Artist and 2008 Rakow Commission recipient Zora Palová presented a lecture about her work in October, 2009. Palová lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she creates large-scale cast glass sculpture with her husband, the glass sculptor Štěpán Pala. Palová's use of the material is gestural, emotional, and grounded in the natural world. She works with light, which she modulates in glass with rough textures and translucent colors. Her Rakow Commission piece, "North Sea Waves," inspired by the waters of the North Sea, is on display in the Museum's Contemporary Glass Gallery.