Josh Simpson Contemporary Glass

Inhabited Megaplanet
Inhabited Megaplanet


Born: August 17, 1949
Education: BA, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (1972)
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Selected Solo Exhibitions

The Universe According to Josh Simpson: A Summer of Josh Simpson; City of Westfield and Westfield State University, MA (2014)

This Blue Marble: The Universe of Josh Simpson; Gallery 51, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, MA (2012)

Etienne Gallery; Oisterwijk, the Netherlands, (2011)

nner and Outer Space: the Visionary Landscape of Josh Simpson; Jane Sauer Gallery; Santa Fe, NM (2011)

World Equestrian Games; Artique, Lexington Green: Lexington, KY

Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College; From 60,000 Miles Away: The Glass Galaxies of JoshSimpson; Clinton, NY (2010); Sandwich Glass Museum (2010)

Huntsville Museum of Art; Josh Simpson: A Visionary Journey in Glass, 1972-2007; Huntsville, AL (2007); Springfield Museum of Art (2007-2008); Mobile Museum of Art (2008); Knoxville Museum of Art (2009); Museum of Arts and Sciences (2009); Fuller Museum of Art (2010)

Steuben Selects, Steuben Flagship Store; New York, NY (2007-2008)

Sandwich Glass Museum; Visions of Our Galaxy; Sandwich, MA Traveling Exhibition (2005-2007)

Hsinchu International Glass Arts Festival; Hsinchu, Taiwan (2001)

Karanisu Gallery; Tokyo, Japan (2000)

Galerie Rob van den Doel; The Hague, The Netherlands (1999)

Bruce Museum; Visionary Landscapes; Greenwich, CT Traveling Exhibition (1998-2006)

Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College; New Work, New Worlds; Clinton, NY Traveling Exhibition (1994-1998)

Reflections Gallery; Geneva, Switzerland (1994)

Galerie L; Hamburg, Germany (1993, 1988) 

Brunnier Gallery; Ames, IA (1988)

American Crafts at the White House,Washington,DC (1977)


Selected Group Exhibitions

All Things Considered VII, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts; Gatlinburg, TN and Fuller Craft Museum; Brockton, MA (2013) 

Art in Space; Ethel H. Blum Gallery, College of the Atlantic; Bar Harbor, ME (2013) 

Glass Act; Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA (2011)

Stellar Landscapes; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (2011)

The Art of Dining; Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA (2010, 2011, 2012)

The Glory of Glass; Karg Art Glas; Kechi, KS (2010)

Habatat Gallery; Royal Oak, MI (2009)

Glass in Space, Palacove’Zahrady; Prague, Czech Republic (2009)

Steninge Palace Triennial; European Traveling Exhibition (1999, 2002, 2005, 2008)

SOFA, Signature Gallery; Chicago, IL (2007-2008); New York (2008)

The Infinite World, Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum; Kobe, Japan (2008)

Contemporary Glass, New Britain Museum of Art; New Britain, CT (2008)

Worlds Within: The Evolution of the Paperweight; Corning Museum of Glass; Corning, NY (2006)

Trashformations East;FullerCraftMuseum;Brockton,MA (2005), COPIA;Napa,CA (2006); TheLancasterMuseum of Art;Lancaster,PA (2006)

Fine Arts Biennale; Marinha Grande, Portugal (2004)

Hsinchu International Glass Arts Festival; Hsinchu, Taiwan (2001)

Tampa Museum of Art; Tampa, Florida (1999)

White House Collection of American Crafts USA Tour (1995-2004)

The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa; Kanazawa, Japan (1992)

National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution; Washington, DC (1986)

Victoria and Albert Museum; London, England (1981)

New Glass Traveling Exhibition; Corning Museum of Glass; Corning, NY (1979)


