Karen Donnellan (b. Wicklow, Ireland) is currently Assistant Professor of Glass and Director of the National Casting Center Glass Facility at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York. Donnellan is a multidisciplinary visual artist with training in glass. Her work encompasses sculpture, installation, sound, video, drawing and performance. Donnellan is the recipient of numerous residencies, most notably Toledo Museum of Art; Edinburgh College of Art; the Creative Glass Center of America, and Pilchuck Glass School. Her work is held in public and private collections and has been shown at venues internationally, including the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Tushanwan Museum, and the Museum of American Glass. Donnellan’s work is included in New Glass Now, a global survey of contemporary glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, NY. She recently embarked on a collaboration with artists Xu Bing and Andrew Deutsch for a participatory project titled Landscape Residue. Donnellan earned a Bachelors of Design in Glass from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY.


Solo Exhibitions

Arc, Kitchen Table Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Musica Universalis, Williams Gallery, Beard Arts Center, Indiana Wesleyan University, IN
Delicate Matter, Luan Gallery, Athlone, Ireland, Invitational
Cercle, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
Essentia, Sylvia L. Rosen Gallery, Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
O, Gallery Kunstler, Rochester NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

13th A.I.R. Biennial, Let’s try listening again, AIR Gallery, NYC, curated by Sarah Demeuse and Prem Krishnamurthy
OBJECTS: REDUX, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Hourston TX, Curated by Perry Price and Kathryn Hall, Sept 28 - Jan 5, 2020
Islanders, A collaborative, borderless artwork organized by Róisín de Buitléar, Venice Glass Week, 7-15 Sept
Music + Maker, curated by Belinda Quirke, Solstice Arts Center, Ireland, Mar 9-May 27, invitational
New Glass Now, A global survey of contemporary glass and the first exhibition of its kind organized by the Museum in 40 years, Corning Museum of Glass, NY, May 12-Jan 5
Ø (Title TBC), Ortlip Gallery, Houghton College, Houghton, NY, curated by Alicia Taylor Austin
Divine Feminine/Political Alchemies (working title), Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY, forthcoming
10! Exhibit A, Corning, NY, Jan 25 - May 11, invitational
Little Meat Up Salon, NYC, Mar, live performance and installation, invitational
In Good Company: Alfred Foundations, Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY, invitational
Symbiotic Spheres: The Interlocking Worlds of Glass, Science and Art, Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ, invitational
Young Glass 2017, National Glass Center, Sunderland, UK
In Cahoots, Cohen Gallery, Alfred, NY, invitational
Landscape Residue, A collaborative, participatory installation by Xu Bing, Andrew Deutsch and Karen Donnellan, Scholes Library Gallery, Alfred University, NY
Young Glass 2017, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark and The Glass Factory Boda, Sweden
PeripheriesOpen, Periphery Gallery, Gorey, Ireland
Ireland Glass Biennial, National College of Art & Design Gallery, Dublin
Art in Craft Media, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY
Periphery, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, invitational
Good Wonder, Gallery 100, Temple, AZ, invitational
Momentum, The Arts Commission, Toledo, OH, invitational
International Glass Biennale, Bulgaria
Reunion, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, invitational
Glass Art Society Juried Members Exhibition, Glass Wheel Studio, Norfolk, VA
Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Video Invitational, Norfolk, VA
Shape the Future, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, invitational
Nuclear Lawn Bowling: Sun at Midnight, Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, NY
Shape the Future, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland, invitational
Luxus, Corning, NY
American Craft Today: Glass, Bascom Center for Visual Arts, Highlands, NC
Solas, National College of Art & Design Gallery, Dublin, Oct 14-20, travelling to the Hunt Museum, Limerick; Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, Waterford; and Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork in January 2016
Glass Invitational, Exhibit A Gallery, Corning, NY, invitational
Portfolio: Glass, Solomon Fine Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
21st Century Glass, University Gallery, Salisbury University, MD, invitational
The Next, Tower Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY Brockport, NY, invitational
Captured Light: Glass Biennial, Art Association Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY
Vase Vessel Void, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, invitational
Innovation, Pilchuck Emerging Artist in Residence Exhibition, METHOD, Seattle, USA, invitational
European Glass Experience, Museo Technológico del Vidrio, Spain; Museum of Glass, Marinha Grande, Portugal; Museum of Glass, Murano, Venice, Italy
Innovation, Schack Art Center Gallery, Everett, WA, invitational
Material Matters, Makers Gallery, Seattle Design Week, Seattle, WA, invitational
MADE, Space CRAFT, Belfast, UK
Rian, Barbara Stanley Gallery, London Fashion Week, London, UK, invitational
Irish Craft Portfolio Exhibition 2013, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Sculpture In Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
Moving, Neon Workshops, Wakefield, UK, invitational
Videotheque|Make Shift, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, invitational
Gather:  Irish Wave, Tushanwan Museum, Shanghai, China, invitational
Future Makers, National College of Art & Design Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Resonance, collaborative installation and performance, Edinburgh, UK, invitational
Stanislav Libensky Award 2012, Exhibition of Finalists, St. George’s Convent, Prague, Czech Republic
World Craft Council: European Prize for Applied Arts, Mons, Belgium
Engaging With Glass, Traver Gallery, travelling show, WA, USA
GLASS, Minnetrista, Muncie, IN, USA
Keep Going, Sure it’s Grand, Solomen Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland, invitational
New Living Art II, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin, Ireland
Art in Craft Media, East Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, USA
Future Makers Exhibition 2011, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Winter Open Show, Rua Red, Dublin, Ireland
Engaging With Glass, Glass Society of Ireland, Solstice Center, Meath, Ireland
Generation, National Craft Gallery, Ireland
Sculpture In Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
Future Makers Awards Showcase, National Craft Gallery, Ireland


