Glass artist and Cleveland Institute of Art Professor Emeritus Brent Kee Young, has been recognized by scores of museums, galleries, colleges and universities in the United States and Asia, which have displayed and/or acquired his work or invited him to speak, demonstrate or teach. In 2006, the Smithsonian American Art Museumʼs Renwick Gallery acquired its second piece by Professor Young for its permanent collection. “Amphora … Save” is from Professor Youngʼs Matrix Series. It is a construction of intricate and technically complex works he created by flame working borosilicate glass rods into layers of glass webs. In 2010, Professor Youngʼs work was selected for New Glass Review 31, the annual survey of contemporary glass sponsored by The Corning Museum of Glass and in 2011 he was selected as a Creative Workforce Fellow, generously supported by the Citizens of Cuyahoga County and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. In 2012 his work was published in “50 Years of Studio Glass” a selection of 50 top glass artist working world-wide.
Professor Young has conducted numerous workshops in the U.S. and Asia including at The Niijima International Glass Art Festival, Niijima, Tokyo; the International Glass Art Society Conference, Seto, Japan; Grand Crystal, Peitou City, Taiwan, ROC; University of Miami, Coral Gables; Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; University of Kentucky, Louisville; and California Polytechnic University, San Louis Obispo. He has served as a juror for The National Endowment for the Arts and lectured at the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery. In 1990, Professor Young was selected as head of glass at Aichi University of Education, Kariya, Japan where he was responsible for establishing the studio, designing and implementing the curriculum and teaching the first glass program in a national university in Japan. Currently retired from teaching, Emeritus Professor Young continues his inquiries into mysteries that working with glass has to offer….