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Left Behind (triptych)
The collection Short Stories is designed to reflect the ties that bind humans to the material and temporal desires of our earthly existence. The works represent life as a series of compartmentalized occurrences rather than events in a linear timeline.
The three works entitled Left Behind are part of a series called “Short Stories”
The .....


Left Behind (triptych)
The collection Short Stories is designed to reflect the ties that bind humans to the material and temporal desires of our earthly existence. The works represent life as a series of compartmentalized occurrences rather than events in a linear timeline.
The three works entitled Left Behind are part of a series called “Short Stories”
The Short Stories series are sculptural narratives and texts based on my human experience.
The triptych is a representation of the emotional fallout and the pain of estrangement I experienced following my father’s death. This is my reckoning with the grief of losing a parent, being honest with myself about my feelings and our failed relationship. Needing to forgive myself for wanting to erase one of the main characters in my story and the feeling of suddenly being transported to my childhood, while simultaneously having to be present in the moment.
Using the creation of these works as a form of therapy I learned I needed to see my parent as a sufferer of intergenerational trauma in order to come to terms with my own emotional injuries.

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EDUCATION
1996-2000 Rhode Island School of Design, BFA Ceramics, Providence RI
2002-2003 The Make Up Designory, SPFX Makeup artist Certification, Burbank CA
2009-2011 Glendale Community College,Technical Welding, Glendale CA
2017 University of the Arts Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Philadelphia PA

ASSISTANTSHIPS
1999 Rhode Island School of Design, Teaching Assistant Slip Casting, Frank Bosco
2000 Rhode Island School of Design, Teaching Assistant Drawing, J.Harvey
2006-2009 Kevin Haney Makeup Artist, Special Effects Lab Assistant, K.Haney, M.Okumura,Los Angeles CA
2016 Penland School of Craft, Teacher Assistant Flameworking, Beccy Feather

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2001 Henry Abbott Technical School, Art Teacher, Danbury CT
2014 Fish Bowl Glass Studio, Flameworking Guest Instructor, Providence RI
2015 Zen Glass Studio, Flameworking Guest Instructor, St. Petersburg FL
2016 Zen Glass Studio, Flameworking Guest Instructor, St. Petersburg FL

2016 Penland School of Craft, Teacher Assistant Flameworking, Beccy Feather
2017- 2019 Salem Community College, Adjunct Professor of Glass, Salem NJ
2017 Salem Community College, Flameworking Summer Guest Instructor, Salem NJ
2017 Urban Glass, Flameworking Guest Instructor, Brooklyn NY
2018 Urban Glass Flameworking Guest Instructor, Brooklyn NY
2018 Salem Community College, Flameworking Guest Instructor, Salem NJ
2018 Glass Alchemy Studio, Flameworking Guest Instructor, Portland OR
2019 Corning Museum of Glass, Flameworking Guest Instructor, Corning NY
2019 Pilchuck Glass School, Flameworking Guest Instructor, Stanwood WA
2019 Urban Glass, Flameworking Guest Instructor, Brooklyn NY
2019 Flint Institute of the Arts, Flameworking Instructor, Flint MI
2021 Penland School of Craft, Flameworking Guest Instructor, Spruce Pine NC
2021 Snowfarm The New England Craft Program, Flameworking Guest Instructor, Williamsburg MA Forthcoming-
2023 Pilchuck Glass School, Flameworking Guest instructor, Stanwood WA

RELATED EXPERIENCE
2001-2003 The Danbury Mint, Art Department Figurine Painter, Norwalk CT
2003-2009 Special Effects MakeUp Artist, Freelance Makeup Artist, Los Angeles CA
2006-2009 Special effects Lab Technician for Kevin Haney, Los Angeles CA
2010 American Glass Expo, Flameworking Demo Artist, Las Vegas NV
2011 American Glass Expo, Flameworking Demo Artist, Las Vegas NV
2012 American Glass Expo, Flameworking Demo Artist, Las Vegas NV
2013 Armadillo Art Glass Initiative, Flameworking Demo Artist, Austin TX
2014 Wonderland Glass Gallery, Flameworking Demo Artist, West Palm Beach FL
2015 Glassroots Art Show, Flameworking Demo Artist, Madison WI
2016 Zen Glass Studio, Phuild Motion Exhibition Curator, St.Petersburg FL
2017 International Flameworking Conference, Flameworking Demo Artist, Salem NJ
2017 East Coast Melt! Flameworking Demo Artist, Thompson PA
2018 Glass Art Society. Flameworking Demo Artist, Murano Italy
2018 Classic 33, Flameworking Demo Artist, Huntington Beach CA
2018 Michigan Glass Project, Flameworking Demo Artist, Detroit MI
2019 Glass Alchemy, Flameworking Demo Artist, Portland OR
2019 DFO, Flameworking Demo Artist, Gresham OR
2019 Michigan Glass Project, Flameworking Demo Artist, Detroit MI

2020 Public Glass, Flameworking Virtual Demo Artist, San Francisco CA 2022 Glass Art Society Board of Directors

AWARDS
2012 Glassroots Art Show, Couples Competition 2nd Place

2012 American Glass Expo, Best up and Coming Artist Nomination
2013 American Glass Expo, Best Female glass Artist Nomination
2013 American Glass Expo, Best Central Territory glass Artist Nomination
Residencies:
Pilchuck Emerging Artist in Residence 2021
Media & Publications:
Cover, Hotbreath Magazine, issue 6,Jan./Feb. 2013
Box, Kiki ”Goddess of Grotesque”, Hotbreath Magazine, issue 6, Jan./Feb. 2013, p 38-44 McKesson, Aymie “Zii Amazing Kim Thomas” The Flow Magazine, Vol.13,Spring 2015,p 24-25 Vagabong: The American Pipe Dream, Film, Interviewee, 2017
Corning New Glass Review 38, 2017
Glass Alchemy, GAMA Board of Directors Member 2018-present
Hooper, Ryan Patrick “Mind-Blowing” Hour Detroit March 2021, p 45&47
Corning New Glass Review 42, 2022

EXHIBITIONS
2013 Big Show Galleria. Convention Center, Las Vegas NV
2014 How Glass Is. Made Gallery, Chicago IL
2015 Zii at Zen. Solo Show Zen Gallery, St.Petersburg FL
2016 Phuild Motion. Zen Gallery, St.Petersburg FL
2016 Cult Classics. Ruckus Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2016 Big Show Galleria. Convention Center, Miami FL
2016 2/12 . Ruckus Gallery. Philadelphia PA
2017 Impossible Standards.Ruckus Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2017 Women of Glass. Zen Gallery, St.Petersburg, FL
2017 The Tyme & Zii Show. Creep Gallery Philadelphia PA
2018 Symbiotic Spheres: The Interlocking Worlds of Glass. Museum of Glass, Millville NJ 2019 Mini. Mize Gallery, St.Petersburg FL
2019 From the Flame. Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint MI
2021 Glass in the Expanded Field, Hunterdon Museum, Clinton NJ
2022 Habatat Galleries 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Royal Oak, MI2022 Fired Up: Glass Today, The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford CT 2022 Through A Glass, Darkly, The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington DE

2022 Abundance, Wayward Art Gallery, Chicago IL
2022 Disclosure: The Whiteness of Glass, The Center for Craft, Asheville, NC

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