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Kenny Pieper was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in the mountains of North Carolina. He began his craft career in high school when he studied at the Penland School of Crafts. Initially, he studied pottery with Norm Schulman and Cynthia Bringle. Later, he found his passion for glass under the tutelage of Richard Ritter. After high school, Kenny moved to Detroit under scholarship at the Center for Creative Studies; he subsequently received his B.F.A. from California College of Art and Design, Oakland, CA. he then spent 16 years working as a glassblower in the San Francisco East Bay area. Kenny??s career came full circle when he left California and moved back to North Carolina. While constructing a studio there, He worked at Penland School and managed the glassblowing and lampworking studios. It was during this fruitful time that he developed his expertise in the tradition of Italian glass. Kenny now resides in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Reflecting the harmony and beauty of his surroundings, Kenny produces an exquisite line of glass vessels and sculpture. EDUCATION AND RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE 1996-2002 Glass Studio Coordinator, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC 1979-1980 B.F.A. in Glass, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA 1977-1979 Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design, Detroit, MI 1974-1977 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS 2004 Recent Work, Lost Angel Glass Gallery, Corning, NY. 2003 Venice Etc., Alamance County Arts Council, Graham, NC 2001 Portrait Vessels, Hope Collection, Santa Fe, NM. 1999 Portrait Vessels, Twisted Laurel Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC. 2000 Traveling Preachers & Liquid Movement, Vitrum Gallery, Asheville, NC. 1990 Recent Sculptures in Glass, Riley Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITI0NS 2005 Glass Masters IV, Somerhill Gallery Chapel Hill N.C. 2004 Fiery Influences, Hanson Gallery, New Orleans, LA 2003 December Artists, Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA The Eclectic Goblet, Craft Alliance, St. Louis MO. 2001 Featured Artists, Kitrell Riffkind Gallery, Dallas, TX. 2002 Italian Ice, Sable 5, Galveston, TX. 2000 North America Glass 2000, Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT. Southern Glass Invitational 2000, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC. Endings and Beginnings, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC. A Glass To Last, Heartworks Gallery, Jacksonville, FL. Heat To Toe, Pedestrian Gallery, Jacksonville, FL. Goblet Invitational, Ketrell-Riffkind Art Glass, Dallas, TX. 1998 Autumn Harvest, Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC. 1997 A Toast, Gallerie Dorita, Atlanta, GA. Twenty-Fifth Annual Competition for North Carolina Artists, Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC. 1996 November Exhibitions, Hodges-Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC. One Year At Penland, Vitrum Gallery, Asheville, NC 1994 Tribute to Light, Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA. Glass: Full Spectrum, California Contemporary Crafts, Sausalito, CA. 1989 Bay Area Reflections, Palo Alto, CA. 1988 Americans in Moscow, Moscow, USSR. 1984 Faceted Glass, Susan Cummings Gallery, Mill Valley, CA 1983 Invitational Group Exhibitions, Okabec Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Collectors Choice, A Habitat-Venture Galleries Exhibition, Lathrup Village, MI. National Glass Invitational, Habitat Galleries, Lathrup Village, MI. 1982 Glass Review 3, Publications of Corning Glass, New York, NY. 1980 Selections 1981, University Union Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA. 1981 Glass on Holiday, Gazebo Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN. Opening Branch Gallery, Washington D. C. COLLECTIONS Corning Glass Museum, Corning, NY. Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC. New Orleans Museum of Art, LA.
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