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Clearly Indigenous Exhibition

View the Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass group exhibition at The Museum of Indian Art and Culture.

Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
May 16th, 2021 through June 16th, 2022


View the Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass exhibition at The Museum of Indian Art and Culture located in Santa Fe, NM. This groundbreaking exhibit features works in glass by thirty three Indigenous artists. A companion book is also available featuring works within the exhibition.


Per MIAC: “The artists have melded the aesthetics and properties inherent in glass art with their cultural ways of knowing, whether re-interpreting traditional stories and designs in the medium of glass, or expressing contemporary issues affecting Indigenous Nations.” 


The exhibit, curated by Dr. Letitia Chambers, and artist and museum consultant Cathy Short, features the following artists: Larry Ahvakana, Marcus Amerman, Angela Babby, Brian Barber, Dale Chihuly, Priscilla Cowie, Joe David, Alano Edzerza, Joe Fedderson, Dan Friday, Raya Friday, Gunbi Ganambarr, Tammy Garcia, Lewis Tamihana Gardiner, Tony Jojola,Ramson Lomatewama, Carol Lujan, Ira Lujan, Djamba Marawili, Robert (Spooner) Marcus, Jody Naranjo, Ed Archie NoiseCat, Haila Old Peter, Carl Ponca, Marvin Oliver, Virgil Ortiz, Shaun Peterson, Lillian Pitt, Harlan Reano, Raven Skyriver, Rory Erler Wakemup, Adrian Wall and Preston Singletary.

 

Raven Steals the Sun
Blown and sand carved glass
21" x 7" X 7"

 

Rattle
Blown and sand carved glass
25" x 7.5" x 14"

 

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Music & New Collaborations

Learn more about upcoming exhibitions featuring collaborative art and the Khu.éex’ Indiegogo to support their new album.

Music & New Collaborations

Music for the Great Sun

Preston Singletary and Choctaw artist Marcus Amerman have joined forces to create a body of work inspired by the forms and symbols of the ancient mound builder cultures of North America.

The Great Sun was a divine god-king of the Cahokia Mound builders, and both the political and religious leader of that ancient society. Many of the ancient pieces that served as inspiration for the artists were originally made by imperial craftsmen for the demands of the ruling class and The Great Sun.

View the Music for the Great Sun exhibition at the Exhibit C Native Gallery from March 1st - June 30th, 2021. Join Preston Singletary and Marcus Amerman for a special Virtual Opening Reception on Friday March 19th.
 

 


A Collaboration in Glass III

View a new collection of art by Preston Singletary and Jody Naranjo, who is renowned for her contemporary pueblo pottery, as they collaborate for the third time. These two distinct styles meld with each other in blown and sand carved glass sculptures. View A Collaboration in Glass III at the Blue Rain Gallery from March 26th to April 17th, 2021.

“The third round of collaborations was fueled by the pandemic. The remote collaboration was a
welcome change of routine for us. Usually we are able to work side by side making the vessels
that Jody designs, but this time we sent drawings back and forth, and I handled the blowing of
the pieces with my team in my studio.

Working on these blown vase forms is liberating for me and sort of a return to my glass blowing
roots. The classical form has always been an area of focus for me especially in the beginning of
my career when I helped other people make their work.

Collaboration comes easy for me because as glass workers we are accustomed to making work
for other people or executing ideas for people who do not blow glass themselves. Each
collaboration with an Indigenous artist teaches me something new in terms of approach and
dealing with traditional symbols and storytelling.”

- Preston Singletary


 

Contribute to the Khu.éex’ Indiegogo - Ends March 20th, 2021

Khu.éex’ began recording in 2013 after a chance meeting between Bernie Worrell and Preston Singletary. To date, Khu.éex’ has released three albums, The Wilderness Within, They Forgot They Survived and Héen.

The title of the new album, WOOch, translates from "together" in the Tlingit language, "wooch" also echoes the "WOO" philosophy of Khu.éex' co-founder the late Bernie Worrell (keyboardist - Parliament-Funkadelic), where he wished to use music to bring people together. This Indiegogo will use funds to complete the production and release of this new album.

Khu.éex' has reached our original Indiegogo goal of $15,000 to complete and release the new album, WOOch. Support from our Contributors was fundamental in the production of WOOch”which is scheduled to be released in June 2021. 

We will use any funds that go over the original $15,000 goal to get into the studio and add the multi track layering and mixing for a new batch of music recorded in October of 2020.  Khu.éex’ recorded 6 basic tracks for a new EP reflecting the newest line up. These new tracks feature Sondra Segundo the lead singer, singing in her Haida language in "Killer Whale Song", and our newest song titled "Breathe In". Please consider contributing to help Khu.éex' reach this next “Stretch Goal”. 

Perks for contributors includes music by Khu.éex' and art by Preston Singletary (Khu.éex' co-founder/bassist), like this Chartreuse Lightning Basket created in blown and sand carved glass. This Indiegogo ends on March 20th, 2021.


Chartreuse Lightning Basket
Blown and sand carved glass
5” x 6”

 

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Upcoming Exhibits featuring Collaborative Works

A sneak peek at upcoming collaborative works by Preston Singletary. 

