Fritz Dreisbach: “Where Were You in ’62?”

Dreisbach portrait

IMA Art as a Voice Lecture Series

How It Really Started: An Antidotal Account of the Early Years of American Studio Glass

7 p.m. Friday, March 13  
San Juan Community Theatre

San Juan Islands Museum of Art is proud to offer a fun night with Fritz Dreisbach, called “the Johnny Appleseed of glass” by his peers. Dreisbach presents Where Were You in ’62? How It Really Started: An Antidotal Account of the Early Years of American Studio Glass as part of the IMA Art as a Voice Lecture Series. Dreisbach’s playful take on glass blowing and his longtime affiliation with the Glass Art Society bring a fun and unique perspective to the history of modern glass art in the Pacific Northwest. 

Fritz Dreisbach, always a significant presence on the Seattle glass scene, now lives and works in Freeland, Washington, on Whidbey Island. As an independent artist, he is developing a new series of wheel-carved and cameo-cut glasses, in addition to his singular show pieces: playful goblets, trick glasses, toy vehicles, and “Mongos.” Combining his two loves of glass and travel, Fritz continues to make art, consult for glass factories, teach workshops, and present lectures around the world. 

Dreisbach was invited as artist-in-residence at the Tacoma Glass Museum in June, 2008. The Toledo Museum of Art chose him to celebrate the opening of their new Glass Pavilion in August, 2006, and awarded him their first “Guest Artist Pavilion Project” position the same year. 

In 2002, Amsterdam, the Glass Art Society presented Dreisbach its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, for his “unique and significant contributions to the world of glass.” He was awarded the 1993 Corning Glass Museum’s Rakow Commission and elected a Fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1988. 

Coined the “Johnny Appleseed of Glass” by his peers, Fritz has presented hundreds of lectures and demonstrations in over 180 institutions the past 48 years in North America, Europe and Asia. His glass is represented in numerous global public and private collections, including Corning, Hsinchu, Kamenicky Senov, Smithsonian and Toledo.

$16 general admission 

$13 for IMA members

$8 for students