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EXHIBITIONS

2018

Fondazione Berengo, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti Murano, Italy

Vetro Illuminatro, Murano, Italy: Glass Art Society Conference, Illuminated Glass Show

2017

The Art of Plasma - MONA Museum Glendale, CA February

Curated in collaboration with Kim Koga Director of the Museum of Neon Art

 

Got Glass, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA - Ed Kirshner curated plasma work for the show and displayed several pieces

           

2016

Bending Brilliance Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass Neenah, WI

         

2015

Enlightened Glass Show, Works/San Jose, CA

The Tech Museum of Innovation San Jose, CA

The 3rd LAST Festival, Stanford University Palo Alto, CA

10th Annual Fire & Light: Soiree and Art Auction, The Crucible,

Oakland,  CA

Adams and Chittenden Scientific Glass Spring Show, Berkeley, CA

         

2014

Adams and Chittenden Scientific Glass Spring Show, Berkeley, CA

It's Alive! Iluminated Art Show, Float Gallery, Oakland CA

Enlighten Glass @ Chicago GAS, Glass Art Society Conference, Chicago, ILClay & Glass, Healdsberg Center for the Arts, Healdsberg, CA

Crucible 15th Anniversary: Soiree and Art Auction, The Crucible

Oakland, CA

 

2013

8th Annual Fire & Light: Soiree and Art Auction, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Fire & Sand, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ

 

2012

Individual Artist Workshop, Bernd Weinmayer Studios, Tirol, Austria

Fire & Sand, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ

California College of the Arts, Alumni Show, Oakland, CA

David Ruth Open Studio, Oakland, CA

Alumni Show, Glass Department, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

Bluebeard's Castle, San Francisco Symphony After Hours,

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA

American Mavericks, San Francisco Symphony After Hours,Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA

The Science of Art, The Crucible Open House, Oakland, CA

San Francisco Symphony After Hours, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA

 

2011

Inferno, A Fire Circus.  The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Generations:  Selection from the Kirshner Family of Artists, Friedkin Art Gallery at Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, Walnut Creek, CA

MONA@30, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

Sacred Terrain, Float Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

Fire & Light Soiree, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Fire & Light Art Auction , The Crucible, Oakland, CA

 

2010

Heat, A Fire Cabaret, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Ne10:  Illuminated GLass Sculpture, Louisville Visual Art Association, Lousiville, KY

Yuri's Night, NASA's Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA

 

2009

Larry Albright Retrospective & Auction, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

Artists of the Crucible , The Cathedral Gallery, Oakland, CA

Fire Light Gallery, The Crucible Fire Arts Festival, Oakland, CA

Industria, Bridgland Studios, Alameda, CA

Illuminated Sculpture, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

In the Glow, on National Tour

Dracul:  A Fire Ballet, Benefit Gala, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

 

2008 

Plasma Nation, Float Gallery, Oakland, CA

In the Glow, Science Center, Roanoke, VA, National Tour

Luminous Frontier: Exhibit of Neon, Glass Art Society, Portland, OR

Firebird:  A Fire Ballet, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Material Evidence, Float Gallery, Oakland, CA

Luminous Glass, Luniverre Gallery, Paris and Cordes sur Ciel, France

Group Exhibition of Neon and Kinetic Art, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

Light and Vision, Swiss Science Center, Technorama, Winterthur, Switzerland

Illuminated Glass, Glass Art Society, Portland, OR

 

2007

In the Glow, Science Center, Roanoke, VA

Illuminated Glass, Glass Art Society, Pittsburgh, PA

Luminous Glass, Luniverre Gallery, Paris, France

Neon and Plasma Art, California Science Center, Los Angeles,CA

Romeo & Juliet: A Fire Ballet, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Auction, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Great Glass Auction, Bay Area Glass Institute, San Francisco, CA

 

2006

Molten, An exhibition of illuminated glass artwork, Mesa Art Center, Mesa, Arizona

Plasma Glass- Light in Motion, Glass Art/ Glaskunst Galerie, 
Innsbruck, Austria

Art and Science, Lawrence Hall of Science, 
University of California, Berkeley, CA