Master of Fine Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA
Bachelor of Design in Glass (Honours), National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland
International Exchange Program, Southern Illinois University, IL, USA

Artist Residencies

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, 1 month
Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship, Wheaton, NJ, 6 weeks
Saltonstall Arts Colony Retreat, Ithaca, NY, 1 week
Toledo Museum of Art GAPP Residency, Glass Pavilion, OH, USA, 1 week
Cill Rialaig, Artist Retreat Residency, Kerry, Ireland, 2 weeks
National College of Art & Design, Ireland, 1 year
Pilchuck Glass School, Emerging Artist Residency, WA, USA, 7 weeks
Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, UK, 9 months
Bullseye Glass Company, Portland, OR, 2 months

Selected Public Collections

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Museum of Glass, Ebeltoft, Denmark
American Museum of Glass, Millville, NJ
Museum of Glass, Murano, Venice, Italy (2)
St. George’s Convent Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Wallace Memorial Library Collection, Rochester, NY, USA (2)
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Dean’s Collection, RIT, NY, USA (2)

Public Performances

Crossweaves in the Morphic Field, live sound performance, Little Meat Up Salon, NYC
Videotheque, live sound performance, Holmes Auditorium, Alfred, NY
Mellifera, hot casting performance in collaboration with Alfred University Students and the National Casting Center, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, Norfolk, VA
Resonance, collaborative sound installation and performance, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
Dissolve, Compose: Release, hot glass performance in collaboration with Mary Catherine Richardson, RIT, Rochester, NY
Two//One, iron pour performance by Dr. Matt Wicker, Birmingham, AL
River of Fundament: Ancient Evenings by Matthew Barney, 25 ton iron pour, Trenton, MI

