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Board Member

Phone: (520) ***-****  
Email: t***@***.com
Sonoran Glass Art Academy
633 W. 18Th Street
Tucson , Arizona 85701
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MFA , ceramics
    University of Arizona
  • BA degree
    Southern Illinois University
  • B.A.
    Southern Illinois University
  • Masters , Fine Arts
    University of Arizona
198 Total References
Web References
Tom Philabaum, ..., 19 Dec 2014 [cached]
Tom Philabaum, Co-Founder
Tom Philabaum
Tom Philabaum, Advisor to the Board, Adjunct Instructor: In 1973, Tom received an MA from University of Wisconsin where he studied glass with Harvey Littleton. Once he moved to Tucson, Tom started a glass studio in 1975, earned his MFA from UA in 1983, and helped orchestrate the first Glass Art Society (GAS) conference in Tucson that same year. He was co-chair for the 1997 Tucson GAS conference and received the AZ Artist of the Year award in 1998. In 2000, Tom and Dave Klein co-founded the Sonoran Art Foundation (now SGS).
Tom ..., 27 Aug 2014 [cached]
Tom Philabaum Tubac Center of the Arts > Tom Philabaum
Fifty six works of art from artists in twelve different states were selected by Tucson jurors, Tom Philabaum, Hirotusne Tashima, & Catherine Nash.
Tom Philabaum is a founding member of Sonoran Glass School in Tucson and owner of Philabaum Glass Gallery.
Artists, 12 Dec 2013 [cached]
Tom Philabaum
Tom Philabaum
Tom Philabaum began studying the art of glassblowing at the University of Wisconsin in 1971, where he earned an MA in 1973. After coming to Arizona in 1975, he built his first glass studio in Tucson, and in 1983, earned an MFA from he University of Arizona. His glass studio has been a landmark in the Tucson art scene for 30 years, creating utilitarian, sculptural, and architectural works in a tradition that dates back thousands of years.
Glasshouse 383 - Tom Philabaum, 2 June 2006 [cached]
Tom PhilabaumGlasshouse 383 - Tom Philabaum
Tom Philabaum
Philabaum Glass
Tom Philabaum began his training as a young man at the Toledo Museum of Art School (where, coincidentally, Harvey Littleton, the acknowledged father of the Studio Glass Movement began his first experiments in glassworking).Originally focused on painting and drawing, he soon discovered clay and began to expand his talents into the art of ceramics.After receiving a BA degree from Southern Illinois University, it was suggested that he explore blown glass forms in his artwork.Following this advice, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied with Harvey Littleton, ceramic artist Don Reitz, and Eriks Rudans, earning a Master of Arts degree in 1973.In 1974, Tom moved to Tucson, where he started a clay and glass art cooperative.In 1981, he returned to school at the University of Arizona where he received an MFA in ceramics.In 1985, he opened Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass in a renovated Tastee-Freeze in downtown Tucson.The Philabaum Glass Gallery has showcased over 400 glass artists in its eighteen years of operation.
Tom's work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.He has been featured at exhibitions at the Galeria Palacio Nacional in Guadalajara, Mexico; Hameln, West Germany; Zurich, Switzerland; and Reykjavik, Iceland, as well as throughout the United States.His art is seen in the collections at the Glasmuseum Frauenau (Frauenau, Germany), Glasmuseum Ebeltoft (Ebeltoft, Denmark), Icelandic Air Co., Time-Life, Inc., Saks Fifth Avenue, Arizona State University Museum of Art and the Tucson Museum of Art, among others.In 1998, he received the Arizona Governor's Artist of the Year Award.In 2000, he was the recipient of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona's ‘Arizona Arts Award.' He has served on the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society and has been a trustee of the American Crafts Council.He has taught glassblowing at Sunpu Studios (Shizuoka, Japan), Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass Center and Sonoran Glass Institute.To see his work online, visit
Tom Philabaum was born in 1947 in Toledo, Ohio.After receiving his B.A. in Art and Education from Southern Illinois University, he joined the innovative glass program at the University of Wisconsin.
After graduating, Philabaum continued to create glass art and taught for several years in the Chicago area.He then moved to Arizona to open his own glass studio.While working in his studio, he obtained a Masters in Fine Arts specializing in ceramics from the University of Arizona.Philabaum has been a recognized glass artist in America for a long time.He was the Chairman for the 1998 Glass Art Society Conference.He gave up a significant amount of his time to spearhead this conference.The Glass Art Society is the premier International glass organization catering to artists, collectors and galleries.Philabaum's work has evolved significantly over his career with his best work seen in the last few years.He is a likable and highly respected artist within the glass community.
Sonoran Glass Art Academy, 26 June 2012 [cached]
Tom Philabaum, Co-Founder
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