Faculty Craft and Emerging Media

Robert Lewis

Sessional Instructor, Glass

“I make work that utilizes an optical phenomena that clear glass possesses. Working with transparency and varying thicknesses of clear glass gives me the opportunity to work with projection and distortion. Two characteristics of glass that have always captivated my attention. I am creating optical objects that reflect, re-project, distort and amplify their immediate surrounding environment, within themselves. These works become an access point for the observer to reevaluate the obvious and overlooked details of their surrounding environment they might pass by everyday.”


MFA, The Ohio State University.

BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Crafts.

Selected Professional Activity

Artist in Residence, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington, USA, 2014.

Cleveland Institute of Art, Artist Talk, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 2014.

Pilchuck Campus Biennale 2013, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington, USA, 2013.

Terra Incognita, Dade Art & Design Lab, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2013.

Selected Publications

New Glass review 32, 2011, Corning Museum of Glass.

Bullseye Glass Co., Emerge 2010 Exhibition Catalogue, March 2010, 9., 32. 

Zhang Yi, “ New Work of Robert Paul Lewis,” The China Craft Council, Beijing China Art of Glass Magazine Issue 25 (February 2007), 7-13. 

Ise Hikonobu, “Glass Works 2006,” Citizens Arts Administration Executive Committee of Glass Works, Toyama City, Japan, Sept 2006, 40-41, 49.

Selected Awards

Tacoma Museum of Glass Permanent Collection, Tacoma Wa, USA 2015.

The Ohio State University Public Commission, RPAC Building, Columbus, Ohio, USA 2012.

Toyama City Glass Permanent Collection, Toyama Art Museum, Toyama Japan 2009.