Josiah McElheny

Josiah McElheny was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1966. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and apprenticed with master glassblowers Ronald Wilkins, Jan-Erik Ritzman, Sven-Ake Caarlson, and Lino Tagliapietra. McElheny creates finely-crafted, handmade glass objects that he combines with photographs, text and museological displays to evoke notions of meaning and memory. Whether recreating miraculous glass objects pictured in Renaissance paintings or modernized versions of nonextant glassware from documentary photographs, Josiah McElheny’s work takes as its subject the object, idea, and social nexus of glass. Josiah McElheny lives and works in New York City.