Lino Tagliapietra is widely recognized as one of the world’s premier artists working in glass. Dale Chihuly has referred to him as “perhaps the world’s greatest living glassblower” and many connoisseurs of contemporary glass art would agree. Lino Tagliapietra was born in Murano, Italy in 1934. At the age of 12 he began his apprenticeship with Archimede Seguso and by the age of 21 he had earned the title of maestro. Over the next twenty-five years Lino worked in association with several of the best known Muranese glass factories.
In 1979, the Italian glass maestro came to the United States to teach at Pilchuck School in the Seattle, thus beginning a long history of sharing his centuries old technical knowledge with American glass artists. In the 1980’s Lino was best known for the collaborative work he did with several American artists, including Dale Chihuly and Dan Dailey. But in the 1990’s, although he continued to teach and collaborate widely in the U.S., Lino began to be widely recognized for his own unique works of art.
Tagliapietra is the honored recipient of the prestigious Rakow Commission granted in 1996 by the Corning Museum of Glass, as well as The Glass Art Society Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2004 Visionary Award from the Museum of Arts & Design in New York. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia and North America and is installed in numerous prominent public collections including Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York; Danish Royal Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark; The Jewish Museum in San Francisco, California; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York; Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France and Museo del Vidrio in Monterrey, Mexico.
Ringling College of Art and Design is grateful to Jim Schantz and Kim Saul for their kind assistance in planning and implementing this exhibition. The support of Richard and Barbara Basch made this unique exhibition possible.
The Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery located off the lobby of the Academic Center hosts a varied exhibition program that includes annual exhibitions from the Basch Glass Collection as well as exhibitions of work by Ringling College students, faculty, alumni and other contemporary artists.
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Free Admission. Open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The gallery is closed on weekends and national holidays.
The Basch Gallery is located on the first floor of the Academic Builiding on the southside of the Ringling College of Art and Desing campus at 2363 Old Bradenton Road.