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​Lesley Nolan 

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.

Gallery Representation:

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 

Solo Exhibition:

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 

Juried Group:

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 

 Professional Organizations

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