Artist Statement

Debora Moore Bio, February 2012


I utilize the medium of glass to translate the breath-taking grandeur and delicate fragility of the natural world into a unique sculptural interpretation. The intricate structure of living things and how they thrive in harmony with each other is explored in my reflection of orchids and other botanical studies.

The astounding variety within the orchid family provides endless opportunities for artistic expression with their vibrancy of color and elegance of form. The necessity of the blooms to bond with a strong, stable host – an interdependence that nurtures and sustains both is a metaphor of the human condition in its tenuous and essential relationship with the earth.

Within each work, glass is used like paint to achieve depth of color. The material’s inherent ability to transmit and reflect light, as well as its variations from transparency to opacity, lends itself perfectly to achieve desired textures and surfaces.

By combining new techniques with traditional glass-blowing skills, and a passionate attention to form and detail, these pieces express my vision of an exotic environment; one that is rooted in reality but springs from the imagination.

These works are a both personal meditation on the glorious wonder of nature, as well as a celebration of its power and mystery.


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Professional Experience


1994-present     Fiori, Glass Studio Owner, Seattle, WA

2008-present     PRATT Fine Arts Center, Board of Trustees, Seattle, WA 2001

2001                  Pilchuck Glass School, Instructor, Stanwood, WA

1995-1997         Hilltop Artist-in-Residence Program, Instructor, Tacoma, WA

1992-1994         Glass Eye Studio, Glassblower Seattle, WA

1992-1993         Pratt Fine Arts Center, Instructor, Seattle, WA

1992                  Chihuly, Inc., Glassblower/Assistant, Seattle, WA


Education

1995                  Pilchuck Glass School - Pino Signoretto, Stanwood, WA

1992                  Pilchuck Glass School - Ruth King, Stanwood, WA

1990                  PRATT Fine Arts Center - Paul DeSomma, Henner Schroeder, JohnDeWitt,Seattle, WA


Awards/Collections

2014                 New Britain Museum of American Art, permanent collection, New Britain, CT

2012                 Crocker Art Museum, permanent collection, Sacramento, CA

                         Chrysler Museum of Art, permanent collection, Norfolk, VA


2008                 American Style Award, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2007                 Rakow Commission, The Corning Museum of Glass, Permanent Collection, 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

                         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, NY


Selected Solo Exhibitions

(2017)              Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA

                         W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, Tacoma, WA
 
2015                 Northwest African American Museum, Glass Orchidarium, Seattle, WA

2012                 Habatat Galleries, Orchidilerium, West Palm Beach, FL

                         Franklin Park Conservatory, Collectanea Botanica -Orchidaceae, Columbus, OH

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

2010                 Traver Gallery, Orchidaceae, Seattle, WA

2008                 Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

2006                 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Orchidaceae, New York, NY

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

2004                 Muskegon Museum of Art, Glass By, Muskegon, MI

2003                 Habatat Galleries, Solo Showing, Boca Raton, FL

2002                 Foster White Gallery, Seattle, WA

                         Butters Gallery Ltd., Portland, OR

2000                 Foster White Gallery, Kirkland, WA

1999                 Pismo Gallery, Denver, CO

 
Selected Group Exhibitions

(2017)             3rd Annual International Glass Event, Ringling Creative Art Center, Sarasota, FL 

2016                Matched Makers: Northwest Artist Couples, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
                        
                        Fragile Legacy, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
                     
                        41st International Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI
                       
                        Hot Spot, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
                     
                        Naples Collects, The Baker Museum, Naples FL

2015                SOFA Chicago, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2014                SOFA Chicago, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2013                SOFA Chicago, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2012                Fifty by Fifty: Celebrating 50th Anniverary of Studio Glass, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, FL

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

                        Liberty in Bloom, National Liberty Museum, Philidelphia, PA

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

                        40th International Invitiational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2011                Convergence Zone, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA Glass Quake 2011

                        Mobilia  Gallery, Cambridge, MA

                        Seattle Reigns, Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

                        39th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak MI

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

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

                        SOFA Chicago, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

                        All In The Family, Suffolk Center, Suffolk, VA

                        Orchid Mania, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, OH

                        37th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak MI


2008                Four Seasons, traveling to SOFA, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

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

2007                35th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2006                Davis & Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR

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

                        Art Chicago, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL

                        Art Miami, R.Duane Reed Gallery, Miami, FL

2005                Fresh, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

                        SOFA Chicago, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

                        Palm Beach3, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida

                        33rd  International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2004                SOFA Chicago, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

                        World Glass Exhibition, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA

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

                        Tobin Hewitt Gallery, Garden of Glass, Louisville, KY

                        Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI

                        National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

                        Fragile Nature, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI 

                        32nd International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2003                SOFA, Chicago, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

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

                        Art Palm Beach 2003, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL
            
                        31ST International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

2002                SOFA, Chicago, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL
       
                        30th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

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

                        SOFA, Chicago, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

                        Habatat Galleries, 19th Annual International Glass Invitational, Boca Raton, FL
            
                        Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Winter Orchidarium, New York, NY

2000                Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Glass: A Celebration, New York, NY

                        LewAllen  Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

                        Smithsonian Institution, Artistry of Orchids, Washington DC


1999                Qualita Fine Art, Summer Pleasures, Las Vegas, NV
                     
                        Chappell Gallery, Boston, MA 1998

                        Gump's, Language of Flowers, San Francisco, CA

                        Poncho Invitational Auction, Seattle, WA

1997                Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA

                        Vancouver International Art Exhibition, Vancouver, B.C.


Professional Travels:

Argentina         Grenada          Antartica          Denmark          France           Germany          Jamaica
Mexico             Turkey              Greece            Hong Kong       Scotland        Puerto Rico      Czech Republic
Japan               Thailand           Italy                 Netherlands     England         Ireland              West Indies
Denmark          Costa Rica       Singapore