- an artist working in sculpture, glass and on paper.

P3Studio Residency at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in partnership with Art Production Fund




August 12 – September 13, 2015

Hours: Wednesday & Thursday | 5 – 10PM; Friday – Sunday | 6 – 11PM

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in partnership with Art Production Fund, is pleased to announce P3Studio artist-in-residence Brent Sommerhauser. Although glass is all around us, its use as an art material has an air of mystery. Inside P3Studio, Sommerhauser will introduce guests to kiln-formed glass, demonstrate the process of working with it and showcase the potential of this dynamic art-making material.

Guests will have the opportunity to create small ‘sketches’ in glass by layering rich color combinations of glass powder, glass strings and other glass elements over Bullseye handmade glass tiles that Sommerhauser will fire in his Olympic glass kilns. The resulting tiles will be photographed and shared on his Instagram account @P3GlassArt. Then, the tiles will be combined and contribute to a growing work that will serve as a record of those that participated, filling P3Studio with light, color and pattern.

Kiln-formed glass is created by assembling and heating opalescent and transparent glass elements in a kiln to around 1,500 F until it softens and fuses together into single sheet of glass that can have exceptional color definition, richness and saturation. While the actual design process can be quite direct, the fusing process generally takes days to become fully realized. After the initial fusing, the glass can be further manipulated, layered and fused again and again until the desired form and color is achieved. Kiln-glass is especially rich territory for artists because it encompasses an enormous range of working methods including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and more. Although shapes and patterns may be repeated, each kiln formed glass work is completely unique since the glass is handmade and evidence of the process is often visible in the final product.

Brent Sommerhauser, a Las Vegas-based artist, received his Master’s of Fine Art from The Ohio State University and has since exhibited in group and solo exhibitions across the United States and abroad. Notably, his sculpture was included in the 2004 Windsor Biennial and was selected for New Glass Review 26, featuring innovative works in glass worldwide. He is also a participant in the Telegraph Art Collective, which originated in Detroit and functions as a running conversation, typically conducted at long range. Occasionally the group materializes and collects in one location to collaborate on projects and exhibitions.

Although Sommerhauser works in a variety of art materials and process, he has over 20 years of experience in a wide range of glass-forming processes including glassblowing, casting, kiln forming, sculpture and vitreography. In addition to his own glass work and teaching, he has assisted a number of artists realize their vision in glass through sculptural, architectural and public works. He recently returned from assisting with a special project in Murano, Italy, the fabled island in the Venetian Lagoon where glass has been made for more than 700 years. He has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, one of the world’s most comprehensive centers for glass art education.

The artist-in-residence program at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas represents one component of its larger art program, in which artists create projects that are interactive and participatory, giving guests the opportunity to connect at an authentic and personal level. Developed and curated in partnership with Art Production Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing ambitious public art projects, it strives to reach new audiences and expand awareness through contemporary art.

New Sculpture and Works on Paper @ Michele C. Quinn Fine Art Advisory

16_MCQ Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Brent Sommerhauser.
On view will be a selection of metalpoint drawings, created using copper and silver with an unconventional mark-making technique.
In addition, unique hand blown glass sculptures will be delicately placed within the gallery to both compliment the works on paper and to create a sculptural element where the glass and the architecture meet.

Read more here:

-Brent Sommerhauser’s sculptural drawings at MCQ, by Dawn-Michelle Baude, Las Vegas Weekly

Exhibition on view through October 31, 2014
Gallery Hours Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM, Weekends by appointment

Michele C. Quinn Fine Art Advisory
620 South 7th Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101



Kiln cast glass & light source,
1″ x 31″,

As installed at Michele C. Quinn Fine Art Advisory

Recent press:

Best of 2014: Fine Art, Critics’ Picks of the top 5 exhibitions of 2014, Las Vegas Weekly

Brent Sommerhauser’s sculptural drawings at MCQ, by Dawn-Michelle Baude, Las Vegas Weekly

Getting his hands dirty, by Kathryn Kruse, Desert Companion, April 2012 (Nevada Public Radio’s guide to arts, culture and community in Southern Nevada)

Las Vegas artist Brent Sommerhauser on using homes as subject matter and medium, by Kristen Peterson, Las Vegas Weekly

Something Out Of Nothing, by Leslie Frisbee, Photographs by Corey Fox, Diamond Cake Magazine, August 2012

Brent Sommerhauser @ MCQ: ArtsVegas

Into the ‘Bellmouth’ of Madness, By Jarret Keene, Vegas Seven

“Brushing the Firmament” Features Drawings by Fellowship Recipient

A Closer Look: 10 Sculptures From The Collection of Dean Geleynse, by Lisa Yamada, Flux Hawaii

The Nevada Arts Council selects artists to receive 2012 Artist Fellowship Award.

Interview with artist Brent Sommerhauser, CENTERpiece Gallery

--‘Bent’ Wood by Doug Dalsing, Hardwood Floors, February 2011(the official magazine of the National Wood Flooring Association)

Capturing the Wind by Danielle Kelly, Las Vegas Weekly

Onward from Lynda Benglis: what is poured, puffed and curled on the floor by Regina Hackett, Another Bouncing Ball