"Examining everyday objects within the home, I aim to alter or combine forms in ways to illustrate their emotional significance. Some of my sculptures are designed to personify the object or display a human presence, while other pieces aim to evoke an emotional understanding with the viewer from the objects alone."
JENNIFER HALVORSON (b. 1984) is an artist and educator. Born in St. Louis, she earned dual B.F.A. degrees in Metal and Glass at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In 2005, she also studied abroad at the Australian National University in Canberra.
After completing her undergraduate studies, Jennifer traveled to Denmark as a Fulbright Scholar. She continued studying glass at Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen and became assistant to glass artist Steffen Dam and Micha Karslund.
Jennifer earned her Master of Fine Arts in Glass from the Rochester Institute of Technology, within the School for American Crafts. She was a resident artist at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in fall 2010, and a visiting scholar within the glass department at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale spring 2011.
From fall 2012, Jennifer has been working as an Assistant Professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She teaches a range of courses within the studios of glass, metal and sculpture. Jennifer has also taught kiln cast workshops in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Jennifer's work has been exhibited internationally throughout the United States and Europe. Her work has been featured in New Glass Review 32 and 35, published by the Corning Museum of Glass, and exhibited at SOFA Chicago, fall 2013, 2016 and 2017. Jennifer Halvorson’s sculptures revolve around objects that are manipulated or collaged to express uneasy emotions that occur within the individual.
2008-2011 MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
2007-2008 Fulbright Scholar, Danmarks Designskole, Copenhagen, Denmark
2005 Exchange Student, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, School of Art, Exchange Student Main Focus: Glass / Contemporary Study: Metal Enameling
2002–2007 BFA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS
2017 Provost Immersive Learning Grant, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA
2015 Aspire Junior Faculty Creative Arts Grant, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA
2010 Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship, Wheaton Arts, Millville, NJ, USA
2007-2008 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Denmark
Ball State University School of Art: Fostering Dialogue and Collaboration
SOFA Sculptural Objects, Functional Art + Design, SOFA Chicago, IL
Current Reflections on the Natural and the Manmade
Landmark Arts Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
A Cup of Sugar, Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts Gallery, Binghamton, NY
Momentum, The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, River House Arts, Toledo, OH
Young Glass, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark / The Glass Factory, Sweden / The National Glass Centre, UK
2017 GAS Members Juried Exhibition, Glass Wheel Studio, Norfolk, VA
Expression: Creative Glass Center Invitational, The Gallery of Fine Craft, Wheaton Arts, Millville, NJ
Ball State University School of Art: Embracing the Past, Making the Future,
SOFA Sculptural Objects, Functional Art + Design, SOFA Chicago, IL
Transparent Femininity, Long Gallery, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, United Kingdom
Glass Invitational 2016: Jennifer Halvorson and Robert Calafiore Exhibit A, Corning, NY
Mend, Bullseye Resource Center, Mamaroneck, NY
Expressions: Creative Glass Center Invitational, The Gallery of Fine Craft, Wheaton Arts, Millville, NJ
Positive Negative 30: Uncanny Valley, Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Captured Light Glass Biennial, Art Association Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY
Enduring Desires of the Fleeting Moment, Solo Exhibit, Leeds Gallery, Earlham, IN
2014 Taos Art Glass Invitational, David Anthony Fine Art Gallery, Taos, NM
GATHERING: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland, Gallery 924, Indianapolis, IN
Navigating Intuition, Indiana University East, Richmond, IN
2014 Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
EQUAL: Modern Family in Contemporary Art, Tipton Gallery, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
A New Look at Glass, Solo Exhibit, Carlsten Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, WI
Positive Negative 29: Open, Tipton Gallery, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Sculptural Objects, Functional Art + Design, SOFA Bullseye Gallery, Festival Hall, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
43rd Mid-States Craft Exhibition, Evansville Museum of Arts, Evansville, IN
Food: Friend or Foe, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
Creative Glass Center Alumni Biennial, The Gallery of Fine Craft, Wheaton Arts, Millville, NJ
Echo of the Object, Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Art and Design, Wroclaw, Poland
Wheaton Glass: The Art of the Fellowship, Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Arts, Millville, NJ
Food as Subject for Craft, Craft is America Study Center, Los Angeles, CA
Solace of the Commonplace, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN
INVITATION /news from the glass studios/ Sponsored by Galerie Pokorna, hosted at Czech Center, New York City, NY Crafts National, Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
Emerge 2012, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR
The Art of Seduction: Exquisitely Crafted Temptations, The Rouse Gallery, Howard Community College, Columbia, MD
Beyond Useful and Beautiful: Rethinking Domestic Craft, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX Bittersweet, Solo Exhibit, Gallery One One, Brazee Street Studios, Cincinnati, OH
Silver Linings, Bellowe Family Gallery, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
Prague Festival, PF11, International Meeting of Glass Artists, American Cultural Center, Prague, Czech Republic
Forget me not, Solo Exhibit, Vergette Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Nest, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
domesticity: how we live, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Stanislav Libensky Award, Exhibition, Queen Anne’s Summer Palace - Belvedere, Prague, Czech Republic
20/20, Metal Alumni Exhibition, School of Art and Design Gallery, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
Presence within Absence, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Joy Gallery, Rochester, NY
Generously Odd: Craft Now, Lexington Art League Gallery, Lexington, KY
Embellished Traditions, Solo Exhibit, Danmarks Designskole, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Legacy of University of Illinois Glass, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL
2007 B.F.A. Graduate Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Reinterpreting the Vessel, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 B.F.A. Graduate Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Assistant Professor, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Instruct undergraduate glass courses surveying blowing, fusing, casting and cold working. Instruct beginning sculpture and metal course covering modeling and fabrication. Instruct Graduate Seminar courses.
