Jeff Zimmer

b.1970

Jeff originally trained in theatre in Washington, DC, before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland to obtain his Masters in glass painting. He has won top prize in the 2019 British Glass Biennale, Second Prize in the 2014 Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass, Europe’s largest prize for artists working with glass. He was the 2014 Stephen Procter Fellow at the Australian National University and a 2016 Fellow at the Creative Glass Center of America.

His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the European Museum for Modern Glass, Coburg, Germany; the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark and the Glasmuseum Frauenau, Germany. He teaches and has a studio in Edinburgh

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Jeff Zimmer creates works with glass that explore ambiguity, morality and mortality in contemporary society and politics, and engage with the material and symbolic properties of glass, as well as the sensual experiences of mystery and light. He subverts notions of light in glass, investigating its capacity for evocation, mystery and ambiguity in place of its traditional associations with clarity, divinity, revelation and simplified notions of truth.

Contact

Born: 1970, Minot, ND, USA. Currently Resides in Edinburgh, UK

Education

Masters, Glass & Architectural Glass, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK, 2005

Collections (Public)

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
European Museum for Modern Glass/Veste Coburg, Coburg, DE

Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Prague, CZ

Museum of American Glass, US

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, DK

Glasmuseum Frauenau, DE

North Lands Creative Glass, UK

Exhibitions (Selected, Group)

2019

Field Notes, The Byre, Latheronwheel, UK

British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge, UK

Loud and Clear, New Brewery Arts (organized by National Glass Centre), Cirencester, UK

Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, US

Plain Sight, Pilchuck Exhibition Space, Seattle, WA, US

Alight, Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

2018

IGLASS 2018, Levant Gallery, Shanghai, CN

Open (invited artist), Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass, Boise Art Museum, US

Collect (represented by Bullseye Gallery), London, UK

Current, Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay, UK

Artists Against Gun Violence, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC, US

Loud and Clear, Harley Gallery (organized by National Glass Centre), Worksop, UK

Zimmer/Simmons, North Lands Creative, Lybster, UK

2017

British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge, UK

Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition, Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, US

Embracing Narrative, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Portsmouth, US

Bild-Werk @ 30, Galerie am Museum, Frauenau, DE

2016

Fly, Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

Black and White and Back Again, London Glassblowing, London, UK

Neues Glas – Junges Glas, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, DE

British Glass, Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk, NL

Elemental, North Lands Gallery, Lybster & Coburg House Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

2015

Grand Opening, Dock Gallery, Rotterdam, NL

International Glass Symposium Exhibition, Glass Museum, Nový Bor, CZ

43rd International Glass Invitational Award Winners, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN, USA

Clarity, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK

43rd International Glass Invitational (Catalogue), Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI, USA

Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

2014

Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass (Catalogue), Veste Coburg & European Museum for Modern Glass, Coburg, DE

SOFA Chicago (with Craft Scotland)

Absorb, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, AU

UK Glass, Het GlazenHuis, Flemish Centre for Contemporary Glass Art, Lommel, BE

Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, USA

ArtAspen (with Habatat Galleries)

ArtHamptons (with Habatat Galleries)

2013

Light and Shadow, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, DK

Royal Scottish Academy Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

2012

European Applied Arts Prize (Catalogue), Exhibition Hall “Anciens Abattoirs”, Mons, BE

Cultural Exchange (Catalogue), North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK

Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Glass In A Museum Environment, Caithness Horizons, Thurso, UK

Lüstern Wohnen : Lichter, Leuchten, Lüster, Lampen, Galerie am Museum, Frauenau, DE

2011

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Invited Guest Country – Craft Scotland, USA

British Studio Glass, European Museum of Modern Glass, Rosenau, Coburg, DE

Trove (Catalogue), Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Perth, UK

Washington Glass School 10th Anniversary, Longview Gallery, Washington, DC, USA

Fête de Verre: Futur, Urban Glass, NYC, USA

2010

Essence, The Glass Art Gallery, London, UK

British Glass Biennale (Catalogue), Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge, UK

Remarkable Glass (Catalogue), Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK

Vitreous North, Works of Int’l Artists at North Lands Creative Glass, Timespan Museum and Arts Centre, Helmsdale, UK

Migrate, Scottish Glass Society 30th Anniversary Exhibition, , Inverness Museum & Art Gallery; St. Fergus Gallery Wick; Iona Gallery, Kingussie; & Broadfield House Glass Museum, Stourbridge, UK

2009

Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, UK

2008

British Glass Biennale (Catalogue), Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge, UK

2005

Masters Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK

2004

Anonymous, Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC, USA

2003

Propaganda of War, Gallery at Warehouse, Washington, DC, USA

Art*o*Mat, Touring exhibition, various venues in USA

Publications

Journal of Craft Research, ‘Luminous Ambiguity’ by Jeff Zimmer, Vol 7, No. 1 (Spring 2016)

