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Master craftsman in both glassblowing and woodworking, Joseph Rossano honors the beauty of the natural world in his mixed media assemblages. Drawing upon imagery of animals and landscape elements, Rossano simplifies and abstracts each form, enhancing the elegance and magnificence of his chosen materials.

"A sense of nostalgia for a lost state of nature permeates his assemblages, with flame-worked glass trees set against photographs of pristine landscape, and found objects such as weathered coins arranged by date to show the passage of years," writes Deloris Ament for Artweek.

"Placed against a background of old-growth Douglas fir, which represents both nature and civilization, Rossano places objects that are remnants of nature or artifacts of man, such as the wings of a blue jay, a salmon spear, or a saw blade. They are presented for the viewer's inspection, as they might appear in a natural history or anthropology museum. Plucked out of context by Rossano's act of selection, they are transformed from ordinary to remarkable, just as mundane words take on unexpected depth and meaning when placed in a poetic sequence," comments Karen Chambers.

Joseph Rossano earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Louisiana State, studied at Pilchuck Glass School in rural Washington state, then stayed on as apprentice to artist William Morris. Rossano spent seven years working with Dale Chihuly and became manager of Chihuly's famous hot shop, overseeing such glassblowing projects as Chihuly Over Venice. In 1997 Rossano left to pursue his own artistic career; since that time he has exhibited throughout the United States, including several solo exhibitions with the Bill Lowe Gallery.

EDUCATION
1987 Bachelor of Arts, Studio Arts, Louisiana State University, LA
- Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington

EXHIBITIONS
2013 Lowe Gallery, Presenting Joseph Rossano, Atlanta, Georgia2013 Lowe Gallery, Presenting Joseph Rossano, Atlanta, Georgia -- COCA Seattle, Whitewashed, Seattle, Washington
2012 The Art Of DNA Barcoding , San Diego Natural History Museum - San Diego, California
-- The Barcode Of Life, Pacific Science Center – Seattle, Washington

2011 Google Fusion tables and the Art of DNA Barcoding, Google - Mountain View, California
-- The Barcode of Life, South Australian Museum - Adelaide, Australia

2009 The Barcode of Life: Environment-Evolution- Exuberance, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2008 Museum of Glass – Mirrored Murrelets - Exterior Installation in one hundred foot-long reflecting pool

-- Interdependence, Millenia Fine Art – Orlando, Florida
-- Everything White, Sandra Ainsley Gallery - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
-- Exterior Installation, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
-- Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
-- Millenia Fine Art, Orlando, FL
2008 Museum of Glass – Exterior Installation in sixty foot long reflecting pool - Mirrored Murrelets Bill Lowe Gallery – Atlanta, Georgia


2007 Bellevue Arts Museum - Lobby exhibit, Bellevue, Washington Thomas R. Riley Galleries,
-- Cleveland, Ohio A Forest in Shadow, Habatat Galleries - Chicago, Illinois 2006 Unspoken Connections, The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
--  Palm Beach 3, Riley Galleries, West Palm Beach, FL

2005 Group Show, Habatat Galleries, Chicago, IL
- Fragile Nature Show, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oaks, MI
- Featured Artist, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, CANADA
- SOFA Chicago, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Chicago, IL
- SOFA New York, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, New York, NY
- Palm Beach 3, Riley Galleries, West Palm Beach, FL
- Solo Exhibit, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Columbus, OH
- Solo Exhibit, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Cleveland, OH

2004 Group Show, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, WA
- 32nd Annual International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oaks, MI
- Solo Exhibit, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
- Group Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL
- Solo Exhibit, Museum of Northwest Art, La Connor, Washington
- Traveling Group Photography Exhibition, Nikon Gallery-Photo Central, Tokyo, JAPAN
- Toronto International Art Fair, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, CANADA
- Solo Exhibit, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Columbus, OH
- Solo Exhibit, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Cleveland, OH
- SOFA Chicago, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Chicago, IL
- SOFA New York, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, New York, NY

2003 Solo Exhibit, Habatat Galleries, Chicago, IL
- Solo Exhibit, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
- Solo Exhibition, The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
- Selected New Works By Gallery Artists, The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
- Homeland, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles, Washington
- SOFA Chicago, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Chicago, IL
- SOFA New York, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, New York, NY
- Waterford Crystal Traveling Exhibition, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Columbus, OH
- Waterford Crystal Traveling Exhibition, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Cleveland, OH

