July's Featured Artist: Allison Borgschulte
This July, take the fireworks home with Allison Borgschulte's beautiful fused and stained glass kaleidoscopes.
Excerpted from her website:
Growing up in Bellevue, Nebraska just down the street from the Fontenelle Forest Nature Preserve and taking youth art classes at the Offutt Air Force Base Art Building, I developed a young love for art and nature.
After graduating high school, I moved to Kansas City to attend the Kansas City Art Institute earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a major in the Fiber Department. I spent a portion of my senior year building a glass house and painting on bullet shell casings in addition to knitting, felting, and using beading techniques with found objects to create garment-like sculpture.
After graduation, I worked at I.E. Handmade Fiber Art and Design Studio and occasionally exhibited work in Kansas City, MO. From there, I went on to work for the Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs, Kansas where I developed my graphic art and web design skills.
Life brought me to Lincoln, Nebraska in 2011. With that change, I began a new body of work combining weaving and painting techniques. Branching off from that body of art, I started making wearable art to sell at museum gift shops, galleries, and specialty stores.
In 2012, my long-time fascination with glass led me to begin learning the arts of stained and fused glass. In 2016, I went from student to employee at the Architectural Glassarts Studio in Lincoln, NE. There, I have developed an in-depth knowledge of staining glass using enamels and silver stain and have become the primary glass painter at the studio.
My work is exhibited in galleries across the USA. My fused glass kaleidoscopes were exhibited in an internationally juried show "Kaleidoscopes: Spectrum" in partnership with The Brewster Kaleidoscope Society at the Mansion at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland in April - May 2019, and I was honored to have the first piece sold during the exhibit. My woven painting, "Reflections on Surface Tension" was published in the "Materialities" Catalog in the Fall of 2015, which was an internationally juried publication in conjunction with the International Surface Design Association's "Made Aware" Exhibit at the 2015 Surface Design Conference.