Toots Zynsky

Toots  Zynsky


Toots Zynsky's work is a fusion of Impressionistic painting and sculpting of sensuous folds to create undulating forms of color and light that reveal the interior and exterior of the resulting glass pieces from any view. Toots Zynsky’s sculptures are comprised of hair-like strands of glass (heat-formed filet de verre) arranged as two-dimensional paintings in the round, which are then heat fused and sculpted by hand in a kiln-formed process to reveal magnificent sculptures that resemble torch flames, flower petals and coral formations from the ocean. Toots Zynsky earned her BA degree in 1973 from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence. She developed and refined her unique art making practice while traveling and living in Amsterdam, Paris and Murano. Zynsky returned to the US in 1999 and now lives and works in Providence, RI. Earlier in 2012, she closed a major retrospective exhibition consisting of her work from the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass, Masters of Studio Glass: Toots Zynsky, which was on view in their Focus Gallery from April 2, 2011 - January 29, 2012. Her artwork is represented in over 70 international museum collections, including the Boymans van Beuningen Museum (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), Cleveland Museum of Art, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution (New York), Corning Museum of Glass, (Corning, NY), Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Sapporo, Japan), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec, Canada), Musée des Arts Décoratifs du Louvre (Paris, France), Musei Civici Veneziani (Venice, Italy), Museum of Arts and Design (New York), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Museum of Modern Art (New York), National Museum of American Art (Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Powerhouse Museum (Sydney, Australia), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Toledo Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, (London, UK).  


Born: Boston, Massachusetts, 1951.

Current Residence:

Providence, RI


1979           Rhode Island School of Design, Special Student Advanced Glass
                              Program (Fall Semester).
1973           B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island.
1971           Pilchuck Glass Center, Stanwood, Washington. Glassblowing
                              Workshop (June thru August).
1970           Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deere Isle, Maine. Glassblowing
                              Workshop (August).

Solo Exhibitions:

2005           Toots Zynsky. Notojima Glass Art Musem, Notojima-machi, Japan.
2004           Toots Zynsky. Shoha Museum of Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise, Japan.
2003           Solo (x) 4. Barry Friedman Ltd., NY.
2002           Toots Zynsky. Museo Correr (Civici Musei Veneziani D+Arte e di
                              Storia),Venice, Italy. (Traveling Exhibition)
                   Toots Zynsky: Baiaderi. Barry Friedman Ltd., NY.
2001           Toots Zynsky. Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark. (Traveling
2000           Toots Zynsky: Passeggero. Barry Friedman Ltd., NY.
1999           Toots Zynsky and Nakao Yuko. Koganezaki Glass Museum,
                              Shizuoka, Japan.
1998           Toots Zynsky: Chaotic Fusion. Barry Friedman Ltd., NY.
1989           Toots Zynsky. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Group Exhibitions:

