The Orem and Harriet Robinson Fellowship was established to promote understanding of contemporary art through education, outreach, and exhibitions. The Art League of Ocean City enjoys tremendous support for the creative traditions of the lower shore, but sharing modern and contemporary art in our area sometimes requires special effort. By tapping the expertise of working artists, educators, and other arts professionals in the region, ALOC adds new art and ideas to the mix of programming they offer throughout the year.
The Orem and Harriet Robinson Fellowship was funded by local businesswoman, artist, and board member Laura Jenkins honoring her parents who were both educators. Orem Robinson was Dean of Students at Salisbury University and Harriet Robinson was principal at Pinehurst Elementary in Salisbury. Jenkins named this fellowship after them because of their dedication and love for education and art.
Glass artist Aric Snee will serve as the 2022 Robinson Fellow for Contemporary Art and Community Engagement.
Snee, who was born and raised in Bel Air, Md. and is a current resident of Salisbury, Md., is associate professor and head of the glass department at Salisbury University. The artist works with glass in studio, academic, and factory environments, and his work creates a dialogue between fine art and industrial design. After studying glass at SU and the Canberra School of Art in Australia, Snee worked in several private studios in Brooklyn, N.Y. where he began to develop a dialogue between studio glass and his traditional factory training and technique.
Snee has also worked as a master glassworker at Steuben Glass in Corning, N.Y. and as a gaffer at the Corning Museum of Glass. He subsequently received a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Alfred University in New York. Since 2014 he has worked as a designer for the Danish glass company Holmegaard.
Plans for Snee’s fellowship year include a bus trip, lectures, an exhibition of his glasswork, and opportunities for community engagement at events such as Art X.
“During my time as the Orem and Harriet Robinson Fellow for Contemporary Art and Community Engagement, I hope to share my passion for glass with the Art League of Ocean City, its members, and the community at large,” Snee said. “We are planning a bus trip to the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va. to explore their collection of historic and contemporary glass, and to the Perry Glass Studio, a state-of-the-art facility that hosts narrated glassmaking demonstrations and visiting artists from around the world. Prior to the trip, I will present a lecture about my own work and to frame the trip and give some context to the works that we will see in person. I will present a solo exhibition of my work called ‘I Can Here the Ocean’ towards the end of the year.” Aric Snee.