Imaginary Botanicals: Sculpture in Glass by Kathleen Elliot

Imaginary Botanicals: Sculpture in Glass by Kathleen Elliot

Imaginary Botanicals: Sculpture in Glass by Kathleen Elliot at IMAS

McAllen, TX- The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is pleased to present Imaginary Botanicals: Sculpture in Glass by Kathleen Elliot, an exhibition of works from the last decade by California-based artist Kathleen Elliot in Central Gallery of IMAS from May 13 through September 10, 2017. Elliot creates sculptures out of flame worked glass, using a variety of botanical forms including leaves, flowers, fruits, pods, and vines that convey a sense of fantasy and mystery.

Her work has moved from the representational to the imaginary, in which plant forms incorporate human characteristics and convey a sense of fantasy and mystery. Her sculptures are modern studio glass, a blend of art, science, and technological innovation that embrace the notion of glass as a medium for creative expression, in contrast to its use in industrial production.

Prior to being an artist, she had a career as a hairstylist; then built a career in organizational development. In 1991, an invitation from a friend to try glasswork in his garage paved the way to a new life. Elliot took to working with glass immediately and began teaching herself the art of making glass beads, which she pursued for the next eight years. This introduction to flame work, working with a torch directly on glass, was to serve as the basis for her future sculptural projects.

Elliot took her first glassblowing workshop in 1996 and studied art at De Anza College. She attended the Pilchuck Glass School for three summers where she studied with leading glass artists Laura Donefer, Robert Mickelsen, and Shane Fero. The Imaginary botanical series explores and plays with the notion of imagination, making whatever ideas struck her: a plant and cyclone hybrid, a botanical giraffe, a plant ballerina. It’s a fun series.

The exhibition Imaginary Botanicals: Sculpture by Kathleen Elliot in Glass has been organized through Katherine T. Carter & Associates. Join us for all of our new programs and activities! General admission is FREE for IMAS Members; $7/Adult; $5/Senior or Student with ID; $4/Child (4-12). Ask us about our Museums for All program. For more information, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit

About the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS)

IMAS was developed through the efforts of the McAllen Junior League to increase the quality of life for the citizens of the Rio Grande Valley and to provide activities in the arts and sciences that are meaningful, educational, and available to the public. The Museum was chartered under the laws of the state of Texas on June 2, 1967, and granted its tax exemption certificate in August of that year. On October 7, 1968, the Junior

League Museum Board entered into a leaning agreement with the City of McAllen for a 5,000-square foot building. Shortly after, a Board of Trustees was appointed and by-laws were adopted. The initial funding came from donations by local business firms, civic organizations, and individuals. An Executive Director was employed in June 1969, and building renovations were completed. The Museum was dedicated and formally opened to the public on October 26, 1969.

On July 4, 1976, a new building was constructed and completed as a Bicentennial Project, and the Museum moved to 1900 Nolana, where it currently resides. A new building expansion, partially funded by the New Millennium Capital Campaign, was constructed and completed in 2001, which added an additional 17,259 square feet to accommodate three classrooms, an artist studio, cafe, gift shop, theater, and a hands-on exhibition space called the Discovery Pavilion. In the same year, the Museum completed its “Community Big Build” project and unveiled “RioScape: A Children’s Discovery Park,” incorporating play in an outdoor learning environment that reflects scientific and environmental concepts specific to the Rio Grande River. The Museum currently has over 50,000 square feet of exhibit space and public access areas.

April 19, 2017