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Tim Tate
2009 1st Place recipient

Lives and works in Washington, D.C.


I see my sculptures as self-contained video installations.

Blending a traditional craft with new media technology gives me the framework in which I fit my artistic narrative. Revelation, and in some cases self-revelation, is the underlying theme of my electronic reliquaries.

My interactive pieces can be seen as disturbing because the face that stares back from the video screen — your own — prompts a variety of responses: amusement, discomfort, embarrassment, something akin to the feeling you have when someone catches you looking at your own reflection in a store window as you walk by.

But the important revelations here are in the viewer’s response to my hybrid art form and its conceptual nature.  I try to bare everything, the guts of my materials and my inner thoughts, in deceptively simple narrative videos set into specimen jars. Nothing is random, all elements are thought out.

To me, these works are phylacteries of sorts, the transparent reliquaries in which bits of saints bones or hair — relics — are displayed. In many cultures and religions, relics are believed to have healing powers. My relics are temporal, sounds and moving images formally enshrined, encapsulating experiences like cultural specimens. And perhaps, to the contemporary soul, they are no less reliquaries than those containing the bones of a saint.

Selected Solo & Feature Shows

Janine Bean Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, Ca.
SOFA Chicago, with Habatat, Michigan
Scope – ArtBasel, Switzerland, Micaela Gallery
Miami International Art Fair, Projects Gallery  
Red Dot during ArtBasel-Miami, Projects Gallery, Alida Andersen Projects
SOFA Chicago with Maurine Littleton Gallery 
Wheaton Arts Glass Weekend with Maurine Littleton Gallery
L.A. Art Fair with Steps Gallery, London
Palm Beach 3 with Maurine Littleton
Steps Gallery, London, England
Bridge Art Fair during ArtBasel with Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
Billy Shire Fine Arts, Los Angeles, Ca.
Habatat Gallery, Berkshires, Ma.
SOFA Chicago, with Maurine Littleton Gallery
Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. (solo) 
Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, Ca. (group show)
Marx-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Ill. (group show)
Jane Sauer Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico (solo)
Gallery 24, Berlin, Germany
FLOW Miami with Duane Reed Gallery/St. Louis,Mo.
SOFA Chicago, with Maureen Littleton Gallery
Glass Weekend, Wheaton Village, New Jersey, Maureen Littleton Gallery
SOFA New York, with Jane Sauer Gallery
Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum
Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, Md (solo)
Smithsonian American Art Museum , Luce Foundation Center for American
Art , Washington, DC, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA (solo)
Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD “Compelled By Content II” (feature)|
Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD “Caged By History” (solo)
SOFA NY /  WeissPollack Gallery, New York, NY (feature)
Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD “Compelled By Content” (feature and catalogue)
2004    Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD (solo)
2003    Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD (solo)
2002    Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC (feature)
2001    Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery Washington, DC (permanent collection)

Selected Group Exhibitions

Milwaukee Art Museum, The New Materiality
Red Dot during ArtBasel Miami, Oxenberg Fine Art, Miami
“Open Season”. Flanders Gallery, N.C.
“Cold + Hot”, Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.
Habatat International Show, Habatat, Michigan
“Dead Or Alive” – Museum of Art and Design, New York City.
“Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries Of Craft” – Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Mass.
“Craft In America”, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Ma.
Morgan Contemporay Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pa.
MonkDogz Urban Art, Chelsea, New York, NY. “The Day After Tomorrow”
Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA  “Text at Grace”
Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD “Best of Artomatic"
Warehouse Gallery / WPA/C, Washington, DC “Seven”
Artomatic, Washington, D.C.
Target Gallery, Arlington, VA “Transformed by Fire: Glass Today”
The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, MD “30 Year Retrospective”
Millenium Arts Center, Washington, DC

Selected Awards & Accomplishments

Board of Trustees, Creative Glass Center, Millville, NJ.
Virginia Groot Foundation Award for Sculpture - $35,000 first prize
“Rising Star of the 21st Century” award, Museum of American Glass, N.J
Artist Fellowship Award,  District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Council
Instructor : Penland School of Crafts, Penland, N.C.
First Place , Niche Award for Blown Glass, 2008
Speaker – Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, Luce Center for Education, quarterly lectures entitled “The Tim Tate Talks”
Special Honoree ,Best of Fine Arts DC by the Urban Artists AllianceFirst Place, International Artist Competition Art-Interview Magazine/Gallery 24, Berlin
Instructor , Glass Furnace , Istanbul, Turkey
Published in “50 Most Distinguished Glass Artists” IL Publishers / London 
Board Member, Renwick Alliance
Mint Museum, Permanent Collection
Katzen Art Center / American University, Permanent Collection
University of Richmond Art Museum, Permanent Collection
University of Virginia Art Museum, Permanent Collection
Vanderbilt University, Permanent Collection
Out Magazine People of the Year 2004, Out 100
ArtBaltimore, Best in Sculpture, Baltimore Convention Center
“Art and Healing” Society for the Arts in Healthcare Conference (SAH), Washington, DC, Keynote Panelist
Mayor’s Art Award – Outstanding Emerging Artist 2003, Washington, DC
Artist Fellowship Award,  District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Council
Washington Glass School and Studio, Founder and Co-Director
National Capital Art Glass Guild Board Member
Smithsonian American Art Museum,  Permanent Collection
Triangle Artist Group, Founder