As We Glow Forward, Museum of Neon Art, Lost Angeles, CA

Illuminated Glass, Glass Art Society, St. Louis, Missouri

Made in California, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA

Fire Opera and Auction, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

 

2005

Touch of Glass, Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, California

Illuminated Glass, Glass Art Society, Adelaide, Austrailia 

Hot Shop, 1212 Gallery, Burlingame, California

24 Years with 24 Artists, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

Contemporary Glass Art, International Terminal, San Francisco Airport, CA

Auction, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Carpe Lumen, Thatcher Gallery, University of San Francisco, CA 

 

2004

Neon and Kinetic Art, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

Luminous Glass, Venusian Gardens, New Orleans, LA

Fire Opera, The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Illuminated Sculpture, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA

Illumination, Burning Man Festival, NV

 

2003

Illuminated Glass, Glass Arts Society, Seattle, WA

The Glass Vessel, Kentucky Museum of Art & Design, Louisville, KY

Gas and Glass, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

Light Installation, Caretta Shiodome, Tokyo, Japan

 

2002

Taiwan Neon, Plasma and Glass Shows, Travelling Taiwan

 

2001

GALA Event, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

Auto and Art Show, Peterson Museum, Los Angeles, CA

CARnucopia, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

Travelling Light, Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, AZ

 

2000

Travelling Light, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

Plasma: The Fourth State of Matter, Museum of Neon Art Los Angeles, CA
Illuminated Glass , Let there be Neon Gallery, New York, NY

1999

Hsinchu Int'l Art Glass Festival, Neon Pavilion (featured on poster), Hsinchu City, Taiwan

Travelling Light, Salt Creek Artworks, St. Petersburg, FL

 

1998

Travelling Light, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

PUBLICATIONS, HONORARIUMS, VIDEOS & AWARDS

2018

New Glass Review 39; Corning Museum of Glass - Recent Important Acquisitions from museums worldwide

Plasma Cherry by Ed Kirshner and Mitch LaPlante acquired by Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

2017

The Art of Plasma (Catalog for show) - MONA Museum Glendale, CA Plasma exhibit light up Museum of Neon Art, Jeff Landa; Glendale News-Press; 2/27/2017

It’s Alive! At the Museum of Neon Art, Bob Gelfand; City Watch LA; 2/27/2017

GAS newsletter, Karen Woodward

2016

Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA: Presentation on plasma and neon use in art work

Bending Brilliance: Neon and plasma sculpture; Angen der Burght, Glass is

More Magazine e-magazine ella,

Glass 2; The James Bella Collection, Cherry Ed Kirshner and Mitch

Speaking engagements:

Bending Brilliance; Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass - The

history of Neon and Plasma with Jacob Fishman; Neenah, WI  2016

Exploratorium San Francisco, CA

2013

Fullbright Specialist Program Fellowship, U.S. Department of State, 2013 - 2018

2012

Glass Art Society News, Vol 23, Issue 6, "Social Programs: Future Generations"

Glass Alliance of Northern California (GLANC) Artist Spotlight

2010 

Contemporary Lampworking Volume III, Bandhu Dunham

2009

KTVU (Video), New Downtown Oakland Art Gallery by The Crucible

World Art Glass Quarterly, Volume 5, "Happy One Year Anniversary to Us"

2007

World Art Glass Quarterly, Volume 2, "Between Randomness and Chaos with Ed Kirshner"

2006

Plasma Glass Light in Motion (Video), Bernd Weinmayer & Ed Kirshner

2005

25 Years of New Glass Review, The Corning Museum of Glass

2003

Formed of Fire: Contemporary Selections in Lampworked Glass, Bandhu Dunham, Ed.