2002 Team Chihuly Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Chicago, IL
- SOFA, New York, NY
- Places in Time, Solo Exhibit, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Columbus, OH
- Places in Time, Solo Exhibit, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Cleveland, OH
- SOFA Chicago, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Chicago, IL
- SOFA New York, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, New York, NY

2001 25th Anniversary, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
- SOFA Chicago, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Chicago, IL
- SOFA New York, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, New York, NY
- Vanished and Vanishing,Solo Exhibition, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Columbus, OH
- Vanished and Vanishing,Solo Exhibition, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Cleveland, OH

2000 SOFA Chicago, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Chicago, IL
- Solo Exhibition, Vetri Gallery, Seattle, WA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
ARTISTIC COORDINATOR/PROGRAM DIRECTOR, WATERFORD CRYSTAL, IRELAND
Development and coordination of Waterford Crystal's Artists in Residency program. Collaborating artists include: Dan Dailey, Richard Royal, Richard Marquis, Hiroshi Yamano, and Dale Chihuly. 1997 to present.

STUDIO MANAGER, DALE CHIHULY, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Played vital and integral part in the creative endeavors of the Chihuly operation. Head gaffer (glassworker) for Persian, Seaform, and Basket series. Worked with Italian Glass Masters Lino Tagliapietra and Pino Signoretto on Venetian series. Coordinated all glassblowing venues for the Chihuly Over Venice Project. 1990 to 1996.

ASSOCIATE GAFFER, PILCHUCK GLASS SCHOOL, STANWOOD, WASHINGTON
Worked with Nadege Desonatgze in the execution of her work. 2001
Worked with William Morris in the execution of work by Italo Scanga, Judy Phaff, Patrick Reyntiens, Pike Powers. 1991 to 1993.
Worked with Martin Blank in the execution of work by Damian Priour, Andrew Ginzel and Christian Jones, Kurt Wallstab, Clifford Rainey, and James Watkins. 1991.

APPRENTICE TO WILLIAM MORRIS, STANWOOD, WASHINGTON
Assisted William Morris in the execution of four series: Early Artifacts, Standing Stones, Stone Vessels, and River Rocks. Responsible for the organization of the studio and public demonstrations. 1988 to 1989.

APPRENTICE TO WILLIAM DEXTER – BOYERTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA
Participated in fabrication of new glass studio. Held position as vital member of production glass-blowing team. 1987.

SPECIAL PROJECTS
CITY OF EVERETT, EVERETT, WASHINGTON
Public commission of “Together”, a twenty foot tall outdoor installation. 2005.

PERMANENT INSTALLATIONS, MARSHALL FIELD'S, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Designed and executed nine-piece permanent installation for Marshall Field's landmark Chicago store. Currently, using Waterford Crystal, working with Marshall Field's in designing and fabricating a chandelier and companion wall panels for beneath the State Street location's famous Tiffany dome. 1999 to present.

DAN DAILEY (MASS. ART DEPARTMENT HEAD), SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Executed a series of Italo Scanga’s glass pieces, and assisted on the execution of collaborative glass pieces between Richard Royal and Italo Scanga. 1991 to 1996.

DAN DAILEY (MASS. ART DEPARTMENT HEAD), SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Assisted Richard Royal and Benjamin Moore in the execution of a series of blown glass heads for Dan Dailey. 1987, 1990.

THOMAS BUECHNER, CURATOR, CORNING GLASS MUSEUM, NEW YORK
Worked with William Morris in the fabrication of blown glass sculpture representing Buechner's interpretation of Wagner's "Ring."1987, 1989.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Averett Herald, Portrait of Artist and Sculpture for the City of Everett, December 2004.
Artweek, Review of Exhibition at Museum of Northwest Art, La Connor, April 2004.
Skagit Valley Herald, Review of Exhibition at Museum of Northwest Art, La Connor, January 2004.
Hudson Valley Daily Mail, Multimedia Artworks are Rooted in the Catskills, July 6,2002.
SOFA, Chicago, IL, spokesperson and coordinator for Waterford Artist Residency Spcecial Events, 1999.
Arney, Sara. "Pure Form Glass Jars Brighten Invitational Show," Arlington Times/Marysville Globe . 7 July 1999.
KCTS, Seattle, WA, Appeared with Dale Chihuly on the Chihuly Over Venice project. 1998.
Seattle Evening, KCTS, Seattle, WA, Appeared with Dale Chihuly and crew working on Persian series, 1991.
The Home Show, KCTS, Seattle, WA, Appeared with Dale Chihuly and crew working on Float series, 1991.
Today Show, NBC, USA, Appeared with William Morris and crew demonstrating the making of a Stone Vessel. 1989
 

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