Robin Cass earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Alfred University.  An educator as well as an artist, she been faculty in the Glass Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology since 1998, and is currently serving Associate Dean of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Cass has been invited to teach and lecture at numerous domestic and international venues including Hong Kong Baptist University; the National College of Art in Dublin; and L’viv National Academy of Arts in Ukraine. Cass has also taught glassblowing at venues including Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack and The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Although she includes a range of materials in her sculptures, Cass has worked with hot glass as her primary artistic medium for over 25 years. She was trained in the discipline of traditional Italian glassblowing, and uses these skills in new ways to create compelling biomorphic forms. Her current work explores themes of discovery, perception and wonder.

Her pieces are included in several recent publications including “Masters of Blown Glass”, by Susan Rossi-Wilcox, and “25 Years of New Glass Review” by Tina Oldknow, curator at the Corning Museum of Glass. She was also recently featured in the April 2014 issue of American Craft Magazine. Robin has exhibited her sculptural work extensively, and her pieces can be found in a number of public and private collections in the United States and abroad. In recent years her work has been exhibited in Osaka, Japan and Quindong, China.


Associate Dean & Professor
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences Rochester Institute of Technology
Board of Directors, Glass Art Society, 2004–2010 98 Hickory Street
Rochester, New York 14620


1998 New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred UniversityMFA Sculpture/Glass Alfred, NY
1993 Rhode Island School of DesignBFA Sculpture/Glass Providence, RI
1988-1990 McGill UniversityStudies in political science and anthropology Montreal, Quebec


2015 MenagerieAXOM Gallery Rochester, NY
2011 Curious GrowthsShift Gallery Seattle, WA
2011 Solo ExhibitionGallery at Osaka University of Art Osaka, Japan
2008 New WorkOckHee Gallery Rochester, NY
2007 YieldAlexander Brest Museum Jacksonville, Fl
2006 New WorkTittott Museum of Glass Taipei, Taiwan
2006 LinkagesRochester Contemporary Gallery, Lab Space Rochester, NY
2005 Common AfflictionsNTID Dyer Arts Center at RIT Rochester, NY
2002 New Work in Glass and MetalAppalachian Center Smithville, TN
2001 A Slight BreachBromfield Gallery Boston, MA
2001 RevelationsArc Gallery Chicago, IL
2000 Vital RevelationsGalerie Raphael Essebag Montreal, Quebec
1997 Toys and TrapsThe Field Gallery Martha’s Vineyard, MA


