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Tim Tate


Tim Tate Bio

Tim Tate is co-founder of the Washington Glass School located in Mt. Rainier MD. He has shown nationally and beyond since the 1990’s, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, SOFA New York and Chicago, Art Basel Scope in Switzerland, the Art Miami at Art Basel-Miami, the American Art at the Smithsonian, the Renwick Gallery, The Hermitage State Museum and commercial galleries from Washington, DC to London and Berlin.

He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Sunderland, England in 2012. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, the Mint Museum, the Fuller Museum, the Katzen Art Center of American University, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Vanderbilt University.

He has spoken at Yale University on Glass and Conflict….detailing his own activism in glass. He has participated in Glasstress 2019 at the Venice Biennale, 2021 at the Boca Raton Museum and the Glasstress at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. He and William Warmus are also co-administrators and founders of the discussion group, “21st Century Glass”.


Tim Tate Artist Statement

I am a time traveler. I slide easily between many centuries, from early Greek and Roman times to the essence of the 21st century. I am unfettered by the restrictions of time and space.

Blending a traditional craft with new media technology gives me the framework in which I fit my artistic narrative. Contemporary, yet with the aesthetic of Victorian techno-fetishism. Revelation —, and in some cases self-revelation, is the underlying theme behind my endless mirrors, my obelisks, my videos.

But the important revelations here are in the viewer’s response to my hybrid art form and its conceptual nature. They are sent on a journey through time, free to examine from a distance as an other worldly invisible observer. It examines the relationship between art and endless mirrors to time travel and how memory works, and how it fades.

The frame is the portal to the past, to dreaming and imagination, while the viewer's feet are still firmly planted on the floor. Nothing is random, all elements are thought out.

To me, these works are phylacteries of sorts, the transparent reliquaries in which bits of saints’ bones or hair — relics — are displayed. In many cultures and religions, relics are believed to have healing powers. My relics are formally enshrined, encapsulating experiences like cultural specimens. And perhaps, to the contemporary soul, they are no less reliquaries than those containing the bones of a saint.



2019 Solo show, Persistence of Visions, Ft. Wayne Museum

2019 Glasstress, in Venice during Beinnale with Ai Wei Wei, Berengo Studios

2019 Habatat Invitational show, Detroit, Mi.

2018 Context Art Fair in Miami during Art Basel with Momentum Gallery, Asheville, NC

2018 Scope, Miami Fl. During ArtBasel week with Habatat Gallery

2018 SOFA Chicago with Habatat Gallery

2018 Into Action!, Los Angeles,

2017 Form Art Fair in Miami during ArtBasel with Habatat Gallery

2017 Scope Miami, WGS Contemporay

2017 J Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, Cal.

2017 London Contemporary Art Gallery, London

2017 Affordable Art Fair / Hong Kong with Spin Gallery

2017 J Willott Gallery, Palm Dessert, Ca.

2017 Art Boca Raton with Habatat Gallery

2016 Scope Miami with Alida Anderson Projects

2016 Art Palm Springs with Habatat Gallery

2016 Flint Institute Of Art, “Opulent Surveillancence”, Flint, Mi. Solo show

2016 Art Palm Beach with Habatat Gallery

2015 Scope Miami with Habatat Gallery

2015 SOFA Chicago with Habatat Gallery

2015 Wheaton Glass Weekend, Habatat Gallery

2015 Collective, New York, Wexler Gallery

2015 Art Palm Beach, Habatat Gallery

2014 SOFA Chicago, Habatat Gallery

2014 Art Aspen, Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, Mi.

2014 Art Mkt San Francisco, Seager Gray Gallery, San Rafeal, Ca.

2014 Art Hamptons, Habatat Gallery

2014 Art Wynwood, Alida Anderson Projects

2014 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Habatat Gallery

2013 Context Art Fair during Art Basel Miami with Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, Ca.

2013 Houston Fine Art Fair, Habatat Gallery, Houston, Tx.

2013 Piazzo Bembo show during Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2013 Katzen Art Center, American University Museum, Video solo show, “Sleep Walker”, Washington, DC

2013 Habatat Solo Show, “Visions Of Futures Past”, Royal Oak, MI.

2012 Orlando Art Museum, 50 Years Of Glass, Orlando, Fla.

2012 Mesa Art Center, Decidedly Digital, solo show, Tempe, Ar.

2012 Arkansas Art Center, Digital Dialogs, Little Rock, Ak.

2012 Blue Spiral Gallery, Glass Secessionism, Asheville, NC

2012 St. Petersburg Museum Of Art, St. Petersburg, Florida

2012 Affordable Art Fair, Creative Cohesion, London, England

2012 SOFA New York with Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2012 Art Palm Beach with Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2011 Art Miami at ArtBasel Miami with Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, I’ll

2011 SOFA Chicago with Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2011 Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC.