Public Lectures

The World’s Sexiest Hairshirt: Expanding the Language of Gender, and Sexuality in the Hotshop, A panel discussion with Karen Donnellan and Suzanne Peck moderated by Jaclyn Fridman, 58th Annual Seminar on Glass, Corning Museum of Glass, Oct 18-19
Artist Talk, School of Art, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland
Blow Harder 2.0: Language, Gender, and Sexuality in the Hot Glass Studio, with Suzanne Peck, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Artist Talk, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Houghton College, Houghton, NY
Blow Harder: Language, Gender and Sexuality in the Hot Glass Studio, with Suzanne Peck, GAS Conference, Norfolk, VA
Artist Talk, Glass Department, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
The Circle Extends to the Tips of the Fingers, Bergren Forum, Alfred University, NY
Artist Talk, School of Art, Indiana Wesleyan University, IN
Pate de Verre lecture and demonstration, SUNY Brockport, NY
Glass in the 21st Century, School of Art & Design, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland
The intangible in Practice, Emerging Artist Lecture, Glass Art Society Conference, Chicago, IL
J/K Artist Talk, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
Artist Talk, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
Artist Talk, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
Artist Talk, National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland, UK
Artist Talk, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, UK
Coming From the Other, Panel, National Conference on Cast Iron Art, Birmingham, AL

Selected Awards + Grants

American Craft Today: Glass, Bascom Center for Visual Arts, Third Prize
Future Makers Practitioner Grant, Craft Council of Ireland
Continued Professional Development Grant, Craft Council of Ireland
Artist Award, Cavan Arts, Ireland
Travel and Training Fund, Arts Council of Ireland
Hamilton Taylor Award, Scottish Glass Society, UK
Hepworth Gallery Scholarship, Neon Workshops, UK
World Craft Council Film Festival, finalist, Belgium
World Craft Council Prize for Applied Arts, shortlisted, Belgium
Future Makers Residencies Grant, Craft Council of Ireland
Continued Professional Development Grant, Craft Council of Ireland
Langley Kenzie Endowment Award, Art in Craft Media, Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, USA
NICHE Finalist, Student Glass Sculpture Category, USA
Outstanding International Student Service Award, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA
Wallace Center Purchase Prize 2011, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA
Summer Scholarship, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, NY USA
Future Makers Networking Grant, Craft Council of Ireland
School for American Crafts Alumni Award, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA
Tommy McLoughlin Memorial Award, Cavan County Council, Ireland
Future Makers Materials Grant, Crafts Council of Ireland
Student Conference Scholarship, Glass Art Society, Seattle, WA, USA
Future Makers Travel and Training Grant, Crafts Council of Ireland
Leonardo Da Vinci, European Union Grant Recipient
Student Partnership Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA

