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Awards and Honors

2010
Westmoreland Museum Exhibition Award for Tidal, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 100th Year Exhibition at the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Mendelson Award Exhibition for Tidal, AAP at Carnegie Museum
2009
Alfred University, Distinguished Alumni Exhibition and Lecture
2008
Fine Foundation Award, Leadership Pittsburgh, Year Long Study Program
2007
Women in the Arts, 36 Founders, Pioneers, Instigators, New Hazlett Theater, Pittsburgh
2005
Distinguished Alumni in the Arts, Kean University Alumni Association, Union NJ
2006
Speaker, The Pennsylvania Governor's Conference for Women, David Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh
2004
Feature, Women in the Arts, Pennsylvania Commonwealth of Women 2004 2003
Member, International Womens' Forum
1997
Artist in Residence, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1996
Creative Achievement Award, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
1994
Artist in Residence, Mid Atlantic Arts Fellowship, Studio Access to Glass, Corning, NY
1993, 83, 81
Individual Artist Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
1992
Artist of the Year, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pennsylvania 1991 Masterworks Fellow, Creative Glass Center of America, Millville, New Jersey
1984
Fulbright, Lusk Memorial Award, Murano, Italy
1980
Visiting Artist, ArtPark, Lewiston, New York
1979
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award
1978
Invited Participant to the World Crafts Council, Kyoto Japan

Selected Exhibitions

2016
Relief. Kim Foster Gallery, New York City
Opposites Attract: The Works of Syl Damianos and Kathleen Mulcahy, Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA Exhibition Award
Beauty in the Abstract: Artists Expressions in Glass, Long Boat Key Center for the Arts, Sarasota, Florida
44th Invitational Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan
Beauty in the Abstract, Habatat Galleries, Longboat Key Art Center, Florida
2015
Glass: A Delicate Balance. Kim Foster Gallery, New York City
SOFA Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Chicago, Il
43rd Invitational Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan
Karen Echt Gallery Invitational, Chicago, Il
2014
42nd Invitational Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan
Karen Echt Gallery Invitational, Chicago, Il
2013
(not) Water, Kim Foster Gallery, New York
41th Invitational Glass Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan
SOFA Exhibition, Pismo Gallery, Chicago, Il
2012
SOFA Chicago, Pismo Gallery, Chicago, Il
40th Invitational Glass Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan
2011
Cycles and Symbols: Nature in Glass, Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, NJ
New Work, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2010
A Decade and Change, Borelli Edwards Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Perestroika, Selby Art Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL
2009
A Matter of Form, Cohen Gallery, Alfred University, New York
2007
Viva Vetro! Glass Alive! Venice and America, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Truth/Beauty, Chautaugua Center for the Visual Arts. New York
Glassnost, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh
Celebrating Connections: Contemporary Glass by Mid Atlantic Artists, Museum of American Glass, Millville, New Jersey
Set Design, The Sounds of A Voice, Philip Glass Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
2006
Truth/ Beauty, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pennsylvania
25th Anniversary Exhibition, The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, MD
2005
Masters of the Visual Arts, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Well Hung, Chandeliers Reviealed. Pittsburgh Glass Center
2003
New Work, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon
20/20, Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village, New Jersey
2002
The Maxine and Bill Block Collection, Carnegie Museum of Art, '03 Toledo Museum of Art
2001
Artist in Residence Exhibition, Artist Image Resource, Pittsburgh, PA
Hot & Cool: Contemporary Glass Works, traveling exhibition with catalog, 1999-2001
1998
Breathless: The Figure in Contemporary Glass, Art Center of Battle Creek, Michigan
1997
Transformations, Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh
Parallel Visions, Christine Olson, curator, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh
1995
Respect, Vicky Clark, curator. The Brew House. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Beyond the Third Dimension: Contemporary Pennsylvania Sculpture, Passions, Kean College of New Jersey, Union, New Jersey
1994
Made in America, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland
Issues of Abstraction, Allegheny College Art Galleries, Meadville, Pennsylvania`
Across Borders / Sin Fronteras, The Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C
Revised Context, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1993
Contemporary Artists’ Series, State Museum of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg
Body of Work, Butters Gallery Ltd, Portland, Oregon
Degrees of Abstraction, 925 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh. Curator, Vicky Clark
1992
Artist of the Year, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Collections

  • American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington,D.C.
  • American Eagle Outfitters Headquarters, Pittsburgh, PA
  • American Craft Museum, New York City City of Pittsburgh, Light Rail Transit
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Carnegie Mellon University Library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • City of Pittsburgh, Light Rail Transit
  • Deloitte and Touche Headquarters, Pittsburgh
  • Duquesne Light Corporate Headquarters, Pittsburgh
  • Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
  • Heinz History Center
  • Nova Chemicals, Inc.
  • State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg
  • Westinghouse Corporate, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Westmoreland County Museum of Art, Greensburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Articles, Reviews and Publications

