Ron Desmett
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Ron Desmett b. 1948 is a contemporary sculptor using molten black glass as his device to disturb the canons of craft by subverting a material known for its sleek beauty and transparency. Desmett creates transformative, rough, dark, earthy, slumping visages. In Persephone’s Garden he demands of the underworld to let another beauty rise from its sodden rotting limbs. Black glass is his holy grail. Desmett is a descendant of coal miners from Belgium relocated in the diaspora of migrants to the mines of Clearfield PA, where he was born. He has received awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, including Pennsylvania Artist of the Year 2013-2014. In 2010, Desmett was Artist in Residence at the Tacoma Museum working with a team on new ideas. He has also been a resident artist at Artpark, Lewiston, NY and the Contemporary Art Center at Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ. His works are in the permanent collections of the Renwick Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum, the Tacoma Museum of Glass, the American Museum of Glass at Wheaton Village and the Corning Museum, NY.