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Jack Gramann is an artist living and working in Columbus, Ohio. With many artists in his family, his creativity was sparked at an early age though it wasn't until the age of 19 that he found glass. While earning a BFA at the Columbus College of Art & Design, Jack first starting working with the material and would spend his summers as a production glassblower completely enthralled by the process. Jack quickly moved into sculpting the figure and in 2012 began learning from accomplished glass artists such as Martin Janecky, Raven Skyriver, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen.

Expressionism, surrealism, and experimentation combine in Jack's work to create abstracted figures that emerge to the viewer as they emerge from the glass itself. Finding beauty in the strange, familiarity in the unknown, these sculptures aim to celebrate our innate ability to connect. Gramann uses the portrait as his motif, offering the viewer a connection with this non-entity. Being able to move around one of his sculptures one sees parallels of overlapping forms, the abstraction of an inverted nose, only to come full-circle and re-form into the most recognizable pattern to mankind.

EDUCATION

Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Faculty Scholarship Recipient, Graduation: 2010

Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Flameworking Intensive with Janis Miltenberger, Summer Scholarship Recipient, 2010

Hot-sculpting Intensive with Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen,
Summer Scholarship Recipient, 2013

Hot-sculpting Intensive with Kelly O'Dell and Raven Skyriver
Summer Scholarship Recipient, 2015

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

Spring Concentration with Martin Janecky, 2012

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

Hot-sculpting Intensive with Raven Skyriver, 2012

Hot-sculpting Intensive with Martin Janecky, Full Scholarship Recipient, 2013

Venetian Techniques with William Gudenrath, 2014

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Artist Assistant

Martin Janecky, Fairbanks, AK , April 2015- present

Raven Skyriver, Corning, NY, February 2015

Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Bow, WA, August 2013

Gaffer for John Drury, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2011

Teaching Experience

Visiting Artist, Columbus College of Art and Design, January 2016

Teaching Assistant to Martin Janecky, Pittsburgh Glass Center, May 2016

Teaching Assistant to Raven Skyriver, Corning Museum of Glass, January 2015

Hot Glass Demonstrator, Corning Museum of Glass via Celebrity Cruise Lines, Summer 2014

Beginning Glassblowing, Glass Axis, Columbus, OH, 2011-2015

Beginning Glassblowing, Demonstrator, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH, 2014- present

Visiting Artist, Glass Axis, Columbus, OH, June 2013

EXHIBITIONS

Glass Art Society Member Juried Exhibition, Glass Wheel Studio, Norfolk, VA, June 2017

Best of 2016, Group show, The Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH, May 2016

Weiberwalz, Group show, Stadtische Galerie, Cordonhaus, Cham, Germany, October 2015

New Glass, Group show, Crystal Remembrance, Columbus, OH, March 2014

Glass, Color, and Light, Dublin Arts Council, Columbus, OH, June 2013

In Between Origins, Solo show, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH, February 2010