2005           Steninge World Exhibition of Art Glass 2005. Steninge Slott Cultural
                              Centre, Marsta, Sweden.
                   Taking Shape: Pilchuck Glass School in the '70s. Bellevue Arts
                              Museum, Bellevue, Washington.
                   Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection. North American Tour 2003-
                              2006, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI.
                   Chazan+s Choice: Gifts of Contemporary Art to the RISD Museum.
                              The RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI.
                   American Studio Glass: A Survey of the Movement. The Arts and
                              Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AZ.
                              (Traveling Exhibition)
                   Exhibition of the Permanent Collection. Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft,
                   Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC.
                   Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI.
2004           Studio Glass International: Selections from the Esterling/Wake
                              Collection. The Marxhausen Gallery of Art, Concordia
                              University, Seward, Nebraska.
                   Recent Acquisitions in Glass. The RISD Museum of Art,
                              Providence, RI.
                   American Studio Glass: A Survey of the Movement. Traveled to:
                              Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary,
                              Williamsburg, VA; Bergstrom- Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI;
                              Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY; and the
                              International Museum of Art and Science, NcAllen, TX.
                   Technique and Expression II: Fusing and Gluing. Kogenezaki Glass
                              Museum, Shizuoka, Japan.
2003           Fire and Form: The Art of Contemporary Glass. Norton Museum of
                              Art, West Palm Beach, Florida.
                   Through American Eyes: Two Centuries of American Art from the
                              Huntington Museum of Art. Traveled(2003-2005): The
                              Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia; The
                              Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ; Museum of Texas Tech
                              University, Lubbock, TX; The Taft Museum, Cincinnat, Ohio and
                              the Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI.
                   Glass Vessel: An International Invitational. Kentucky Museum of Arts
                              and Design (formerly Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation),
                              Louisville, Kentucky.
                   Crafts Now: 21 Artists each from America, Europe, and Asia. The
                              World Craft Forum Kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan. World
                              Competition of Arts and Crafts, Kanazawa: Special Invitational
                   American Studio Glass: A Survey of the Movement. Traveled to: The
                              William S. Fairfield Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI; Flint
                              Institute of Arts, Flint, MI; The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA.
2002           UrbanGlass @ 25: An Anniversary Exhibition. The Gallery at
                              Steuben, N.Y.
                   Contemporary Directions: Glass from the Maxine and William Block
                              Collection. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA. Traveling
                              to: Toledo Museum of Art, OH: Fall 2003.
                   Transparent Illusions. Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI.
2001           Shanghai Fine Arts Museum, Shanghai, China, and China Millenium
                              Monument Museum, Beijing, China, Contemporary Glass
                   Flet, Braid. Nordjllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark and Tonder
                              Museum, Tonder, Denmark.
                              Venini- Glass and Design in a World Perspective. Mingei
                              International Museum, San Diego, CA.
                   Late 20th Century Sculpture. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, N.Y.
                   Fire and Light: 3000 Years of Glass Artistry. The Newark Museum,
                              Newark, NJ.
                   Contemporary Glass from the Permanent Collection. The Rockford
                              Art Museum, Rockford, IL.
2000           Open Ends: MoMA 2000. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.
                   Venetian Glass: 20th Century Italian Glass from the Olnick Spanu
                              Collection concurrent with Memories of Murano: American
                              Glass Artists in Venice.
                   American Craft Museum, New York, NY.
                   From Westmoreland Glass to Contemporary Glass. Museum of
                              American Art, Greensburg, PA.
                   Vessels: The International Exhibition of Glass. Koganezaki Glass
                              Museum, Shizuoka, Japan.
                   Splendor in the Glass: Contemporary Glass from the Palley
                              Collection. The Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Florida.
                   Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition (SITES), Civic Fine Arts
                              Center, Sioux Falls, SD: 2000; Museum of Arts and Sciences,
                              Georgia: 2000; George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum,
                              Springfield, MA: 1999; Huntsville Museum of Art,
                              Huntsville, AL: 1999.
1999           Handmade: Shifting Paradigms. Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.
                   Global Art Glass. Borgholm Castle, Borgholm, Sweden.
                   Museo del Vidrio, Monterrey, Mexico.
1998           Venezia Aperto Vetro, Venice, Italy.
1997           Masters of Contemporary Glass: Selections from the Glick Collection.
                              Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN.
                   -Cçlido!, Contemprorary Warm Glass. Tuscon Museum of Art,
                              Tuscon, AZ.
                   Glass Today by American Studio Artists. Museum of Fine Arts,
                              Boston, MA.
                   Glass Today: American Studio Glass from Cleveland Collections.
                              Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH.
                   Inaugural Exhibition. Museo del Vidrio, Monterrey, Mexico.
                   Artistes Verriers Contemporains. MusÄe des Arts DÄcoratifs de la
                              Ville de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.
1996           Venezia Aperto Vetro, Venice, Italy.
                   Couleurs et transparence, chefs-d+-uvre du verre contemporain.
                              MusÄe National de CÄramique, SÅvres, France.
1995           Glass Now +95, +94, +92,+ 91,+ 90,+ 89, & +87. Yamaha Corporation,
                              Tokyo, Japan.
1994           International Craft Exhibition, Lillehammer, Norway. Winter Olympics.
1993           White House Craft Collection, White House, Museum of American Art,
                              Washington D.C.
                   Contemporary Crafts and the Saxe Collection. Toledo Museum
                              of Art, OH.
1992           The Second Australian International Crafts Triennial. Art Gallery of
                              Western Australia, Perth Australia.
                   Clearly Art: The Pilchuck+s Glass Legacy. The Whatcom Museum of
                              History and Art, Bellingham, WA.
                   Exposition Internationale de Verre Contemporaine. Conseil RÄgional
                              de Haute- Normandie, France.
1991           Configura 1 - Kunst in Europa Erfurt 91. Erfurt, Germany.
                   Chefs d+Oeuvres de la Verrerie Franìaise du XIXe siÅcle ê nos jours.
                   MusÄe des Arts DÄcoratifs de Prague, Czechoslovakia.
1990           Gaste aus Frankreich. Museum fƒr Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg,
                   Masterpieces of Glass from the Corning Collection. The National
                              Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
                   Masterpieces of Glass from the Corning Collection. The Hermitage,
                              St. Petersberg, Russia.
1988           Vormen in Glas. Travelling Museum Exhibition, The Netherlands.
                   World Glass Now. Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan.
1986           Poetry of the Physical. American Craft Museum, New York, NY.
                   New American Glass, Focus 2 West Virginia. Huntington Museum of
                   Art, Huntington, West Virginia.
                   The Saxe Collection. Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA.
1985           World Glass Now. Hokkaido Museum of Art, Sapporo, Japan.
                   Art du Verre ActualitÄ International. MusÄe des Beaux Arts de Rouen,
1984           Pilchuck Glass. Cheney-Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA.
1983           Special Exhibition of Contemporary American Glass. The American
                              Embassy, Prague, Czechoslovakia.
1982           The Fine Art of Private Commissions Dimock Gallery. George
                              Washington University, Washington, DC.
                   New York Experimental Glass Workshop Exhibition. Montclair Art
                              Museum, Montclair, NJ.
1981           Americans in Glass. Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, IL.
                              Travelled to: The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York; The
                              Krannert Museum of Art, (The Western Association of Art
                              Museums), Illinois.
                   Glass Routes. De Cordova and Dana Museum, Lincoln, MA.
1980           Sculptural Glass: 10 New York City Area Artists. Clayworks-
                              Glassworks Gallery, New York, NY.