A Celebration of Glass, Kenneth Von Roenn, Jr. Ed. Butler Books

2001

Neues Glas Magazine, February Issue, “Artists and Objects”

2000

Corning New Glass Review 22, Annual Selection

1999

Gl’Art, Hsinchu International Art Glass Festival Catalog

1966  B. of Arch. with Honors and the AIA Gold Medal,

           University of California, Berkeley, CA

GALLERIES AND INSTALLATIONS

Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, Neenah, WI

Fondazione Berengo, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti Murano, Italy

Swiss Science Center, Technorama, Winterthur, Switzerland

Luniverre Gallery, Cordes sur Ciel, France

Glass Art/ Glaskunst Galerie, Innsbruck, Austria

di Rosa Center for Contemporary Arts, Napa, CA

Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, CA

Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY

Museum of Neon Art, Glandale, CA

Float Gallery, Oakland, CA

The Crucible Gallery, Oakland, CA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2019

Pittsburgh Glass Center - Blow & Glow an expert plasma class for glass blowers with Jaime Guerrero, Pittsburgh, PA

2015

Plasma and Glass Sculpture, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Individual Artist Tutorials, Oakland, CA

2014

Individual Artist Tutorials, Oakland, CA

2013

Individual Artist Workshops, Bernd Weinmayer Studios, Tirol, Austria

Individual Artist Tutorials, Oakland, CA

2012

Plasma Sculpture Presentation, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

Plasma Sculpture Presentation, Pixar Studios, Emeryville, CA

2011

Advanced Plasma Sculpture (with C. Shiess), The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Plasma Sculpture (with C. Shiess), The Crucible, Oakland, CA

2010

Plasma Sculpture (with C. Shiess), The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Individual Artist Workshop, Bernd Weinmayer Studios, Tirol, Austria

2008

Plasma Sculpture (with C. Schiess), The Crucible, Oakland, CA

2007

Glass & Gas Plasma Sculpture, The Glass Furnace, Turkey

Techniques in Glass and Gas Plasma, Glass Art Society Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

2006

Plasma Sculpture (with C. Shiess), The Crucible, Oakland, CA

2005

Individual Artist Workshops, Bernd Weinmayer Studios, Tirol, Austria

Plasma Sculpture (with C. Schiess), The Crucible Oakland, CA

Plasma Workshop, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA

2004

Plasma Sculpture (with C. Schiess), The Crucible, Oakland, CA

Techniques in Glass and Gas Plasma, Ateliers d’Art de FranceVannes le Chatel , France

Individual Artist Workshops, Bernd Weinmayer Studios, Tirol, Austria

Techniques in Glass and Gas Plasma, Glass Art Society Conference, New Orleans, LA

2003

Plasma Sculpture (with C. Schiess), The Crucible, Oakland, CA

2002

Glass and Gas Plasma Workshops, Ropex International Co., Osaka, Japan


MEMBERSHIPS

Plasma Art Alliance (PAA), Executive Committee

Glass Art Society (GAS), Technical Advisory Board Member (2008 - Present)

Board Member, 2012 - 2018

Treasurer (2014-2015)

Museum of Neon Art (MONA), Los Angeles, CA,

Former Trustee and Treasurer (2000-2008),

Technical Advisory Board Member (2008 - Present)

 

Glass Arts Society (GAS), member

Glass Alliance of Northern California (GLANC), member

Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), member

 

EDUCATION

2012

Life Sculpture Class, CCA, Oakland CA

2003

The Crucible, Oakland CA, Neon Sculpture with Christian Schiess

2002

Northlands Glass School, Scotland, Master Class with Irene Frolic

2000

Corning Glass School, Corning, NY Summer class in glass and gas plasma

1996-2001

California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA Numerous studio glass classes

1997-1999

Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA Summer classes in neon, glass and gas plasma

1995

Academy of Arts College, San Francisco, Neon sculpture class

1968-1971

University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of City and Regional Planning, Masters of City Planning

1962-1966

University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Architecture, Bachelors in Architecture with Honors and the American Institute of Architects' Student Medal. Studies in architecture, urban design and sculpture

1963

Oskar Kokoschka School of Vision, Salzburg, Austria, Summer sculpture program with Alfred Hrdlicka, prize winner

1958-1960

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, School of Architecture, Studies in architectural design, sculpture, painting and drawing

1956-1957

Art Students' League of New York, Classes in life drawing

 


Purchase & Commission

Several of the works on this website are available for purchase. Similar work is available by commission. Please contact Aurora Sculpture for more information.

STAFF

Ed Kirshner

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Tami Etziony 

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