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February 13, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Marjorie Hirsch, Archer Gallery Director
Telephone: 360-992-2701


From February 13-March 13, the gallery hosts an exhibition by respected glass artist David Schwarz

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Archer Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by noted glass artist David Schwarz. Schwarz’s unique style and approach to glass production –  utilizing both blowing and cutting – has brought him wide-spread recognition.

The exhibition, “Optic Journey: A Two Decade Exploration of Illusionary Space,” will be presented from February 13-March 13.  The Archer Gallery is located on the lower level of the PenGlasswork by artists David Schwarzguin Student Union at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.   The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Archer Gallery Director Marjorie Hirsch said, " This exhibit allows the gallery visitor a unique opportunity to study David Schwarz’s exploration of concept and technique in the glass medium.  Clark College and the Archer Gallery are proud to celebrate the work of this significant artist working within our community."

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The gallery is also open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and from 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  

The Archer Gallery will be closed on Friday, February 16, in observation of the Presidents' Day holiday. 

For additional information please contact Marjorie Hirsch, Gallery Director, at or by calling 360-992-2701.

About the artist

Schwarz's work is featured in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; Smithsonian, National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; The  High Museum, Atlanta, GA; and the Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN, as well as many other major public and private collections.

Maintaining his home and studio on family land north of Vancouver, WA, Schwarz’s recognition in the world of fine art glass extends far beyond northwest borders. Selected for inclusion in numerous international and national invitational glass exhibitions in museum and gallery venues over several decades, Schwarz’s work is included in the prestigious White House collection (Washington, DC). This work has toured with the exhibition, “The White House Collection of American Craft,” to the Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, Washington, DC; The Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, MN; the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.

Schwarz's work was recently featured in Portland, OR, in “A Mid-Career Retrospective,” at the Contemporary Crafts Museum. Additional selected presentations include the Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX; the San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, San Francisco, CA; Everheart Museum, Scranton, PA; and the Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA. His glass pieces are included in the collections of the Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WA; the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; the Smithsonian, National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; The High Museum, Atlanta, GA; the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH; the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT; the Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga,TN; and the City of Seattle Portable Works Collection, Seattle, WA.  Schwarz's work is included in numerous corporate and private collections.

Schwarz’s stunning glass pieces are the result of both hot and cold glass techniques using specialized methods and equipment developed by the artist. After initially blowing vividly colored ‘forms,’ the cooled surfaces of each glass form are cut like a giant gem, creating gleaming facets that reflect light and imagery. These facets are then etched with drawn images that reference architectural structures and forms. The resulting optical play across and through the surface and volume of Schwarz’s work create an amazing sense of space and illusion.

As the artist states, “I am interested in the Z-Axis – the physical and emotional perception of three-dimensional space through illusion. Optics, perspective, translucency, and color are all tools in trying to create a more perfect illusion.  I draw structures that read mass, and place them in an environment devoid of gravity. Through the use of optics I give the structures life and the freedom to  move about my space.”

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