1999           Innovation in a Glassworking Technique. UrbanGlass Annual Award,
1997           Die Bayerische Staatsregierung. Munich, Germany.
1988           Rakow Commission, Corning Museum of Glass, USA.
1986           National Endowment for the Arts, U.S.A.
1984           Research Grant, Stichting Klankschap (Foundation), Amsterdam, The
                   Music recording and research, Ghana: 1984-1985.
1982           National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowship, USA.
                   Pilchuck Glass Center, Stanwood, Washington. Artist-in-
1981           New York State Council on the Arts, Artist-in-Residence Grant. In
                              conjunction with the New York Experimental Glass Workshop,
                              NY: 1981-1982.

International Museum and Public Collections:

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, U.S.A.
Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, U.S.A.
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH, U.S.A.
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, U.S.A.
Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, U.S.A.
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, W.VA, U.S.A.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, U.S.A.
J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY, U.S.A.
Kestner Museum, Hannover, Germany
Koganezaki Glass Museum, Koganezaki, Japan
Kunstammlungen der Veste-Coburg, Coburg, Germany
Germany Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin, Germany
Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Germany
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, WI, U.S.A.
Mayo Foundation, Rochester, MN, U.S.A.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, U.S.A.
MusÄe des Arts DÄcoratifs du Louvre, Paris, France
MusÄe des Arts DÄcoratifs de la Ville de Lausanne, Switzerland
MusÄe du Verre et du Cristal de Meisenthal, France
Musei Civici Veneziani, Museo Correr, Venice, Italy
Museo Municipal de Arte en Vidrio de Alcorcon, Alcorcon, Spain
Museo del Vidrio, Monterrey, Mexico
Museum Bellerive, Zƒrich, Switzerland
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I., U.S.A.
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan, U.S.A.
National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria, Australia
National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian), Washington DC, U.S.A.
Nederlandsche Bank NV (The Dutch Central Bank), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, U.S.A.
Nordenfjeldske Kunst Industrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, U.S.A.
Prescott Collection of Pilchuck Glass of Pacific First Center, Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
The Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Saint Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
Shimonoseki City Art Museum, Shimonoseki, Japan
Shoha Museum of Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise, Japan
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, U.S.A.
The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, U.S.A.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
The White House Collection, Washington DC, U.S.A.
Wƒrth Museum, Kƒnzelsau, Germany
Yokohama City Museum of Art, Yokohama City, Japan


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