Selma Joyce Glass is a self-taught African-American artist, working in a variety of mediums, including figurative and abstract paper sculpture, pastel, acrylic, oil, pen & ink, clay, and mixed media. Numerous shows and awards have established Selma as a solid fixture in the art world, and her work has been received with much critical praise. Gladys Knight is among her extensive list of celebrity clientele.
Glass has emerged as one of Atlanta’s most dynamic and creative artist. A self taught artist whose ideas come naturally says: “I became interested in creating art in 1988 as I passed by Binders Art supply store each day on my way to and from work. The desire became so strong that I finally went into the store.” While initially displeased with her work, she did not give up and focused her attention on collages. The rest is history.
Those early works, her reputation, determination and having the right attitude have led to Selma’s success.
Deeply devoted to her religious convictions, she says, “I try daily to love my neighbor and represent my faith and hope in God with positive awareness. I am thankful every day to be able to express myself through my gift of art, singing and writing. God is Master of it all. When I look at a snow-capped mountain, a tropical flower, a beautiful bird or an incredible rainbow, how I marvel. “In my art I strive to capture some of the beauty I see in his creation.”
Sixteen years after making that initial $6 Binders purchase, Selma Glass has emerged as a versatile and creative artist whose ethnic pieces are sought after nationally and abroad. Her journey to discover her artistic soul has taken her across the country and across the sea. In 1997, Selma flew to Nakito, Japan where she shared her artistic talent and stories as guest of the Yokoto Black Heritage Committee, a cultural exchange program group composed of Japanese and African Americans. Selma exhibited over 100 pieces of her works and was a visiting artist at a local school. Proceeds from a silent auction of her work went to support art programs and scholarships in Japan.
Selma was recently given the honor of being the inaugural artist for the Binder’s Limelight Gallery which opened June, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia.
As one of Georgia’s leading artist, Selma has received acclaim in a variety of styles including sculptured paper, collages, abstracts, ethnic photo art and interior design. She continues to add more versatility in her work by also producing works of stone, ceramics, clay and glass. As one critic stated, “Her execution of colors in motion is indeed a work of art which invokes a tranquil serene beauty that is abstract in nature.” Selma has been commissioned by a number of organizations and received numerous awards. She is also a gifted singer and song writer.Today she receives numerous invitations to perform as a guest soloist. One of her most recent appearances was at the Annual Black Expo Convention in Atlanta. She has also completed her first book about two cats named Fats and Killer. Recently she was honored with a award from the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs.
Commissioned Pieces in Permanent Collections
Bronner Brothers, 1997
The Omni Hotel, 1996
The Christina Cultural Art Center, 1995
Emory University, 1994
Southwest Hospital, 1994
The West African Embassy, 1994
The Governor's Office of the State of Maryland, 1994
The Tiffany Award, 1999 Habitat for Humanity
Best in Collage, 1998 Bird House Fest
The Sable Award, 1998 UNCF
The Distinguished Service Award, 1994 UNCF
Judge's Choice Award, 1998 Mable House
It Takes a Whole Village Award, 1997 Milwaukee Community Journal