SIDNEY HUTTER

Sid Hutter at Schantz Galleries.  photo: Lisa Vollmer

Sid Hutter at Schantz Galleries. photo: Lisa Vollmer

“I make objects that suggest containment.  My interests in design and architecture and my background in glass blowing and fabrication formed the foundation for my body of work.  The concept of the vessel has played a significant role over the years and my work has focused on creating non-functional vessels using plate glass rather than the traditional blown glass.  I have explored and incorporated numerous combinations of colors, surfaces and forms to create solid, fragmented, airy, helical, circular and flat vessels by cutting, grinding, twisting and constructing individual pieces of plate glass.   

In this way my artwork reflects the evolutionary part of my life - ever changing and always developing.

Over the years I have built up a vocabulary of materials and working processes by researching historical and contemporary glass cold-working and fabrication techniques. This, along with my interest in technological advances of various formulations of commercially available ultraviolet adhesives, dyes and pigments lead to the incorporation of pieces with an amazing spectrum of colors. 

My sculptures focus on both the exterior and the interior form of the vessel.  I describe volume on the outside while portraying an interior landscape of color and light.  By laminating a combination of rough and highly polished surfaces using dyed adhesive, I create three-dimensional paintings.  Each piece is handcrafted and meticulously sculpted to emphasize its unique intersection of form, color and light. 

 At heart, I am a formalist.  I am intrigued by forms and structures in our environment and create art that adds to our enjoyment of that environment.  As a visual artist, I make three-dimensional pieces that are best experienced by walking around each piece to view how it reacts to light, movement and the environment.”

Education

1975             The Pilchuck Glass Center, Stanwood, WA

1972-1977    BS in Art, Illinois State University, Normal, IL  

1980             Lowell Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA

1977-1979    Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA - MFA in Sculpture & Glass

1980-1981    Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA - Fifth Year Certificate in Art Education 

Awards

2000    The University High School Alumni Pioneer Hall of Fame Award

1989    American Craft Awards, Merit Award

1988    American Craft Awards, Merit Award

1985    Art Quest, Los Angeles, CA, Finalist

1980    Boston Art Week, Open Studio (juried)

1979    Massachusetts College of Art, Academic Honors, Art School Associates Award

Selected Collections

Art in Embassies Program:

U.S. Ambassadorial residence

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

U.S. Ambassadorial residence

Rangoon, Myanmar

Bain Company, Boston MA

Bet Tzedek, The House of Justice Award, NY

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Corning Museum of Glass, NY

Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Dewey Associates, New Rochelle, NY

Dykma-Gossett Attorney at Law, Detroit, MI

Dymax Corporation, Torrington, CT

Forum Corporation, Boston, MA

Foundation for the Carolinas, Charlotte, NC

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

George Washington University, DC

Headly-Whitney Museum, Lexington, KY

Headly-Whitney Museum, Lexington, KY

Hyatt-on-Collins, Melbourne, Australia

Honle UV Group, Grafelfing, Germany

Jewish Big Brother and Big Sister of Greater Boston, Boston, MA

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, FL

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Milwaukee Art Museum, WI

Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, NC

Museum of Art and Design, NY

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

National Cash Register, New York, NY

Northwater Capital, Toronto, Canada

Nuveen Investments, Chicago, IL

Park Synagogue, Cleveland Heights, OH

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Renwick Gallery, National Museum of

American Art, Washington, D.C.

RIHGA Royal Hotel, Osaka, Japan

Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich, MA

Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT

Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA

Total System Service, Columbus, GA

Town of Normal, Normal, IL

Total Systems Service, Columbus, GA

The Henry Ford Museum of Art, Dearborn, MI

The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

The White House Craft Collection, DC

University of Michigan at Dearborn, MI