2011 Milwaukee Art Museum, The New Materiality

2011 La Luz de Jesus 25th Anniversary Show, Los Angeles, Cal.

2011 Taubman Museum, Solo Video Exhibit, “The Waking Dreams Of Magdelena Moliere, Roanoke, Va.

2011 Catherine Edelman Gallery, “21st Century Sideshows” Chicago, Ill.

2010 Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, Ca.

2010 Fuller Museum, The New Materiality

2010 Red Dot during ArtBasel Miami, Oxenberg Fine Art, Miami

2010 “Open Season”. Flanders Gallery, N.C.

2010 “Cold + Hot”, Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.

2010 Habatat International Show, Habatat, Michigan

2010 “Dead Or Alive” – Museum of Art and Design, New York City.

2010 “Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries Of Craft” – Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Mass.

2010 SOFA Chicago, with Habatat, Michigan

2010 Scope – ArtBasel, Switzerland, Micaela Gallery

2009 Miami International Art Fair, Projects Gallery

2009 Red Dot during ArtBasel-Miami with Projects Gallery and Alida Andersen Projects

2009 SOFA Chicago with Maurine Littleton Gallery

2009 Wheaton Arts Glass Weekend with Maurine Littleton Gallery

2009 L.A. Art Fair with Steps Gallery, London

2009 Palm Beach 3 with Maurine Littleton

2008 Steps Gallery, London, England, solo show

2008 Bridge Art Fair during ArtBasel with Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.

2008 Billy Shire Fine Arts, Los Angeles, Ca.

2008 Habatat Gallery, Berkshires, Ma.

2008 SOFA Chicago, with Maurine Littleton Gallery

2008 Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. (solo)

2008 Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, Ca. (group show)

2008 Marx-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Ill. (group show)

2008 Jane Sauer Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico (solo)

2008 Gallery 24, Berlin, Germany

2007 FLOW Miami with Duane Reed Gallery/St. Louis,Mo.

2007 S.O.F.A Chicago, with Maureen Littleton Gallery

2007 Glass Weekend, Wheaton Village, New Jersey with Maureen Littleton Gallery

2007 S.O.F.A. New York, with Jane Sauer Gallery

2007 Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum

2007 Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, Md (solo)

2006 Smithsonian American Art Museum , Luce Foundation Center for American Art , Washington, DC Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA (solo)

2004 Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD (solo)

2001 Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery Washington, DC (permanent collection)

1994 S.O.F.A. Chicago / Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL


2018 Distinguished Artist Award, James Renwick Alliance, Wash. DC

2018 Imagine Museum Most Spiritually Uplifting Artist Award, St. Petersburg, Fl.

2018 Featured artist in Penland’s Annual Summer Auction

2017 Keynote Panelist on Materiality and Dispute with Glenn Adamson at Yale University

2017 London Contemporary Art Prize, Second Place

2016 Curators Pick, Habatat International, from Ft. Wayne Museum

2016 Keynote Speaker, Digital Dreams and Windows of Wonder”, with Habatat Gallery at Ringling College

2015 Curators Pick, Habatat International, Royal Oak, Mi

2014 Brilliance Award – Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, Mi.

2013 Curators Pick….Habatat Invitational, Royal Oak, Mi.

2012 Fulbright Scholar, Sunderland University, Sunderland, England

2012 Critic’s Choice Award, Habatat International Invitational, Royal Oak, Mi.

2012 Speaker, GAS Conference on Glass Secessionism

2011 Board of Trustees, Creative Glass Center, Millville, NJ.

2010 Virginia Groot Foundation Award for Sculpture - $35,000 first prize

2009 “Rising Star of the 21st Century” award, Museum of American Glass, N.J

2009 Artist Fellowship Award, District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Council

2008 Instructor : Penland School of Crafts, Penland, N.C.

2008 First Place , Niche Award for Blown Glass, 2008

2008 Speaker – Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, Luce Center for Education, quarterly lectures entitled “The Tim Tate Talks”

2007 Special Honoree ,Best of Fine Arts DC by the Urban Artists Alliance

2007 First Place, International Artist Competition Art-Interview Magazine/Gallery 24, Berlin

2007 Instructor , Glass Furnace , Istanbul, Turkey

2006 Published in “50 Most Distinguished Glass Artists” IL Publishers / London

2006 Board Member, Renwick Alliance

Mint Museum, Permanent Collection

Katzen Art Center / American University, Permanent Collection

University of Richmond Art Museum, Permanent Collection

University of Virginia Art Museum, Permanent Collection

Vanderbilt University, Permanent Collection

2004 Out Magazine People of the Year 2004, Out 100

ArtBaltimore, Best in Sculpture , Baltimore Convention Center

“Art and Healing” Society for the Arts in Healthcare Conference (SAH)