New Exhibits Featuring Collaborative Works

 

Music for the Great Sun
Preston Singletary & Marcus Amerman
Exhibit C Native Gallery
March 1st - June 30th, 2021

See a select collection of collaborative works by artists Preston Singletary and Marcus Amerman at the "Music for the Great Sun" exhibition showing at Exhibit C Native Gallery, opening March 1st 2021.

 

Deerman of the Hopewell
Preston Singletary & Marcus Amerman
Blown and sand carved glass
24" x 14" x 5.5"

 

 

A Collaboration in Glass III
Preston Singletary & Jody Naranjo
Blue Rain Gallery
March 26th - April 17th, 2021

View a new collection of collaborative work in blown glass by Preston Singletary and Jody Naranjo at Blue Rain Gallery.

 

Winter Deer Dance
Preston Singletary & Jody Naranjo
Blown and sand carved glass
9" x 12" x 3.5"

 

Jody Naranjo and Preston Singletary collaborating in 2013.

 

 

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New Works from the Preston Singletary Studio

New Works from the Preston Singletary Studio: An Inside Look

New Works from the Preston Singletary Studio: An Inside Look
 

“Annual Celebration of Native American Art”

It has been an extremely reflective and intense time during this period of Covid 19. During the spring I was not working in the hot process, which is team oriented, rather the isolation opened up the time and opportunity to finish many existing pieces in the studio.

The work included in the “Annual Celebration of Native American Art” at the Blue Rain Gallery is a variety of new art that builds on formats that I’ve been experimenting with sculpturally and esthetically. The vessel forms pay homage to my glass blowing roots and are adorned with flowing form line designs, while the colors are bright, meditative and reference a sort of modernist sensibility.

A return to the Crest Hat format is one that I go to intermittently. These forms are like a canvas for new design of crest animals that represent different families, and the design pattern evolves with time and my ability to reimagine newer ways of interpreting the figures.

“Raven and The North Winds” is a mobile, which represents Raven when he was fishing, when the sun made him so hot and uncomfortable, that he called on the winds to blow hard so that he could continue his activity of food gathering.

I look forward to sharing this new collection of blown glass sculptures at the Blue Rain Gallery “Annual Celebration of Native American Art” running from August 14th – 25th, 2020.

 

White Smoke, Under The Blue Sky, Sacred Woods, and Long White Cloud
Blown and Sand Carved Glass
Height varies from 27.5" to 15.5" 

 

Shark Clan Hat
Blown and sand carved glass
7.75" x 16.75"

 

Raven in the North Winds
Blown and sand carved glass, bronze

 


New Work with Raven Skyriver

Shortly after gradually reopening the hot shop at the Studio in July I was able to collaborate with the artist Raven Skyriver on a new collection of blown glass sculptures. This is our second collaboration together where we were able to meld our distinct styles into glass. 

 

 

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Studio News

Upcoming Preston Singletary exhibitions.

As the Preston Singletary Studio adjusts to gradually reopening, Preston Singletary continues to work on new pieces for several upcoming exhibtions. Even through the hot shop was closed during the shut down Singletary was able to focus on his work at the Studio. As Singletary notes, "During this time of quarantine and uncertainty, we have been forced to contemplate life going forward. As an artist these things come out in different ways. For me it’ s been about keeping my family together, focused and safe. On the other side of that, I’ve found ample amount of uninterrupted time to make art."

Please visit the full list of galleries that represent Singletary art here. Several galleries are now open or open by appointment, please contact the galleries directly for more information. 

 

Humanity at the Crossroad

Currently on view

Sanda Ainsley Gallery

 

Visit the Sandra Ainsley Gallery for a new exhibition, "Humanity at the Crossroad",  featuring a new collecion of Singletary sculptures. This exhibition also features a selection of collaborative pieces with Canadian artist Joe David. Joe David, who is Singletary's mentor, opened his eyes to the minutia of details that informs the work that he does today. Exhibition catalog is available online. 

 

 

 

Annual Celebration of Native American Art

August 14th - 25th, 2020

Blue Rain Gallery


View a new collection of blown glass sculptures at the Blue Rain Gallery’s Annual Celebration of Native American Art, August 14th – 25th, 2020. Join Preston at the gallery for the Artist Reception on Friday, August 14th from 5 - 8PM.

In addition to the exhibition, see special Glass Blowing Demonstrations featuring artists Preston Singletary and Dan Friday, 11AM - 3PM on Friday August 14th and Saturday August 15th, 2020.

 

Land Otter People

Blown and sand carved glass

8" x 33.5" x 10"

 

 

Raven and the Box of Daylight 

On view until January 17th, 2021

Wichita Art Museum 

 

Visit the Wichita Art Museum for “Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight”, the unique solo traveling exhibition by Preston Singletary and organized by the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA., which tells the Tlingit origin story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. Raven leads visitors on a fantastical journey through the transformation of darkness into light.


Upcoming Exhibition Tour Dates:

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC:  Early 2022

Chrysler Museum of Art, Virginia:  2023


Raven and the Box of Daylight

Cast lead crystal

37.5" x 8.5" x 6.25"

 

 

Northwest Native Art Glass

October 1st - October 31st, 2020

Stonington Gallery

 

Visit the Stonington Gallery for a group exhibition of NW Native glass by several artists, including Preston Singletary.  View select pieces by Singletary, including limited edition bronzes, Tlingit Baskets, prints and more. 

 

Fog Woman

Limited edition bronze

36.25" x 12.75" x 9"

 

 

 

 

 

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