Artist's Statement

When I began working with glass in 1982, I had no idea that I'd be so connected to the material in the way that I am. It was only when I began to experiment with using designs from my Tlingit cultural heritage that my work began to take on a new purpose and direction.

Over time, my skill with the material of glass and traditional form line design has strengthened and evolved, allowing me to explore more fully my own relationship to both my culture and chosen medium. This evolution, and subsequent commercial success, has positioned me as an influence on contemporary indigenous art

Through teaching and collaborating in glass with other Native American, Maori, Hawaiian, and Australian Aboriginal artists, I've come to see that glass brings another dimension to indigenous art. The artistic perspective of indigenous people reflects a unique and vital visual language which has connections to the ancient codes and symbols of the land, and this interaction has informed and inspired my own work.

My work with glass transforms the notion that Native artists are only best when traditional materials are used. It has helped advocate on the behalf of all indigenous people—affirming that we are still here—that that we are declaring who we are through our art in connection to
our culture.

My work continues to evolve and connect my personal cultural perspective to current modern art movements, and I have received much attention for striving to keep the work fresh and relevant. I have been honored that my success has inspired other artists from underrepresented indigenous cultures to use glass and other non-traditional materials in their work, and hope that I can continue to encourage more innovation in this area as my career progresses.


The art of Preston Singletary has become synonymous with the relationship between European glass blowing traditions and Northwest Native art. His artworks feature themes of transformation, animal spirits and shamanism through elegant blown glass forms and mystical sand carved Tlingit designs. 

Singletary learned the art of glass blowing by working with artists in the Seattle area including Benjamin Moore and Dante Marioni. As a student and assistant, he initially focused on mastering the techniques of the European tradition. His work took him to Kosta Boda (Sweden) where he studied Scandinavian design and met his future wife. Throughout his 30+ years of glass blowing experience, he has also had opportunities to learn the secrets of the Venetian glass masters by working with Italian legends Lino Tagliapietra, Cecco Ongaro, and Pino Signoretto. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound. 

Now recognized internationally, Singletary’s artworks are included in museum collections such as The British Museum (London, UK), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), The Seattle Art Museum (Seattle WA), the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY), the Mint Museum of Art and Design (Charlotte, NC), the Heard Museum (Phoenix,  AZ), and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC). 

Singletary maintains an active schedule by teaching, lecturing and exhibiting internationally. In 2009, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, launched a major mid-career survey of his work, entitled "Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows". In 2018 he launched a new traveling exhibition with the Museum of Glass, titled "Raven and the Box of Daylight", which will push the boundaries of glass as a medium for storytelling.

Gallery Representation

Blue Rain Gallery
130 Lincoln Ave Suite C
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Schantz Galleries
3 Elm Street
Stockbridge, MA 02333

Traver Gallery
110 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101


Smaller works and limited editions may be found at these galleries and museum stores:

Altamira Fine Art, Jackson, WY

Bellevue Arts Museum Store, Bellevue, WA

Burke Museum Store, Seattle, WA

Boreal Traditions Gallery, Anchorage,  AK

Corning Museum of Glass Store, Corning, NY

Douglas Reynolds Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Freisen Gallery, Ketchum, ID

Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH

The Heard Museum Shop, Scottsdale, AZ

Holsten Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

Museum of Glass Store, Tacoma, WA

Museum of Northwest Art Store, La Conner, WA

Rainmaker Gallery, Bristol, UK

Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario Canada

Sealaska Heritage Store, Juneau, AK

Seattle Art Museum Store, Seattle, WA

Steinbrueck Gallery, Seattle, WA

Stonington Gallery, Seattle, WA

Tacoma Art Museum Store, Tacoma, WA

Vetri Gallery, Seattle, WA

Museum and Public Collections

Anchorage Museum at Rasmussen Center, Anchorage, AK
The Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
The British Museum, London, UK
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
The Burke Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Château-Musée de Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
City of Seattle, Portable Works Collection, Seattle, WA
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY (Rakow Commission)
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Ethnografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Fred Jones, Jr, Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, WA
Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Heard Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
Microsoft Art Collection
Mint Museum of Art & Design, Charlotte, NC
Museum of Art + Design, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
Museum of History & Industry, Seattle, WA
The Museum of Natural History, Anchorage,  AK
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oklahoma City, OK
Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA

Selected Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions

2018-2022:     "Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight". Traveling exhibition tour dates: Museum of Glass: October 3, 2018 – September 2, 2019, Wichita Art Museum, Kansas: February 2020– January 2021, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC: 2021, and the Chrysler Museum of Art, Virginia: 2022.

