Marvin Lipofsky

Year inducted: 2016
1938-2016

Marvin Lipofsky was raised in Barrington, Illinois, earning a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois in 1962 and he went on to earn both an MS and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1964. There he studied under Harvey Littleton, considered the founder of the Studio Glass Movement, and so became part of the first class of students to study glass in a university program. In 1964, Lipofsky was invited to teach at the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Design, establishing the first west coast glass program, where he remained until 1972.  Lipofsky went on to found the glass program at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1967, which he then headed for two decades. He was also a co-founder of the Glass Art Society (G.A.S.), serving as president of that organization from 1978 to 1980.

Corning Museum of Glass curator Tina Oldknow has written that she admires Lipofsky “for his devotion to material and form. His non-objective vessels break apart and rearrange the blown glass mass while retaining the breathy, ephemeral quality that is one of the medium’s most intriguing characteristics.” Notable awards garnered by the artist include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass in Chicago in 2005, and a Masters of the Medium Award from the James Renwick Alliance, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC in 2003. He received an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Glass Art Society (G.A.S.) in 2009 and was named a California Living Treasure in Sacramento, California in 1985. The artist was the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1976 and 1974.

Works by Marvin Lipofsky

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