Hyperopia Projects is a group of artists whose efforts support an expansive definition of glass. We are invested in a longer view of where glass is headed as a discipline by promoting rigor in critical discourse. Hyperopia Projects is currently comprised of:
Alexander Rosenberg is a Philadelphia-based artist and educator. He received a BFA in glass from Rhode Island School of Design and Master of Science in Visual Studies from MIT. His artistic practice is rooted in the study of glass as a material, in conjunction with broad interdisciplinary investigation crossing over into many other media and areas of research. Alexander pursues his practice with artist residencies, teaching, performances and exhibitions locally and internationally. He is an artist member of Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia where he also heads the glass program at University of the Arts. He is the recipient of the 2012 International Glass Prize, UArts FADF Grant, and the deFlores Humor Fund Grant (MIT). He has attended artist residencies at GlazenHuis in Belgium, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Worcester Craft Center. He has taught workshops at The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, RIT, Ohio State University, San Jose State University, and Salem Community College. His work has been exhibited in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Virginia, San Francisco, Boston, Providence, Cambridge, Rochester, Connecticut, Belgium and Denmark.
Sean Salstrom is an American artist and educator who lives and works in Akita City, Japan. He received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He has taught glass at RISD, was an Associate professor at the Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in Japan, and has taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in 2016. He is a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award Nominee and three-time nominee for the Irvin Borowsky Prize in Glass. His work has been exhibited in the US and Japan, including at the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, Washington, The Wassaic Project, New York, and The Nizayama Forest Art Museum in Japan. He is currently working as a liaison between the city of Akita, Japan and the Akita University of Art in an effort to build public interest in glass as a material for making and local culture-branding. In Akita he also teaches technical glass classes to the public and organizes special events involving internationally and nationally recognized visiting artists. HIs work bridges action, object and performance and touches on themes as vast as temporality, wonder, visual phenomena and absurdity.
Born in Rhode Island, Matthew Szösz has received a BFA, a BID (Industrial Design), and a MFA (Glass) from Rhode Island School of Design. He has worked professionally in art and art related fields in Rhode Island, New Mexico and California for the last 17 years. He been a Resident Artist at Pilchuck Glass School, Wheaton Arts, Nagoya Institute for the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Australia National University (Proctor Fellow), the Toledo Museum of Art, Canberra Glassworks, and the Danish Royal Academy, Bornholm. He has received the 2009 Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, and was selected by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution as one of the top young Craft artists in America for their exhibition 40 under 40. In 2011 he was the Executive Director of Public Glass, a San Francisco non-profit, and he has taught at the Toyama Glass Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Penland School of Crafts, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center. He currently lives in Seattle, WA and works in San Francisco, CA.