Hoosier Glass Artist
(1977 - Active)
Ryan Gothrup was born in Hartford City, Indiana in 1977. He became fascinated by glass as a child when he discovered chunks of slag glass in a local park. His formal study of glass blowing was 23-years ago at the Indianapolis Art Center, where he worked from 1998 to 2002. He attended the Herron School of Art and the Indianapolis Art Center, where he studied Sculpture and Ceramics. Ryan received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, in glass, from Kent State University in 2004. He received his Master of Fine Arts, in glass, rom Virginia University in 2009.
Ryan was commissioned by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2007 to craft gifts for foreign dignitaries during Governor Daniels' economy-building tour of Japan. Other commissions have included custom wall sconces for Community East Hospital, pendant lights for the Indianapolis Arts Council, thirty-six glass sculptures presented as awards by the Interior Design Association of Indianapolis, a helix glass sculpture for Parallax Communications, Indianapolis, Indiana and many more.
His creations have been exhibited in many institutions, including the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, Virginia; the Charles H. Taylor Art Center, Newport News, Virginia, the Visual Art Center, Portsmouth, Virginia; the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland; and the Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Ryan's Indianapolis exhibitions have been held at the Dean Johnson Gallery, the Stutz Gallery, the Indianapolis Arts Council and the Crown Hill Cemetery, among others.
Ryan's work has generated many awards including, Best in Category (Glass), Manayunk Art Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Second Place Award, Peninsula Glass Guild, Newport News; Virginia, Best in Category (Glass), Evanston Lakeshore Art Festival, Evanston, Illinois; Outstanding Artwork Award, Skokie Art Guild, Skokie, Illinois and many others.
Ryan now travels the country for three months out of the year providing glass blowing demonstrations and instruction from one of his three mobile glass blowing studios. He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with this wife and two children.