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Peggy King

Fused Glass

Columbia, MO


I found glass at the age of 50 and it became a passion immediately. As a self-affirmed non-artist with no formal art education, I was thrown into the art world and found a place for myself. I became active in Best of Missouri Hands, serving two years as President. I continue to serve BOMH as the bookkeeper, member database manager, and web administrator. I am retired from an over 28 year career as an office manager, and then energy analyst at a state-wide agency serving municipal utilities. Upon retirement, I built a 600 sq’ glass studio attached to my home.

Columbia Art League (since 2007)
Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artist (since 2009)
Best of Missouri Hands Board of Directors 2010 – 2011
President, Best of Missouri Hands 2010, 2011
Greater St. Louis Art Association (GSLAA) (since 2012)

Coatings by Sandberg “Dichroic by Design” International Contest – Honorable Mention for Fused Glass Piece “Jazz Seasons” (2011)

Special Commissions
Chosen by Missouri Arts Council to create the MAC 2012 Awards which were presented on February 8, 2012 at the Missouri State Capitol.
Commissioned to provide fused glass gift ware to City of Columbia, Missouri for visiting dignitaries. 2012
Commissioned to provide a custom “Jazz” to be given as gift from Mayor of Columbia to sister city Mayor in South Korea. 2013

Missouri Artists on Main, 321 S. Main St., St. Charles MO
The Art House, 531 Court Street, Fulton MO
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Museum Store, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO
Columbia Art League, 11 S. 9th, Columbia MO
Bluestem Missouri, 13 S. 9th, Columbia MO
Artisans in the Loop, 6511 Delmar Blvd, University City, MO
Gallery 310, 310 Main, Hannibal MO

Juried Art Shows
Columbia Art League “Art in the Park”, Columbia MO (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
Arrow Rock Heritage Craft Festival (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
The Art Fair at Queeny Park, St. Louis MO (Fall 2011, Spring & Fall 2012, Spring & Fall 2013, Spring & Fall, 2014, Spring & Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring & Fall 2017, Spring 2018)
Made in Missouri Market, St. Louis Botanical Gardens, St. Louis MO (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2018)
Affair of the Arts (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) – a showing of local artists in Columbia MO (Replaced by Fall Into Art)
Fall into Art (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) – a showing of local and regional artists in Columbia MO
Big Red Box (2010, 2011, 2012) – Best of Missouri Hands Juried Member show in St. Charles, MO
Missouri Life Market Fair (2018) Powell Gardens, MO

Juried Exhibits
Celebrating Creativity (2010, 2011) William Woods University, Fulton MO – Juried exhibit of Best of Missouri Hands artists.
Made in Missouri Exhibit , Silver Dollar City, Branson MO, BOMH Juried Exhibit, (2011 and 2012)
State of Missouri Governor’s Mansion Best of Missouri Hands Exhibit – Glass Artist Exhibit, August 2010 – May 2012
Fresh Art BOMH Show at Fresh Gallery, Springfield MO (March, 2013)
“Out of Town – Open USA: 44 American Glass Artists” an on-line exhibit of the Contemporary Glass Society, June 2014
“With These Missouri Hands” Juried Exhibit at The Lillian Yahn Art Gallery in O’Fallon MO. July 9 – August 28, 2015
“Hands Across Missouri” Juried Exhibit at the Cultural Corner Gallery in Chillicothe, MO. June 2 – July 7, 2017


Tutorial on Creating Fused Glass Pendants, February 2015 Premier issue of Artisan Jewelry Times
Article on Bead Retreats, April 2015 issue of Artisan Jewelry Times
Book Contributor – Art Glass Today 2, Schiffer Publishing, 2016

Brad Pearson two day intermediate lampwork course, Columbia MO (2007)
Karen Leonardo three day lampwork course, Columbia MO (2009)
Missouri Bead Retreat, Lake of the Ozarks MO (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Midwest Glass Experience four day workshop, St. Louis MO (2009, 2010)
Mark Salsbury Glass Casting two day workshop, Columbia MO (2008)
Best of Missouri Hands ArtSmart Annual Conference (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018)
Bruce Baker two day workshop “Thrive! Don’t Just Survive”, St Louis MO (2012)
Nathan Sandberg five day workshop on Vitrograph and Murinni, St. Charles MO (2015)
Best of Missouri Hands Professional Development Meeting (2015, 2016, 2017)

Other Honors
Delphi Glass chose my work to be highlighted in their annual catalogue with an “Artist Spotlight” (2009-2010 and 2011-2012 catalogues)
Ed Hoy, the largest wholesale glass distributor in the US, chose my “Jazz Seasons” art to be used in their glass and supplies catalogue. 2013
Slumpy’s, distributor of glass slumping molds and glass highlighted my glass art in their 2018 catalogue.

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