José Chardiet (b. 1956, Havana): A glass artist who cites as influences Spanish still-life paintings, Chardiet’s pieces are included in the permanent collections at the Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the American Craft Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Detroit Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art and the Yokohama Museum of Art, among others. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University in 1983, and has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has received fellowships from the Institute of International Education, the Ohio Arts Council and the Creative Glass Center of America (Cintas for art, 1988-89)

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