Virgina A. Groot Foundation

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Christina Bothwell
2008 1st Place recipient


In my work I am drawn to the processes of birth, death, and renewal. What lies below the surface fascinates me and I try to capture the qualities of the "unseen" that express the sense of wonder that I feel in my daily existence. I am attracted to glass because it can do everything that other sculptural media can; in addition, it offers an inner space and transmits light.

My subject matter includes babies, animals, and children as they embody the essence of vulnerability that is the underlying theme in my work. Currently I am exploring metamorphosis as a topic, and have been incorporating figures within figures in my pieces. Within each glass figure there is a smaller figure seen through the surface of the glass.

I think of these pieces as souls, each being pregnant with their own potential, giving birth to new, improved versions of themselves.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Solo exhibition, Habatat Galleries Chicago, Chicago, IL

Transitory Presence, E. Avery Drapery Showcase, DCCA Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

The Dream Well, Habatat Galleries Chicago, Chicago, IL
Invisible Realities, Heller Gallery, New York, NY

Invisible Realities, Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Oa, And Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

Between Fascination and Fear, Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Below the Surface, Habatat Galleries Chicago, Chicago, IL

Below the Surface, E'clat Du Verre Gallery, Paris, France

Lucid Dreaming, Habatat Galleries, Chicago, IL

Lucid Dreaming, John Elder Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

See Through, Islip Art Museum, Long Island, NY
Regards Complices, Musee Languedocien, Montpelier, France
Anything But Clear, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN
Glass Uprising, Swanson Reed Gallery, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY
Matters of Size, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Rising Stars for the 21st Century, Musem of Glass, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, NJ
Short Stories, Narratives from the Kiln, Columbia Art League, Columbia, MO
Visages, The Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

The Narratives in Contemporary Glass, Art Gallery, Highland Park, IL

The Art of Glass from Galle to Chihuly, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

Poetic Expressions of Mortality; Figurative Ceramics from the Porter Price, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL and Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL
Life Insight. The Human Experience, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY

Outside the Centers/On the Edge, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA; Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA; Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA; Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA
Figurative Art, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

La Puissance Du Verre dans L'art Contemporain, Mus´e de l'Outil et de la Pensée Ouvriére, Troyes, France and Hsinchu International Glass Art Exhibition; Hsinchu Museum, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Public Collections

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Racine Museum, Racine, WI
Corning Glass Museum, NY
Palm Springs Museum, CA
Lowe Art Museum, FL
Candace Groot Collection, IL

Selected Awards & Honors

The Virginia Groot Foundation, Evanston, Il - grant, first place award for excellence in sculpture

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore, MD - grant

Greenshields Foundation, Quebec, Canada - grant

Pilchuk Glass School, Seattle, WA - full scholarship


Benjamin Genocchio, Art Review- "Where a Close Look Goes Right Through,"
        New York Times, Long Island Edition, January 8, 2010
Archives of American Art: Oral History Collection, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, 2010
Le Follic-Hadida, StephanieIt is a Story of Echos, Regards Complices, 2010
Corning Museum of Glass, New Glass Review 29, Corning, NY 2008
Corning Museum of Glass, New Glass Review 23, Corning, NY 2002
Corning Museum of Glass, New Glass Review 21, Corning, NY 2000 
Ernould-Gandouet, Mareille Revue Ceramique & Verre, May/June 2004
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Life InSight: The Human Experience, Louisville, KY, 2006
Lawrence, Lee Portfolio "Taking Chances," American Style Magazine, No 4, 2004
Lawrence, Lee "The New Craftivists," New Age Magazine, May/June 2001
Lawrence, Lee "Born Again," American Style Magazine, Summer 2001
Lombardi, D Dominick, "Contemporary Views," New York Times, January 27, 2002
Yood, James Invisible Realities (exhibition catalogue), New York, NY, Heller Gallery, 2007
Yood, James Review "Christina Bothwell: Lucid Dreaming," Glass Quarterly, No 100, 2005
Yood, James Review, American Craft Magazine, October/November 2003
Zimmerman, Mark "Christina Bothwell, Flowers of a Beautiful Nightmare," Performing Arts Journal, October 1998


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