2010
Olson, Kristina, A Perestroika of Form, Essay for Catalog, Selby Gallery, Florida
2008
Krainak, Paul. GLASSNOST. Essay for Catalog, Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University,Pittsburgh, PA
2007
Olson, Kristina, SCULPTURE Magazine review of Truth/Beauty Exhibition, June
Kangas, Matthew and Susanne Frantz, Viva Vetro! Glass Alive! Venice and America, Curator, Sarah Nichols, published by Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Olson, Kristina. Natural Forces, Exhibition Brochure Essay, Kean University
Reiter, Burkhardt. Opera theater deftly fuses elements in ‘Sound of Voice’ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 28, 2007
Thomas, Mary. ‘Glassnost’ at CMU gallery represents enlightened ideas. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 27
Shaw, Kurt. CMU exhibit brings ‘transparency’ to art. Tribune Review. June 17
Todt, Ron. Exhibitions look through the ‘glass city’. Buffalo News. April 8
2006
500 Glass Objects, Lark Books, ISBN 1-57990-693-1
O’Sullivan, Michael. A Show Full of Ideas, Washington Post, January 13, 2006
Thomas, Mary, Dreams are captured under glass in ‘Truth/Beauty’, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 24, 2006
2004
Frantz, Susanne. 20/20 Vision, Museum of Glass at Wheaton, NJ
Krainak, Paul. Artists Crossing Lines. SCULPTURE Magazine, January/February
Women in the Arts Profile, Glass Artist Kathleen Mulcahy Represents Woman in a New Language, Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Commonwealth of Women Publication
2003
Kohler, Lucartha, Women Working In Glass, ISBN 0-7643-1807-1
2001
Miller, Bonnie, Hot and Cooll Contemporary Glass, Exhibits USA
1995
Clark, Vicky. The Unheard of Songs of Kathleen Mulcahy, GLASS Magazine, January issue
1992
Schwalb, Harry. Center Stage, PITTSBURGH Magazine, July
Miller, Donald. Mulcahy’s ‘Vapors’ a breath of artistry, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, April 12

Commissions in Collaboration with Ron Desmett

2008
"The Spirit of Duquesne", Public Sculpture, Duquesne University, Pttsburgh, Pennsylvania
2007
"Tree", American Eagle Outfitters Headquarters, Pittsburgh, PA
"Migrations" American Eagle Outfitters Headquarters, Pittsburgh, PA
Air Products, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Set Design for Sound of a Voice by Philip Glass, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2006
New Hazlett Theater, Allegheny Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, AIA Pittsburgh Chapter Honor Award.
2004
Governors' Awards for Excellence, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
2001
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Headquarters, Lobby Entrance Sculpture

Community Affliliations

  • Board of Directors, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, 2011
  • Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Co Founders Chair 2003 - 2008
  • Board of Directors, WQED Multimedia, 2003-2009
  • Honor Board, WQED, 2009 to present
  • Board of Directors, Three Rivers Arts Festival 2006-2008
  • Programming Committee, August Wilson Center for African American Culture 2007-2009
  • Co Chair, Glass Arts Society International Conference, Pittsburgh 2007 -
  • Therman Statom Project Developer for Pittsburgh Celebrates Glass and Year of Glass with Highmark, Three Rivers Arts Festival and the Pittsburgh Glass Center

Selected Bibliography

2010
Masters : Blown Glass, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Co.
2009
Olson, Kristina, A Perestroika of Form, Perestroilka (n) Restructuring: The Glass Sculpture of Kathleen Mulcahy, Ron Desmett and Martin Prekop, Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Fl
2008
Melada, Geoffrey W., “Together 24/7,” Pittsburgh Magazine, February 2008
Krainak, Paul. “GLASSNOST.” Essay for Catalog, Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University Campus, Pittsburgh, PA
2007
Olson, Kristina, Kathleen Mulcahy and Ron Desmett. Review of exhibition “Truth/Beauty, Pittsburgh Glass Center,” SCULPTURE Magazine. June
Kangas, Matthew and Susanne Frantz, Viva Vetro! Glass Alive! Venice and America, Curator, Sarah Nichols, published by Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Tetkowski, Neil. Natural Forces Exhibition Brochure, Kean University
Olson, Kristina. Natural Forces Exhibition Brochure Essay, Kean University
Reiter, Burkhardt. “Opera theater deftly fuses elements in ‘Sound of Voice’” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 28, 2007
Thomas, Mary. “‘Glassnost’ at CMU gallery represents enlightened ideas.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 27
Todt, Ron. “Exhibitions look through the ‘glass city’.” Buffalo News. April 8
Kanny, Mark. “Opera Theater mixes eras, cultures in ‘Voice’.” Tribune Review. April 28
2006
O’Sullivan, Michael. “A Show Full of Ideas,” Washington Post, January 13, 2006
2004
Krainak, Paul. “Artists Crossing Lines.” SCULPTURE Magazine, January/February
Women in the Arts Profile, “Glass Artist Kathleen Mulcahy Represents Woman in a New Language,” Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Commonwealth of Women Publication 2004.