Selected Press

10 Innovative Glass Artists on the Challenges and Joys of their Medium, Lesser, 5/8, artsy.net
NYC Getaway: Inside the Corning Museum of Glass for New Exhibit, New Glass Now, untappedcities.com
10 Innovative Glass Artists on the Challenges and Joys of their Medium, Lesser, 5/8
New Glass Now Catalog, Corning Museum of Glass, Silbert
Music & Maker Catalog, Quirke
Let’s Try Listening Again, AIR Gallery 13th Biennial Catalog, Demeuse and Krishnamurthy
Design Portfolio: Young Glass 2017, Irish Arts Review, Spring Issue, Flegg
Solas, GSOI Journal, Whitty
Ireland Glass Biennale Catalogue, Kelly
Young Glass 2017, catalog
Making Things with Words, Glass Art Society News, Spring Issue, Riley
Ireland Glass Biennale Catalogue
KTG Talks Podcast
Shape the Future Catalogue, O'Kelly
Design Portfolio: Future Makers Exhibition, Irish Arts Review, Winter Issue, Flegg
A Year in Review with Educators, Rees, GAS News, Winter 2014/15
The Intangible in Practice: Karen Donnellan, Emerging Artist Lecture, Glass Art Society Journal, 2014
The Next 50, catalog, SUNY Brockport Gallery
European Glass Experience, catalog
Delicate Matter, catalog, Luan Gallery, Athlone, Ireland, NY
Resonance, Glass Society of Ireland Journal, Byrne
Irish Craft Portfolio Exhibition Catalogue
The Chic and Unique of London Fashion Week, Irish Times, McQuillan, 18/2
Vase Vessel Void, Catalogue, Oliver Sears Gallery, Kennedy, 8/9
Vase, Vessel, Void is a highlight for Collectors, Financial Times, Chislett 9/8
Culture File, interview, Lyric FM, Eleanor Flegg, 9/9
J/K; Site Unseen, 1/10
Opening: Resonance exhibition in Ireland investigates glass and sound, Urban Glass Hotsheet, Tafone, 8/5
Clouds in a church and other sounds moves at Kilkenny Artist Festival, Aiden Dunne, Arts and Ideas: Interview, Illustration, Irish Times, Kilkenny, Ireland, 15/8
Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014 set to attract 40,000 visitors, The Munster Express, Article, 12/8
Design Portfolio, Irish Arts Review, Flegg 8/8
Resonance, catalogue, National Craft Gallery 8/8
The Four Minute Interview with Artist Karen Donnellan, Sunday Independent, 11/8
Artists and audience asked to mix it up a little for overhauled Kilkenny Festival,  Laurence Macklin, Irish Times, Kilkenny Ireland, 6/8
Resonance, Kilkenny Arts Festival Magazine, National Craft Gallery, Article and Illustration, Ireland, 4/7
Bright Adventures, Glass Society of Ireland, McIlgorm, 7/2
Emerging Artist Lecture Catalogue 2014, Glass Art Society, 27/12
SGS Awards, Scottish Glass Society Newsletter, Henderson, Issue 113, 7/13
From Pupil to Master: Review, Sunday Times, Leach Hughes, 14/10
Irish Craft Portfolio 2012-14, Crafts Council of Ireland
Engaging with glass: Exhibition Catalogue, Oldknow, 6/3
New Board Members, GAS Journal 2011, Gaynor
Student Representative Profile, GAS News, Nov, Gaynor
Student Profile: Karen Donnellan, Kirchmann, GAS News, 17/11
Careers In Craft, Craft Council of Ireland, 11/9
Glass Fashion Extravaganza, Show Catalogue, Donefor, 18/12


The First Line, a collaborative and participatory installation by Ann Hamilton and Andrew Deutsch, Scholes Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Lit, featuring Chiaozza, Calico Wallpaper, John Hogan and Amanda Ringstad, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Critical Writing

Glasstress 2019 (Title TBA), Glass Quarterly (forthcoming)
Blow Harder: Language, Gender and Sexuality in the Hot Glass Studio, 2017 Glass Art Society Journal
Reflections from Another Place, British Glass Biennale Catalogue
An Interview with Emma Woffenden, Glass Quarterly, Winter 2014/15
Ulysses Cylinders by Dale Chihuly & Seaver Leslie, Review, Glass Quarterly, Fall
Member Profile: Namdoo Kim, GASnews, Summer
Richard William Wheater: The Practice of Poetics, GASnews, Spring
Ne, Make Believe Craft Writers Blog, (Jessica Hemmings & Eleanor Flegg)
Tavs Jorgensen & Gayle Mathias: Collaborative Research, GASnews Winter
Heike Brachlow, Member Profile, GASnews, Summer
Joanne Teasdale, Member Profile, GASnews, Spring
Jeff Zimmer, Member Profile, GASNews, Jan/Feb
Bertil Vallien, Lifetime Achievement Award, GASNews, May/June
University of Sunderland, School Profile, GASnews, March/April
The Glass Furnace, Turkey, GASNews, October/November
Netta Bacon: Student Member Profile, GASNews, August/September
Kumi Nakajima: Student Member Profile, GASNews, June
Welsh School of Architectural Glass, Swansea Metropolitan University, GASNews, April
Chris Boha: Student Member Profile, GASNews, April
David John King: Student Profile, GASNews, Feb/Mar
Anna Mlasowski: Student Profile, GASNews, Dec/Jan
Clarke F. DeCapite Jr: Student Profile, GASNews, Oct/Nov
Jerpoint Glass Studios 1979 –2009, B.Des Thesis, Dublin, Ireland
Thomas McLoughin Memorial Award, Anglo Celt, Tidy, 1/7

For a complete CV, please email the artist.