The Artist


Artist's Statement

My art is a study of contrasts: order and chaos, thick and thin, questioning and acceptance. Using rich surfaces and layers of glass, I contrast fleshy realism with abstraction. Immediacy and restraint, delicacy and directness; I balance bold composition and nuanced line.

A maker of pictures and teller of stories, I’m heartened by familiar fluency yet stirred by ecstatic newness. Fleeting gesture on solid ground, murky meaning and bruising impact. Disparate elements crescendo and resolve into beauty.


Kari Minnick owns and operates Kari Minnick Art Glass Studio, where she produces architectural commissions, fine art and introduces artists from other media to kiln-glass. Her glasswork has won several prestigious awards and is held internationally in private, corporate and embassy collections. Minnick began her career as a painter; earning a degree in studio art from the University of California at Davis. An exhibiting artist and dynamic educator, Kari shows her work and teaches her signature classes internationally.

Honors and Residencies

GLASS ART SOCIETY 2015 Conference: Portfolio Reviewer

HIGHLAND INSPIRATION 2014: Location and Perception
A North Lands International Symposium, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland

ABSTRACTION OF PLACE IN THE HIGH DESERT OF NEW MEXICO: A Professional kiln-glass residency, Abiquiu and Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2012

IN PLACE: Kiln Formed Glass in the Built Environment- invitational international residency at North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland, 2010, 2011

CROSSOVER: A Material Exchange Exploring the interface between kiln glass and other media, Conference presenter at BECon, 2011

JUROR’S CHOICE AWARD: Outstanding craftsmanship and achievement in glass, Bay Area Glass Institute Gala, 2008

CELEBRATING CONNECTIONS: Contemporary Glass Art by Mid-Atlantic Artists at the Museum of American Glass in Millville, NJ, 2007

Selected commissions and collections

Fortune 500 Healthcare headquarters, Minneapolis, MN
Embassy Suites Hotel, Washington, DC
Hampden Square, Bethesda, MD
Holy Cross Hospital, Germantown, MD
Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD
Homewood Suites (Hilton Hotels), Silver Spring, MD
Morgan Stanley, Rockville, MD
Ressurection Lutheran Church, Vienna, VA
Samek McMillan & Metro, Rockville, MD
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, Washington, DC
Dept. of State: Art in Embassies Program, Washington, DC
Swedish Embassy, Washington, DC
Heather Kaye, Washington, DC
David and Sally Sternbach, Rockville, MD
Jerry and Sona Nast, Austin, TX
Bruce and Leslie Lane, Bethesda, MD
Deena Kaplan, Bethesda, MD
Dr. Mimi Cameron, Silver Spring, MD
Gudrun Ernst-Hrisuk, Arlington, VA
Rick Wall, Washington, DC
Paul and Nedra Biegel, NYC, NY
Jett Pihakis, Washington, DC
Marsha Gold, Washington, DC

Selected Exhibits

Selected Exhibits
2014 SYNTHESIS 2: fusing and kilnforming, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
SURFACES: Three sculptors explore surface, A New Leaf Gallery/Sculpturesite, Sonoma, CA
2013 SMITHSONIAN CRAFT SHOW: Widely regarded as the country’s most prestigious juried show and sale of fine American    craft. National Building Museum, Washington, DC
2012 – FACTURE: Artists at the Forefront of Painterly Glass, Bullseye Gallery presents a group exhibition that surveys the    current landscape of painting with glass. Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR


– CROSSOVER: An exhibition of work by artists whose practices aren’t defined by a single medium,
Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR
– 10 X 10 X 10: Celebrating 10 years of Xtreme Art, Invitational, Hodge Gallery at Pittsburgh Glass Center
– MIXING IT UP: Glass, Fiber, and Painting from Three Mixed Media Artists, Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring,    MD

2010 – INTERSECT: GLASS MEETS ART, The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD
– IN THE CLEAR: NEW GLASS BY KARI MINNICK, Blackrock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
– GENERATIONS IN GLASS, Invitational, Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD

– COLOR IN SPACE: Sculpture Invitational, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
– SWEETHEART DEAL: A New Leaf Gallery, Sonoma, CA


– STEPPING STONES: GENE DAVIS, his students, his influence,
VisArts Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts, Rockville, MD
– SPRING GROUP SHOW, A New leaf Gallery, Sonoma, CA
– CIRCULAR LOGIC, Joan Belmar and Kari Minnick, Aaron Gallery, Washington, DC
– KARI  MINNICK, Kilnformed Glass, Aaron Gallery, Washington, DC
– ART in EMBASSIES PROGRAM, Ambassador’s Residence, Athens, Greece


– WHICH CAME FIRST? DRAWING CONCLUSIONS, Solo Exhibit, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC
– GLASS WEEKEND ’07 IN THE GALLERY, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
– CELEBRATING CONNECTIONS: Contemporary Glass by Mid-Atlantic Artists, Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ

– ART in EMBASSIES PROGRAM, Ambassador’s Residence, Capetown, South Africa
– SYNTHESIS: Fusing + Kinforming, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
– NEW CRAFT, Mixed Media Invitational, Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, TN
2005 – CELEBRATE THE SEASON, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
– STUDIO GLASS, Chase/ Freedman Gallery, Hartford, CT
CELEBRATE THE SEASON, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
– GLASS.TRON.O.MY, “when the artistry of glass and the feel of clay meet the magic of cuisine.”, RAS Galleries, Yountville,
– TRANSFORMED BY FIRE, Glass Today, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Arts Center, Alexandria, VA
2003 BETWEEN THE LINES, The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, MD
– LEGACY: Artist – Educators and Their Heirs, The Bullseye Connection Gallery, Portland, OR
– MELTING POTS: A Convergence of Glass, Glenview Mansion Gallery, Rockville, MD
– THE CRAFTS COLLECTION 2003: Creative Crafts Council 24th Biennial Exhibition, Strathmore Hall, Rockville, MD
– FOLDS AND FIRE: Textiles and Glass by Ellouise Schoettler and Kari Minnick, Creative Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD _______________________________________________________________________________________________________
PYRAMID ATLANTIC 7TH BIENNIAL BOOK ARTS FAIR: Invitational Exhibition, Union Station, Washington, DC
– GLASSTIJL: The Interpretation of Glass and Steel in Sculpture, The Millennium Arts Center, Washington, DC
– GLASSWORKS: NEW FUSION, Chesapeake Gallery, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD
WG& BE: Bullseye/Warm Glass Bulletin Board Exhibition, Bullseye Connection Resource Center, Portland, OR
– THE CRAFTS COLLECTION 2001: Creative Craft Council 23rd Biennial Juried Exhibition, Strathmore Hall, Rockville,
MYSTERY AND MASTERY: Kiln-formed Vessels and Sculpture by Kari Minnick and Bobbi Vischi, Meredith Glass Arts
Center, Silver Spring, MD
VISUAL TEXT: Art and the Written Word, Vermont State Craft Center, Burlington, VT
– THE FINE ART OF CRAFT: A National Juried Exhibition, St. Johns University, Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis, MD