Gina Zetts

Gina Zetts was born and raised in north-western Pennsylvania. She holds a BFA in sculpture from Alfred University and an MFA in glass from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has been a Niche Award Finalist, UncommonGoods Glass Award Finalist, recipient of Alfred University's Purchase Award, and winner of the Bronze Award in Bullseye Glass Co. Emerge 2014 competition. Her work has been featured in New Glass Review 29 and 36. She has shown at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Bellevue Art Museum, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Bullseye Galley, RCBA, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts. Zetts has worked as an instructor and teaching assistant at the California College of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, Alfred University, The Rochester Institute of Technology, the Pilchuck Glass School, Bullseye Glass Co., and Public Glass in San Francisco. She currently lives and works in Richmond, CA with her husband and collaborative partner, Spencer Pittenger.

 

Education

Rochester Institute of Technology, Collage of Imaging Arts and Sciences, School of American Crafts, Master of Fine Arts, Glass

Alfred University, School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred NY, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture

Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts, Erie PA, Visual Arts, Sculpture

Exhibitions

2018 Cutting Edge: Nontraditional Glass, juried by Carrie Lederer and Mary B White, Arts Benicia, Benicia CA

2017 Featured Gallery Artist, July 2017- December 2017, Glass Wheel Studio, Norfolk VA

2017 “Glass Art Society Juried Member Exhibition,” Glass Wheel Studio, Norfolk VA

2016 “What is Was” Group Exhibition, curated by Anna Noelle Rockwell, Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA

2015 “To Build a Home” Solo Exhibition, Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area, Emeryville CA

2015 - “Emerge/Evolve 2014: Rising Talents in Kiln-Glass, “ Emerge 2014, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA

 ’14 -’15 - Emerge/Evolve, Emerge 2014 National Tour, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh PA, Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area, Emeryville CA

2014 - “To Build a Home” MFA Thesis Exhibition, The Yards Collaborative Art Space, Rochester NY

2014 - Emerge 2014 Finalist Exhibition, Bullseye Gallery, Portland OR

2014 - “Convergence” Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium, Rochester Institute of Technology, University Gallery

2014 - “Unexpected Imagery” Gallery r, Rochester NY, Curated by David Schnuckle and Eileen Bushnell

2014- Print Portfolio Exchange, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

’13-14 - Art in Craft Media” Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo NY

2013 - “Convergence” Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium, Rochester Institute of Technology, University Gallery

2013 - “Fluidity” RIT’s CIAS Student and Alumni Exhibition, Gallery r, Rochester, NY

2012 - “Glass and Glasses,” group exhibition at the Optical Underground, San Francisco CA

2009 - ”Artists & Artisans", Public Glass' Annual Gala, San Francisco, CA

2008 - ”Summer in the City", Alfred University’s 2008 BFA Graduates at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY

2008 - BFA Exhibition, School of Art and Design, NYSSC at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2007 - “All Things Big and Small” group exhibition at the Turner Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred NY

2007 - “Embodiment” group exhibition at the Turner Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred NY

2007 - Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, Erie PA

 

Honors

2017- Dorothy Saxe Emerging Artist Lecture, 46th Annual International Glass Art Society Conference, Norfolk, VA

2014 - Bronze Award Recipient, Emerge Competition, Bullseye Glass Company, Portland OR

2014 - Uncommon Goods, Glass Award Finalist, New York, NY

2014 - Honorable Mention, Glass Art Society International Student Competition, Chicago, IL

2014 - Niche Awards Finalist, Glass Sculptural, Sponsored by Niche Magazine and the Rosen Group, Philadelphia, PA

2014 - Juror’s Choice Award, “Art of Deception” Student and Alumni Annual Exhibition, Gallery r, Rochester, NY

’12-14 - Merit Award, partial tuition waiver, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY

2012 - Featured Artist, "Box Art, Benefit Auction" Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland CA, artwork image used as cover art for advertisements, Live Auction

2011 - Corning Inc. Outstanding Student Nomination, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA

2011 - Work Sponsored by East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, "Box Art, Benefit Auction" Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland CA

2010 - Student to Student Scholarship Award to attend Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA

2008 - Alfred University Purchase Award, Sculpture Department

2008 - Windgate Fellowship Awards Nominee, Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Hendersonville, NC

2004 - University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Women of Promise Award for Creative and Performing Arts, Bradford, PA

 

 Publications

“Does it have a good foundation? And how about the roof”, Glass Art Society Journal, print catalog, Saxe Emerging Artist Lecture, 2018

“Gas Presents the 2017 Saxe Emerging Artist Winners” Glass Art, print magazine, May/June 2017, vol. 32 number 3

“A Vintage Print Shop” American Miniaturist, print magazine, feature article, July 2017, Issue #171

New Glass Review 36, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY

2015 “Rising Talents in Kiln-Glass,” American Art Collector Magazine, February 2015, Issue 112, pages 148-149

“Unusual combinations, unusual shapes: Kiln-cast glass shines at Pittsburgh Glass Center” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh PA, Dec. 3, 2014, Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas

Emerge Exhibition Catalog, Bullseye Glass Company, Portland OR,

2014 Art in Craft Media Exhibition Catalog, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo NY, 2013

“Local glass artists reflect on shared passion” Feature Article, Bradford Era, Bradford PA, Vol. 135 Feb. 27, 2012 Glass Heritage Luncheon, One Book Bradford, work shown and featured in a presentation of local glass artists, 2012

Sunday Magazine with Liz Saint John, Interview, May 16, 2010, San Francisco, CA , 2010

New Glass Review 29, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY, 2008 “Shard Experience” review by Buzz Spector, New Glass Review 29, 2008

 

Assistantships

Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA, 2013

Jeremy Lepisto, Kiln Formed to Fit, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA, 2012

Alena Matejkova, Aesthetics of Pattern, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA, 2009

Angus M. Powers, Introduction to Glass Blowing, Alfred University, 2007

Nadine Saylor, Introduction to Glass Casting, Alfred University, 2007

Joseph Deisroth, Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, Erie PA, 2007

Studio glass assistant to Nadine Saylor, Alfred, NY ’05- ’07

 

Residencies

Alfred University, Summer Session, 2013, Alfred NY

 

Teaching

California College of the Arts, Adjunct Professor, Glass Department

Introduction to Glass and Glass Blowing, Spring 2018

Introduction to Glass and Glass Blowing, Fall 2018

Bullseye Glass Co. Bay Area Resource Center “Concept to Object with Gina Zetts,” Master Class, March 2015

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. 2012-14  -  Instructor of glass casting elective Fall and Winter Quarters, 2012-13 Instructor of glass blowing elective, Spring Quarter, 2013 Instructor of cold processes elective, Spring Quarter 2013 Instructor of lampworking elective, Fall and Spring Semester 2013-14

Public Glass, San Francisco CA, April 2009 - June 2012 - Instructor of glass blowing Instructor of glass casting I & II Instructor of fusing/ slumping Instructor of cold working

Pennsylvania Governors School of the Arts, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Mercyhurst College, Erie PA. 2007 -  Residential and Teaching Assistant, Visual Arts- Sculpture

 

Public Collections

Ege University Paper and Book Arts Museum, Izmir, Turkey

Bullseye Glass Co., Portland OR

Red Hot Metal, Inc., Chico, CA

Alfred University, Alfred NY