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Exhibitions

OUR ARTISTS & DIRECTORS

Meet the People Behind the Work

ERIC HESS

Co-Director / Artist

International Stanislav Libensky award-winning Glass Artist

Eric Hess originally hails from New Orleans. 

He received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Glass 

from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). His work 

is in the permanent collections of the National Liberty 

Museum in Philadelphia and the Museum of Decorative 

Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. He has exhibited in 

Europe and the United States and taught at UTA. . Eric 

specializes in Sand Casting Glass and Kiln Casting. 

He was the recipient of the Visionary Scholarship from 

the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Harvey & 

Bess Littleton Scholarship at Penland School of Craft, 

Scholarship to Pilchuck School of Glass and recently 

was the winner of a Stanislav Libensky International 

Award, which was presented in Prague. This coming year 

he will be exhibited in the Museum of Glass In Tacoma, 

Washington. He has curated several exhibitions at 

museums and galleries throughout the Gulf South and 

lectures frequently. Eric recently curated a special

 “Summer of Glass Exhibition” at Shreveport 

Regional Arts Council’s Artspace.

MICHELLE PENNINGTON

Co-Director / Artist

Michelle Pennington received her Masters of Fine Arts

 in Glass from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) 

in 2016 and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from 

Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Michelle speciali-

zes in hot glass sculpting and blowing. She has exhibited 

throughout the United States and has toured with a mobile 

glass studio throughout the Mid West. She received an 

enhanced teaching assistantship to UTA, a Glass Art Society 

Student Scholarship, a Nunez Grant, McDowell Travel Grant 

and the Dubois Glass Scholarship. She has studied in Italy, 

Czech Republic, Istanbul, Turkey and in the United States at 

Penland School of Craft, Pilchuck Glass School, Pittsburgh 

Glass Center and the Corning Museum of Glass. She was a 

teaching assistant for Glass Artists Scott Darlington and 

Shunji Omura. Michelle was a Lecturer at Modern Art 

Museum of Fort Worth and a lecturer at UTA, teaching glass 

blowing.

 

SEBASTIAN SHEPARD

Glass Artist

Sebastian is an artist from Akron, Ohio. He studied glass at Kent State University where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts. For the past six years , in addition to making and selling his own artwork, he has worked as an instructor and production glassblower at Akron Glass Works. 

TRISTEN HEBERT

Studio Assistant

Tristen studied glass at Tulane University where he received his undergraduate degree. He is presently attending Law School at Tulane. He visits with us on the weekends to assist us in our studios. We thank him for his assistance!