2016:            Château-Musée de Boulogne-sur-Mer, France - Group Exhibition - "D'une  culture a l'autre" (From One Culture to Another)

2015-2016:   Museum of Northwest Art, WA –  "Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions in Indigenous Art".

2009-2012:   Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA – "Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows". Traveled to: National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY; Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Anchorage Museum at Rasmussen Center,  Anchorage, AK

2010:            John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI - "Animal Instincts"

2009:            McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON – "Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast".

2005:           The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA – "Fusing Traditions". Museum of Art + Design, New York, NY – "Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation".

2004:           National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC - "Our Universe."

2003:           Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA - Solo Exhibition, "Threshold".
                     Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ – "Fusing Traditions”.
                     Arnot Art Museum, New York - "Representing Representation VI".

2001:            Fuller Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts - "Lino Tagliapietra et Amici".

2000:            Sheldon Museum, Haines, AK - "Traditions in Glass".


Gallery Exhibitions

2020       Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA -  Artifacts from a Future Dream
                Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - New Works
                Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario Canada - New Works
2019       Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - New Works
                Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA - Illuminated Forest
2018       Stonington Gallery, Seattle, WA – Raven’s Treasures
                Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – The Air World
                Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – Mystic Knowledge
2017       Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, Canada – Pacific Currents
                Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – Premonitions of Water
                Schantz Gallery, Stockbridge, MA – Mystic Figures
                Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – Journey Through Air to the Sky World
2016       Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – Journey Across the Fire (and Into the World)
                Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – New Works
2014       Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – He Who Spins Illusions
                Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – New Works
2013       Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – Listen for the Raven
                Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – New Works
                Schantz Gallery, Stockbridge, MA – Summer Exhibition Series
2012       Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA – Solo Exhibition, Confluence
                Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – Primitive | Elegant II (with Dante Marioni)
2011       Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA – Solo Exhibition, Contents of a Dream
                Schantz Gallery, Stockbridge, MA – Solo Exhibition, Collector’s  Weekend  Showcase
                Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC – Ka Ka Win Chealth: Transformations  in Glass (with Joe David)
                Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – Primitive | Elegant (with Dante Marioni)
2009       Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA –  Solo Exhibition, Beyond Primitivism
                Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe NM – Solo Exhibition
2007       Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA - The Uncle Who Went into the Forest
                Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC – Fire & Water: Pacific Visions in Glass  and Jade (with Lewis Tamihana Gardiner)
2006       Heller Gallery, New York, NY - Solo Exhibition, Raven Steals the Light
2004       Instituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere de Arti, Venice, Italy – Vetri. Nel  Mondo.  Oggi.
2001       Chappell Gallery, New York – Solo Exhibition, Glass Potlatch
1999       Gallery San Nicolo, Venice, Italy – Solo Exhibition, Current Work
                Chappell Gallery, Boston, MA – Solo Exhibition, New Work
1998       Butters Gallery, Portland, OR - Solo Exhibition
1991-1997 The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, MD - Solo Exhibition
                The West End Gallery, Bethesda, MD - Solo Exhibit

Press Coverage

Press Coverage

2020       Wichita Museum Exhibits Native American Creation Tale  Before It Heads to the Smithsonian, The Wichita Eagle, Amy Geiszler - Jones, January 27th, 2020

2019       There are Many Versions of the Tlingit ‘Raven’ Story, but its Truth and Hopeful Message are Universal, Pacific NW Magazine - The Seattle Times, Miranda Belarde - Lewis, July 21st, 2019

               Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight, University of Washington Press and Museum of Glass, Miranda Belarde - Lewis, John Drury,  2019

               "The Pacific Northwest Was Already Internationally Recognized for Glass Art. Then Came Preston Singletary", KUOW, Marcie  Sillman, January 2019

2018      "Preston Singletary Exhibition Opens at the Museum of Glass", South Sound Magazine, Zoe Branch, October 2018

2018     "Art Beat NW", 1150 AM KKNW, Patricia Pauley, October 2018 

2018     “In the Studio: Ambassador of Glass”, Western Art & Architecture Magazine, Charles Finn, August/September 2018                                              

2018      “Place 14 of 52: Seattle, City of Glass”, 52 Places Traveler, The New York Times, Jada Yuan, May 2018

2017     "Talking Out Your Glass" Podcast, Glass Art Magazine, Shawn Waggoner, February 2017. Available on itunes or Stitcher

2016     "Where’s the Glass? Two Northwest Artists Turn Sand into Gold", The Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch, April 2016        

2015     "Preston Singletary", Visual Art Source, Matthew Kangas, October 2015.

