Biography: Josiah McElheny

Josiah McElheny

Josiah McElheny is a conceptual artist who works with blown glass. Although he is best known for his glass installations, he draws from a range of disciplines—history, architecture, physics, and literature, among others—and he works in a variety of media. McElheny creates finely crafted, handmade glass objects that he combines with photographs, text, and museological displays to evoke notions of meaning and memory.

McElheny earned his BFA in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has studied with Lino Tagliapietra and Jan-Eric Ritzman. McElheny has worked with Richard Marquis, Dante Marioni, and Dale Chihuly, among others. His works have been exhibited internationally at such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, White Cube in London, and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. He is recipient of the 1995 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, the 15th Rakow Commission from The Corning Museum of Glass, and a 2006 recipient of the MacArthur Fellows Program “genius grant.” Also a prolific writer, he has written a book, Josiah McElheny: A Prism, numerous creative catalogs that accompany his work, and he is featured in The Light Club: On Paul Scheerbart’s ‘The Light Club of Batavia’.

He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.