Served as Graduate Coordinator working on the development and organization of MFA program.
2017 & 2015
Instructor, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Taught “Casting on a Different Plane, Press Molds”, one-week kiln cast workshop.
Visiting Artist, The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw, Poland
Gave a presentation and demonstrations on the press mold process.
Visiting Artist, National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom
Gave two lectures, one on my work and one of kiln cast press molds. Instructed two day press mold workshop to 12 second year students and 8 graduate students.
Visiting Artist, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Presented a lecture on my work as well as the process of kiln cast press molds.
Teaching Assistant, Joanna Manousis, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Assist with “Internal Structures”, one week kiln cast workshop.
Visiting Artist, University of Wisconsin, Steven-Point, Wisconsin
Presented a lecture on my work and solo exhibition that was installed in the university gallery.
Gave presentations and demonstrations on honeycomb mold making as well as press molds.
Teaching Assistant, Wonjoo Park, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington
Assist with “Transparent Metamorphosis”, three week kiln forming and casting workshop.
Visiting Scholar, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Involved in graduate critiques throughout the semester.
Instruct one week press mold workshop for students within the glass department.
Commission of the Life is Priceless Foundation, New York City
A foundation supporting research for depression
Commission of the Emens Auditorium, Ball State University
A program celebrating Emens 50th Anniversary
Commission of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards
A program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation
Artist Assistant, Steffen Dam & Micha Karlslund, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Assist in glass hot shop and cold shop for a four month period.
2016 Exhibition Review, by Lindsay Woodruff, GLASS: The Urban Glass Art Quarterly, Spring 2016 Number 142 2016 Art Glass Today 2, by Sandra Korinchak, Schiffer Publishing
2014 Exhibition Review, by Cortney Heimerl, GLASS: The Urban Glass Art Quarterly, Summer 2014 Number 135 2014 New Glass Review 35, The Corning Museum of Glass
2012 Jiyongians; Cortney Boyd, Jennifer Halvorson and Wes Valdez, by John Drury, NEUES GLAS, Spring 2012 (1/12) 2011 Member Profile, by Scott Benefield, GAS News, Volume 22, Issue 4, Glass Arts Society Newsletter
2011 New Glass Review 32, The Corning Museum of Glass
2009 500 Enameled Objects, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. – Lark Books
2007 500 Metal Vessels, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. – Lark Books
2017 “The Original Approach to Rapid Production: Fenton Glass Company and the Potential of Pressed Glass”.
GAS News, Glass Arts Society Newsletter, Volume 28, Issue 3, Fall 2017. Page 20 - 21. Digital Print
2012 “The newly unveiled 2012 Rakow Commission work by Denmark’s Steffen Dam
examines the experience of a flower from 24 angles”.
The GLASS Quaterly Hot Sheet, October 22. Digital Print
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2014 First Place 3D, Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford, IL
2013 Highly Commended - Bullseye Glass Category, The Glass Prize 2013, Warm Glass UK
2012 Best of Show and First Place Awards, 2012 Indiana Glass Artists Exhibition, Anderson, IN
Awarded Emerging Artists in Residence (EAiR), Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Partial Scholarship, Corning Museum of Glass, The Studio, Corning, NY
2011 NICHE Student Award Finalist, Mixed and Miscellaneous Media, NICHE Magazine
2010 GAS Conference Student Scholarship, Glass Art Society, Louisville, KY
2007 Educational Endowment Scholarshop, Honoroable Mention, SNAG Organization
Outstanding Senior Award, Metal, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois
Allie D. Hughston–Enochs Memorial Scholarship
Outstanding Graduating Senior, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois
Partner Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
NICHE Student Award Finalist, Fibers, NICHE Magazine
2006 Bronze Tablet/University Honors, University of Illinois
Outstanding Senior Award – Glass, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois
2017 National Glass Centre Collection
National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom
2011 Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship Collection
Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, NJ
2007 Medical Science Building
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL