Tom Philabaum in Front of Red Flowers4


Thomas A. Philabaum

Born    April 12, 1947 Toledo, OH


University of Arizona MFA 1983
University of Wisconsin MA 1973
Southern Illinois University BA 1969

Selected Exhibitions

2013    “A Splash of Glass”, Mesch,
Clark & Rothschild, Tucson, Az
2012   “The Legacy of Littleton”, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI

2012    “Fire & Sand, Contemporary American Glass”, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ

2012       Small Works Show, Davis-Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2012     “GLASS / 30-40-50”, Philabaum Glass Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2011      “Precarious Rocks”, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ
One Man Show, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson AZ
2010    “Tom Philabaum: Glass Pioneer”, Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft,   Louisville, KY
2009     “Art + Design: Etherton Invites”, Etherton Gallery, Tucson , AZ
2009      Behold the Brilliance, Cattletrack Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2007      Harvey K. Littleton and Friends: A Legacy of Transforming Object, Image Idea,” Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum
25 Years of Philabaum, Philabaum Glass Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Philabaum, Tucson International Airport, Tucson, AZ
An Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Dan Leach Collection,   Tucson       Museum of Art
2006     Glass Flowers, Tucson Botanical Gardens
Glass Invitational, Venice Art Center, FL
2005      Glass, Metal & Wood, Phoenix Airport Museum
2004      Surface & Sensuality, Guadalupe Glass Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
2003      Thomas Philabaum- A Thirty Year Survey, Louis Bernal Gallery
Pima College, Tucson, AZ
2002       Galerie of Glass, Carlyn Galerie, Dallas, TX
A Gather of Glass,  Ariana Gallery. Royal Oak, MI
2001       Solo Show, RAF Gallery, Savannah, GA
Featured Artist Exhibit, Kitrell-Riffkind Gallery, Dallas, TX
Goblets 2001 The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Group Show, D ‘Adamo-Hill Gallery, Seattle, WA
2000      Goblets 2000, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Small Works Davis-Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Hot Glass 2000, Toledo Arts Commission, Toledo, OH
10th Anniversary, Kitrell-Riffkind Gallery, Dallas, TX
Light on Glass, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
A Gathering of Glass, Sable V, Wimberley, TX
1999      Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Solo Show, Real Mother Goose, Portland, OR
Form & Texture, Morgan Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
1998     The Cutting Edge, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
A Galerie of Glass, Carlyn Galerie, Dallas, TX
Glass Festival, Emerald Gallery, Seattle, WA
Glass Festival, Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1997     International Glass Art Exchange (Mexico-US), Tucson Pima Arts                                  Council Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Morgan Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
1996      Day of the Dead, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Solo Show, Glass Canvas, Tampa, FL
Cain Gallery, Oak Park, IL
Zantman Galleries, Carmel, CA
1994-1995        Group Show, Kitrell-Riffkind Dallas, TX
Glass Month Exhibit, 20 North Gallery, Toledo, OH
1995    Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Portia Gallery, Chicago, IL
Glass Lover’s Weekend, Creative Glass Center, Millville, NJ
National Glass, Phoenix Rising, Seattle, WA
1994-1998        A Gathering of Glass, SableV, Wimberley, TX
1994     Art of the West (Three Person), Tempe Arts Center, Tempe, AZ
Mentors, Central Arts Collective, Tucson, AZ
Glass Masters, Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
National Glass Invitational, Phoenix Rising Gallery, Seattle, WA
1993     Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
1992     Summer Festival of Art, Art Elements, Mequon, WI
Glass Invitational ’92, Vetro Marmo Arte Gallery, Columbus, OH
Michigan Glass Month, Private Collection, Birmingham, MI
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, University of Santa Clara, CA
1991      Solo Show, Lynn McAllister Gallery, Seattle, WA
Featured Artist, Chicago Art Expo (MC Gallery), Chicago, IL
Two Person Exhibit, MC Gallery, Minneapolis, MI
Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
1990      Solo Show, Galeria Palacio Nacional, Guadalajara, Mexico
Featured Artist, Lynn McAllister Gallery, Seattle, WA
1989,1991        Tucson Glass, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1988-1992        Invitational, Elizabeth Fortner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
1988       New Works (Two Person Show), Collier Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Featured Artist, Judith Wolov Gallery, Boston, MA
Glass Summer ’88, Eileen  Kremen Gallery, Fullerton, CA
1987-1991        Michigan Glass Month, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1987        Solo Show, Art Glass Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
(with Bob Carlson)
Featured Craftsman, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Glass Today, Artisan’s Gallery, Great Neck, NY
1986-1994  A Gather of Glass, Mindscape Gallery, Evanston, IL
1986           Solo Show, 828  Gallery, Akron, OH
Arizona Focus, The Hand and the Spirit, Scottsdale, AZ
(with Bob Carlson)
1986-1997  Glass Today, Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek,WI
1985        Solo Show, Lemoyne Art Center, Tallahassee, FL(with Bob Carlson)
Galleria Angela Hollings, Hameln, W Germany(with Bob Carlson)
1983-1986    National Art Glass, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
(with Bob Carlson)
1983          American Crafts in Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

