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ACO Artist Discussion with Tim Tate

By July 8, 2023December 23rd, 2023No Comments

Queer Glass Artist Tim Tate, CoDirector of the Washington Glass School

Tim Tate is a Washington, DC native, and has been working with glass as a sculptural medium for the past 35 years. He has shown nationally and beyond since the 1990’s, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Boca Raton Museum, Art Basel Scope in Switzerland, Art Miami during Art Basel-Miami, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Renwick Gallery, the Hermitage State Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and commercial galleries from Washington, DC to London and Berlin.

He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship from the University of Sunderland, England in 2012. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, the Mint Museum, the Fuller Museum, the Katzen Art Center of American University, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Vanderbilt University Museum.

Tim Tate has spent many years championing LGTBQ rights in all its forms. As a 40-year HIV+ Queer Man, he founded the Triangle Artist Group in the early 90’s and helped curate the very first HIV+ art show there. He is also the designer of the New Orleans AIDS Monument.

He has spoken at Yale University on Glass and Conflict…. detailing his own LGTBQ activism in glass. He has participated in Glasstress 2019 at the Venice Biennale, 2021 at the Boca Raton Museum and the Glasstress at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is also a co-administrators and founders of the discussion group, “21st Century Glass”.

For the last year he has been working on a large project with MacArthur Genius award winner Joyce Scott, which will be unveiled this fall.  Simultaneously he is putting together a show about a Utopian Queer Futurism curated by Dr, Daniel Fountain, whose has a PhD in Queer Studies from Cambridge University in England. This should be premiering in 2024.