2015 FLOW / GROW:Qingdao Contemporary Glass Art ExhibitionQingdao Archives & Research Center for Contemporary Art Qingdao, China
2015 Parallel Frequencies: SeattleTraver Gallery Seattle, WA
2015 Foundlings: A Tribute to Misfitscollaborative installation with Bill KlingensmithRochester Contemporary Arts Center Rochester, NY
2015 Parallel FrequenciesCohen Gallery at Alfred University Alfred, NY
2014 The Next: A Studio Glass ContinuumTower Gallery Brockport, NY
2014 Glass InvitationalEXHIBIT “A” Contemporary Art Corning, NY
2013 Wheaton Glass: The Art of the FellowshipMuseum of American Glass Wheaton, NJ
2011 – 2012 ProloguesGallery R Rochester, NY
2011 A Really Big Small Works ShowPittsburgh Glass Center Pittsburgh, PA
2011 International Ceramic and Glass Art inthe 21st Century – 10 years of Seto Artists in ResidenceSeto City Art Museum Seto City, Japan
2009 The 60th Year:Teaching Faculty of The School for American CraftsBevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
2009 “Inspired By” invitational exhibitionTraver Gallery Tacoma, Washington
2009 Glass Under GlasLong Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences New Jersey
2008 “A Gathering of Contemporary Glass”Farnsworth Museum of Art Rockland, Maine
2008 Clear Your Mind: Contemporary Glass InvitationalFigge Art Museum Davenport, IA
2007 A Gathering of Contemporary GlassFarnsworth Museum Rockland, ME
2007 Contemporary Glass InvitationalFullerton Art Museum San Bernadino, CA
2006 Anniversary InvitationalPrism Contemporary Chicago, IL
2006 Artist’s Choice ExhibitionHabatat Gallery Boca Raton, FL
2006 Compelled by Content IIFraser Gallery Washington, DC
2006 Sculpture: Cast, Carved, ConstructedSchweinfurth Art Center Auburn, NY
2005 International Glass and Ceramic Art Festival ExhibitionSeto City Cultural Center Aichi, Japan
2004 Glass Symposium ExhibitionNational Museum of Ukraine Lviv, Ukraine
2004 Everyday Transparencies: The Function of GlassMuseum of Art Jacksonville, FL
2004 Annual InvitationalCorning College Corning, NY
2004 InvitationalAppalachian Center Smithville, TN
2003 Upstate InvitationalRochester Contemporary Rochester, NY
2003 S.C.C.C. Residency ExhibitionSeto City Cultural Center Seto, Japan
2003 20/20 Vision: CGCA RetrospectiveMuseum of American Glass Millville, NJ
2003 Artists of my Area/EraBubba Mavis Seattle, WA
2002 American Glass Educators ExhibitionTittot Museum Taipei, Taiwan
2002 The Wheeler Gallery Providence, RI
2001 Material History:A Cultural Exploration in Fiber and GlassStarr Gallery Newton, MA
2001 New TalentJon Elder Gallery New York, NY
2001 Glass EvolutionChappell Gallery Boston, MA
2001 Finger Lakes Biennial ExhibitionMemorial Art Gallery Rochester, NY
2001 Content: Glass InvitationalClark Gallery Lincoln, MA
2000 Material WorldMarta Hewett Gallery Cincinnati, OH
1997 International Glass Symposium Participants ExhibitionThe Glass Museum of Novy Bor The Czech Republic
1997 Glass 1997The Bristol Museum of Art Bristol, RI
1994 Transparent, Translucent, OpaqueStarr Gallery Newton, MA

1992               All Consuming Images

Visual Arts Center of Alaska                                               Anchorage, AK


2014 Artist Profile “Queen of Parts”American Craft MagazineThe full text can be found here:
2012 “Blazing a Trail of Artistic Innovation”Research at RIT magazine
2010 Masters of Blown Glass: significant works by leading artistsEdited by Susan Rossi Wilcox
2010 Breaking Ground: Craft Art in Western New YorkBarbara Lovenheim
2006 25 years of New Glass ReviewTina Oldknow, The Corning Museum of Glass
2003 Women in GlassKohler, Lucartha  Shiffer Publisher
2001 GlassblowingCass, Robin Glass Art Society Annual Journal essay
June 2001 Review of “Visionary Women” ExhibitionNetsky, Ronald City Paper Rochester, NY
September 2001 Exhibitions Review of “Content: Glass Invitational”Sculpture Magazine
January 2001 “Gallery” pictorial sectionAmerican Craft Magazine
June 2000 Exhibition Review of “Vital Revelations”Lehmann, Henry,  Montreal Gazette
Winter 2001 pictorialRISD Views
August 1997 Exhibition Review of “Toys and Traps”Vineyard Gazette
1994 Juror StatementFrantz, Suzanne,  New Glass Review


2005 Pennsylvania State Museum exhibition and competition, “State of the Art”Sole Juror for the sculpture and crafts categories Harrisburg, PA
 2005 Judge “100 New York Craftsmen”Competition at the Kenan Center for the Arts in  Buffalo, NY
2003 “Poetry of Science:An International Exhibition of Glass Sculpture”The Gallery at One Bausch & Lomb Place Rochester, NY
2001 “Material and Meaning: New Glass by Emerging Artists”Gallery R Rochester, NY
2001 “Visionary Women:An International Exhibition of Glass Sculpture”The Gallery at One Bausch & Lomb Place Rochester, NY