Washington, DC, Keynote Panelist

2003 Mayor’s Art Award – Outstanding Emerging Artist 2003, Washington, DC

2002 Artist Fellowship Award, District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Council

2001 Washington Glass School and Studio, Founder and Co-Director

National Capital Art Glass Guild Board Member

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Permanent Collection

2000 Triangle Artist Group, Founder

1998 Art Against AIDS, Co-Director


Hey Magazine, Paris, France. Feature, Our Favorite US Artist!”. Dec. 2017

American Craft Magazine….featured article, The Spaces Between, Dec/Jan. 2017

Mass Appeal, Endless Cycle: Tim Tate’s Call To End Gun Violence, March 2016

American Craft Magazine…..Apr/May 2014 issue, “The World Beyond Studio Glass”

Glass Magazine….December 2013….”Glass Secessionism”

Ameican Craft Magazine, “Sin Under Glass”April 2011

Art Glass Today / book published by Schiffer Publishing 2011

Creative Glass / book published by Schiffer Publishing 2011

National Public Radio / Interview on All Things Considered 2010

Glass Quarterly by Geoff Isles (review) March 2009

Chicago Tribune by Allen G. Artner (review) April 2008

Santa Fean by Hollis Walker (review) April 2008

Washington Post by Michael O’Sullivan, (review), May 2007

Washington Post by Michael O’Sullivan, (review and reproduction), March 2007

City Paper by Chris Hobson , review and reproduction, March 2007

Washington Post by Julia Beizer (article and reproduction) , March 2007

The Gazette by Claudia Rousseau , March 2007

Washington Post Express by Kriston Capps , March 2007

Genre Magazine “Heart of Glass” by Mark Liebermann (interview + reproductions) March 2007

50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass, Edited by Lisa Hoftijzer, (reproduction and essay) selected by Judith Neiswander - curator/British Museum IL Publishers Ltd, London 1st Printing 2006

Sculpture Magazine by Sarah Tanguy (review) September 2006

American Style Magazine “Filling Glass With Meaning: Tim Tate and the Washington Glass School” by Lee Lawerence (article and reproduction) June 2006

Washington Times, by Joanna Shaw Eagle (review and reproduction), May 6, 2006

City Paper by Kriston Capps (review and reproduction) Apr. 28, 2006

Washington Post by Micheal O’Sullivan (review) Apr. 7, 2006

The Gazette by Claudia Rousseau, (review & reproduction), November 22, 2005

PBS Television “Around Town” Broadcast, “Tim Tate and The Washington Glass School” (feature story) aired November 29,2005, Washington, DC.

Washington Blade by Greg Marzullo, (review & reproductions), November 11, 2005

The Gazette by Claudia Rousseau (review), December 22,2004

Out Magazine Top 100 Most Successful People of the Year December, 2004

Washington Post by Jonathon Piaget (review) November 11, 2004

Washington Blade by Brian Moylan, (article & reproductions), November 12, 2004

National Public Radio "Kojo Nmamdi Show" Broadcast interview, aired November 17, 2004

Washington Times , by Joanna Shaw Eagle (review and reproduction), July 10, 2004

City Paper by Jeffery Cudlin (review and reproduction) June 4, 2004.

Glass Talk Radio "Dale Smeltzer Show " Broadcast interview, aired March 9, 2004

This Side Up! (Dutch Magazine) by Angela Van Der Burght (review & reproductions) January,2004

Washington Post Mayor’s Award recipients, January 8, 2004

Washington Blade by Dwaun Sellers, (article & reproductions), June 30, 2003

Washington Post by Michael O’Sullivan (review & reproductions) June 11, 2003

Washington Post by Michael O’Sullivan (review & reproductions) April 26, 2002

Washington Post by Nicky Miller (feature article & reproductions) March 28, 2002


Library Of Congress – Historic Glass Doors

Safeway – Large scale architectural glass wall, Bethesda, Md.

Vanderbilt University – Glass Wall in Nursing Station, Memphis, Tn.

Prince Georges County Courthouse, Cuppola Project, Upper Marlboro, Md.

Food And Friends Donor Wall – Washington, DC

District Government Project - Wilson Building Public Art

Liberty Park at Liberty Center, Outdoor Sculpture Commission, Arlington, VA

The Adele, Outdoor Sculpture Commission Silver Spring, MD (under construction)

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ariel Rios Building Courtyard, Outdoor Sculpture Commission,

Washington, DC

National Institute of Health (NIH) Sculpture Commission, Hatfield Clinic, Bethesda, MD

Upper Marlboro Courthouse, Sculpture Commission, Prince Georges County, MD

American Physical Society / Baltimore Science Center, Sculpture Commission, Baltimore, MD

The Residences of Rosedale, Outdoor Sculpture Commission, Bethesda, MD

Holy Cross Hospital, Sculpture for Oncology Ward, Silver Spring, MD

The Carmen Group, Sculpture Commission, Washington, DC

Winner, International Competition, New Orleans AIDS Monument, New Orleans, LA