Professional Endeavors

2008
Lecturer, Ringling Museum School
Lecturer, State Museum, Harrisburg
2007
Lecturer, Chautauqua Institute
Lecturer, Kean University
Lecturer, Leadership Pittsburgh
Lecturer, West Virgina University
Lecturer, Glass Art Society
Co Chair, International Glass Art Society Conference, Transformational Mattter, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Planning Committee, International Glass Art Society Conference, Transformational Matter to develop programmatic presentations for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Creative Advisor to the Year of Glass Committee for the development of new projects, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Developed and Coordinated, Therman Statom, Artist in Residence for Year of Glass with Manchester Craftsmens Guild, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Three Rivers Arts Festival, PPG and Highmark for work with children and plate glass installation
Instrumental in creating concept for Japanese Glass Exhibition and selecting Harumi Yukatake, Curator, for the Pittsburgh Glass Center Year of Glass 2007
Board of Directors, Three Rivers Arts Festival
Board of Directors, WQED, Pittsburgh
Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Glass Center
Programming Committee, August Wilson Center for African American Culture
2006
Juror, New Glass Review 2006, International Panel
Board of Directors. Three Rivers Arts Festival. Pittsburgh
2004-present
Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
International Womens' Forum, Membership
Board of Directors, WQED Multimedia, Pittsburgh., Pennsylvania
2004
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Peer Review Panelist, Arts Organizations
1998-2001
Artistic Director, Pittsburgh Glass Center following development of PGC from 1991-1998
2002
"Artist Crossing Lines" Curator, Pittsburgh Glass Center
2001
"The River" Robin Stanaway, Curator, Pittsburgh Glass Center
1992-2002
Co founder and Developer, Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh opened 2001
1993
In the Quest of Being, co-curator for Three Rivers Arts Festival Show, June
1992
Feasibility Study for town of Elizabeth to create a glass workshop for artists
1991-93
Advisory Committee, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1991-
Board of Advisors, Chartiers Valley Arts Council, Carnegie, Pennsylvania
1990
Public Art Program, Co-Developer, Carnegie, Pennsylvania
1989-90
Board of Directors, Chartiers Valley Arts Council, Carnegie, Pennsylvania
1986-89
Board of Directors, International Glass Art Society
1984
PA Council funded artist residencies, developer, 5 Visiting Artists at CMU
1985
PA Council funded artist residencies, developer, 5 Visiting Artists working in Glass at CMU
1976-89
Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Director of the Glass Studio, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1980-2
Rebuilt glass studio at Carnegie Mellon University
1982
Developed, Public Lecture Series for the Department of Art, CMU
1975
Head : Glass Program, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Professional Experience

Pittsburgh Glass Center

Permanent Artist in Residence 2009-present
Board of Directors 2001-2008
Co Founder and Artistic Director 1992-2002

WQED Multi Media/WQED Changes Lives

Honor Board Member 2009 - present
Member, Board of Directors 2003-2009

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Board of Directors 2011-present
Co-Chair with Jeffrey Carpenter, Artist Advisory Committee 2012- present

Three Rivers Arts Festival Board, 2006-2008

Programming Committee, August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 2007-2009

Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., Fellowship, 2008-2009

Awarded year long Fine Foundation Fellowship to an intensive region wide study program in which 60 professional leaders engaged in group discussion, met with government and community leaders, visited state legislators, and specific facilities throughout the commonwealth from arts organizations and schools to community development corporations, business and non-profits.

Creative Consultant for the Year of Glass, City of Pittsburgh, 2006-2007

Played a major role in raising over $300,000 for the Year of Glass.

Instrumental in creating two key funded projects, Japanese Glass Exhibition curated by Harumi Yukatake at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and Therman Statom Residency with Tom Farbanish and Nick Cave worked with over 400 inner city children at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and presented a new glass installation for the Glass Art Society Conference and Three Rivers Arts Festival.

