Paul Marioni

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Mask by Paul Marioni at The Tacoma Art Museum

Paul Marioni (b. 1941 Cincinnati, Ohio) [1] is an American artist who works in the medium of glass.


Marioni graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1967 with a degree in philosophy. He became a filmmaker, then started working with glass when he became interested in light, reflection, refraction, and expression.[2] One of the founders of the studio-glass movement, Marioni is a Fellow of the American Craft Council and has received three fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts. He has taught at Penland School of Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School (1974-1988).[3]

He has two children, Marina and Dante, both of whom are artists. Marina is a jewelry maker and Dante is a glassblower.[2] In 1998, Marioni and his son presented a feature exhibition of their glass at the Fresno Art Museum in California.[4]

About his work[edit]

Marioni's work is held by several museums, including the Museum of Arts & Design,[5] The Corning Museum of Glass,[6] the Museum of Glass,[7] and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.[8]

His work is about human nature and is often inspired by his dreams.[9] Known as an innovator in the glass world, Marioni pushes his techniques to their limits, regularly redefining what is possible to achieve with the medium. “I work with glass for its distinct ability to capture and manipulate light. While my techniques are often inventive, they are only in service of the image,” says Paul.[9]


  1. ^ from the Smithsonian Collection Description
  2. ^ a b Teagarden, Rebecca (3 December 2011). "Artist Paul Marioni's home a real piece of work". Pacific NW Magazine. The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  3. ^ Sailor, Craig (5 June 2012). "Tacoma Art Museum acquires 400-piece glass collection". The News Tribune. The News Tribune. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  4. ^ from the biography of Paul Marioni at the Corning Museum of Glass
  5. ^ "Museum of Arts and Design Collection Database". Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  6. ^ "Paul Marioni | Corning Museum of Glass". Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  7. ^ Visiting Artist Residency Program Collection
  8. ^ "Metaphysical Dilemma #8 by Paul Marioni / American Art". Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  9. ^ a b "Craft In America / Marioni Paul". Archived from the original on 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-06-20.

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