Acclaimed contemporary glass artist Daniel Clayman has begun his tenure at UArts as the Effron Family Endowed Chair in Glass, leading the Glass concentration in the Craft + Material Studies program. He has long been recognized in the field of glass, with work in the collections of museums and other institutions across the globe, including the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.
After many successful years creating objects for galleries and shows, Clayman says he came to a point where he was looking for a different kind of challenge.
“For the past five years I’ve been thinking about the next phase of my life,” he says. “I’ve always been involved in academia, as an adjunct or a lecturer. I love the energy of the students. And the current focus of my work on large-scale projects with a longer timeframe makes this new direction possible.”
Clayman is the first endowed chair in the University’s history. An endowed position recognizes outstanding faculty and enhances faculty ranks with national and international artists, designers, and scholars.
The establishment of the Effron Family Chair was made possible by the generosity of longtime UArts Trustee Brian Effron and his wife, Sherry Effron. The Effrons are recognized collectors of glass art, and are the recipients of the 2018 Hamilton Award for their passionate support of the University and their commitment to its students.