Debora Moore at TAM. photo M. Stubblefield

Debora Moore at TAM. photo M. Stubblefield

Debora Moore has been an instructor at Pilchuck, Pratt, and the Hilltop Artist-in-Residence Program in Tacoma, WA.  In 1998, she was accepted as a member in the African American Design Archive at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.  Her work was included in the Artistry of Orchids exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC in 2000. Her solo exhibition, Natural Reflections, opened in 2005 at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, followed by a residency at the Museum. In 2005, she was also awarded artist-in-residence   at the Abate Zanetti School in Murano, Italy.

 Debora was awarded the Rakow Commission in 2007, with inclusion in the permanent collection at the Corning Museum of Glass and participated in Corning’s Meet the Artist podcast series. In 2009 she was selected to exhibit at the 9th Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum. She participated in a group show, Flora, at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, in 2010. Her work was exhibited in the group exhibition, Convergence Zone, at the Bellevue Art Museum in 2011. Debora installed a solo show, Collectanea Botanica – Orchidaceae, at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio, and exhibited at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. The April 2012 opening coincided with a residency awarded to her by the museum. This year the Northwest African American Museum opened a solo exhibition of Debora work in Seattle, Washington. In 2019, the Tacoma Art Museum feature, Debora Moore: Arboria, the artist’s new monumental sculptures exploring the beauty and awe of seasonal changes, (photo above).

 The list of Debora's professional travels grows by the year and covers several continents. Most recently she was awarded an artist residency at the Niijima Glass Center in Niijima, Japan for the 27th Annual Glass Festival. She has researched moss and lichen in Antarctica, observed orchids in tropical rainforests in Asia, examining how these plants live in their natural environment. She combines realism and imagination in her sculpture, meditating on the glorious wonder of nature and celebrating its power and mystery.


1995   Pino Signoretto, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1992   Ruth King, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1990   Paul DeSomma, Henner Schroeder, John DeWitt, Pilchuck Glass



2012    Crocker Art Museum, permanent collection, Sacramento, CA

            Chrysler Museum of Art, permanent collection, Norfolk, VA

2007    Rakow Commission, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

            35th International Glass Invitational, Critics Award, Royal Oak, MI           

            Corning Museum of Glass, Meet The Artist Podcast, Corning, NY

2005    Tacoma Museum of Glass, - Artist in Residence, Tacoma WA

            Neues Glas, Winter 2005, Artist Portrait Article

2005    Abate Zanetti - Artist in Residence, Murano Venezia Italy

2004    Muskegon Museum of Art - Permanent collection, Muskegon, MI

            Harbourfront Centre, Flora - the ubiquity of nature, Visiting Artist, Toronto Canada

2002    PhilanderSmith College, Donald W. Reynolds Library & Technology Center, Permanent

            Collection, Little Rock, Arkansas

2001    Jon and Mary Shirley Collection, Seattle, WA

1990, ‘92, ‘95   Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1998    African American Design Archive, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum,




2019 Tacoma Art Museum, feature exhibition, Debora Moore: Arboria

2016       Fragile Legacy, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

                Hot Spot, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

               Naples Collects, The Baker Museum, Naples, FL

2015       Indigo Blue Art, Orchidarium, Singapore

               Northwest African American Museum, Glass Orchidarium, Seattle, WA

2012       Franklin Park Conservatory, Collectanea Botanica – Orchidaceae, Columbus, OH

               Chrysler Museum of Glass, Works by Debora Moore, Norfolk, VA

               Fifty by Fifty: Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass, Muskegon Museum of Art,                   Muskegon, FL

               Evolution/Revolution: 50 Years of American Studio Glass, Naples Art Museum, Naples, FL

               50 Years of Studio Glass, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY

2011       Convergence Zone, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

2010       Flora – The Botanical Experience, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark

2009        9th Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

                All in the Family, Suffolk Center, Suffolk, VA

                Orchid Mania, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, OH

2008        Glorious Glass: Translucent & Opaque The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL

2006        Tacoma Museum of Glass, Fresh! Contemporary takes on Nature, Tacoma, WA

2005        Museum of Glass, Reflections on Nature, Tacoma, WA

2004        Glass Art Society, GAS Conference 2004, New Orleans, LA

                Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI

                National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2003        Glorious Glass: Color & Form, Seattle Tacoma Airport, Seattle, WA

2001        Butler Institute of American Art, Winter Orchidarium, Youngstown, OH

2000        Smithsonian Institution, Artistry of Orchids, Washington DC


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