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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.”
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)
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 Art– Installation, 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
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.
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.
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
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.