Lino Tagliapietra

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Lino Tagliapietra Tagliapietra 

Endeavor, 2008 
Hand blown glass
Fondren Library Main Entrance

Gift of Elizabeth and Albert Kidd

Endeavor consists of nine colored, blown-glass “boats” that cascade from the ceiling of Fondren Library. As Endeavor was Tagliapietra’s first university-commissioned piece, he considered the location within the library very carefully. He perceives library spaces as “passageways for knowledge,” and in turn views the “boats” as providing passage to groundbreaking ideas and research for all who work in the space. While all the “boats” are of equal size, each one has different coloring and detail work. The boats also recall the form of the long, thin gondolas of his native Venice. Endeavor was the first commissioned work completed for the Rice Public Art Program.

About the Artist: One of the world’s most eminent glass artists, Lino Tagliapietra was born in 1934 on the island of Murano, the centuries-old hub of Venetian glassmaking. Largely responsible for a renaissance in glassblowing in the second half of the twentieth century, Tagliapietra has worked as a master glassblower and designer at many glass studios, including Galliano Ferro, Venini, La Murrina and Effetre International. He has taught at some of the most renowned art schools in the world including the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, Rhode Island, USA), the Pilchuck Glass School (Washington State, USA), Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre (Marseille, France), and the Toyama Art School (Toyama, Japan). His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including at the Venice Biennale, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Danish Royal Museum, the Palazzo Grassi, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Tagliapietra has earned numerous awards including the Glass Art Society Lifetime Achievement Award; in 2007 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.