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Biography: Shelley Muzylowski Allen

Shelley Muzylowski Allen

Suspending creatures in moments of tension, then recalling the myths and legends with which they are associated, Shelley Muzylowski Allen reminds us that nature is precious and fleeting. Some of the subjects she creates in glass face possible extinction or have been forever lost in the tides of time. By rendering creatures in states of grace, movement, or repose, she hopes to capture a moment and their inherent nature, and uncover how their nature affects and is inherent in us. 

Muzylowski Allen earned her BFA in painting and intaglio from Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in 1988. Using her background in painting and her understanding of anatomy, she creates contemplative vignettes with hot glass. Her work is included in private and public collections around the world, including the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, and the Imagine Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.