Ryan McGivern, born and raised in
New York City, has been a professional studio artist with a focus
in ceramics and glass since 1992. At Williston Northampton, 89,
Ryan won the independent study award for her ceramics work under
Brenda Minisci. She went on to study sculptural ceramics and hot
casted glass at New York University with Dr. Judith Schwartz and
Mark Ferguson. Finishing her degree, Ryan moved to Santa Cruz
CA to work with local glassblowers and as a sandblaster at the
Roy Johnson Studio until 1998.
In 1999, she returned to NYU for her
graduate degree in studio art; glassblowing, sandcasting and sculptural
ceramics. Ryan taught beginning glassblowing classes, assisted
Mark Fergusons sandcasting class, worked as the tour director
and assistant to the education director at Urban Glass, Brooklyn.
Additionally, she studied at Pilchuck, Corning Glass Museum, Urban
Glass and assisted glassblowers at Wheaton Glass in NJ. From 2000
to 2016, she worked as a visual arts instructor and exhibiting
artist at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Urban Glass, The Art Lab,
Historic Richmond Town Museum, Staten Island Museum, SI Childrens
Museum, Sun Dog Theatre, The Studio 150, FireWorkSI, UFT and The
Noble Museum. Ryan served on the board at Staten Island Arts (COAHSI)
and on the SIA grants review board. In addition to teaching, Ryan
owned and operated two art galleries on Staten Island, The Studio
150 and FireWorkSI. Along with making and selling her own work,
her galleries promoted visual, performance and musical talent
from the tri-state area.
Her blown glass and mosaic art can
be found in private and public collections around the US and Canada,
including the mosaic Seven Sisters, located
at the NYU Meyers School of Nursing. Her work has also been part
of notable auctions at The National Liberty Museum, PA, The Urban
Glass Blowers Ball, FDNY Captains Table, The Newark Museum, The
Noble Museum, SI Museum and The ArtLab. Her work has been included
in local publications and television as well as the International
Glass Artists book by Richard Yelle.
Early in life, she was inspired by
famed architect Ernest Flagg, a master of stone architecture and
construction in NYC. Flaggs intricate use of flagstone and
serpentine rock, illustrated in the construction of her childhood
home, had a strong impact on her interest in mosaic art.
She is currently making and teaching
mosaic art on Hilton Head, SC. Ryans most recent series,
Mosaic Sketches HHI, 2021, focuses on the integration of stone,
marble and glass in a three-dimensional construction.