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Marvin Lipofsky is considered a central figure in the development of the American Studio Glass Movement. In the early 1960s he worked under Studio Glass founder Harvey Littleton and five other students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison then brought these new ideas to California, where he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts), establishing that school’s glass program.
He earned his BFA from the University of Illinois then an MS and MFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin. He has also taught seminars and workshops at numerous arts and crafts schools, including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, and the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. As a visiting artist, Lipofsky has traveled to Spain, France, Bulgaria, Sweden, Finland, Japan and the Netherlands. He was one of the first American glass artists to travel to Czechoslovakia, a country whose studio glass movement launched in the 1950s.
Lipofsky has received many honors for his work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass in Chicago and a Masters of the Medium Award from the James Renwick Alliance, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He was also named an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Glass Art Society, an organization he founded, a California Living Treasure and a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants.
His work is represented in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, Museum Bellrive in Zurich, Switzerland, Museum Bojimans Van Beuningen in the Netherlands, National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, and Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo, Japan.
Lipofsky works from his studio in Berkeley, Calif.
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