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 in the mid-2000’s, as a way to investigate and understand complex, ephemeral forms in nature, and capture the quirky incidents and surprising and evocative moments of transformation.
A 2015 grantee of the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, she exhibited her Antarctica project in a 2017-18 solo show at Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland, called Walking in Antarctica, funded in part by grants from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Puffin Foundation. Beginning in 2022, the show will travel the US under the auspices of ExhibitsUSA (eusa.org). Two photos from the project have been enlarged to 7 x 10 feet as part of a rotating display at BWI Marshall Airport since 2017. They have also been shown in group shows at Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY; the New York Hall of Science; and Baltimore’s Artscape festival, among others, and in Adequate Earth, an online exhibition of the Antarctic Artists & Writers Collective. Her Antarctica archive and a small sculpture are in the collection of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, and are being displayed there January 2020 to January 2021. Glazer received a 2019 Rubys Artist Award from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation to a fund a photo project she will undertake in Greenland in 2021 that builds upon the work she did in Antarctica.
Two of her sculptures have been 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, under the auspices of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, where she collaborated with scientists and made photographs and sculpture inspired by their research on urban ecology. She will be the next artist-in-residence at the Cary Institute’s Millbrook, NY, campus (2021). She had a solo show of photographs at Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York (2012).
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, including the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art. 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.