Edward Grout is a professional artist for over 42 years and a teaching roster artist with the PCA since 1997. He studied at Parson School of Design, NYC and received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating magna cum laude.
He works in all stages of glass work – including hot glass, fusing, kiln forming and off-hand glass techniques. “I make art as a way in which I may speak aloud to and with others about those things of a spiritual or social nature which move me,” Ed states. Among the ideas that move and inspire him most is the idea of myth — its place in modern society and the human impulse to create it: “Thinkers of many different disciplines have found that myth represents an absolute truth and affords insight into the indescribable realities of the soul. It is within the domain of art that contemporary mythology will most likely be expressed.” Reflecting this attitude, Ed’s work makes use of archetypal imagery, symbols and elemental concepts.
Ed facilitates many interactive art projects and believes in the power of the creative process as a resource for positive change in communities.
Ed is the Co-Founder of The Looking Glass Art Project.
Thomas Ferraro is an artist, painter, teacher and public art advocate. Tom served as the co-director of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association from 2008 through 2016 and is both a teaching artist and board trustee for Erie Arts and Culture. He has served as a roster teaching artist for the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts since 2011 and has been a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh since 2004.
His studio work explores figures and landscapes often blurring the lines between abstraction and representational imagery. He uses color, atmosphere, shape and text to heighten emotion and ambiguity. He seeks harmony between the personal influences of his inner self with the complexities of contemporary society.
Tom is the Co-Founder of the Looking Glass Art Project.