Professional Honors

2010    Lifetime Membership Award for contributions to Glass Art, Glass Art Society
2009    Tucson Guide, Best Place for Glass and Sculptural Art
2007    Tucson Guide, Best Local Artist
2005    University of Arizona Alumni Assoc, Professional Achievement Award
2004    Littleton Studios Print Shop, Artist in Residence
Penland School of Crafts 75th Anniversary, guest artist’s workshop
2002    National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA), Award of Distinction/Artist
2002    KUAT-TV/PBS Fundraiser for March, Philabaum, The Art of Glass
Tucson Downtown Art Partnership, Artist of the Year
2001    Sonoran Art Foundation, Inc., Co-Founder and President
2000    Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, $25K AZ Arts Award
1998    Arizona Governor’s Artist of the Year Award
1997-2001    Board of Trustees, American Crafts Council (Nominating Chair)
1997    Glass Art Society Conference, Co-Chair Tucson,AZ
Board of Directors (Ex Officio), Glass Art Society
Co-Curator, Calido, Tucson Museum of Art
1993-1996    Member Board of Directors, Glass Art Society
1990    Grant. Visited Mexico City Making contracts for future projects and worked two weeks in Camarasa Glass Factory, Tlaqupaque, resulting in an exhibition in Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Grants Panelists. Arizona Commission on the Arts
Panelist. Borders and Bridges Conference, University of Arizona
1989    Grant, Bi-Cultural Committee, Tucson Pima Arts Council.
Visited Guadalajara, Mexico, to set up working situation in a factory to produce works for benefit exhibition.
Vice-President, Tucson Visiting Artist Consortium
Arizona Governor’s Award, Designed and executed works in glass for presentation to award recipients
1988    Board Member, Tucson Visiting Artist Consortium
Board Member, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Artist Advisory Board
1985    Guest Speaker, Nordic Glass Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland
Guest Speaker, Crafts Society of Hameln, Germany
1983    Craft USA, Iceland, Lecturer and visiting artist in Reykjavik, Iceland
1982    Arizona Governor’s Award, designed and executed

Selected Installations

2012        Dalle de Verre windows at Pima County Administration,     Tucson, AZ
2011        “Arriba”, 12′ x 16″ dalle de verre wall, Likin’s Hall, U of A    Tucson, AZ
2009        Fused Glass Triptych, Private Residence            Tucson, AZ
2008         “Another Way to Fly”, Tucson International Airport        Tucson, AZ
2006        Lighting Installation, McMahon’s Steakhouse        Tucson, AZ
2006        Water Feature, Private Residence                Indianapolis, IN
2005        “Verdant Reflection”, Highland Market, U of Arizona    Tucson, AZ
2004        Water Feature, Acacia Restaurant                Tucson, AZ
2003        “Baseline Bouquet”, South Mountain Community College    Phoenix, AZ
1998          Custom Reptilian Window, Heath / Orsini Residence    Louisville, KY
1993        Front Door, William & Susan Small Residence        Tucson, AZ
1990        “Trilos”, Wall Installation, Tucson International Airport    Tucson, AZ
1989        Northern Trust Bank                        Phoenix, AZ

Selected Collections

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum, Cullowhee, NC
Narcissco, Connie Lane, Ponies del Pueblo, TPAC Auction, Tucson, AZ
Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe, AZ
Crocker Banks, Los Angeles, CA
Glasmuseum Frauenau, Frauenau, W Germany
Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Ann Hauberg, Seattle, WA
Icelandair Co., Reykjavik, Iceland
John Portman Collection, Atlanta, GA
Rick Heath & Merrily Orsini, Louisville, KY
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Mann, Milwaukee, WI
Northern Trust Bank, Phoenix, AZ
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Mitzi and Stephen Schoninger, Scottsdale. AZ
Robert A. and Marie T, Hansen, Oro Valley, AZ
Time-Life, Inc., Chicago, IL
Tucson International Airport, Tucson, AZ
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
University of Florence, Florence, Italy
University of Minnesota Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Saks Fifth Avenue, Miami, FL


