The art of Preston Singletary has become synonymous with the relationship between European glass blowing traditions and Northwest Native art. His artworks feature themes of transformation, animal spirits and shamanism through elegant blown glass forms and mystical sand carved Tlingit designs.
Singletary learned the art of glass blowing by working with artists in the Seattle area including Benjamin Moore and Dante Marioni. As a student and assistant, he initially focused on mastering the techniques of the European tradition. His work took him to Kosta Boda (Sweden) where he studied Scandinavian design and met his future wife. Throughout his 30+ years of glass blowing experience, he has also had opportunities to learn the secrets of the Venetian glass masters by working with Italian legends Lino Tagliapietra, Cecco Ongaro, and Pino Signoretto. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound.
Now recognized internationally, Singletary's artworks are included in museum collections such as The British Museum (London, UK), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), The Seattle Art Museum (Seattle WA), the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY), the Mint Museum of Art and Design (Charlotte, NC), the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC).
Singletary maintains an active schedule by teaching, lecturing and exhibiting internationally. In 2009, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, launched a major mid-career survey of his work, entitled "Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows". In 2018 he will launch a new traveling exhibition with the Museum of Glass, titled "Raven and the Box of Daylight", which will push the boundaries of glass as a medium for storytelling.
Anchorage Museum at Rasmussen Center, Anchorage, AK
The Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Château-Musée de Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
The British Museum, London, UK
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
The Burke Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Washington, Seattle, WA City of Seattle, Portable Works Collection, Seattle, WA
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY (Rakow Commission)
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Ethnografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Fred Jones, Jr, Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, WA
Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Heard Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA.
Mint Museum of Art & Design, Charlotte, NC
Museum of Art + Design, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
Museum of History & Industry, Seattle, WA
The Museum of Natural History, Anchorage, AK
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA
Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oklahoma City, OK
Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA