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Wheaton Conversation: Esteban Salazar and Matt Jacob

Apr 20, 2023 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Esteban Salazar
Esteban Salazar (b.1979) is a Colombian-born artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York, best known for his engaging teaching approach to a wide range of glassmaking processes. His work opens new conceptual ground in the practice of reuse, sustainability, and access in art, actively reframing the systems that confer value and class status in contemporary American culture. In 2001, Salazar moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and started working with glass at the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI). After completing his MFA in the spatial arts program at San Jose State University, California, in 2013, he moved to New York. Salazar teaches craft in glass for the Steinart School of Art and Art Professions at New York University. He has taught at The Corning Museum of Glass, The Pratt Institute, The School of Visual Arts, San Jose State University, Saint Francis College, and Long Island University.
Matt Jacob
Matt Jacob enjoys bending neon, making comics, working with glass in any context, and adding ironic fourth items to lists. For him, art shows others how you see the world, and his own art often explores themes of community, identity, and change. Despite his claims that “the mid-west coast is the best coast” (UW-Madison BFA 2018), he currently lives in Norfolk, VA, where he’s an instructor and local neon wizard at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio. He has also worked at Starworks, NC as a glass intern, at Pilchuck Glass School as seasonal staff, and at The Governor’s School For The Arts (Norfolk, VA) as an instructor for high school glass and comics classes.