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International Visiting Artist Program: Machiko Ito

  • 11/29/2022
  • 12/03/2022

International Visiting Artist Program: Machiko Ito
November 29 - December 3

Visiting Artist Lecture: Friday, December 2 @ 12–1:30pm
L140 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, 800 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706

Public Demonstration at the Glass Lab: Saturday, December 3 @ 2:30–4:30pm
Glass Lab, Art Lofts, 111 N Frances Street, Madison, WI 53706

The Division of the Arts is thrilled to welcome glass weaver and sculptural artist Machiko Ito to campus from Tuesday, November 29—Saturday, December 3 through the International Visiting Artist Program, a collaboration between the Division of the Arts and the International Division, which funds the program and supports short-term residences for international artists on campus.

Machiko Ito constructs sculptural artworks with crochet, woven and bundled glass fiber. Formerly a knit-wear designer, Ito’s technique was born from the exploration of weaving glass fibers. Focused on the Buddhist concept called “En,” which represents a relationship from first meeting to farewell and the bond that develops therein, Ito is fascinated by the silky texture and luster produced when glass fibers are heated in a kiln and melted together.

Ito’s residency, proposed and led by Helen Lee, Associate Professor of Glass (Art Department) and The Studio Faculty Director (Division of the Arts), will include a public artist talk and glass demonstration, guest lectures in glass and design courses as well as studio visits with undergraduate and graduate students in Design Studies and Art Departments.


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