Curtiss Brock, Professor of Art / Head of Glass Department
Professor Curtiss Brock has a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Illinois, Champaign and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Goddard College. He teaches at the Pilchuck Glass School and Penland School and has lectured widely in the U.S. and Japan. In 1988, he received the Shimono Sake Museum Prize at the International Glass Now Competition. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Southern Arts Fellowship grant, and a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship.
Brock studied glass at Goddard College, Massachusetts College of Art, and The California College of Arts and Craft. His primary influences were his experiences during the nine years that he worked and taught at The Pilchuck Glass School. He a met and worked with Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, William Morris, Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova, Bertil Vallien and many other well established glass artists.
Brock's work is widely exhibited, including numerous solo shows. His work appears in over 25 national and international museum collections.
Since 1996, Brock has designed and produced a limited edition line of production work under the studio name CB Glass. He has exhibited this work in the top retail craft shows in the nation. These experiences have enabled him to integrate the ideas, concerns, and considerations surrounding a small production company into his teaching curriculum.
As the head of the glass program, he focused the core curriculum on developing a strong foundation of glass blowing skills, techniques, and “working” hot and cold glass. The current curriculum also incorporates a clear understanding of the history of glass and its relationship to the current work being made in the studio glass movement.
“It is only then that the students can begin to express their artistic ideas successfully through this technically complex medium,” states Brock. His approach to the undergraduate program in glass provides students with information and experiences essential to developing successful careers as full-time studio artists/craftsmen.