Alli Hoag works across mediums of glass, installation, video, and performance to investigate human desire to connect with the unknowable, and to reveal the simultaneous lightness and heaviness that is created when the imagined or invisible is labored into the physical realm. Alli completed her BFA degree in Glass at University of Hawaii at Manoa, graduated with a Master’s in Fine Art from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and currently serves as Associate Professor of Glass and Glass Area Head at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, OH.
Momentum Art Gallery - https://momentumgallery.com
We select, we measure, we order, we map. These actions record surface and distance. Our experience is a process of relating to a world outside of ourselves, an other. We form intimacy with foreign bodies by a colliding of skin. Intimacy, while describing a sense of closeness, simultaneously reveals the inescapable condition of distance that is the boundary of one’s own skin. To be human is to be driven by the desire to bridge this gap.
My artwork investigates the material qualities of glass to oscillate between a vocabulary of connection and uncertainty. In concert with these material values, the participatory role of the viewer has become the connective tissue throughout the body of work, through phenomenological and somesthetic lenses, where the viewer’s embodied subjectivity completes the work.
On a core level, I value the ability for art to give the gift of seeing something different, something that demands a deeper form of looking. When we physically see something, the activation of cones and rods in the eye are translated into patterns that the brain interpretes and names. Familiar patterns are easily recognized by the brain and disregarded; but something out of the ordinary disrupts the comfortable monotony and forces the brain to approach and question what they are experiencing. Confusing images or moments, and/or a moment of seeing more than you knew that you could are all mechanisms in my body of work to woo the viewer into extended looking. It is my hope that my work in some way connects the viewer with their inner desire to commune with the mysterious.
2012 New York State College of Ceramics, School of Art and Design at
Alfred University, Alfred NY
Master of Fine Art, Sculpture/Dimensional Studies: Glass
2006 University of Hawaii at Manoa, Oahu, HI
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Glass
Bowling Green State University
~Associate Professor and Glass Area Head
Bowling Green State University
~Full Time Lecturer and Glass Area Head
The Arts Commission
Committee Member-Momentum Arts/ Industry Intersection Steering Committee
2019 Robert Minkoff Teaching Symposium, Brooklyn, NY
Judge and Presenter
2018 The Arts Commission
Judge -Momentum Arts and Industry Intersection
2017 The Arts Commission
Executive Exhibition Chair and Co-Curator -Momentum Juried Glass Exhibition
2021 Ohio Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council Biennial Exhibition Juror’s Award
2021 Bowling Green State University
Glanz Family Collaborative Research Award (with Catie Newell)
2020 Bowling Green State University Institute for Culture and Society- Fellowship
2019 Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield, MI
First Place Award in the Regional Michigan Juried Glass Exhibition
2017 Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield, MI
Second Place Award in the Regional Michigan Juried Glass Exhibition
2015 Glass Art Society, Seattle, WA
2015 Emerging Artist at the San Jose G.A.S. Conference
2023 Glass Art Pavillion Project (GAPP) Residency, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledoo, OH
2014 S12 Galleri og Verksted, Bergen, Norway
2012 Cite des Arts, Paris, France
2017 Alternative Beginnings II, River House Arts, Toledo, OH
2017 Alternative Beginnings, Gallery at Milsaps College, Jackson, MS
2017 Umwelt, Roy C. Moore Art Gallery at University of North Georgia, Gainesville, GA.
2015 The Distance of the Moon, Agnes Varis Art Center at UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Bylta-Sending. Performance with Tinna Thorsteindottir, Urbanglass, Brooklyn, NY.
2017 Bylta-Sending. Performance with Tinna Thorsteindottir, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA.
2017 Bylta-Sending. Performance with Tinna Thorsteindottir, Glass Art
Society Conference, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA.
2015 Bylta, 2300 Performance with Tinna Thorsteindottir, Glass Amphitheater,
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY.
SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2023 Ireland Glass Biennale, Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
2021 Ohio Arts Council Biennial Exhibition, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH and Medici Museum, Warren, OH
2021 Lifeforms 2021, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
2020 Glass Art Society Conference Member’s Exhibition, online
2020 Spring/Break Art Show,625 Madison Ave, New York, NY.
2019 Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition, Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield, MI
2018 Spacelab, National Liberty Museum Philadelphia, PA
2017 Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition, Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield, MI
2016 LifeForms 2016, Hodge Gallery at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh PA + Gallery
at 171 Cedar Arts, Corning, NY
2013 Art in Craft Media, Burchfield Penny Art Center at Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY
2012 UrbanGlass MFA Exhibition, 111 Front St., Brooklyn, NY
2012 Young and Loving, S12 Gallery, Bergen, Norway
RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2023 Moral Materials, Bulkspace, Detroit, MI
2020 Intersection Art Fair, representation by Momentum Gallery, Chicago, IL
2019 Sculptural Art/ Functional Objects, representation by Momentum Gallery, Chicago, IL
2018 Sculptural Art/ Functional Objects, representation by Momentum Gallery, Chicago, IL
2018 Swing States, Sculpture Center Gallery, Cleveland, OH+ Chihuly Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2018 Reflections, Momentum Gallery, Asheville NC
2021 Carlton Edwards Architecture and Design
Cast Crystal Sculptural Wall Installation for Milkey Residence, Asheville NC.
2019 Promedica Hospital
Meditation Room Installation
2022 Glass Art Society Conference, Tacoma, WA
Presenter-Glass Taxidermy Lecmo
2021 Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion
Summer Masterclass Instructor “Glass Taxidermy”
2019 Ball State Visiting Artist
Lecture and Casting Workshop
2017 SECAC Conference
Presenter- “Setting the Tone: Case Studies of Intersections between Glass and Music”
2017 Robert Minkoff Glass Pedagogy Symposium, Brooklyn, NY
Presenter- “The Digital Apprentice” (with Zac Weinberg)
2015 Bullseye Glass Convention, Bay Area, CA
Lecture on the “Residency Experience”.
2015 Glass Art Society Conference, San Jose, CA
Emerging Artist Lecture