2009      Post, Melissa G. Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows.  University of
              Washington Press and Museum of Glass; Seattle and London, 2009.

2007    “Native American Sculptor Heroes” Sculpture Review, Spring 2007, pp. 22-25.

             “Glass Act - Visions of the West” Cowboys and Indians, January 2007, pp. 92-93.

2006    “Manawa - Pacific Heartbeat, A Celebration of Contemporary Maori and Northwest
             Coast Art, University of Washington Press, 2006, pp. 98, 109, 133, 167.

2005    “Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2 Contemporary Native North American Art
              from the West, Northwest and Pacific”, Museum of Arts and Design, 2005 pp. 110,
              159, 198-199.

             “Sculpture, Glass and American Museums”, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005,
              pp. 178-179.

2004    “Glass Acts,” Art & Antiques, May 2004, pp. 43-49.

              New Glass Review, Corning Museum of Glass, 2004, pp. 77-79.

             “Vision Quest,” Glass Magazine, Matthew Kangas, June 2004.

2003     International Glass Art, Richard Wilfred Yelle, Schiffler Publishing, pp. 304-305.

            “Preston Singletary, Tlingit,” Fjärde Världen, Carl Johan Gurt, January 2003, pp. 5-11.

            “Preston Singletary,” Southwest Art Magazine, Dottie Indyke, June 2003, pg. 32-34.

           “Crossing the Threshold, Queen Anne Magnolia News, Nancy Worssam, June 11, p.14.

            “The Perfect Couple: Native American Artifacts and Glass Art,”
            Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Judy Wagonfeld. June 6, p. 18.

           “Breaking Into Glass,” The Arizona Republic, John Carlos Villani, May 11, E1.

            “A Seattle Collection,” Native Peoples, Barry Herem.  July/August, pp. 64-66.

            “Vision Quest,” Art Access.  January, 2003.

            “Fusing Traditions: Transformations in Glass by Native American Artists,” American
            Indian Art Magazine Spring 2003, Carolyn Kastner & Rosalyn Tunis, p. 56.

            “SAM Merges Native Art from Past with Modern Styles,” The Daily of the University of
            Washington, May 29, p. 7.

2002   “In the Galleries,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Regina Hacket, March 7, 2002.

            “Tradition and Experiment Fuse,” Anchorage Daily News, June 13, 2002, D6.

            “In the Galleries,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Regina Hackett, March 7, 2002, D1.

            “The Jet City,” Lars Falk, Gant Fall and Winter Catalogue, 2001.

2001    “Clan House: Preston Singletary at William Traver,” Glashaus, Geoff Wichert, 4th Ed,
              pp.   6-7.

            “Cross Cultural Fusion,” Native Peoples Magazine, Gary Wyatt, November, 2001.

2000    “Modern Masters,” HGTV Artist Profile, aired January 25, 2001.

1999    “Native Art you won’t see in the Casinos,” New York Times, Charlie LeDuff, Sept. 19.

            “Mythic Beings,” Gary Wyatt.

            “Artist Profile,” Southwest Art, Bonnie Ganglehoff, August, 1999.

            “Native and European Traditions Meet,” Native Peoples Magazine Spring, 1999.

1998    “Tackling Tradition with Style and Wit,” The Wall Street Journal, Gail King,Sept 4,1998

             “Four in Glass,” New Art Examiner, Mars, Glen Brown.

1990    “The Glassblowers of the Pacific NW,” Glasswork Magazine, Japan, Dick Weiss, Nr 11.

1997      St James Guide to Native North American Artists.

              Feature Article, Indian Artist Magazine, Ramona Gault, Winter, 1997.

             “Four in Glass,” Fova Galleries, Matthew Kangas.

             “A Place to Reflect,” The Seattle Times, Robin Updike, March 30.

1996    “A New Generation,” Glass Magazine #63, review, Geoffrey Wichart.

1995     Sköna Hem, Interior Magazine, Sweden, Lage Stone, July 1996.