Martie Negri was a painter and fiber artist before transitioning to glass in 2001. Over the past 15 years she has been developing a contemporary form of millefiori that incorporates new technology with an ancient Italian technique that dates back to the 5th Century. She works out of her studio in Mamaroneck, NY and at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY.
Her work has been in Bullseye Glass biennial exhibit Emerge 2006; was exhibited at SOFA New York and Chicago 2008 and again at SOFA Chicago 2009, SOFA New York 2010, SOFA Chicago 2011.
Martie’s work has also been exhibited at Wheaton Cultural Arts Center’s Glass Weekend in 2009, 2011, 2013 and again in 2015. She was one of ten artists recognized as “Best in Show” in 2009 BIGG: Breakthrough Ideas in Global Glass in Columbus Ohio. She’s been included in New Glass Review 30, 32 and 36 and demonstrated her technique at The Glass Art Society Conference: Ingenious Possibilities in Louisville, 2010 and in 2017 at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Perry Glass Studio in Norfolk, VA.
Negri work was included in a two group exhibitions celebrating 50 years of Studio Glass at Gallery North in Long Island and The Kentucky Museum of Contemporary Craft in Louisville. In summer 2012 she was a visiting artist at Pittsburgh Glass Center. Her series of work Thresholds was included in the Biennial show “Evolve” at Bullseye Gallery in Portland 2014 and was exhibited at The Bellevue Museum of Art in 2015. Last spring, 2017 Glass Wheel Studio in Norfolk Virginia hosted “ORGANICA” a retrospective of Negri’s last decade of works in glass along with new works. This summer, 2018 she will be returning to Pittsburgh Glass Center to teach again.
Martie has attended the New York School of Interior Design; obtained a BA in Museum Studies from Salem College in West Virginia, and has an M.S. in Art Therapy from The College of New Rochelle in New York.
Flowers accompany our rites of passage and carry deep symbolic meaning: they are collections of individual gestures, an expression multiplied, a gathering for remembrance.
My designs borrow from traditional Italian millefiori, or thousand flowers, technique, yet strive for a more original style. In my work, millefiori is about multiple worlds coming together to form something intricate yet complete and serene.
My art embraces the lovely and the fragile. The radiance of glass intensifies my relationship to color, more than paint and fiber ever did in my years as a painter and textile designer. In glass, I have found a material that helps me convey the vivid richness I feel as a part of my spiritual and artistic transformation after experiencing great loss.
I work from living plants interpreting their colors and structure. I have modified a method used to make cold bundled composite canes. I am inspired by the paintings of Fra Angelelico, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Roelandt Savery, and Gustav Klimt. My approach to the expressive possibilities of color comes from the theoretical work of Johannes Itten and Josef Albers.
2018 New Britain Museum of American Art, Nor’Easter, Juror: Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum
2018 Mattatuck Museum, Mixmaster, Juror:Sara Shaoul, Director at 601Artspace.
2018 New Glass Review 39, Jurors: Anjali Srinivasan, artist and assistant professor Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Cindi Strauss and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft and Design and Assistant Director of Programming, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Bohyun Yoon, artist and assistant professor Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Susie Silbert, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass, Corning Museum of Glass
2017 Glass Wheel Studio, Norfolk, VA: ORGANICA, Martie Negri Retrospective and New Work
2017 Chrysler Museum of Art, Perry Glass Studio, Norfolk, VA, Glassblowing Demonstration
2015 Silvermine Arts Center: Space, Structure, and Light A Contemporary Glass Exhibition New
2015 Wheaton Cultural Arts Center, Glass Weekend, Millville, NJ
2015 Bullseye Projects, Portland OR, Pittsburg Glass Center, PA, Bellevue Art Museum, WA
2015 New Glass Review 36, Jurors: Laura de Santillana, artist and designer Venice, Italy; Tina Oldknow, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass, The Corning Museum; Beth Lipman, artist, Sheboygan Falls, WI and Angus Powers, Sculpture Chair/Associate Professor, School of Art and Design, Alfred University.
2014 Evolve, Bullseye Gallery, Portland OR
2013 Wheaton Cultural Arts Center, Glass Weekend, Millville, NJ
2013 Pismo Fine Art Glass, CO
2013, Bloomsbury Series, Mostly Glass Gallery, NJ
2012 Studio Art Glass, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
2012 Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Exhibition: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass
2011 Through the Eyes of the Artist: A Juried Exhibit College of New Rochelle Division of Graduate Art & Communication Studies, NY
2011 Glass Weekend, Wheaton Cultural Arts Center, Millville NJ
20111 UrbanGlass Fete de Verre: Futur Jurors: Jane Adlin, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Katya Heller, Heller Gallery; David McFadden, Chief Curator and Vice President, Museum of Arts and Design; and Clair Oliver, Claire Oliver Gallery.
2011 New Glass Review 32 Jurors: Diane Charbonneau, curator of photography and contemporary decorative arts, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, Canada; Richard Harned, Director, Ohio State University Glass Program, Depart of Art, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; Mark Zirpel, Assistant Professor, Dale Chihuly Endowed Chair of Glass, School of Art, University of Washington: Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass, The Corning Museum of Glass.
2011 Pismo Contemporary Glass, Colorado
2011 SOFA CHICAGO, represented by Mostly Glass
2010 SOFA NEW YORK, represented by Mostly Glass
2010 Critical Linkages The College of New Rochelle Jurors: Dr. Patricia St John, Robert I. Wolf
2010 Glass Art Society, Ingenious Possibility Demonstration: A Thousand Flowers: Pulling Cane by Martie Negri and Rob Panepinto, Louisville, KY
2009 BIGG: Breakthrough Ideas in Global Glass Jurors: Lino Tagliapietra , Italian Glass Maestro; Tina Oldknow Curator of modern glass, Corning Museum of Glass; Tom Hawk, Tom Hawk, Director, Hawk Galleries
2009 The Artists of UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, New York
2009 SOFA CHICAGO, Navy Pier represented by Mostly Glass
2009 Glass Weekend, Wheaton Cultural Arts Center, NJ
2009 New Glass Review 29
2009 Kuivato Gallery, Sedona, AZ
2008 SOFA Chicago Represented by Mostly Glass
2008 ARTQUEST Represented by Fusion Art Glass, FL
2008 SOFA NEW YORK, Park Avenue Armory, NY Represented by UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, New York
2007 The Katonah Museum, Katonah, New York
2007 Artist’s Choice, Juried Exhibit of Art Therapists’ Art, The College of New Rochelle, New York
2007 The Artists of UrbanGlass, Robert Lehman Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2007 Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
2007 Pismo Fine Art Glass, Denver, CO, Murrini Mystique
2007 Fire and Form, The Glass Menagerie, Corning, New York
2007 Brooklyn Designs 2007, Forte Lofts, Brooklyn, New York
2007 Art of the Northeast, Silvermine, New Canaan, CT Juror: Valerie Smith, Director of Exhibitions and Senior Curator, Queens Museum of Art, NY
2007 UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, New York
2007 Turning Point Gallery, Media, Pennsylvania
2007 Glassworks, Verdigris, Hudson, New York
2007 American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, Maryland
2007 Bauhausing it! The College of New Rochelle, Juror: Robert A Wolf New York
2006 The Artists of UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, New York
2006 E-merge, Bullseye Glass, Portland, Oregon. Jurors: Kirstie Rea, Creative Director of the Canberra Glassworks, Australia; Jeremy Lepisto, Board Member Glass Arts Society; Dena Rigby, Contemporaries Board for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
2006 UrbanGlass Glassblowers Auction, Chelsea, New York