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Biography: Frederick Birkhill

Frederick Birkhill (Photo by Benjamin Birkhill)
Frederick Birkhill

An independent studio artist with a wealth of knowledge about glass, Frederick Birkhill is respected for his one-of-a-kind flameworked glass, and mixed media constructions, and is a master of the montage technique. Passionate about glass since childhood, Birkhill has focused his attention on extensive research of the material, documenting presentations at The Glass Art Society Conferences, writing and lecturing about glass, and instructing students, (since 1986).

Birkhill’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University in 1974, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Michigan in 1986, and independent study with Herb Babcock at College For Creative Studies, (Detroit, Michigan). He has also studied with numerous artists in The United States and abroad: Patrick Reyntiens, Livio Seguso, Frederica Marangoni, William Gudenrath, the late Kurt Wallstab, Benjamin Moore, Henry Halem, Richard Marquist and Dale Chihuly.

Birkhill’s work is included in The Corning Museum of Glass, The Museum of Art and Design, The Detroit Institute of Arts: The David Jacob Chodorkoff Collection, The Mint Museum, The Smithsonian and The Berkowitz Gallery at The University of Michigan-Dearborn, as well as in private collections around the world.

A comprehensive book about Birkhill’s glassworks by the internationally-renowned photographer Henry Leutwyler is expected to be published in 2017.