MICHAEL MIKULA - Hot Glass Sculptor

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Born 1963 in Grand Junction Colorado and raised in Chautauqua County, New York, Michael earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1987. He studied at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Fundacio Centre del Vidre (now closed) in Barcelona, Spain.

Michael has been self employed, maintaining a full time studio practice since 1988.

From 1988 to 1996 Michael was a junior member of Benchmark Glass Studio, owned and operated by his mentors, former Professor Brent Kee Young and Mark Sudduth. In 1994, Michael completed a residency at the Creative Glass Center of America in Millville, New Jersey.

In 2009 Michael was awarded a $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowship grant, administered by Community Partnership For Arts And Culture. In 2013 Michael was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.

Michael exhibits in juried fine art and fine craft exhibitions throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and SOFA Chicago.

Michael lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2017 he relocated and named his studio, MIDTOWN GLASSWORKS, to The Cleveland Commerce Center in Midtown Cleveland, a mostly industrial neighborhood which also houses a lively mix of artists, designers, creatives and entrepreneurs. MIDTOWN GLASSWORKS is the fourth glass studio in the neighborhood, dubbed Cleveland’s Glass Corridor.


  • 2002 Fundacio Centre del Vidre de Barcelona, Spain (school now closed)

    Mosaic techniques/Architectural landmarks by A. Gaudi, with Rene Culler & Philippa Beveridge

  • 1994 Creative Glass Center Of America, Fellowship, Millville, NJ

    Selected from an international field of applicants for creative exploration as artist in residence  

  • 1988-1996 Junior member Benchmark Studio, Brent Kee Young, Mark Sudduth, owners Cleveland, OH

  • 1987 Cleveland Institute of Art, BFA  Traveling Scholarship Recipient                                   

  • 1986 Penland School Of Crafts, Penland, NC  

  • 1986 Pilchuck Glass School,  Stanwood, WA *Studied with Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick


  • 2013 Ohio Arts Council grant, Individual Excellence Award

  • 2009-2010 Creative Workforce Fellowship Grant, Cuyahoga County, Ohio


  • 2018 Lucent Findings 2 person show with Judith Brandon, West Liberty University, West Liberty, WV

  • 2016 Glass Matrix, The Cleveland Connection, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

  • 2012 Featured Artist, Heights Arts Gallery,  Cleveland Heights, OH June-July

  • 2010 Ohio Glass Masters, Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, OH   

  • 2008 Ineffable Light, 2 person show with Eddie Mitchell, Beachwood Arts Council Galleries, Beachwood, OH  

  • 2007 Best Of 2007, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH


  • 2018 Delta Airlines, Delta Sky Club, Phoenix, AZ

  • 2017 Weingarten Residence, West Palm Beach, FL

  • 2016 Pesses Residence, Moreland Hill, OH

  • 2016 Gardner Residence, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2015 Pacyna Residence, Morgantown, WV

  • 2014 Keeble Depew Residence, Asheville, NC

  • 2010 Bennis Residence, Beachwood, OH  

  • 2010 Carter Residence, Hastings, MN       

  • 2010 Bauman Residence, Stockton, NY

  • 2009 Hiester Residence, State College, PA     

  • 2009 Hansford Residence, Saint Louis, MO   

  • 2008 Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH

  • 2007 AHC Inc., Arlingon, VA

  • 1994 Bauman Residence, Mechanicsville, MD 

  • 1994 Museum Of American Glass, Millville, NJ     

  • 1990 Invacare Corporation, Elyria, OH


  • 2000-2018 The Original Ann Arbor Art Festival, Ann Arbor, MI Invited Artist-2013, Excellence Award-2018

  • 2000-2018 Winter Park Art Festival, Winter Park, FL 2013-Award of Merit

  • 1995-2018 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College, PA 

    Award Of Excellence-2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, Fine Art Award-2013, Best In Show-2012, 2014

  • 2000-2018 Lakefront Art Festival, Milwaukee, WI    

  • 1990-2018 American Craft Council Shows Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, San Francisco, Sarasota, St.Paul  

  • 2000-2017 Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Festival,  Peoria, IL Prize-2003, 2007, 2016, Best In Show-2011

  • 2008-2017 Philadelphia Museum Of Art Craft Show,  Philadelphia, PA 2008-2011, 2014-2017

  • 2015 Niche Award Finalist, Niche Magazine

  • 2009-2015 Washington Craft Show, Washington, DC  2009-2014 Collector’s Award-2009

  • 2009-2013 Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC  2009, 2012, 2013

  • 2012 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Summer Art Festival, Kalamazoo, MI First Place Overall-2012

  • 2010 Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO

  • 2009 Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, IA Best In Glass-2009

  • 2008 Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA

*A list of the 450 juried shows I have attended since 1988 is available upon request.

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