UArts Awards 6th Annual Irvin Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts to Sarah Briland

November 20, 2018

Glass artist Sarah Briland has been named the winner of the University of the Arts’ sixth annual Irvin J. Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts by an international panel of glass experts awarded to. The Borowsky Prize is given each year to an artist whose work is conceptually daring, exemplifies technical skill and innovation, and advances the field of contemporary glass.  The prize carries with it a $5,000 award and a lecture at the University.

Briland received an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has been exhibited nationally including shows at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, The Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA, and UrbanGlass, in Brooklyn, NY. She has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University. In 2014, she was an Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Briland lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.

The Irvin Borowsky Prize in Glass Arts is made possible by a substantial gift from the late University of the Arts Trustee Irvin J. Borowsky and his wife, Laurie Wagman, a current trustee. The gift also enabled the University to establish the Irvin Borowsky Center for Glass Arts, expanding the University's Glass facilities and its capacity to promote the study of the historical and contemporary significance of glass art. The Prize is selected annually by an international panel of artists, educators and collectors.