Paul Marioni Presents His Work and Film

Wednesday, October 2
Paul Marioni conversation, 6-7pm at The Project Room: 1315 E Pine St
Film Screening and special reception: 7:15-8:30pm at Northwest Film Forum: 
1515 12th Ave

Free and open to the public

Please note that reserved seating is not available and space is limited for the 6pm conversation- seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, everyone will be accommodated at the Northwest Film Forum for the film screening at 7:15pm. We encourage you to arrive early.

Tickets to the film are being generously underwritten by Chihuly Garden and Glass. 

Glass artist Paul Marioni will give a free and unique presentation about his life and work at The Project Room (TPR) during the ongoing “How is Seattle Remembered?” series. Featuring a conversation with TPR Founder Jess Van Nostrand and a special screening of Paul’s 1972 experimental film, HOLE, this is a rare opportunity to see a different side of this legendary figure from the American Glass Movement. The program takes place in two parts, the first at The Project Room and the second at Northwest Film Forum. Join us at 6pm for the discussion and at 7:15pm for the screening down the street!

About the Program Series

As part of The Project Room’s 2013-2014 theme, How Are We Remembered? Seattle’s thematic based arts organization presents a unique series of conversations specific to Seattle, featuring guest presenters who have deep roots in the city. Taking The Project Room’s position as a platform for understanding creativity, questions that address Seattle’s legacy and its creativity will be addressed through a personal approach to our city’s history, this special group of guest presenters will share their stories, memories, and hopes for the city’s future.

Each event in the series will feature a guest speaker from a creative field who shares his or her point of view on this subject in a conversation with the audience. This will provide an unusually-intimate setting for these high-profile public figures- so arrive early and be ready to participate! Past speakers include Total Experience Gospel Choir’s Patrinell Wright, Architect Peter Steinbrueck, and Sub Pop Records’ Megan Jasper. For more info, go here.


About the Artist

Paul Marioni, one of the founding members of the American Studio Glass movement, creates sculptures and vessels that incorporate humor, images of taboo sexuality, genre figures, tribal masks, photographs, and visual puns.

Paul moved to California in the mid 1960s, where he was attracted to the beat poets of San Francisco and to the burgeoning counterculture of that city.  There, he became part of the influential group of artists working in stained glass in the Bay Area during the early 1970s.

Paul has completed more than 85 public commissions, including cast glass walls, ceilings, and skylights. Known as an innovator in the glass world, Marioni pushes his techniques to their limits, regularly redefining what is possible to achieve with the material.

Marioni graduated in 1967 from the University of Cincinnati, and is a Fellow of the American Crafts Council. He has received three fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts. He has taught at the Penland School of Crafts and at the Pilchuck Glass School.

Paul Marioni has a son, Dante, who is also a glassblower, and in 1998, the two of them presented a feature exhibition of their glass at the Fresno Art Museum in California. Paul Marioni’s program is sponsored by Chihuly Garden and Glass, which aims to celebrate our region’s creative energy and inspire visitors to engage with our region’s cultural community.


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