Press Releases 


Doug Gillis, fused glass artist, IS HONORED to have his work, MESA, included in the state of New Mexico’s “Art in Public Places”--One Percent for Art selection.

“I am so honored to have had MESA selected for this program. The state of New Mexico has been my home for 27 years and every year I am more grateful to live here than ever before.” 

This program began 25 years ago, and since then more than 2,500 works of art have been placed in all of New Mexico’s 33 counties. Doug, throughout his career as artist and teacher, has found inspiration and motivation through the statewide display of Art in Public Places. 

AUGUST 28, 2015 

Doug Gillis, fused glass artist, IS HONORED to be exhibiting at the 530 Burns Gallery in Sarasota Florida.

"My comfort zone has pretty much been close to home in the southwest (SW), but when my wife went back to Sarasota Florida for her high school reunion she decided to think outside the box and while there contacted the 530 Burns Gallery...and as they say...the rest is history." Over the years Doug has often received feedback from SW gallery owners that visiting Floridians have been collecting his work and often say that clarity of color, reflections, and shadows in his glass wall art "remind them of Florida...". Doug is thrilled to have his work represented in Sarasota--a city well known for quality of its artists and institutions--such as the Ringling School of Art.

OCTOBER 11, 2014 

Doug Gillis, fused glass artist, SELECTED to participate in the 2014 Taos Glass Invitational, a biennial event occuring on even numbered years. 

This prestigious event brings the best in international, regional, and local studio art glass to Taos. Mr. Gillis is an emerging artist, who is represented in Santa Fe, NM; Sedona, AZ; Artful, and Albuquerque, NM. His work taking Best of Show (Glass) at this year's 2014 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair.  He will be giving a technical talk and demonstration during the Invitational: date TBD.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 

Doug Gillis, fused glass artist, INVITED to participate in the New Mexico Cancer Center (NMCC) Foundation's Fall "Red or Green" Show in Albuquerque, NM, USA.

NMCC's "Gallery with a Cause, supports New Mexicans in their battle with cancer through the sale of high-quality art by notable southwest artists and is designed to showcase fine art from the community. 

JUNE 30, 2014 

Doug Gillis, fused glass artist, WINS Blue Ribbon, BEST OF GLASS (Dichroic) Award at the 53rd New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair (2014).   

Gillis is a quiet guy known for his trademark laugh. His laugh could be heard throughout the Manual Luhan Jr. Exhibit Complex at Expo New Mexico last Friday, when his name was announced as the winner of the Blue Ribbon for "Best in Glass (Dichroic)."  "Albuquerque has been my home for over twenty years--I love this town and look forward to this show all year because I find the artwork of my peers inspirational and visiting with the patrons is great fun!"

The New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair (NMACF) is the longest continuously running arts festival in New Mexico and has been a "must-see" summer event since 1962. Featuring exclusively New Mexico artisans, this prestigious, juried arts fair showcases over 200 of New Mexico's most talented artists and craftspeople, many of whom enjoy national and international reputations. The fair ranks among the largest events in the state, offering artists the opportunity to display and sell their work directly to the public.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 

Doug Gillis, fused glass artist, Invitational Show at Canyon Road Contemporary Gallery

(Opening Night, Friday, Sept. 27. Show runs through Oct. 10, 2013) 

Gillis is including a new series called the “Morse Code Series.” He explains, “This artwork incorporates the dits and dahs [visually the dots and dashes] of the code [phrase] that can literally be deciphered to reveal the title or message of the artwork. I’ve created cards to go with the artwork, which include the recorded Morse Code message. [It’s quite literally artwork that communicates a message.] The embedded messages such as ‘Color Outside the Lines’ and ‘Play in the Snow’ communicate about both art and themes that I connect with.”

In another new series called “Mesa,” Gillis pays homage to the inimitable beauty of the Southwest by communicating a sense of the vastness of the region. He says, “I am using the flowing edges of the uncut glass to replicate the Southwest landscape and the strata of the mesas. The overlapping of the colored glass combined with the use of silver leaf between layers play with the light to provide a sense of earth and sky.”

MARCH 1, 2013 

Doug Gillis, fused glass artist, joins Glass Alliance - New Mexico.

Doug Gillis has joined Glass Alliance – New Mexico. The Alliance supports and encourages glass artists ranging from well-known masters to emerging new talents. Doug says, “I’m honored to join this great organization which brings together New Mexico artists, galleries and collectors.”

The Alliance also offers a unique opportunity for New Mexico’s visitors by arranging a travel itinerary which can include: artist’s studio tours, glass demonstrations, or visits to private collectors’ homes. So when planning to visit or vacation in New Mexico be sure to check out Art Experience – Experience Art. 

Doug's aesthetic reflects the European Bauhaus design he was originally introduced to as an Industrial Design Major.  Using a modular and contemporary approach he successfully integrates the science of heat and light with the organic nature of fused glass. 

JANUARY 30, 2013 

Doug Gillis, fused glass artist, accepted by Artful Home.

Doug Gillis' fused glass artwork is now on Artful Home. Artful Home connects artists and art lovers, offering the most significant online collection of juried fine art by North American artists. Prior to acceptance all artwork is reviewed and selected by an advisory panel headed by Michael Monroe, former curator-in-charge of the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery.

Doug’s fused glass is unique because the design gracefully incorporates a cradled wood frame for on-the-wall display—a contemporary and urban upgrade from traditional freestanding fused glass. The scale is in place so that buyers, collectors and Interior Designers will have the ability to meet their wall art needs in a variety of spaces and for different budgets. Small and medium pieces can be used to create an appealing grouping while the large pieces can be included or hung separately.


JULY 16, 2012, Canyon Road Merchants Assoc., A Celebration of Glass Art

JULY 18, 2012, Art Voyuer, Zen at 70MPH, Kiln-Worked Glass