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Artist Profile: Ché Rhodes


 
Ché Rhodes is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville. As an artist, Rhodes works primarily in glass, and creates beautiful and enigmatic installation pieces that center the material’s innate qualities and histories. He has exhibited widely and has previously served as a board member for both the Glass Art Society in Seattle, WA and Penland School of Craft in western North Carolina. Ché received his bachelors from Centre College in Danville, KY and his M.F.A from Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia, PA.

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2.7.22
A black and white photo of a middle aged man with medium-dark skin tone, wearing a tightly fitting t-shirt and jeans, is facing the camera with a neutral expression. He is seated on a work bench holding a long, thin, steel pipe perpendicular to his body, all against a bright white background.
Portrait of Ché Rhodes, courtesy of Penland school of Craft.

A middle aged man with medium-dark skin tone, wearing a tightly fitting t-shirt and jeans, is rolling a piece of yellow and orange blown glass against a work surface in front of a large window in an industrial studio.
Ché Rhodes working on a piece of glass.

An artwork consisting of 4 pieces of black, shiny blown glass with a rounded bottom on one side, which rests on the ground, with a long slender spike extending out of the other end. The resemble something between an extra long spinning top or an oversized candy pop. The surface they are on is like a black mirror, so the objects repeat themselves underneath creating a larger structure, almost like a glass fish moving through water.
Untitled, Ché Rhodes
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