Biography: Jack Wax

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Jack Wax

Jack Wax is an artist and head of the glass program at The Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts in Richmond, Va. He earned his BFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, The University of the Arts, Ohio State University, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Illinois State University, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Toyama Institute in Toyama, Japan. Among numerous grants and fellowships, he is a two-time recipient of Individual Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a recipient of an Illinois State Council of the Arts Grant, and residencies at Cam Ocagi (Turkey), at The Corning Museum of Glass (1999), and on the Island of Bornholm (Baltic Sea). He exhibits worldwide and his work is in permanent collection of The Corning Museum of Glass as well as in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Glass in Ebeltoft, Denmark; and the Toyama Museum of Glass in Japan.

Wax’s early research focused primarily on the grey areas between what was traditionally considered primitive (pre-cultural) and early cultural Art and artifacts. This examination led to a lifelong interest in what he calls “The Resonant Object.”