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“My work explores the relationship between pattern and color through abstract and geometric design. As a medium, I am drawn to glass due to the infinite diversity of color, texture and form. I combine precise temperature control with extensive coldworking to create a unique, contemporary appearance that lends itself to decorative, architectural and functional applications.” – Robert Wiener, Jr.

A native Washingtonian, Robert was raised in the DC metropolitan area. In the 70’s he studied at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he obtained a BS in Business Management. Over the next 20 years he nurtured a successful career in the Accounting and Finance profession. A new chapter in Robert’s life started in 2002 when he took his first art glass course at the Millennium Art Center in Washington, DC. Two years later, he said goodbye to his desk job and opened his own art glass studio, “DC Art Glass”.

During the next decade, Robert furthered his art glass education and training at several Washington area studios as well as The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass. He also participated in well over 80 juried events and exhibits. His art glass has been published in “500 Glass Objects, A Celebration of Functional and Sculptural Glass”, “American Art Collector” and the Guild Sourcebook of Architectural & Interior Art. Robert’s work has also been featured in several magazines including American Style, American Craft, Home & Design, The Crafts Report, Glass Craftsman, Glass Quarterly, Metro Weekly, and Washington Spaces. Public installations include the Marriott Hotel, Tyson’s Corner, VA and the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA. Robert’s art has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Canada, including the Museum of Arts & Design in NY and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada.

Creative Concepts by Morgan Madison, Weisser Studio, Kensington, MD 2016
Creating Dimension in Glass by Paul Messink, Weisser Studio, Kensington, MD, 2015
Tapestry by Richard Parrish, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD 2014
Vitrigraph Cane & Murrine I & II, by Nathan Sandberg, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD 2013
The Perfect Vessel, Master Class by Karl Harron, Weisser Studio, Kensington, MD, 2012
Color Theory for Glass: Fear No Color by Richard Parrish, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD, 2011
Color in Kiln-glass: Further Explorations & Applications by Richard Parrish, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD, 2011
Fusing, Precious Metals and Glory Hole Murrini by Richard La Londe, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD, 2004
Frit & Powders, Kiln Carving, and Mold and Stands by Bob Leatherbarrow, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD, 2004
Exploring Intent by Steve Klein, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD, 2003
Developing Direction by Steve Klein, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD, 2003
What am I Looking At? by Roger Thomas, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD, 2003
Expanding the Glass Palette by Roger Thomas, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD, 2003
Glass Casting by Jim Jones and Mary Kay Nitchie, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD, 2003
Comprehensive Kiln Forming and Design Techniques by Avery Anderson and Brock Craig, Corning Museum of Glass Studio, Corning, NY, 2003
Kiln Forming, the American/Scandinavian Connection by Beth Lipman and Ingalena Klenell, Corning Museum of Glass Studio, Corning, NY, 2003
Glass – Heat Transformed an Intensive Exploration by Judith Conway and Kevin O’Tool, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD, 2003
Beginning Fusing by Nancy Weisser, Weisser Glass Studio, Kensington, MD, 2003
Sandblasting for Fusers by Judith Conway and Kevin O’Tool, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD, 2003
Fire Up, Understanding Firing Schedules by Nancy Weisser, Weisser Glass Studio, Kensington, MD, 2003
Advanced Production Techniques by Avery Anderson and Brock Craig, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD, 2003
Introduction to Kiln Forming by Judith Conway and Kevin O’Tool, Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD, 2003
The Glass Palette: Painterly Effects for Fused Glass by Kari Minnick, Meltdown Glass School at the Millennium Art Center, Washington, DC, 2003
Architectural Lighting Design by Erwin Timmers, Tim Tate and Marty King, Meltdown Glass School at the Millennium Art Center, Washington, DC, 2002
Glass Lovers Weekend by Erwin Timmers, Tim Tate and Marty King, Meltdown Glass School at the Millennium Art Center, Washington, DC, 2002

American Craft Council Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 2005, 2006, 2009
American Craft Council Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, 2005, 2006
Artomatic, Washington, DC, 2004
MCPL, Bethesda, MD 2011
Bay Area Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2012
Craft and Folk Museum, Los Angeles, CA 2012-2013
Crafts at the Castle, Boston, MA, 2006
Craft Boston, Boston, MA, 2006
Creative Craft Council 25th Annual Exhibition, Bethesda, MD, 2005
DC Loft Gallery, Washington, DC, 2010
DC Metropolitan Art Show, National Harbor, MD, 2010
Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD 2010
E-merge: WG@BE3, Portland, OR, 2004
Festival of the Arts, Falls Church, VA, 2009
Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC 2010 – 2013, 2015, 2016
Fisher Art Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 2003
Gallery 66NY, Cold Spring, NY 2014
Gallery B, Bethesda, MD 2013, 2016
Gallery Har Shalom, Potomac, MD 2012
Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville, MD, 2006, 2010
Greater Reston Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA, 2005
Howard Art Exhibit, Ellicott City, MD, 2010
Katzen Art Gallery, Washington, DC, 2008
Long View Gallery, Washington, DC, 2011
Meltdown Sculptural Invitational, Millennium Art Center, Washington DC, 2002
Mid City Artists Open Studios, 2005 – 2016
Museum of Northwestern Art, La Conner, WA 2011
NCAGG Exhibits, 2004, 2010
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
Philadelphia Buyer’s Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA, 2006, 2007, 2008
Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC, 2006
Studio Gallery, Washington, DC, 2008
Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC, 2007
Village of Friendship Heights Art Gallery, Chevy Chase, MD, 2004
Washington Sculpture Center, Washington, DC, 2003
Washington Craft Show, Washington, DC, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI, 2007
Weisser Gallery, Kensington, MD, 2013
WheatonArts Gallery, Millville, NJ 2016
White Cloud Gallery, Washington, DC 2016
Woodbourne Collection, Kensington, MD, 2004

In Place: Kiln Glass in the Built Environment, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland, 2011
PAiR, Professional Artist in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, 2010

Robert has won several awards for his Colorbar Murrine Series, including the “Best in Fused Glass” NICHE Award in 2006 and the “Best of Show” award at the 25th Annual Creative Craft Council exhibit. He is also honored to have been selected as a finalist in Bullseye’s international competition, E-MERGE 2004 and awarded honorable mention in the 2004 Woodbourne Collection exhibition.

In 2010 Robert attended the Professional Artist in Residence (PAiR) program at Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle. The following year he traveled to Lybster, Scotland to take part in an artist residency at North Lands Creative Glass. In 2011 he joined DC’s oldest cooperative artists’ organization, The Foundry Gallery, where in 2012 he served as President. Today, he works full time in his private studio in near Logan Circle in Washington, DC.