Born in 1975, Carmen Lozar lives in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois where she maintains a studio and is a member of the art faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University. Carmen has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft, Pittsburgh Glass School, Appalachian Center for Crafts, The Chrysler Museum, and the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey. She has had residencies at the Corning Museum of Glass and Penland School of Craft. Although she travels abroad to teach and share her love for glass – most recently to Turkey, Italy, and New Zealand – she has always returned to her Midwestern roots.
The sculpture I create with glass is meant to inspire and provoke imagination. Telling stories has always been my primary objective. Some narratives are sad, funny, or thoughtful but my pieces are always about celebrating life. My most current body of work deals with spills. Life is messy, these small narratives accentuate the movement and flow of glass but also are telling in how they represent our relationship to the world.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she completed her post-graduate degree at Alfred University, New York. She is represented by the Ken Saunders Gallery in Chicago. Her work is included in the permanent collection at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass.
The Lozar’s work in the Sharper Edges exhibit is on view through February 19, 2019.