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Workhouse Glass National 2019
October 26, 2019 to January 12, 2020
Lorton, VA
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Application Dates:
Apr 10, 2019 - Sep 25, 2019
Application Fee:
$30.00 for 6 images
3 artwork + 3 details
Notification Date:
Oct 7, 2019


A R T S  C E N T E R

Workhouse Glass National 2019


The Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) is proud to announce a call for entries for its 5th Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition 2019. This annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition is an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural glass artworks.  The Workhouse Arts Center is very excited to promote and display the breadth of contemporary glass artwork being created throughout the USA and Canada.

Wesley Fleming
Wesley Fleming has received international recognition for his intricate glasswork which brings fantastic realism of the microcosmos to life. As an ambassador for smaller denizens of the earth, his passion for nature sparks awe and curiosity in others. He has taught in Japan, Germany, England and domestically at Penland and Corning, among others. In addition to numerous shows, he has work in the permanent collections of Corning Museum of Glass, Kobe Lampwork Museum and the Racine Art Museum.

Fleming has studied and admired the work of the Blashkas, and in 2016 the Harvard Museum of Natural History featured an interview with Fleming in their video announcing the reopening of the Glass Flowers Exhibit. At the beginning of his career, in 2005, he made a pilgrimage to the Venetian Island of Murano, the world center for glass craft. There he learned the ancient Italian technique for sculpting glass from icons in the field, maestros Vittorio Costantini and Lucio Bubacco. Fleming has focused more than a decade since honing his skills and finding his personal expression in the shapes of his lifelike sculptures of beetles, mantises, and other phyla of the plant and animal kingdoms. He captures the essence of actual insects with the intricate detail of their tiny antennae and foot segments in some pieces. In other work, he conjures creatures into being from his dreams.

Growing up in rural western Pennsylvania, Fleming’s favorite pastime was exploring the space beneath logs and rocks in the woods around his home or reading science fiction and comic books. Thus, the shapes and colors of the natural world and his own wacky imagination are his muse. Before focusing on smaller glass forms, he studied jewelry fabrication as a teenager, then discovered hot glass in 2001. He worked on larger scale furnace-blown glass for Josh Simpson and MIT Glass Lab, among others.
His proclivity for crafting fine detail and love for the meditative environment of solitude guided his switch to the flameworking process.

Mary C. Higgins,
Into the Wild
2018 1st Place


Jubee Lee A Drift of My Mind 2018 Best of Show



Jubee Lee
A Drift of My Mind 
2018 Best of Show






Brent Cole
Effluent 2017
2nd Place





Entry Guidelines
Open to all glass artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S. and Canada.

All works must be primarily Glass. Mixed media works will be accepted only if glass materials are the primary media.  The juror will make final determinations.  Size is limited to artwork that fits through a standard door. Floor works must be firmly stable.  Large scale installations shall be installed by artist.  Wall-mounted pieces are limited to 20 lbs. per section.  Work must have been produced within the last 3 years.

Please visit www.workhousearts.org  for a detailed prospectus.

Selections will be conducted from images of works. No substitutions will be allowed.  Artists may submit up to 3 entries with two images (including one detail) of each, not to exceed 6 images. Please proof read your entries carefully as this will be the information used to generate any publicity information.

Image Submission Guidelines
Please be prepared to submit the following when applying online:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Year completed
  • Type of glass and finishing method
  • Size (inches) H x W x D
  • Weight (lbs.)
  • Insurance Value/ Retail Price
  • A brief artist statement of no more than 150 words describing your work
  • Artist must be ready to upload professional quality JPG images.
  • The resolution of images should be 150DPI minimum; 300DPI maximum.
  • Images need to be smaller than 15MB.

Entry Fee
All U.S. and Canadian artists- $30

Fee is non-refundable, payable thru PayPal when applying for up to 3 entries (2 images (including one detail) per entry max.


Best of Show - $500
1st place - $350

2nd Place - $250
Sponsored by Workhouse Glass Program

2 Honorable Mentions

Detailed information and Registration form: Available online April 10, 2019.
Entry Submittal deadline:  September 25, 2019
Acceptance notification: on/after October 7, 2019
Acceptance Contracts: Due by October 21, 2019
Delivery of accepted work-being shipped: Due by October 18, 2019

Delivery of accepted work-being hand-delivered: October 21, 2019 10am-5pm only!
Installation: October 21-25, 2019
Exhibition Dates: October 26, 2019-January 12, 2020
Opening Reception: November 9, 2019 from 6pm-8pm
Return of Shipped Artwork:  Starting January 13, 2019
Pick-up of Delivered Artwork: January 13, 2019 10am-5pm only!

Artists are responsible for shipping their work to and from the Workhouse Arts Center and insuring it while in transit.  Works may be shipped, or hand delivered to the Workhouse Arts Center.  Works must be shipped in reusable containers and packaging for re-packing and return shipping.  Artist must provide a pre-paid return shipping label or check to cover return shipping costs*. Please! No Shipping Peanuts! If you must use them, please place in bags first!

Accepted work and contracts should be shipped/mailed to: 

Workhouse Arts Center
Workhouse Glass National 2019
Gallery Bldg. W-16
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton Virginia 22079

*Any check received for return shipping should be for the same amount as it costs to ship to the Workhouse Arts Center. When determining return shipping cost, artist must be sure to use same address as it was sent from.

Insurance and Sales
The Workhouse Arts Center agrees to hold safe the work(s) of art and agrees, if unsold upon completion of the consignment period, to return the work(s) of art in the same condition as received, less reasonable wear and tear.  Artists are encouraged to insure artwork(s). The Workhouse Arts Center is harmless for any damage or loss whatsoever.

The Workhouse Arts Center agrees to try to sell the work(s) of art at the price listed on the online application.  Prices cannot be increased or decreased unless the Workhouse Arts Center receives those instructions in writing.

The Workhouse Arts Center will conduct all sales through their sales gallery.  A 30% commission on sales will be taken by the Workhouse Arts Center. 

Photography and Permissions
Accepted artists agree to allow the Workhouse Arts Center to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes. 

Images of accepted entries will be retained for the
Workhouse Arts Center archives and may be reproduced and posted on its website and in printed materials.

It is understood that works in the exhibition may be photographed, telecast, and reproduced for press and publicity purposes including but not limited to reproduction in newspapers, periodicals, magazines, in television programs and on the internet about the exhibition and the Workhouse Arts Center.

An Opening Reception will occur on November 9, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Workhouse Arts Center-Vulcan Gallery.

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