Saturday, May 05, 2007


Project 4 presents :

Margaret Boozer
Laurel Lukaszewski
JJ McCracken
Evan Morgan
Judit Varga

Reception: Sunday, May 6, 4:30-7:00pm

Concurrent with Ron Desmett's lecture and exhibition, Project 4 hosts a brief exhibition of Washington area artists working with clay. "Fragments" offers a glimpse in to the dynamic group taking part in the Red Dirt Seminar in Mount Rainier, MD.

Blown glass by Ron Desmett
April 25 - May 6, 2007

This exhibition at Project 4 is being held concurrently with Ron Desmett's lecture at the Renwick Gallery of Art in Washington DC as part of the James Renwick alliance's Distinguished Artist Series. Ron and his wife Kathleen Mulcahy will also be giving a glass blowing demonstration and workshop at DC Glassworks in Hyattsville, MD. Ron Desmett's opaque, black glass "Lidded Trunk Vessels" challenge common perceptions and applications of the material. The process consists of blowing glass into molds comprised of wetted tree trunks that must be pulled away while the glass is still molten. This spectacular achievement conquers the overhangs involved and masters the split-second timing required in the process. Each sculpture is formally unique but the series of work shares an interiority where beauty resides within the dark angular recesses of the forms. Ron Desmett received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Ron and his wife, artist Kathleen Mulcahy, imagined, developed and helped to build the Pittsburgh Glass Center, an internationally recognized public glass institution. They have been named Permanent Artists in Residence at the PGC in honor of their outstanding achievements and dedication to the arts. Ron has won numerous awards including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Fulbright Foundation.

Sunday, May 6, 3:00pm
Renwick Gallery of Art

Ron Desmett will speak about the development of his work, including the shift from painting to glass. The lecture will include a slide presentation and short video about the Pittsburg Glass Center founded by Ron and Kathleen in 1991. Contact:

Anne Surak, Director E mail
Project 4
903 U Street NW Washington DC 20001
202 232 4340

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