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Biography: Beth Lipman

Beth Lipman

Inspired by Renaissance and Baroque still-life paintings, Beth Lipman takes elements from these paintings—static composition, expressive light, and opulent decoration—and translates the scenes into glass sculptures. Every object created, whether broken, “flawed,” or “perfect” is incorporated into the final creation.

While her work holds connotations of excessive luxury and wealth, she experiments with the concept of not being able to visually own these objects. “People ask why I don’t work in color. I really enjoy how the clear glass really frustrates your eye. You can see it, but you’re also seeing through it. It’s visually unattainable,” said Lipman.

Lipman earned her BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 1994. Her numerous awards include a USA Berman Bloch Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Grant, Virginia Groot Foundation Grant, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. She has exhibited her work internationally at such institutions as the Ringling Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Gustavsbergs Konsthall in Sweden, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her residencies include The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, N.Y., in 2006 and 2011.

Lipman teaches widely and has served as education director for UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, N.Y., and for Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis.