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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

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

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

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.


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:

2018 Creative Tallahassee 2018. Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition. Tallahassee City Hall Art Gallery.

2018 From the Ground Up. Plein Air & Pottery. LeMoyne Arts, Tallahassee, Florida. 2nd Place

2017 Art In Gadsden, Gadsden Art Center and Museum, Quincy, FL Clay

2016 Art in Gadsden, Gadsden Art Center and Museum, Quincy, FL   Clay

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

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


999       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  seminar June

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             

Tall Project          COCA                                                                                                    Tallahassee, FL                         


Best of America Glass Kennedy Publishing 2010

Kiln-Formed Glass, a beginner’s 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 
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