This Year of Glass evolved from the planning for the Glass Art Society Conference that began in 2002 with a quiet campaign. Trackers for economic indexes in the arts found that this initiative brought in over $20 million dollars to the Pittsburgh economy.

Conference Planner, Glass Art Society International Conference, 2004-2007

Worked with the international committee of GAS on the planning committee

Assisted in Pittsburgh site as co- host for the conference

Instrumental in connecting the Carnegie Museum of Art and Phipps to the Year of Glass

Personally gathered first grants from PA Council on the Arts, Comcast, Pittsburgh Plate Glass

The Pittsburgh site was chosen because of my past affiliation with GAS as member of the Board of Directors from 1986-89. Over 1200 artists, collectors, historians, scientists and students convened in Pittsburgh in June 2007.

Co-Founder, Pittsburgh Glass Center, 1991-2003

Fundraiser. Played the leading role in raising 3.5 million dollars through local foundations, and private individuals.

Co-Founder with Ron Desmett. Conceived, implemented and directed the development and content of a public access glass center, a new initiative for Pittsburgh that enhanced the region’s arts production and educational resources and programs.

Strategic Planning. Developed all first plans including a year long study of five similar organizations analyzing fundraising, impact on economy, sustainability, need for resources, case for support, and imaginative projections for a glass center in the Pittsburgh Region.

“The Pittsburgh Glass Center is an open and comprehensive studio program dedicated to education, creation and promotion of glass art.

By targeting the regional communities of artists, students, the general public and underserved populations, the PGC seeks to:

  • Provide an accessible and supportive studio environment for the creation of glass art.
  • Serve as a national forum for the advancement of the medium
  • Raise awareness of appreciation for glass art
  • Encourage the development and growth of new and emerging glass artists
  • Be a partner in the region’s cultural, educational and economic development.

The PGC offers all levels of glass art education, from novice to professional, all taught by professional glass artists (both local and national). Programs at the PGC include:

  • A complete hot glass studio with furnaces, annealers and related equipment for working with glass
  • A flame working studio for beadmaking and sculptural work
  • A cold studio for sandblasting, etching, cutting and polishing
  • A moldmaking, casting and fusing studio
  • Flexible areas to support flat glass work and work in multimedia
  • A gallery and installation space for hosting shows and displaying the work of glass artists”

Programming. Designed all first programs including classes for beginning to advanced students to professionals, unique after school programs, linkage with Carnegie Mellon University School of Arts for an ongoing classes in studio glass, survey development for national consumers, teacher profiles, and five year plan for exhibitions. The exhibition program includes, artist residencies to make new work, encouraging work by artists without prior glass experience and provisions of guidance by the artistic director and technical support from the Center staff to complete artists’ projects.

Technical Innovations. Responsible for new high efficiency and convenient furnace designs, obtaining key donations of building materials and furniture. Worked with architects to redevelop an existing building for new use. Achieved Gold LEED certification for building and facilities

Cité des Arts, Resident Artist, Fellow, Paris, 1997

Creative Glass Center of America, Resident Artist, New Jersey, 1991

Carnegie Mellon University Associate Professor of Art, 1976-1989

Joining the faculty as a lecturer in 1976, I reorganized the 4000 sq. ft. glass art studio program and facility. By 1979 I had acquired donations of materials to build a state of the art studio with a 1000 lb continuous feed furnace, two 500 lb, glass furnaces of black and white glass, 3 glory holes and 10 annealers. This new facility enabled expansion of programming to match technical processes with the conceptual and aesthetic shifts in the medium.

Authored two PA Council for the Arts Grants for the Department of Art in 1985 and 1986 to bring in Howard Ben Tre, Susan Stinsmuehlen, William Carlson, James Carpenter, Valerie Arber, Wendy Muriyama, Paul Marioni, Chris Robbins, Howard Shapiro, Nance O’Bannion, Al Paley and Dale Chihuly.

Directed campus wide Art Lecture Series for Department of Art to bring in Joseph Campbell, Vito Acconci, Rosalind Krauss, Joseph Campbell, Eric Fishel, Patterson Sims and James Surls.

Represented the Department of Art on the Faculty Senate 1982-84

Lusk Memorial Award, Fulbright Foundation, Italy, 1985

Studied with host Lino Tagliapietra at Effetre Glass Factory, Murano, Italy

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1979

Education

1972-74
M.F.A., Glass Sculpture, Minor in Dimensional Design, The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
1968-72
B.A., Art Education, Minor in Ceramics and Glass, Kean College of New Jersey, Union, NJ