Advanced Research Seminar Series at TUT

The Faculty of the Arts of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) is proud to invite you to a Seminar in the Advanced Research Seminar Series, 2013.

The Faculty of the Arts and the Department of Fine and Applied Arts will be hosting the following guest speaker.


SPEAKER: Dr Gerry King (TUT Visiting Scholar and Artist)
DATE: Thursday 15 August, 2013
TIME: 15:00
VENUE: Boardroom (Building 5, Room G08), Arts Campus, 24 Du Toit Street, corner Du Toit and Struben Streets

TITLE: BETWEEN PAINTING AND SCULPTURE - Contemporary glass: the enfant terrible of modern art [An illustrated lecture]


Conceived in 1960’s Europe and nurtured in university art schools of the US, contemporary glass is now a worldwide phenomenon linking artists, designers and craftspeople incessantly exploring the solid that behaves as a liquid, the same material that is the wunderkind of architecture and communication technology. The excitement surrounding contemporary glass has given rise to the foundation of new international art museums, corporate and private collections.

Its rapid rise to international acclaim, spawning periodicals and texts, private galleries, hero-status careers and multimillion dollar collections has somewhat isolated contemporary glass from the broader world of art. Holding the visual appeal of both painting and sculpture it is not universally accepted as art by traditionalists in either field.

With its international network of artists, students and university courses contemporary glass promotes the development of its own ‘world’s best practice’ in scholarship and pedagogy. Notable glass courses have brought international acclaim to art schools thus attracting students from other countries.

Leading artists and designers working with glass receive major commissions for sculptural installations and architectural decoration around the world. Though impacted by the world economic crisis contemporary glass continues to develop.


Dr Gerry King has worked in contemporary glass since undertaking post-graduate studies in the US during the early 1970’s. He is recognized as a pioneer and leader of Australian contemporary glass and is frequently invited to participate in national and international exhibitions. Both his works and writing are included in notable international publications. He is an Honorary Life Member of Ausglass, the Australian Association of Glass Artists and was selected for the first retrospective exhibition by a living artist at the museum holding the Australian National Collection of Art Glass, [Wagga Wagga Art Gallery].

He is represented in some twenty art museums internationally as well as notable private and corporate collections in many countries. In 1996 he retired as Associate Professor and Head of the School of Design at the University of South Australia, Adelaide. He previously held positions as Coordinator of Glass Studies, Coordinator of Arts Curriculum Studies and Visual Arts Education Consultant.

Primarily engaged in exhibition and commission works he undertakes short-term visiting scholar, teaching and consultancy positions in various countries each year. He works from his studio in the Adelaide hills, South Australia.

Originally qualified as a teacher of visual art, [1966] he also holds a Master of Science: Education [1973] from the US and a Doctor of Creative Arts [1993] from Australia.


All are welcome to attend, if you wish to attend, please supply your name to Ms Chantelle van Wyk at or 012 382 6098 by Wednesday 14 August, 2013 at 13:00.

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