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Glass artist Josh Simpson to be honored with Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award

Salem State's Center for Creative and Performing Arts will host the 38th annual Creativity Awards on May 13 in the Sophia Gordon Center. This year's event will honor nine outstanding student artists across the academic programs in art + design, creative writing, dance, music, and theatre. Internationally recognized glass artist Josh Simpson will be recognized by the university with a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award. 

Josh Simpson is a western Massachusetts glass artist whose work includes vibrantly colored sculptural pieces often inspired by scientific, astrophysical or cosmological themes. His work has been displayed in the White House and numerous international museums. His glass is currently on exhibit in the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum and the Yale University Art Museum.

Simpson has spent nearly half a century inventing new formulas and making glass objects that combine his fascination with color, form, pattern, and complexity with his interest in the workings of the universe. His iconic Planets evoke imaginary worlds that might exist in distant, undiscovered galaxies. His signature New Mexico glass resembles the night sky, while experimental Corona glass evokes energetic space phenomena captured in Hubble Telescope imagery.

The nine students selected by their faculty to be recognized at this event for extraordinary achievement in their creative work are:

Annie Hudak: art + design
Jeff Gately: creative writing
Connor Perry: creative writing
Linnea Thorne: dance
Theo Victoria: dance
Michelle Dumas: music
Connor Barry: music
Rachel Rose Burke: theatre
Stephen Zubricki IV: theatre

Attendance at this event is by invitation. Please contact Karen Gahagan for additional information.

When 9:00pm
Sophia Gordon Center, North Campus
356 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
Karen A Gahagan

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