REFLECT 3.7 (urban mountain) | mixed media with glass | 48 x 30 x 3 inches | 2019
REFLECT 3.7 (urban mountain) detail | mixed media with glass | 48 x 30 x 3 inches | 2019
REFLECT 3.8 (curving) | mixed media with glass | 48 x 30 x 3 inches | 2019
REFLECT 3.8 (curving) detail | mixed media with glass | 48 x 30 x 3 inches | 2019
REFLECT Series | mixed media with glass | 48 x 90 x 3 inches | 2019
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2006 Architectural Installations / Chicago Mosaic School / Chicago, IL
2005 Master Mosaic Class: History, Theory and Application / Venice, Italy
1993 MS in Speech Pathology and Audiology / University of Alberta / Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2019 Original Voices, group show / Ken Saunders Gallery / Chicago, IL
2018 Catching Light: the Art of Architecture / Evanston Art Center / Evanston, IL
2017 Art Expo NY with Blink Gallery / Manhattan, NY
2016 Open Studios Evanston / Evanston, IL
Artificial Turf, group show / CoStar Collective / Evanston, IL
Proust Project / Ken Saunders Gallery / Chicago, IL
2015 Proust Project / American Psychoanalytic Association / New York, NY
2014 Ideas in Glass / Creative Co-Working / Evanston, IL
2012 Annual Glass Group Show | Water Street Gallery | Douglas, MI
Gallery, Now! Invitational pop-up gallery / Evanston, IL
2011 Prisms Group Show / Water Street Gallery / Douglas, MI
Lake Effects, with painter Byron Gin | Uncommon Ground on Clark / Chicago, IL
Group Show of Contemporary Mosaics / Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics, Navy Pier / Chicago, IL
Imagining Mind / Montgomery Ward Gallery, University of Illinois at Chicago / Chicago, IL
2010 Art Under Glass / Juried by Evanston Arts & Business Committee of the Evanston Arts Council / Evanston, IL
PRESS & PUBLICATIONS
2018 Juried selection of Reflect 1.0 for New Glass Review, 39. Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY.
2016 Kozul Naumovski, Zlata (2016, Spring). Vision Quest: 3 artists who are making the medium the message. NS Modern Luxury, p. 80.
2015 (Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization. Smart Growth America, p. 11. Image of Flourish. Retrieved from http://
Barry, Virginia C. (2015). Scratch and Sniff Proust with art by Heather Hancock. Eden Prairie, MN: NXTGEN Interactive.
Degliantoni, Lisa (2015, November). Interplay of Glass and Light. Evanston Magazine, p 28-29.
2013 Linthicum, P. (2013, June). Scan. Looking at Glass. Retrieved from http://lookingatglass.wordpress.com
Konrad, Kelly (2013, October). House to Home. Make It Better. 41-43.
2012 Hunding, Rhys (2012, July). Masterpiece Theater. CS Interior, p. 112.
2011 Gunnerson, Tate (2011, July 7). Creative women: Heather Hancock. Make it Better. Retrieved from
2010 Hammer-Dijcks, B. (2010). Breakout: your pathway to success. Blurb.com. Emerge5, Bend7 and Realize2
I use the ancient medium of glass as a conceptual tool to explore contemporary ideas about mind, place and information. I came to my art practice via a career in healthcare. Working for more than a decade in Chicago area hospitals gave me a deep understanding of the importance of our surroundings to our well-being: humans thrive in engaging environments. Alongside the hard lines and repetitive forms of our cityscape, I notice the fluidity and constant transformations in our natural world. These moments fascinate me and I try to re-create them in my work.
Reflect considers the subjective experience of the built world. Borrowing from the material vocabulary of contemporary architecture, Reflect brings the ubiquitous yet overlooked medium of glass into a conceptual dialogue about material, methods of making and embodied experience. Light reflecting on permanent architectural surfaces creates ephemeral moments of visual interest and discovery. Movement through the cityscape introduces geometric distortions and rhythms that engage our biologically rooted inclinations to decode information embedded in the geometries around us. In so doing, these architectural abstractions transform vast factory-made structures into familiar moments.
Our urbanscape invites a dialogue about re-imagining beauty. Living well in urban settings requires new ways of seeing beauty and staying connected to the natural world.
© Ken Saunders Gallery, 2019 | 230 West Superior Street Chicago, IL 60654