Glass artist April Surgent makes work that raises public awareness about climate change and environmental impact. Surgent began studying blown glass, but after studying with Czech master engraver Jiri Harcuba at Pilchuck glass school, she transitioned to working with engraved glass. In creating her work Surgent draws from her experiences with conservation research and her deep interest in the beauty of the natural world. Inspired by the connectivity of our ecosystems and connection to place, Surgent’s glass works call for thoughtful reflection and positive community impact.
April began working with glass in 1997. She went on to study at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia where she graduated with honors in 2004. Surgent exhibits, teaches and lectures internationally and has received many accolades for her work, including the Neddy Fellowship through the Behnke Foundation and the 2016 United States Artists Fellowship. In 2013 she worked at Palmer station as a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artist and Writers Program. Surgent lives and works on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.