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February 13 – March 13, 2007
David Schwarz
“Optic Journey: A Two Decade Exploration of Illusionary Space”

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Where: Archer Gallery, Clark College
Penguin Student Union Building (PSUB)
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663
(360) 992-2246 or for information and directions

When: February 13 – March 13, 2007
Reception: Wednesday, February 14, 4 – 7 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, February 21, noon, Archer Gallery
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., 1 – 5 p.m.

Schwarz glass exhibit piece 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. Mr. Schwarz is included in numerous corporate and private collections.

Schwarz glass exhibiit piece - multi-colored plate 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.”

“Optic Journey: A Two Decade Exploration of Illusionary Space” allows the gallery visitor a unique opportunity to study David Schwarz’s exploration of concept and technique in the glass medium. Please join Clark College and the Archer Gallery in celebrating the work of this significant artist working within our community.

For further information or visuals, please contact Marjorie Hirsch, Gallery Director, at (360) 992-2701 or

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