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Donald Lipski

Donald Lipski is a sculptor known for his poetic combining and altering of existing things and for his enigmatic installation works. Since coming to prominence with his Museum of Modern Art installation Gathering Dust in 1979—thousands of tiny sculptures pinned to the walls—his work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world. He is represented in the permanent collections of dozens of museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Menil Collection andThe Chicago Art Institute. He has been written about extensively, and is included in the college text The History of Modern Art, by H. H. Arneson. He is the winner of many awards and honors, including The Guggenheim Fellowship, three National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and The Academy Award of the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and The Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome.

In recent years he has also created dozens of prominent and compelling public sculptures. His artworks have been repeatedly cited by Art in America as among the "Best Public Art of the Year", and regularly included in The Public Art Network's "Year In Review." His public projects have been both overwhelmingly popular with the general public and garnered critical acclaim. The sculpture, Sirsashana, created for New York's Grand Central Terminal in 2000, began a stream of inventive and ground-breaking works for airports, schools, libraries, sports stadiums and other public sites. Many of his pieces have become icons and touchstones for their communities, and "must-see" experiences for visitors.

Lipski was born in Chicago in 1947, and grew up in suburban Highland Park, Illinois. He studied American History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (B.A., 1970), and Ceramics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan (M.F.A., 1973). He taught at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and at Cooper Union in New York, and has lectured at more than 100 colleges, universities, art schools and museums. He has lived his adult life in New York City, Sag Harbor, NY, Philadelphia and Rome, Italy. His time now is split between New York City and the East End of Long Island.

“As an heir to the Surrealist tradition, the sculptor explores how context transforms the meaning of found objects, and he possesses the knack at composing fantastical stories from unexpected combinations of materials. What sets Mr. Lipski above most others who have pursued this well-trodden path is the quirky, inventive quality to the problems his work poses and the strange, graceful eloquence of his solutions.”
-Michael Kimmelman
New York Times critic

Jack Moore

Jack Moore is the Exhibits Manager at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), overseeing a talented team of designers, fabricators and curators that craft the center’s exhibits outreach program. He leads exhibit development, community outreach and artifact curation and loans for JSC’s External Relations Office. He recently managed the agency’s activation at Super Bowl LIVE, showcasing over 53 tons of NASA artifacts, exhibits and vehicles to over 1.3 million visitors in Houston, Texas.

Before joining NASA, Jack worked in the travel and tourism industry for 16 years at Houston’s number one attraction, Space Center Houston. During that time, he worked in operations management, public relations, digital media marketing and exhibit development. In 2014 he drew from all these skillsets to develop the communications strategy for the 747 Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft transport to the NASA visitors’ center. He as a Master of Arts in Digital Media Studies and a bachelor’s in Applied Design and Visual Arts. Jack lives in Kemah, Texas with his awesome wife, brilliant daughters, useless cat, and three loving dogs -- including the world’s most well behaved beagle.

Rainey Knudson

Rainey Knudson founded Glasstire in 2001 as the earliest online-only art magazine in the country. She named the site as an homage to the glass tire sculptures of Robert Rauschenberg, who hailed from the small coastal town of Port Arthur, TX. In tribute to his remarkable achievement, Glasstire recognizes that great art can come from anywhere.

Rainey has spoken or written about arts journalism at Emory University, the USC Annenberg School, the National Endowment for the Arts, Transformer DC, the College Arts Association, and other places. She studied literature at Rice University and received a joint MBA in entrepreneurship from the University of Texas at Austin and the Tecnológico (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico. She lives in Houston with her husband, the artist Michael Galbreth, and their 9-year-old son.