Selected Public Collections

Corning Museum of Glass; Corning, NY

Fundacion Centro Nacional del Vidro; Segovia, Spain

Museum of Arts & Design; New York, NY

Moritex Sphere Museum; Tokyo, Japan

Mint Museum of Craft + Design; Charlotte, NC

Brunnier Art Museum; Ames, IA

Museum of Fine Arts; Boston, MA

Museum of Decorative Arts; Prague, Czech Republic

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution;Washington,DC

Yale University Art Gallery; New Haven, CT


Selected Awards & Honors

WFCR Arts and Humanities Award, Outstanding Individual (2012)

Hamilton College, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (2008)

Jurors' Award: Best in Glass, American Craft Exposition; Evanston, IL (1990, 1992, 1995, 2002)

Lifetime Membership Award, Glass Art Society (1999)

Urban Glass Award, Achievement in Limited Series Design (1996)

Jurors' Award: Artists Look at Earth, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution (1986)


Selected Bibliography

Living Spaces Magazine, The Artist and the Astronaut, (Spring 2012)

Boston Globe, Blown Away by a Glass Artist, (May 14, 2010)

Art New England, Worlds Apart: Josh Simpson, Debbie Hagan (April/May 2010)

New Glass Review, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY (1979, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2007)

Josh Simpson: A Visionary Journey in Glass (catalog), Huntsville Museum of Art, essay by Lloyd E. Herman and William Warmus, 2007

PBS Documentary, Defying Gravity, A Historic Achievement in Glass featuring Josh SImpson (2006)

New England Glass: The Quiet Force catalog, Worcester Center for Crafts (2006)

Neues Glas, New Glass Magazine, Josh Simpson (Fall 2005)

Chicago Tribune, When the Inner Artisan Speaks (August 22, 2004)

Josh Simpson Glass Artist, Andrew Chaikin (2001)

PBS Documentary, Where the Earth Meets the Sky, the Glassworks of Josh Simpson (2001)

Christian Science Monitor, From a Fiery Inferno, Kristen A. Conover (April 7, 1997)


Wall Street Journal, American Crafts Shine, in White House or out, Barbara Jepson (July 6, 1995)


Contemporary Glass, Susanne K. Frantz (1989)

Smithsonian Magazine, Marbles: A rite turned rarity (April 1988)

The New York Times, An Idea that Came from Outer Space (March 29, 1987)


Selected Special Projects & Commissions

Iowa State University, Tektite Portal; Ames, IW (2013) 

Corning Museum of Glass, 100 lb. Megaplanet commission; Corning, NY (2006)

Art in Embassies Program; US Embassies of Austria, The Philippines, Brunei, Canada,

Kuwait, Iceland, Egypt, Oman, Burundi, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Mauritania (1999-present)

Culture Connect Envoy – Singapore & Brunei; US State Department (2005)

Pioneer Valley Symphony and Chorus; The Planets Symphony; Greenfield, MA (2000)

Americans for the Arts Annual Awards Commission (1998-2001)

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Awards Commission; Washington, DC (1995, 1996, 1998)

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line; Megaplanet commission; Norway (1996-2005)

Earth Day Awards; New York, NY (1993, 1994)

Moritex Corporation; Lobby commission; Tokyo, Japan

Museum of Modern Art Design Catalog; New York, NY (1987)


Selected Teaching Experience

Corning Museum; Corning, New York (1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011)

Wanganui Polytechnic University; Wanganui, New Zealand (1999)

Tokyo Glass Art Institute; Tokyo, Japan (1993)

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; Deer Isle, ME (1990)

Penland School of Crafts; Penland, NC (1989)


Selected Related Activities

Sandwich Glass Museum Board of Trustees (2006-present)

Corning Museum of Glass Fellow (2005-present)

Snow Farm - The New England Craft Program; Williamsburg, MA (2001-present)

Glass Art Society; Board of Directors, President (1992-1994), Treasurer (1990-1992)

Craft Emergency Relief Fund; Founding President (1985-1992), Board member (1985-2003)

American Craft Council; Board of Directors (1998-2001)