1998-present Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts, Rochester, NYFull Professor 2010Faculty since 1998Acting Program Chair for the 2000 and 2001 academic years designed and implemented two new courses: “Art & Glass in Northern Italy” RIT Study Abroad Course in Venice & Florence, Italy  7/01“Glass in Venice: History & Practice” RIT Study Abroad Course in Venice, Italy   7/04
1996 – 1998 NYSCC at Alfred University Alfred, NYGraduate Assistant Instructor of Undergraduate Glass and Freshman Foundation courses


2010 Tama Universitylecture and demonstration Tokyo, Japan
2010 Kent State University, Blossom Arts ProgramWorkshop Instructor Kent, OH
2010 Visiting ArtistSOFA Collectors Reception at UrbanGlass Brooklyn, New York
2008 California College of ArtsLecture Oakland, CA
2008 San Jose State UniversityLecture, Glassblowing workshop, Visiting Critic San Jose, CA
2008 National College of Art & DesignGlassblowing workshop Dublin, Ireland
2005, 2002 Pilchuck Glass SchoolGlassblowing workshop instructor Stanwood, WA
2008, 2004, 2002 The Studio of The Corning Museum of GlassGlassblowing workshop instructor Corning, NY
2003 Jacksonville UniversityGlassblowing workshop instructor Jacksonville, FL
2002 Kook Min Universitytaught two day workshop in the Glass Program, and acted as Visiting Critic for final reviews Seoul, Korea
2002 Aichi University of EducationGlassblowing workshop instructor with Peter Ivy Aichi, Japan
2002 The National College of ArtGlassblowing workshop instructor Dublin, Ireland
2000 Haystack Craft SchoolGlassblowing workshop instructor Deer Isle, Maine
1994 UrbanGlassWorkshop Instructor “Vessel as Canvas” New York, NY


2014                               Hauberg Residency

Pilchuck Glass School


2010                               Artist in Residence

Osaka University of Art


2008                               Tacoma Museum of Glass and Center for Contemporary Art

Stanwood, WA Osaka, Japan Tacoma, WA


2005                               Tacoma Museum of Glass and Center for Contemporary Art

Tacoma, WA



2002                               Seto City Cultural Center                                       Seto, Japan


1993                               Creative Glass Center of America                              Millville, NJ


1991                               Visual Arts Center of Alaska                                   Anchorage AK


2006, 2002 & 2000       New York State Arts and Cultural Council

4 Special Opportunity Stipend Grants in support of solo exhibitions

2012, 2007, 2005

& 1999

Rochester Institute of Technology nominated for “Eisenhart Outstanding Teacher Award”

2004                              International Glass Symposium in L’viv, Ukraine  Invited to participate as the only American representative and awarded supporting grants from the following groups:

The Ukrainian Group of Rochester The RIT Women’s Council

The RIT CIAS Honors Program

2003                              Tiffany Foundation – nominated for Artist Fellowship Grant

2013, 2012, 2002,

1994 & 1993

New Glass Review selected for volumes 14 15, 23, 33 and 34.

2001                              Rochester Institute of Technology Faculty Development Grant for exploration of borosilicate flame working

2001                              Constance Saltonstall Foundation Sculpture Grant finalist

2001                              Glass Art Society invited glassblowing demonstrator at 2001 GAS Conference in Corning, NY

2001                              Memorial Art Gallery of Rochester “Louis D’Amanda Award” – Finger Lakes Exhibition

2001                              Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Full Grant for “Visionary Women” Exhibition Catalog


The Tacoma Museum of Glass & Center For Contemporary Art Tacoma, WA
The Seto City Cultural Center Seto, Japan
The Lady Helen Hamlyn London, England
The Lviv Museum of Glass L’viv, Ukraine
The Museum of American Glass Millville, NJ