a commemorative painting of the Lions of San Marco fountain for the San Marco Carnivale, Jacksonville, Florida.

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Arbus art magazine cover featuring RGB- Our Torchbearer artwork, Jacksonville, Florida, October 15, 2020, https://arbus.com/rbg-our-torchbearer-by-marsha-glaziere-2019/

Interview on The Importance of Quality Radio and the Creative Process on WJCT national public radio, Jacksonville, Florida

Television interview on NBC King 5-The Morning Show promoting my book, Eclectic Coffee Spots of Puget Sound on January 3, 2013

Seattle Times newspaper article “Putting our (Too Few) Art Dollars to Work” by Melinda Bargreen, 1993, Seattle, Washington

Lesley Frenz, “Featured Artist” The Artsy Forager, 2011-2012, https://artsyforager.com/tag/marsha-glaziere/ 

Lois Alter Mark, Midlife at the Oasis “Talking To Marsha Glaziere About The Art Of Coffee And Coffeehouses!”- Podcast, San Diego, California,  https://midlifeattheoasis.com/books/talking-to-marsha-glaziere-about-the-art-of-coffee-and-coffeehouses

Glazier: Her Own Perspective by Marleen Nienhuis, Pandora newspaper, June 1979, Seattle Washington

 

PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR 

Eclectic Coffee Spots of Puget Sound book featuring poetic descriptions of 120 cafés that represent the robust coffee culture of the Pacific Northwest. The book also contains 40 of Glazière’s café paintings and many of her photographs and essays. 

Nineteen Blogs which are featured on Glazière’s website at www.marshaglaziere.com.

Seven Glazière Art Calendars featuring Galzière’s artwork for each month.

 

APPOINTMENTS

1987-1989  Board Member: The National Museum Of Women In The Arts, Washington    State  Chapter Member

1989  Washington State Centennial Arts Committee Member

1989  Washington State Centennial Arts Monuments Committee

1989  Board Member, National Artists Equity Association Washington State Chapter

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

1984-1990 Pratt Fine Arts Center; Seattle, Washington Adjunct Faculty, Seattle Pacific University in  conjunction with the Bellevue Art Museum

1992-1995 Artist in Residence: Seattle Public School District

1993  “Families Together” Summer Arts Program, H.U.D. and the Seattle Housing Authority

1993  Visiting Artist: “Other Americas Program”, Rice University Houston, Texas. Held in Oaxaca, Mexico

1994  Visiting Artist: Taller de Artes Plastícas Rufino Tamayo, Oaxaca, Mexico

1996-2002 University of North Florida: Faculty Department of Communications and Visual Art, Jacksonville, Florida

1999  C.A.N.V.A.S. Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Arts Summer Youth Employment  Program, Jacksonville, Florida

Spring Tide, Permanent Collection of the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The artwork is a three-dimensional mixed media sculpture.

Heading for Home is a life-size, bronze sculpture of a baseball player commissioned by the City of Jacksonville, Florida for JP Small Park to commemorate the Negro Baseball League.

Solo exhibition at Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington.

Olympic Tapestry, commissioned acrylic and collage mixed media painting commemorating the 20-year anniversary of the achievements of Gold Medalist Nancy Hogshead-Makar.

“The artist at play among the Live Oak trees while gathering artistic inspiration at Big Talbot Island, NE Florida—one of her favorite haunts.”