b. 1949




2006        Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree / Washburn University / Topeka, Kansas

1978        MFA / Virginia Commonwealth University / Richmond, Virginia

1972        BFA / Washburn University / Topeka, Kansas



2004        Janice Charach Epstein Museum / West Bloomfield, Michigan

2003        Mint Museum of Craft + Design / Charlotte, North Carolina

2000        Janice Charach Epstein Museum / West Bloomfield, Michigan

1998        Mulvane Art Museum / Topeka Kansas

                 Museo Del Vidrio / Monterrey, Mexico

1996        Asheville Art Museum / Asheville, North Carolina

1993        Denoss Museum / Traverse City, Michigan



Asheville Art Museum / Asheville, North Carolina

Canadian Clay & Glass Museum / Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Carnegie Museum of Art / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chrysler Museum of Art / Norfolk, Virginia

Corning Museum of Glass / Corning, New York

Dennos Museum / Traverse City, Michigan

de Young Museum / San Francisco, California

Ernsting Stiftung Glass Museum / Coesfeld, Germany

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft / Ebeltoft, Denmark

High Museum of Art / Atlanta, Georgia

Hsinchu Museum of Cultural Arts / Hsinchu, Taiwan

Hunter Museum of American Art / Chattanooga, Tennessee

Huntington Museum of Art / Huntington, West Virginia

Lowe Art Museum / Coral Gables, Florida

Milwaukee Art Museum / Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mulvane Art Museum / Topeka, Kansas

Musée des Arts Décoratifs / Lausanne, Switzerland

Museo del Vidrio / Monterrey, Mexico

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe / Hamburg, Germany

Museum of American Glass / Millville, New Jersey

Naples Museum of Art / Naples, Florida

National Museum of American Art / Washington, DC

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art / Owensboro, Kentucky

Racine Art Museum / Racine, Wisconsin

Royal Ontario Museum / Toronto, Canada

Scottsdale Center for the Arts / Scottsdale, Arizona

Smithsonian American Art Museum / Washington, DC

Tampa Museum of Art / Tampa, Florida

The Columbus Museum / Columbus Georgia

The Dayton Art Institute / Dayton, Ohio

The Detroit Institute of Arts / Detroit, Michigan

The Metropolitan Museum of Art / New York, New York

The Mint Museums / Charlotte, North Carolina

The Speed Art Museum / Louisville, Kentucky

The White House Permanent Collection / Washington DC

Vero Beach Center for the Arts / Vero Beach, Florida

Jon Kuhn is regarded as on of the leading glass artists in the world.  His works are featured in more than 30 international museums, including the Smithsonian Institution and the permanent collection of the White House.


Originally using clay as his medium, Kuhn received a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts in ceramics from Washburn University in 1972.  In 1976, he went to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on blown glass.  After nine years of glassblowing, Kuhn began exploring his current interest in cold-worked glass, which involves laminating pieces of finely ground and polished glass together to create an intricate sculpture.  These complex pieces can include between 5,000 and 1 million components and can take as long as one-and-a-half to two years to complete.  While at the studio, we will have the opportunity to see a piece in process that when complete, will have 400,000 components.  Where the majority of glass artists work with molten or blown glass, Kuhn’s cold glass pieces are cut, polished and fused into myriad shapes from the inside out, creating sculptures that have the ability to absorb surrounding light, then reflect and refract it back into space in the same way a diamond functions.  No two are alike, and few artists have the ability to work in the cold glass medium.


On May 13, 2006, Kuhn was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Washburn University.

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