Helen Glazer makes photographs and photo-based sculpture based on complex natural forms, informed by an understanding of scientific concepts of growth and form in nature and the physical processes that shape the landscape. She has spent her entire career since her early 20s as a working artist. Over time, her focus shifted from drawing and painting, to painted sculpture, to a current emphasis on photography and photo-based sculpture combining digital fabrication and hand finishing. She has also completed two large public art projects. Photography became central to her process about 10 years ago, as a way to investigate and understand complex, ephemeral forms in nature, and capture the quirky incidents and surprising and evocative moments of transformation.
In 2015 she traveled to Antarctica as a grantee of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, in order to photograph ice and geological formations for eventual production as photographic prints and sculpture. Two of her Antarctica photos, enlarged to seven by ten feet, are being displayed at BWI Marshall Airport over a year-long period from 2017 to 2018. She has also had work from the Antarctica project featured on the web sites of Vice Media’s Creators Project, Atlas Obscura, and the Cloud Appreciation Society. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including group exhibitions at the Delaware Museum of Art (2012-13) and New York Hall of Science (2011-12, 2017-18) and in a solo exhibition at Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York (2012). Two of her sculptures were displayed at the American Ambassador’s Residence in Lima, Peru, as part of the State Department’s Art-in-Embassies Program (2010-13). She was 2014-15 artist-in-residence for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, where she collaborated with scientists and made photographs and sculpture inspired by their research on urban ecology. Goucher College in Baltimore presented a major solo show of her Antarctica project in the Rosenberg Gallery (2017-18), funded in part by a 2015 Rubys Artist Project Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and a grant from the Puffin Foundation.
Helen Glazer graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in art and earned an M.F.A. from the Mount Royal School of the Maryland Institute, College of Art, also studying at the renowned Skowhegan School of Art. She is a past recipient of awards from the Maryland State Arts Council including an Individual Artist’s Award in Photography in 2012. Her works are in private and public collections. Helen has also published articles about art-making and artists, in magazines and journals such as Artes, Artpapers and Feminist Studies, as well as over 30 catalog essays about artists for the Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College, where she was exhibitions director from 1986 to 1998 and shepherded the exhibitions program to regional prominence. She created a self-guided tour of the Smithsonian Institution museums on the theme of mythology as a Fellow in Museum Practice in 1994-95.