Rob Snyder is an American glass artist living on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound.
Rob Snyder, a Northwest native, is an accomplished glass artist living and operating his studio on Vashon Island, Washington. Rob’s unique work from kiln cast glass has been nationally recognized in solo exhibitions, museums, private and corporate collections, group shows, and various publications. Creating art for nearly thirty years, Rob was an early pioneer in the glass fusing movement. Over the years he has made important contributions as an artist, designer and builder of glass equipment, assistant to notable fine artists, glass technician, and teacher.
Rob’s career began in 1975 at the Bullseye Glass Company, a small glass studio in Portland, Oregon. The company produced hand-made sheets of glass for the stained-glass industry. Working with notable glass legend Daniel Schoewer, Rob eventually became both a designer and fabricator of glass furnaces, ovens, and glass-making machines. During this time period, he also began making art with glass which inspired him to create a glass blowing co-op in Portland. In 1980, Rob and others at Bullseye began addressing the industry’s technical challenges with fusing glass. Largely influenced by Rob’s work, a new glass fusing movement began. Rob’s time at Bullsesye served as his foundation in glass, both as a technician and artist.
By 1984, Rob had showed his own art at the Traver Sutton Gallery in Seattle, and has also become involved with the renowned Pilchuck Glass School. He moved to Seattle in 1987 to be part of the thriving glass community. While his focus would become increasingly directed on making art, the expertise gained at Bullseye had launched his career as a notable designer and fabricator of glass equipment for prominent artists and schools including Dale Chihuly, The Pilchuck Glass School, Benjamin Moore, Brian Rabino, James Nowak, and others.
Over several years in the Seattle community, Rob continued to grow. While at Pilchuck Glass School he served as a student, staff person, emerging artist, and equipment vendor. He studied with Klaus Moje, Bertile Valline, and was exposed to many other notable glass legends and visiting fine artists. Working as an assistant for Douglas Hanson and Nancy Mee, Rob was exposed to a variety of creative processes; he worked with large-scale architectural installations and with bodies of work for solo shows. Working for Linda Farris Gallery, he was responsible for layout and show installations, providing experience in displaying art and connecting him to local and international artists. Rob also worked as an art teacher at the Bush School where he explored his ability to communicate and facilitate the language of art.
Underlying his various assistant positions, studies, and teaching was his commitment to making his own art; this included exploring mediums such as wood, plaster, steel, and paint. In 1990, his first solo exhibition was staged at the King County Arts Council. His second solo show was held in 1994 at the White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon, and that same year his work was included in a group show at the Museum of American Folk Art in New York. A series of other shows followed.
Since 2004, Rob’s growth as an artist and person has flourished. One significant influencer was guidance from the late, Seattle glass legend Don Foster. Another catalyst was Rob’s move to Vashon Island where he has dedicated these last years to his kiln glass casting process and to working with objects in nature.
In addition to numerous group showings, Rob has held solo shows at Habatat Galleries Chicago and at William Traver Gallery Tacoma. He has also participated annually in Habatat’s prestigious International Invitational Show. In 2007, his work was shown at The Museum of Northwest Art and The Midland Art Museum.
Currently, Rob is working on a large commission for a private collector and on several other pieces to be included in shows around the country. Rob is represented by Freisen Gallery in Sun Valley Idaho, Abmeyer and Wood Gallery in Seattle Washington, Echt Gallery in Chicago Illinois, and Austin Arts Projects in Palm Desert California. In addition, Rob is expanding his gallery representation both nationally and internationally. To meet the growing demands for his art, he is undertaking the creation of Steppingstone, an artist residency program on his property on Vashon Island.
Born: April 13, 1957 Portland, Oregon, USA
1989-1991 Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington
1987 Seattle Central College Seattle, Washington
1980 Museum Art School Portland, Oregon
2010 Hunter Museum “transformation”, Chattanooga, TN
2007 Midland Museum, Midland, Michigan
2007 Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington
2010 “birds sticks and flowers”, Blue Herron, Vashon WA
2008 “juxtaposition: nature and nature”, Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007 Rivers, Pools, Piles and More Convenient Truths,
Habatat Gallery Chicago, Chicago, IL
2006 Convenient Truths: Formally Titled Aesthetics of Chaos, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA
1994 Yard Art, White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
1990 Broken Voices on Green, King County Arts Commission, Seattle, WA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014 “sustain”, Abmeyer and Wood Gallery, Seattle WA
2013 “expressions in contemporary glass”, Echt Gallery, Chicago IL.
2013 “looking after trees”, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction CO
2012 “silver summit”, Freisen Gallery, Sun Valley ID2010 “speak for the trees”, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Wa
2010 “transformation 6″, Western Washington University
2009 “speak for the trees”, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2008 “what does compassion look like”, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007 Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2007 Scaled, Habatat Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2007 Habatat Invitational 34, Habatat Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2006 Habatat Invitational 33, Habatat Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2006 Making Sense, Robert Lehman Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2005 SOFA, Habatat Gallery Detroit, Birmingham, Michigan
2005 Habatat Invitational 32, Habatat Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
2005 Habatat Gallery DetroitBirmingham, Michigan
2004 SOFA, Habatat Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2004 Habatat Invitational 31, Habatat Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
1997 Gallery 500, Elkins Parks, Pennsylvania
1997 A Gallery, Palm Desert, California
1997 Concepts Gallery, Carmel, California
1997 Gallery 8, La Jolla, California
1996 Marilyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
1996 Nancy Sachs Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
1996 Scottsdale Cultural Center, Scottsdale, Arizona
1995 Mindscape Gallery, Evanston, Illinois
1995 American Crafts, Cleveland, Ohio
1995 Museum of American Folk Art, New York, New York
1995 Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1994 Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1994 Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missourri
1994 Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1987 Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, Washington
1986 Pratt Fine Arts Center , Seattle, Washington
1985 Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1984 Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1984 Pilchuck Glass School Auction, Seattle, Washington
2010 “tower” Seven Bridges Foundation
Marcato Tacoma, Washington
Kaiser-Permanente Baltimore, Maryland
2014 “falling leaves” Gail and Ron Klemencic, Seattle WA
2014 “red baskets” Jon Buccola, Seattle WA
2013 “lights” Angela & William Kennedy, Seattle, WA
2007 “tower” , Bob and Sandy Kolitz, San Antonio Texas
2007 “Constellation”, Dick and Christina Heidrich, Birmingham, Michigan
2006 “Circle Constellation”, William and Angela Kennedy Sammamish, Washington
2005 “Thought Constellation”, David and Heidi Fausenfest, Detroit, Michigan
2004 “Wave”, Jinny Curatolo, Algonac, Michigan
2000 “Hope”, Compass Center, Seattle, Washington
1983 “Gateway”, Gail Davis, Portland, Oregon
1977 “Fence”, Boyce Lundstrom, Portland , Oregon