Elemental (Catalogue Essay), Scottish Glass Society, Summer 2016

Neues Glas/New Glass; Art & Architecture, ‘Profile: Jeff Zimmer’ by Duncan Macmillan,

Volume 1, (May 2014)

New Glass Review 34, 31 & 30, 2013, 2010, 2009

La Revue de la Ceramique et du Verre, 'Jeff Zimmer: Variations sur le Paradoxe' by

Pascale Nobécourt, September/October 2013

GAS Newsletter, Volume 26, Issue 6, (December 2012 – January 2013), ‘Member Profile:

Jeff Zimmer,’ pp. 14-15

Craft Arts International, no. 80 (Autumn 2010), Reviews of '2010 British Glass Biennale' and

'Remarkable Glass’

Neues Glas/New Glass, Autumn 2009

Sustaining Stained Glass. Judith Schaechter, Glass, #92 (Fall 2003) 46-53

Teaching

2019 - Shadow and Subversion, North Lands Creative, Lybster, UK

2018 - Present – Ongoing independent workshops in glass fusing, painting and stained glass, taught at Edinburgh Art Glass.

2018 - Multaka: Museum as Meeting Point, Pergamon Museum & Berlin Glas, Berlin, DE

2017 - Transparency, Imagery and Layers, American Glass Guild Conference Workshop, Oatka School of Glass, Batavia, NY, US

2016

Multaka: Museum as Meeting Point, Pergamon Museum & Berlin Glas, Berlin, DE

Contemporary Glass Painting and Layering, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Contemporary Glass Painting and Layering Skills Class, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK

Painting on Glass, Berlin Glass, Berlin, DE

2015

Substance and Spectacle, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA

Immersive Worlds and the Enigma of Light, Bild-Werk, Frauenau, DE

2013

Painting on Glass – Skills Class, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK

Imagery on Flat Glass: Into Three Dimensions, Bild-Werk, Frauenau, DE

Creating 3-D Images on Flat Glass, National Sculpture Factory, Cork IE

2011 - Imagery on Flat Glass: Into Three Dimensions, Bild-Werk, Frauenau, DE

2012-2013

Tutor, Glass Department, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, UK

2006 – 2018

Glass Design, Office of Lifelong Learning & Architecture Departments, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

(as Assistant)

2014

Painting in the Space of Glass, with Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK

2012

Interdisciplinary Glass, with Ursula Huth, Barbara Idzikowská & Scott Chaseling , Bild- Werk, Frauenau, DE

Painting in the Space of Glass, with Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK

2011

Painting on Glass, with Cappy Thompson, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK

2009 & 2010

Rolls Ups, with Scott Chaseling, Bild-Werk, Frauenau, DE

2003-2004

Washington Glass School, Washington, DC, USA

Other Relevant Professional Experience

Juror, Inches Carr Mentoring Award 2019

Juror, Stanislav Libenský Award 2018

Presenter, Glass Nexus Forum, North Lands Creative, UK 2018

Presenter, Craft Scotland Conference, National Museum of Scotland, UK 2018

Panelist, Approaching Galleries & Curators, Visual Arts Scotland @ RSA, UK 2018

External Examiner, Glass Department, University of Wales Trinity St. David 2015 – 2019

Presenter, American Glass Guild Conference, Rochester, US 2017

Juror, Glass Art Society, Saxe Emerging Artist Award 2016

Presenter/Featured Artist, International Glass Symposium, Nový Bor, CZ 2015

Sole Proprietor, Jeff Zimmer Glass 2009 - Present

Studio Assistant June 2006 – October 2009

Edinburgh Stained Glass House, Edinburgh, UK

Artist in Residence January 2006 – September 2009

Glass Department, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK

Manager of Cultural Programs/Outreach Coordinator May 2002 – August 2004

National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, USA

Awards

Winner – British Glass Biennale 2019

Second Prize, Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass 2014

Celeste Art Prize (Shortlist), Goldsmiths, University of London 2006

Grants & Residencies

Inches Carr Trust Grant 2019

City of Edinburgh Visual Arts & Craft Makers Award 2019

Bullseye Byre Residency, North Lands Creative, Lybster, UK 2019

Residency, Bullseye Glass, Portland, OR, US 2017

Fellowship, Creative Glass Center of America/WheatonArts 2016

Stephen Procter Fellowship, Australian National University 2014

Edinburgh Craft Makers Award 2015

Arts Trust Scotland Grant Recipient 2010

Professional Development Grant Recipient, Scottish Arts Council 2006 & 2009

Gulbenkian Residency, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster 2006

Overseas Student Scholarship, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh 2004 - 2005