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Ryan Bavin was born in Invermere, BC, and has never really left! Growing up in the Columbia Valley has played an instrumental part in the development of Ryan and his art.
No matter what season, Ryan has always felt a great passion for being in and around the Columbia Valley.
Trained as a glassblower by his father, Pat, artistic expression has always been a part of everyday life. Ryan started apprenticing under his father at age 15 . In 1996 he was given the opportunity to go to the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Since then he has returned to the school five times in such roles as teaching assistant and gaffer (lead glassblower). He has worked with internationally respected artists from Canada and around the world.
Ryan has now been working with glass for over 25 years. His work is in Corporate and Private collections worldwide, as well as the National Art Bank in Ottawa, Ontario.
Education 2015 ACMG Full Hiking Guide - Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC 2009 ACMG Asst. Hiking Guide - Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC 1996-2002 Glassblowing - Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA 1989-1997. Glassblowing Apprenticeship, Bavin Glassworks - Pat Bavin 1991 High School Diploma, DTSS – Invermere, BC Workshops 2022 Glass Art Society conference, Tacoma, WA 2015 Vitreography, Charles Cohen, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA 2010 Photography (Adv. Digital Techniques), Pat Morrow – Wilmer, BC 2009 Advanced Glassblowing, Dante Marioni – ACAD, Calgary, AB 2006 Canadian Glass Conference, Red Deer, AB 2006 Photo Printing from Transparencies, Keith Logan – Cochrane, AB 2004 Color Theory, John Cooper – Invermere, BC 2000 Canadian Glass Conference, Red Deer, AB
Presentations/Lectures 2022 Talking out your Glass-Podcast 2021 Virtual Presenter with Leslie Rowe-Isrealson, Glass Art Society, USA 2008 Inspiration for Glass, Alberta College of Art and Design – Calgary, AB 2002 Personal work retrospective, Pilchuck Glass School – Stanwood, WA 1990-Present Glassblowing Demonstrations, Bavin Glass - Invermere,BC
Teaching Experience 2002-Present Apprentice mentorship, Bavin Glass – Invermere, BC 1998 TA for Erwin Eisch (Germany), Pilchuck Glass School – Stanwood, WA 1996 TA for Paula Bartron (Sweden), Pilchuck Glass School – Stanwood, WA
Other Experience 2019 Residency, University of Hawaii Art Department, Honolulu, HI 2016 Residency, University of Hawaii Art Department, Honolulu, HI 2002 Gaffer, Centerpiece Project, Pilchuck Glass School – Stanwood, WA 2001 Gaffer, Centerpiece Project, Pilchuck Glass School – Stanwood, WA 1996 Furnace Building Project, Pilchuck Glass School – Stanwood, WA
Exhibitions 2022 More Mountain Moments, Pynelogs Cultural Centre, Invermere, BC 2021 Glass Lifeforms (Juried selection), Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA 2021 Mountain Moments, Pynelogs Cultural Centre, Invermere, BC 2019 Artists in the Alpine, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB 2018 Ryan Bavin - Mountain Photos, Pynelogs Cultural Centre, Invermere, BC 2018 Accord - Glass Artist Collaboration, Passion for Glass, Calgary, AB 2017 Ryan Bavin - Recent Photos, Pynelogs Cultural Centre, Invermere, BC 2008 Solo Show - Fish of Western Canada, Master’s Gallery – Calgary, AB 2008 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – Worldwide 2007 Vanishing Ice, Mountain Waterfalls, Majestic Peaks – Photo Exhibition Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, Banff National Park, AB 2005 River of Memory, Traveling Exhibit – Several towns in WA and BC
Awards 2008 1st, Mountain Landscape Category, Banff Mountain Festival Photo Competition – Banff, AB
Collections National Gallery Art Bank, Ottawa – Soprano Series vase – Acquired 2004
Commissions True Key Resorts 2016-2022 Kicking Horse Coffee 2015-2022 Lake Louise World Cup Ski Organization 2014-2022 Canadian Mountain Holidays 2021 Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce 2021 Teine Energy LTD 2021 Calgary Youth Justice Society 2018 The Bow River Foundation 22012-2 017 Trout Unlimited Canada Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce 2014 The Glenbow Museum 2011-2013 Banff Centre for the Arts 2010- 2012 Canadian Pacific Railway 2008 Nature Conservancy Trust of Canada 2008- 2009 Canadian Mountain Holidays 1996 Panorama Mountain Village
Publications 2017 Kootenay Living Magazine - Fall 2017 -“Bavin Glassworks goes Aquatic” 2017 The Flow Magazine - Fall 2017 - Collaborative Issue, Isrealson and Bavin 2015 Articulate Magazine - Fall/Winter 2015/2016 - “Holding the Passion” 2010 Contemporary Canadian Glass, Dec. – “Goin’ Fishing with Ryan Bavin” 2007 Articulate Magazine - Fall/Winter 2007/2008 - “Creations in Glass” 2006 River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia by William Layman
Representation Canada House, Banff, AB Artym Gallery, Invermere, BC Bavin Studios, Invermere, BC Gallery Odin, Silver Star, BC
Memberships Glass Art Association of Canada Glass Art Society (International) Association of Canadian Mountain Guides