Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Australian Glass Artists head to Chicago for SOFA

Momo by Tevita Havea

Kirra Galleries Promotes Australian Glass Artists in Chicago

Some of Australia's leading glass artists will leave Australia shortly to take part in one of the world's major annual exhibitions of contemporary glass art in ChicagoThe artists will be part of the 18th Annual International SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) exhibition, which will take place at Chicago's historic Navy Pier from Thursday 3 November to Sunday 6 November 2011.  

Kirra Galleries will exhibit the work of twelve Australian Glass Artists at SOFA, showcasing a variety of techniques.
Mr Peter Kolliner OAM, Gallery Director said "for eight years, Kirra Galleries, located in Federation Square in Melbourne, through its policy of promoting Australian Contemporary Glass Artists internationally, has taken the work of some forty artists to the renowned SOFA exhibition with the support of the Australian Government through Austrade and the Australia Council.
Mr Kolliner said, "Kirra Galleries attendance at SOFA Chicago has resulted in many of our emerging artists gaining recognition from international collectors and galleries. Their works are now included in many of the most prestigious private and public collections in the USA.  Through this exposure they have also gained international representation allowing them to make a full-time commitment to their art."  
"This year we will be represented by our Gallery Manager and Curator, Suzanne Brett and the Gallery's Administration Manager, Vicki Winter".
"The success of Kirra Galleries' exhibition at SOFA is supporting the development of international markets and recognition for Australian artists, providing new and emerging glass artists the opportunity to gain international exposure."

To celebrate and promote the artists and their works being exhibited at the 18th Annual International SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) exhibition, Kirra Galleries have released a Special Report - Download 2011 SOFA Report.

 Artists being showcased in the 2011 SOFA exhibition in Chicago include:
George Aslanis, Tevita Havea, Mikyoung Jung, Laurel Kohut, Simon Maberley, Ruth Oliphant, Tim Shaw, Crystal Stubbs, Emma Varga, Bethany Wheeler, Robert Wynne and Takemura Yusuke.