Following the recent retirement of Professor David Keens (Art & Art History), Justin Ginsberg, an award-winning artist who studied with Keens, steps in this fall as coordinator of UT Arlington’s glass program.
Ginsberg, who graduated from UT Arlington in 2011 with an MFA, is excited about working with students in the glass studio.
“There’s nothing really like it anywhere else in the country,” he said. “Some of the largest, most beautiful studios in the country are in museums — the Tacoma Museum of Glass, the Corning Museum of Glass, etc. The UTA glass facility remains as one of the largest and most versatile university studios in the country.”
Robert Hower, chair of the Department of Art & Art History, said Ginsberg’s work at UT Arlington as a student and instructor as well as his management of glass art sale this past spring, made him an ideal choice to lead the program.
“Justin will continue the tradition of providing glass art experiences for the university, the DFW region, the state of Texas and international audiences,” Hower said. “He understands the importance of community relations and the continued development of our outstanding glass program. He is the perfect artist to continue the work David initiated.”
Ginsberg’s work is currently in several international galleries. He has also seen his pieces in the pages of New Glass Review, a publication from the Corning Museum of Art that celebrates the best glass artworks of the year selected from thousands of artists worldwide.
As an instructor, Ginsberg said his experimentalism directs his attention to coordinating with other groups in the art department, in an effort to utilize a variety of art forms. For example, he said, the neighbouring sculpture program teamed with the glass studio to build a mould-making area that both groups can use, giving students more opportunities to realize art ideas.
Ginsberg said his graduate students are similarly pushed toward experimenting with their skills. And while his approach to glass differs from Keens, Ginsberg believes the end result will be similar.
“We are different artists,” he said. “We make work that is about who we are. It’s natural that we have very different approaches. But we both encourage [student] artists to be bold and experimental with their work.”
(By Charlotte Whiteley, COLA Communications)