I began with fused glass in 1991. I had purchased my first kiln before I even took the class; so sure that was my direction. I never looked back. In North Florida at the time there were few people working in the medium so it was a lot of flying by the seat of my pants. I feel like I have investigated the material structurally, artistically, and through imagery. I think the very best piece of advice I ever received was from Duncan McClellan, another glass artist. He said “Lesley, tell a story”, I have clung to that over the years. I have told the stories of the past, stories of joy, and stories of sadness. Glass is a magical medium it allows all of that. It holds color with intensity, transparency and depth. It pulls you inside. Currently, I am beginning to investigate a new material, clay. It is malleable, spontaneous, and forgiving, many things that glass is not. I want to maintain my stories and begin to meld the two mediums together…we shall see, such is the journey of an artist.
Palette Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Kittrell/Riffkind Glass Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA
The Bender Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Katie Gingress Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Signature Gallery Tallahassee, FL
Bachman Studios Monticello, FL
2010 Hotel Duval, Tallahassee, FL
2006 “Snapshots” Palette Contemporary Art and Fine Craft Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2004 “Lesley Nolan: Gatherings” Palette Contemporary Art and Fine Craft Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2005 Opus One Gallery, Atlanta, Ga ( 2 person show )
2009 Inaugural Exhibition Florida Museum for Women Artists, Deland, Florida
This was important to me because Anna Thomsen Schrieffer lead the committee along with a dynamic group of women of which I was honored to be a part of, to create a space just for the women artists of Florida.
2011 Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA “Act 2: The Next Track
Illustrating the work of artists participating in the 2009 and 2010 Professional Artist in residency program for kiln formed glass at Pilchuck sponsored by Bullseye Glass
2012 “Act 2: The Next Track at Bullseye Resource Center Gallery Emeryville, Ca
International Juried Event:
2013 SOFA Chicago by Palette Contemporary Art and Craft of Albuquerque, NM,
2009 Dwell, by Palette Contemporary
2008 SOFA Chicago by Palette Contemporary Art and Craft of Albuquerque, NM,
2007 SOFA Chicago by Palette Contemporary Art and Craft of Albuquerque, NM,
2006 SOFA Chicago by Palette Contemporary Art and Craft of Albuquerque, NM
Having my work selected by Kurt Nelson of Palette Contemporary Art and Craft to be shown at SOFA was without a doubt one of the highlights of my career. He has now taken my work to SOFA four times.
2006 Ignite” Arrowmont School of Art and Craft, Gatlinburg, TN
2002 Warm Glass II Traveling Exhibit Seymour Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2002 Warm Glass II Bullseye Connections Gallery, Portland, OR Finalist.
This was a huge step for me. This was the 2nd year that Bullseye created a competition for the burgeoning medium and technique of Kilnformed Glass. I was so honored to be a finalist in the competition and show in the Bullseye Gallery. Bullseye is the first company to create a line of compatible fused glass. To this day they are the leaders in the industry. There I met the dynamic duo of Bullseye, Dan Schwoerer and Lani MacGregor. It was also this opportunity that introduced me to two galleries that I still work with today, Kittrell/Riffkind and Palette Contemporary.
2015 Coca 30 for 30 Invitational Exhibition City Hall Tallahassee, Florida
2013 Narratives, glass artists Lesley C S Nolan, Mathieu Grodet and Anna Boothe The Bender Gallery Asheville, NC
2012 Divergent Visions: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of American Studio Glass Bender Gallery
2011 Figurative Katie Gingress Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2011 Lesley Nolan with S. Besson, S.Funk and D.Royce Kittrell Riffkind Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2010 Fifth Dimension, Katie Gingress Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2009 Vitriforms: Contemporary Glass Art, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, Florida
2009 Lemoyne Center for the Arts “Allegro, a Celebration of Music and Art,"
2009 “One of a Kind” Kittrell/Riffkind Glass Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
2007 Tallahassee 18, Florida Craftsmen, St. Petersburg, Florida
2007 Glass Act” Top of the Capitol Gallery, Tallahassee, Fl
2006 Temple Beth-El Invitational, St. Petersburg, Fl
2006 “One of a Kind” Kittrell/Riffkind Glass Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
2005 “One of a Kind” Kittrell Riffkind Glass Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
2005 Psychological Profiles, City Hall, Tallahassee, FL
2004 4th Annual Glass Exhibit, Art Resources Gallery, Enid, MN
2004 Temple Beth-El Invitational, St. Petersburg, FL
