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Jack Schmidt glass works at Transpace Gallery        

image of Jack Schmidt

Alumnus and artist Jack Schmidt was one of the first graduates of Illinois State’s glass program.

The exhibition Jack Schmidt, Seeking Resolution, 1968-2015 will be on view at Illinois State University’s Transpace Gallery through Friday, March 6. Schmidt, who earned a master’s degree from Illinois State in 1973, is an artist, educator and trailblazer in the glass-making community.

Schmidt will be inducted into Illinois State’s College of Fine Arts Alumni Hall of Fame during a reception in the Transpace Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday March 5. The Transpace Gallery is located in room 115 in the Center for the Visual Arts.

Transpace Gallery is free and open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Friday.

One of the first graduates of Illinois State’s glass program, Schmidt currently works and resides in Toledo, Ohio. Throughout his career, he has taught at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Ohio University, the Cleveland Institute of Art, California State University, the Pilchuck Glass  School in Stanwood, Wash., and the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C.

His glass works have been exhibited throughout the world and is included in permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., the Toledo Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and the Bellrive Museum in Zurich, Switzerland.

Along with the exhibit of Schmidt’s work will be a display of works by students under the direction of School of Art Associate Professor John Miller in Illinois State’s glass program.