NSG Pilkington: Momentum Intersection reconnects artist to industry

A Collaboration of Industry & Art

Momentum | Intersection is a collaboration of art, design, engineering, and industry. Each year, artists are selected to work with NSG Group to create new works of art to be displayed during the Momentum Toledo Festival, a one-of-a-kind glass program taking place in Ohio, USA. NSG Pilkington North America is thrilled to partner with University of Toledo’s Department of Art and The Toledo Museum of Art for the 2021 exhibition.

The Arts Commission invites creative individuals to reimagine the potential of Pilkington float glass toward the creation of projects funded through Momentum | Intersection, a collaboration of industry, design and art. To this end, The Arts Commission seeks to provide new partnerships between applications of glass as an artistic medium and manufacturing processes with a call for proposals.

This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see the inside workings of the float glass process, gain access to career professionals who make the glass and integrate this industrial material into their own work.

Inspired by the experimental glass workshops held in Toledo in 1962 The Arts Commission is requesting interested artists, designers, architects, engineers and other creatives working with glass to submit a portfolio and statement of interest to participate in the fourth edition of an industrial collaboration with Pilkington Glass North America, part of Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. (NSG).

The Momentum | Intersection 2022 exhibition will coincide with the International Year of Glass, an initiative approved by the UN and led by the International Commission on Glass (ICG), the Community of Glass Associations (CGA), and ICOM-Glass. This is a year long celebration of the essential role of glass in human history, art, technology and science. The City of Toledo, also known as the Glass City, is proudly embracing this opportunity with a number of glass related exhibitions and celebrations.

A panel of jurors will select up to six artists to tour Pilkington Glass North America facilities and be given demonstrations of their materials. Applicants will be given a glass sample of their choice and three months to experiment with materials before submitting final project proposals due December 2021.

Proposals selected from the candidates will be given materials, an honorarium and exhibition space during the Momentum Festival in 2022. Accepted participants will be invited to tour NSG’s manufacturing plant; attend seminars on the history of glass manufacturing; learn about materials from NSG research and development engineers; be given demonstrations on various applications of glass materials; be provided with materials of the participant’s choice; and receive ongoing support from NSG technical teams, who will continue to be available throughout the process.