2003 Kittrell/Riffkind Gallery, Fused Glass Invitational Dallas Texas
2003 Vision and Variety” Top of the Florida Capital, Tallahassee Fl
2002 Florida Craftsmen Invitational, Gadsden Arts Ctr, Quincy, Fl
2015 Gadsden Arts
2013 Florida Craftsmen Made in Florida, Gadsden Arts, Quincy, Fl 2nd Place
2013 Florida State University Glass at the Walmsley Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
2013 LeMoyne center for the Arts Chain of Parks Award of Distinction
2011 LeMoyne Center for the Arts Chain of Parks
2010 LeMoyne Center for the Arts Chain of Parks Featured Artist
2009 LeMoyne Center for the Arts Chain of Parks Best of Show, Tallahassee. FL
2009 "The Art of Fine Craftsmanship," Florida Craftsmen & Council on Culture and the Arts, Artport Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
2009 LeMoyne Center for the Arts Chain of Parks “Best of Show”
2008 "Go Green" – Florida State University Museum of Fine Art
2008 National Museum Women in the Arts Florida Artport, Tallahassee
2007 “Salon of Seven” Lemoyne Center for the Arts, Tallahassee, Fl
2009 Invitational: Professional Artist In Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington, USA
This was most definitely the most important event in my career. Bullseye Glass sponsered the first Invitational Professional Artist in Residence week at Pilchuck Glass School. The residence focused exclusively on Kiln-Formed glass. The residency was lead by Steve Klein and Richard Parrish. We were allowed to pursue anything we wished and we learned so much from each other. I can’t say enough how illuminating the entire experience was. From that Residence and the one that followed the next year a show developed called, Act 2: the next track.
2005 Catharine Newell Seminar, Bullseye, Portland Oregon
2002 Brock Craig and Avery Anderson Warm Glass Seminar
1999 Judy Hill Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL U.S.A.
1992 Newy Fagan Art Glass House, Cocoa, Fl USA
1991 Newy Fagan Art Glass House, Cocoa, FL U.S.A.
1979 University of Central Florida, BA, Orlando, FL, U.S
It is fun to see that many of my students have gone on to have professional careers. Some of them already had some experience in the medium and I like to think that I have encouraged their talents in some way. Others were complete beginners and have gone on to teach others. Other glass artists in Tallahassee, although they never took a class from me, I helped advise them on their first kiln purchase and answered their many questions. I think you will find that most artists are happy to share.
1999 Studio Classes:
1996-1998 Buck Lake Elementary Artists presentation with Julie McBride.
2001-2002 Florida State University Student Art Center, Instructor, Tallahassee, FL, Created program
2008-2010 Master Craftsman Program Florida State University June
2004 Door Project with the Tallahassee Coalition for the Homeless. This was a wonderful experience. I collaborated with Roberts Elementary teacher, Jennifer Gonzales. She had her 2nd grade students write a simple sentence about home. I decoupaged them all over the door and then cut out sections of the door to install glass panels of many people enjoying the moments of home. Indicating that it is the people in our lives that make our homes, not the place.
2012 Southern Art Glass Alliance, in 2012 a group came together to promote and share knowledge of Kilnformed Glass. In 2013 we worked with LeMoyne to present a show of three guilds: glass, paper and fiber. Since then we have working hard to maintain the group. We are still working toward our goals of sharing our knowledge and love of the material.
2014 Kids and Kilnfired glass. Together with help from COCA’s Amanda Thompson and FSU Master Craftsman Studio’s Sarah Coakley, I worked with Florida State University School’s Pam Wellheiser and her intern, Rachel Vesi to introduce Kiln Formed Glass as Portrait into the curriculum. I provided instructional assistance to Pam and Rachel as well as materials to make the project happen. I have also spoken with other Leon County Art teachers about the project. Hopefully, we will be able to encourage more teachers to participate. I am currently talking with Marcia Meale of Conley Elementary. The work of Florida State School was exhibited at 621 Gallery the month of December in the Winter Wonderland Exhibition.
2016 Tall Project COCA Tallahassee
Public & Corporate Spaces
Takaeda Pharmaceutical Company Corporate Headquarters Deerfield, Ill
Metavante Corporation Milwaukee, WI
Buck Lake Elementary School, Buck Lake PTO Tallahassee, FL
Washington County Elder Care Bartlesville, OK
Congregation Beth Am Temple Buffalo Grove, Ill
Best of America Glass Kennedy Publishing 2010
Kiln-Formed Glass, a beginners guide by Brenda Griffith 2007
Contemporary Warm Glass by Brad Walker 2000 and revision 2010
Craft arts international vol. 69
American Craft and Urban Glass
FL Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Tallahassee, FL
Florida Craftsmen, past NW area Co-director
Glass Art Society
Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Artists’ League
COCA, Tallahassee, FL