The 2022 Artist of the Year is Annie Morhauser, founder of Annieglass, a best-selling line of glass tableware and sculptures sold worldwide.
Handcrafting her glassware in Santa Cruz County since 1983, she has grown her business to become one of America’s largest and most successful glass studios.
Combining her skills as a designer, craftswoman, and businesswoman, Morhauser built a much-loved brand and has been featured in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland, and from the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. It has won numerous design awards and patents.
Annieglass can be purchased at top stores and is collected by chefs, celebrities, grooms and many loyal local customers.
Next year she will celebrate 40 years of creating sculptural glassware with her team of skilled artisans.
For 36 years, the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission has presented the award to a local artist for outstanding achievement in the performing, visual, or literary arts and who has made a substantial contribution to the cultural enrichment of Santa Cruz County. .
She has accomplished something rare: crossing the commercial world while tenaciously maintaining her approach to the fine arts.
His downtown Santa Cruz store was one of the first to reopen after the 1989 earthquake, despite the destruction of more than four tons of glass in his workshop.
The Annieglass studio, originally 400 square feet in the Old Sash Mill in Santa Cruz, is now a 16,000+ square foot manufacturing facility at 310 Harvest Drive in Watsonville. Factory tours are available on Saturdays.
Twice a year, a new collection is presented. Annieglass has reinvigorated the ancient craft of glassmaking with new technology and original design.
Morhauser arrived in Santa Cruz in 1977. She learned glassblowing at the College of San Mateo and San Francisco State University before receiving a scholarship for the glass program as a student of Marvin Lipofsky at the California College of Arts and Crafts, now called California College. Arts. She now serves there as an advisor, donor and trustee of the board.
In 2017, Annie started The Craftbar with her daughter Ava Reinhold, hosting arts and crafts workshops, which functions as a community beacon. The Annieglass retail store and website features all Annieglass collections as well as the work of other well-known and local craft artists.
More than 400 nonprofit organizations receive cash and in-kind donations each year, including Jacob’s Heart, Girls Inc., Digital Nest, Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte, Salud Para La Gente, Watsonville Film Festival, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Museum of Art and History. . More than 40 scholarships have been awarded to students in need.
Annie’s son, Taylor Reinhold, is following in the family footsteps of art and community service. He recently completed the Sea Walls Santa Cruz murals.
A free “Profile Performance” will take place in the fall of 2022. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the location and format of the performance will be determined at a later date. Check the Department of Parks website in Summer 2022.
For more information, including how to nominate an artist for the award, visit www.scparks.com.
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