Artist Profile - John Nygren


John Nygren is a senior member of the North Carolina glass art community and a renowned American master. Throughout his 40 year career, love of nature and the environment have been persistent themes.

John Nygren's glass works range from landscape vessels, classic vase forms with delicately wrought natural elements, to whimsical frogs.

After earning an MFA degree from the Cranbook Academy of Art, Nygren first trained in the art of glassblowing at NC's Penland School of Crafts in 1968. Of the pieces produced in this three-week burst of creativity, two were juried into important exhibitions and a third purchased by Charlotte's Mint Museum. A year later he moved to Walnut Cove, NC, where he built the New Branch Glass Studio. Though living in North Carolina, Nygren's successful art career was firmly launched as a member of New York's newly formed Contemporary Art Glass Group (now the Heller Gallery) in 1973.

Nygren, among his numerous awards and honors, was named the Winston-Salem (NC) Artist of the Year in 2000. In 2006 he was awarded the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Alumni Achievement Award for Art

Selected Public Collections:

Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC - Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY - The Mint Museum, Atlanta, GA -  Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC