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Blue Line Arts offers the following activities as a special opportunity for our community to meet with Mark Abildgaard and learn about his craft first hand in 2022

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Interested in watching a professional artist in action?

Stop by and visit Mark Abildgaard to see him working in the Education Gallery:

Dates & Times in 2022

Wednesday, August 24th from 4-6pm

Thursday, August 25th from 4-6pm

Wednesday, August 31st from 4-6pm

Thursday, September 1st from 4-6pm

Wednesday, September 7th from 4-6pm

Thursday, September 8th from 4-6pm

Meet Mark Abildgaard2022 SCG Resident & Teaching Artist

I have been working with glass as a studio artist since 1986. My involvement with this unique material has always been inspired by how glass, light and color interact. In creating glass sculpture I want to use the inherent property of the material to transmit light as a way to express a feeling of spirituality.

I have found inspiration in looking at the artifacts from many different cultures that are able to convey a sense of mystery about mankind’s existence through time. I use images of totems, boats and figures in my work to explore ideas about the cycle of life and death. I try to create archetypical images which are not culturally specific. In working with these images I am seeking a way to combine ancient forms and my own life experiences. I want my work to maintain a connection to the past and at the same time reflect a sense of the immediacy of the moment when glass, light and color interact.

Mark Abildgaard



1983 M.F.A., University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

1979 B.A., San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

Selected Exhibitions:

2020 Unbroken Legacies: Art Glass from Northern California,

Museum of Northern California, Chico, CA

Chasing Ghosts 5, Verum Ultimim Art Gallery, Portland, OR

2019 International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan

2018 Craft Forms – 2018, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wayne, PA

Marking the Path, Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, Tracy CA

2017 30 Years of Kiln Cast Sculpture, Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

Crossings – A Boat Show, Bender Gallery, Asheville, NC

Cross Currents, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

El Corazon, Bathhouse Cultural Center, Dallas TX

2016 Talismans, Maria Elena Kravets Gallery, Cordoba, Argentina

2015 Enlightened Glass, San Jose Works Gallery, San Jose, CA

2013 Earth, Wind and Fire, Philabaum Glass Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2012 Red Hot and Blown, Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA

Playing with Fire, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

2011 Curious Harmony, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Offerings – Sacred Images in Nature, Masaoka Glass Gallery, Carmel Valley, CA

2008 Hot/Cold, Group Glass Exhibition, Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Suspended Elements, Solo Exhibition, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

2007 Tribal Visions, Kuivato Gallery, Sedona, AZ

2006 Aquarium Invitational, Vespermann Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Made in California – Oakland Museum Café, Oakland, CA


The Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California

The Oakland Museum, Oakland, California

The Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California

The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York

The Fresno Museum of Art, Fresno, California

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Racine Art Museum, Racine Wisconsin

The Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia

The Wheaton Museum of American Glass, Millville, New Jersey

The Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii

The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, Neenah, Wisconsin

Saks Fifth Avenue, Corporate Collection, Phoenix, Arizona

Pacific Enterprises, Corporate Collection, Los Angeles, CA

Hawaii State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii


2019 “Tuli Mem Gate” – 2019, 11’x12’x4’, stainless and cor ten steel, County of Yolo,

Esparto Aquatic Center, Esparto, CA.

2015 “Granary”- 2015, 12’x7’x5’, blown glass and stainless steel

Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Dogwood Park, Sacramento, CA

“Rainbow Wave”- 2015, blown glass and steel cable, 4’x16’x4’

Art Consulting Services, Mercy General Hospital, Sacramento, CA

Installed in the entrance of a café inside the hospital

2011 “Green Light Column” – 2011, slumped glass block, stainless steel, LED lights,


Griffiss Land Development Corporation, 153 Brooks Rd., Rome, NY

Installed in an outdoor sculpture garden

2010 “Fire Rainbow” – 2010, blown glass, steel cable, 16’x12’x12’

Yolo County Library – Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch

2801 – 2nd Street, Davis, CA

“Stringers” – 2010, blown glass, steel cable, 30’x5’x1’ each

Embarcadero Partners LLC, Office building

100 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA

2009 “Suspended Element Curtain” – 2009, blown glass, stainless steel, 3’x22’x6”

DESS Building, 25 N. Cottonwood, Woodland, CA

“Wave” – 2009, blown glass, stainless steel, 12”x72”x8”

DESS Building, 500 Reed Ave., West Sacramento, CA

“Light Columns” – 2009, slumped glass block, stainless steel, LED lights,

10’x 1.5’x1.5’ each

Griffiss Land Development Corporation, 153 Brooks Rd., Rome, NY

Installed in outdoor sculpture park

2008 “Tree of Life” - 2008, stainless steel, blown glass, 16’x10’x8’

Woodland Healthcare Medical Building, 632 W. Gibson Rd., Woodland, CA 2007 “Virga” – 2007, blown glass, steel cable, 36’x18’x15’

Embarcadero Capital Partners LLC, Office Building,

1301 Shoreway Rd., Belmont, CA

2006 “Green/Blue Column” – 2006, slumped dalle glass, 96”x16”x16”

“Suspended Elements” – 2006, kiln cast glass, stainless steel, 18”x72”x8”

Herbert Bauer Mental Health Building, 213 W. Beamer Street, Woodland, CA

Grants and Fellowships:

2015 Individual artists grant from the Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

1985 Five month fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America in

Millville, New Jersey.

SCG ART - Mark Abildgaard
Supported by

The Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program is a lasting gift to the many artists, arts educators and students, and arts enthusiasts we are fortunate to have in our community. The program represents a significant part of Susan’s lasting legacy–as a beloved local artist and environmental advocate.

The ART program works to develop and enhance the visual arts through short-term residencies and workshops taught by nationally-established and highly reputable artists who create in a range of media. Past visiting artists include: Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Michelle Ross, Richard Notkin, Katherine Ace, Laura Ross Paul, Tip Toland, Sergei Isupov, Michelle Gregor, Ana Lisa Hedstrom and Phoebe Toland.

To learn more about Susan Cooley-Gilliom and this lasting gift to the community, visit The Placer Community Foundation.


Stipends for free workshop registrations are available for Local Artists (residing in Placer and surrounding counties) and are generously provided by the Placer Community Foundation.  

Applications are due by 12pm on Monday August 1st, 2022


Richard Notkin