Denise Stillwaggon Leone received a Diploma of Fine Arts and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a BFA from Tufts University. She designs and fabricates architectural art glass commissions for site-specific installations, and has won private and public art competitions. Her work can be found in public spaces of universities, schools, hospitals, libraries, and places of worship. She creates autonomous glass sculptures that have been shown internationally, published in the New Glass Review and 25 Years of New Glass Review. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass.
In addition to completing commissioned work, Denise teaches. For fifteen years at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass she has taught “Painting the Void” an image-making course using a method she developed combining sandblasting, vitreous painting and fusing glass. She has also been a guest instructor at the Pittsburgh, PA Glass Center; at Espace Verre in Montreal, Canada; and at the Wired Design Studio in San Antonio, TX.
“I use painted and sandblasted glass to develop visual expressions in layers of overlapping imagery. The interplay of light, space, and time are important to me, and I manipulate these relationships to encourage perceptual discovery and new meaning. Lyric poetry provides a good analogy. The images build upon one another to create a statement capable of multiple layers of interpretation. Although I often refer to an historic archetype, my intention is subversive, and challenges the iconic.” For me my work is really about the mystical properties of light and the creation of something which has meaning larger than the sum of its parts.”