Art Glass Today / book published by Schiffer Publishing
Creative Glass / book published by Schiffer Publishing
National Public Radio / Interview on All Things Considered
Glass Quarterly by Geoff Isles (review) March 2009
Chicago Tribune by Allen G. Artner (review) April 2008
Santa Fean by Hollis Walker (review) April 2008
Washington Post  by Michael O’Sullivan, (review), May 2007
Washington Post  by Michael O’Sullivan, (review and reproduction), March 2007
City Paper by Chris Hobson , review and reproduction, March 2007
Washington Post by Julia Beizer (article and reproduction) , March 2007
The Gazette by Claudia Rousseau , March 2007
Washington Post Express by Kriston Capps , March 2007
Genre Magazine “Heart of Glass” by Mark Liebermann (interview + reproductions) March 2007
50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass, Edited by Lisa Hoftijzer, (reproduction and essay) selected by Judith Neiswander  - curator/British Museum IL Publishers Ltd, London 1st Printing 2006
Sculpture Magazine by Sarah Tanguy (review) September 2006
American Style Magazine  “Filling Glass With Meaning: Tim Tate and the Washington Glass School” by Lee Lawerence (article and reproduction) June 2006
Washington Times, by Joanna Shaw Eagle (review and reproduction),   May 6, 2006
City Paper  by Kriston Capps (review and reproduction) Apr. 28, 2006
Washington Post by Micheal O’Sullivan (review) Apr. 7, 2006
The Gazette   by Claudia Rousseau, (review & reproduction), November 22, 2005
PBS Television “Around Town” Broadcast,  “Tim Tate and The Washington Glass School” (feature story) aired November 29,2005, Washington, DC.
Washington Blade   by Greg Marzullo, (review & reproductions), November 11, 2005
The Gazette  by Claudia Rousseau (review), December 22,2004
Out Magazine  Top 100 Most Successful People of the Year  December, 2004
Washington Post   by Jonathon Piaget (review)  November 11, 2004
Washington Blade   by Brian Moylan, (article & reproductions), November 12, 2004
National Public Radio "Kojo Nmamdi Show" Broadcast interview, aired November 17, 2004
Washington Times , by Joanna Shaw Eagle (review and reproduction),   July 10, 2004
City Paper    by Jeffery Cudlin (review and reproduction)  June 4, 2004.
Glass Talk Radio   "Dale Smeltzer Show " Broadcast interview, aired March 9, 2004
This Side Up! (Dutch Magazine) by Angela Van Der Burght (review & reproductions)  January,2004
Washington Post   Mayor’s Award recipients, January 8, 2004
Washington Blade   by Dwaun Sellers, (article & reproductions), June 30, 2003
Washington Post   by Michael O’Sullivan (review & reproductions)  June 11, 2003
Washington Post   by Michael O’Sullivan (review & reproductions)  April 26, 2002
Washington Post   by Nicky Miller (feature article & reproductions)  March 28, 2002

Public Commissions

Vanderbilt University – Glass Wall in Nursing Station, Memphis, Tn.
Prince Georges County Courthouse, Cuppola Project, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Food And Friends Donor Wall – Washington, DC
District Government Project -  Wilson Building Public Art
Liberty Park at Liberty Center, Outdoor Sculpture Commission, Arlington, VA
The Adele, Outdoor Sculpture Commission Silver Spring, MD (under construction)
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ariel Rios Building Courtyard, Outdoor Sculpture Commission,Washington, DC
National Institute of Health (NIH) Sculpture Commission, Hatfield Clinic, Bethesda, MD
Upper Marlboro Courthouse, Sculpture Commission, Prince Georges County, MD
American Physical Society / Baltimore Science Center, Sculpture Commission, Baltimore, MD
The Residences of Rosedale, Outdoor Sculpture Commission, Bethesda, MD
Holy Cross Hospital, Sculpture for Oncology Ward, Silver Spring, MD
The Carmen Group, Sculpture Commission, Washington, DC
Winner, International Competition, New Orleans AIDS Monument, New Orleans, LA       

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