Preston Singletary Biography
Glass artist Preston Singletary was born in 1963 in San Francisco CA. He was educated at the Pilchuck Glass School and studied with other glass artists such as Lino Tagliapietra, Cecco Ongaro, Benjamin Moore, Dorit Brand, Judy Hill and Dan Dailey. Singletary was also influenced by his close childhood friend, glass artist Dante Marioni.
Singletary, a Native American of the Tlinkit People, creates unique sculptures which are informed by the stories and images of his people and their tradition in art. Preston Singletary's native glass art is part of many public and private collections. Preston has taught, lectured and exhibited internationally since 1989, and is well known and respected for his impressive glass sculptures utilizing the layering and etching techniques which he developed. Preston Singletary's blown glass works are instantly recognized by glass collectors familiar with his work.
In addition to consistantly receiving honors and awards since 1989, Singletary was recently awarded the Rakow Commission from the Corning Museum of Glass, as well as the Mayor's Award for Diversified Arts in Indian Art NW in Portland Oregon.
His blown glass sculptures can be found in many collections and museums, including the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, the Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, Heard Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, The Museum of Natural History, Anchorage, AK.Currently Preston Singletary is the main glass artist exhibiting his work at the Tacoma Glass Museum in Tacoma, Washington. This major exhibition of Preston's glass includes many blown glass sculptures which show Singletary's native glass themes. This retrospective exhibition of his work will also be traveling to other museums.