Biz Tucson    Glass Act, Summer 2012
Arizona Daily Star    Real Glass Acts ¡VIVA EL VIDRIO!, 03/31/2011
Tucson Weekly    Victims of the Boycott, Dec 9-15, 2010
Tucson Guide    Best of 2010, Summer 2010
American Craft    Zoom, April/May 2010
Tucson Weekly    Homegrown Collaboration, Margaret Regan
Arizona Daily Star    Upright Wing with doorway is an artistic flight of fancy, 6/29/09
Arizona Daily Star    On View, January 30, 2009
Arizona Daily Star    Suitcases? Check, Etickets? Check, Dramamine?
Check, Art Gallery? November 2008
Luxe Magazine    Glass Act Summer 2008
Alumnus U of A    Tom Philabaum ’83, Spring 2007
Tucson Weekly    Glass on the Go, Spring  2007
Housetrends    An inviting Oasis, November 2006
A La Mode    Tom Philabaum ‘s Love Affair with Glass, Winter 2006
AZ Wildcat    When Art Meets the Market, October 2005
Tucson Weekly    Optimism in Art, Fall 2005
On Wisconsin    Alumni News, Fall 2005
Campus Connections    In the Arts, Fall 2008
Tucson Weekly    Stretching Glass Art, Summer 2005
Tucson Home    Three of a Kind (A Trio of Glass Artists), Spring 2004
Alaska Airlines Magazine    Art of the State, Contemporary Art takes root in Arizona. January 2004
Desert Living    Tom Philabaum, Glass Artist, May-June 2003
Arizona Republic    Glassblower Takes the Heat, April 2002
Tucson Citizen    Glass Art’s a Gas, March 30, 2002
Arizona Daily Star    The Man Behind the Glass, March 11, 2002
Arizona Daily Star    Gallery is Spouting Off, March 1,2002
Connect Savannah    Seduced by Glass, September 14-20, 2001
Savannah Morning News    A Passion for Glass, September 2, 2001
Tucson Guide    The Art of Glass, Spring 2001
Desert Leaf    Focusing on Glass, March 2001
Tucson Citizen    Philabaum wins $25K Arizona Art Award, May 2000
Niche Magazine    Driving up Demand for New Glass: Seven Artists Assess Their Markets & Predict Future Returns, Summer 1999
Phoenix Home & Garden    10th Annual Masters of the Southwest: A Look Inside 10 Creative Minds, Tom Philabaum: Crusader of Glass, March 1999
Tucson Citizen    Hot Stuff, December 15,1998
Arizona Daily Star    Tucson Invitational is Melange of Excellent Works, August 28, 1998
Tucson Weekly    Sinners and Grinners, August 27, 1998
Tucson Weekly    Glass Struggle, April 2, 1998
Arizona Republic    Tucson Artist, Four Others Honored, March 13, 1998
Tucson Weekly    The Best and Brightest, May 1,1997
Tucson Weekly    Glass Blowout, April 3, 1997
Tucson Weekly    Glass Eye, February 22, 1996
Tucson Weekly    Alumni Review, November 9, 1995
Daily Wildcat    Alumni Review, On Campus Galleries Exhibit Whimsical and Bizarre, November 2, 1995
Arizona Daily Star    Glass and the Artist, May 14, 1995
Tucson Citizen    February 2, 1995
Southwest Passages    Liquid Fire, Jan/Feb 1995
Tucson Citizen    Blown Glass Show Sparkles, December 1, 1994
American Craft    The Symbolism of Alchemy, Oct/Nov 1994
Tucson Citizen    Master of Myth, September 27, 1994
Tucson Citizen    Dinnerware Show a Thrill, July 14,1994
Tucson Citizen    Arts District a State of Mind, April 28, 1994
Arizona Daily Star    April 4, 1994
Arizona Daily Star    March 31,1994
Tucson Weekly    Perfected in Glass, March 2-8, 1994
Tucson Citizen    February 3, 1994
Arizona Daily Star    November 19, 1993
Arizona Daily Star    April 16, 1993
Tucson Weekly    Through a Glass, Starkly, March 3-9, 1993
Tucson Citizen    February 26, 1993
Arizona Daily Star    August 24, 1992
Arizona Daily Star    Intricate Art Form, January 27, 1992
New York Times    December 15, 1991
T.A.A. Skyline    Spring 1991
Seattle Times    Clear and Present, April 4, 19991
Oracle Magazine    Fragile Offerings, Feb/March 1991
Tucson Weekly    Riffs of the Past, December 12-18, 1990
Crafts Report    Tucson Craft Scene is Alive & Growing, November 1990
Arizona Daily Star    4 Tucson Artists on the Brink of Giant Step for Art, Science, November 1990
Tucson Weekly    Playing with Glass, March 14-20, 1990
El Informador    Guadalajara, Mexico, February 1990
Matter Magazine    Elements of ….., January 1990
Tucson Guide
Quarterly    Glassblowing-Ancient Craft, Modern Art, Summer 1989
Fresno Bee    December 19,1985
Tucson Citizen    September 7, 1985
Arizona Daily Star    February 9, 1984
Laugerdagur, Iceland    November 12,1983

Teaching Experience

2004    Glasshouse 383, Memphis TN, Consultant developing glass school & glass gallery
2004    Palo Alto High School Workshop with Fritz Dreisbach
2003    Visiting Lecturer, San Jose State University
2003-present    Adjunct Faculty, University of Arizona
2002-present    Adjunct Faculty, Pima Community College
2000-present    Sonoran Glass Art Academy, Founder and Instructor
1998    Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, Instructor
Sunpu Studios, Shizuoka, Japan, Workshop Instructor
1990-1991    Adjunct Faculty, University of Arizona
1981-2000    Tucson Hot Glass Workshops, Instructor and Director
1981                Pilchuck Glass Center, Teaching Assistant
1981-1983    University of Arizona, Teaching Assistant
1971-1973    University of Wisconsin, Teaching Assistant
1970-1979    Various Public Schools, Art Instructor