Museum faculty member receives special recognition

VERO BEACH — The Museum Art School of the Vero Beach Museum of Art is pleased to announce that the work of faculty member, glass artist and clay technician, Nancy Blair has been selected to represent the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA for the flagship Nordstrom department store in downtown Seattle, WA.

Every year, 20-25 works are chosen from students and faculty of Pilchuck Glass School to appear in a special public window display by the Nordstrom design team. Blair’s work was selected from more than 350 submissions, and will be featured in this year’s display from September 3-10, 2010. (

Nancy Blair, who is a resident of Melbourne Beach, FL, is a master artist and educator who received her MFA from Visual Studios, Rutgers University; a BFA from The New York State College of Ceramics; and has also either attended or taught at Pilchuck Glass School, WA, Corning Glass Studio, NY, and The Contemporary Glass Center of America, Weaton, NJ.  The artist has received numerous fellowships, grants, and residencies; been featured in ten solo exhibitions and in more than 70 group shows. Her work is in both museum and private collections including Sir Elton John and the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA. She has also published five books. She is represented by Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA (

Pilchuck Glass School was founded in 1971 as an international center for glass art education by artist Dale Chihuly. Over nearly forty years, thousands of artists from across the nation and around the world have taught and learned at this premier institution. This summer, Pilchuck invited Blair to present a concentrated three-week course on hot-glass casting, moldmaking, and coldworking techniques.

Blair has taught many courses and workshops at the Museum Art School for year-round and seasonal residents of Vero Beach. This fall, she is offering “Wheel Intensive: Finding Your Voice,” a ten-week course designed for intermediate to advanced ceramics students who wish to create distinctive and personal forms on the potter’s wheel. The Vero Beach Museum of Art and especially its Museum Art School is proud of Blair and congratulates her on her exemplary artistic achievements and her dedication to her teaching and students at the Museum.

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