ARTIST STATEMENT                



1999-15  Continued Artistic Study, Teaching Assistantships and Apprenticeships in Glassmaking / Pilchuck Glass School, Pratt Fine Arts,

                 Glass Furnace Istanbul, Abate Zanetti School of Glass

1990-91  Art History / University of Avignon, FRANCE Study Abroad IAU

1989-93  Art History & French DOUBLE MAJOR / Colorado State University



2015        DESIGN(ed) IN GLASS, group show / Ken Saunders Gallery / Chicago, IL

                 Custom glass lighting  installation / Four Seasons Hotel / Seattle, WA

                 Custom chandelier / Ovation 309 / Madison, WI

                 Feature works at Vancouver Convention Centre / IDS West / Vancouver, BC Canada

2014        Custom Glass lighting installation / Seattle Marriott Hotel Waterfront / Seattle, WA  for Ballroom

                 Blown Glass Sculpture and custom glass installation / Hilton Hotel / Costa Mesa, CA

2013        Glass lighting exhibition / UrbanAdd Architecture / Seattle, WA

                 Custom, 1500 piece glass chandeliers / Fisher Island, FL

                 Custom chandelier installation / Suter Collection / Seattle, WA

                 Custom pendants for designer Paul Nelson / Kaufman Collection

2012        Custom lighting installation &, glass chandeliers / Foundation Night Club / Seattle, WA

                 Site-specific, art glass lighting installation / Magnolia Hotel Houston / Houston, TX

2011        Custom lighting installation / Proxibid Corporate Headquarters / Omaha, NE

                 Chandelier installation / ZIN Room, Hotel Deco / Omaha, NE

                 Chandelier installation / Private residence / Seabrook Private Island, SC

2010        Architectural Digest Trade Show Function+Art / PRISM Gallery / New York & Chicago

                 “Lampada Equilibria,” custom lighting installation / Garland Law Corporate Office / Omaha, N

2009        Permanent chandelier installation / JLofts Luxury Loft / Omaha, NE 
                 Glass Biennial 600 / Amarillo Museum of Art / Amarillo, TX

2008        FLUX: Reflections in Contemporary Glass, site-specific installation / New Mexico Museum of Art / Santa Fe, NM

                 Custom Sculptural Glass Installation for Foyer (in collaboration with Teresa Camozzi) / Schimelpfinig  Public Library / Plano, TX

                 Custom glass lighting installation / Levine/Lauer Collection / San Francisco, CA

2006        Custom Lighting Installation / Victoria Price Private Collection / Santa Fe, NM

                 International Design Expo and Lecture on “Efficient Energy in the Arts Studios” / Santa Fe Design Week / Santa Fe, NM
                 Chandelier installation feature & 6 custom chandeliers / Treasure Bay Hotel Casino / Biloxi, MS

2005        27 Glass Light Fixture Installation / Santa Fe’s Convention Center Lobby / Santa Fe Design Week 2005 
                 Installation of glass architectural elements and lighting / Italian chocolate factory, Walt Disney Epcot Center / Orlando, FL


2012-present   Faculty / Pratt Fine Arts Center / Seattle, WA

2007-present   Founder / BioGlass.org

1997-present   Owner Artist & Designer / ILLUMINATA ART GLASS DESIGN, LLC


2008        Glass Blowing and Flameworking Teacher / Public Glass / San Francisco, CA

2005        Teacher Assistant, Cam Ocagi / The Glass Furnace / Istanbul, Turkey

2003-11  Class organizer, teacher assistant / Abate Zanetti Scuola del Vetro / Venice, Italy



2015        Panel Presentation / NYCxDesign, New York City Design Week / New York, NY

                 Presenter / IDS West / Vancouver, BC Canada

                 Glass Art Society / San Jose, CA

2014        Host & Moderator Green Panel / Glass Art Society / Chicago, IL

2013        Member / Northwest Designer Craftsmen (Pacific Northwest  60-year old craft artisans organization)

                 “Subcultures in Glass Mastery,” presentation and co-organizer with Pecha Kucha / Seattle Art Museum / Seattle, WA

2011        Making Futures, published paper / Plymouth College of Art / United Kingdom

2010        Feature Arts article  “Through a Glass Brightly” / Omaha Magazine: July/August 2010

2009        Nomination for Omaha Entertainment Award Best 3D Artist / OEAA Awards

2008        Organizer / United Nations World Environment Day

                 Featured Speaker / AUSGLASS Conference / Canberra, Australia

2007        Article mention / Glass Quarterly Magazine: Summer 2007



Julie Conway, artist and owner of ILLUMINATA ART GLASS DESIGN LLC specializing in custom art glass lighting, and site-specific architectural installations. Julie’s first molten blob of glass was formed in 1997, and from there, she never looked back. Her years of apprenticeship with international glass masters forged her dedicated studio practice using traditional techniques with a contemporary design aesthetic.


“Illuminata” the name of her studio, stems from the Italian Renaissance group of thinkers and artists who expanded consciousness and brought enlightenment to the public. Their daring courage influences many of my artworks and challenges my perceived limitations. Julie is inspired by our collective human experience and driven to create unique glassworks that bring more light and beauty into the world.


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