Wash U , 1998
About the artist
Marvin Lipofsky earned a BFA in industrial design from the University of Illinois, and went on to study sculpture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Here, he was one of the first students to study with the pioneer of the studio art glass movement, Harvey Littleton. After completing a master’s degree, he began working for the University of California, Berkeley, developing their first art glass program in 1964. He established a similar program at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1967, where he served as head of the glass department for twenty years.
Lipofsky was a pioneer in using glass as a vehicle for personal artistic expression. His work is known for its organic forms and interesting surface treatments. Lipofsky has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York, the Corning Glass Museum in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto.