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Bruno Andrus

Bruno Andrus

PhD Student - Art History

Thesis Title

Luminous Encounters: The Impact of Expo 67 on the Development of 20th Century Glass Art


Dr. Johanne Sloan

Research Interests
  • Glassblowing History
  • Glass Art
  • Studio Crafts
  • Decorative Arts
  • Design
  • Modernity
  • Modern Art
  • Postmodernism
  • Expo 67
  • The Counterculture
  • Material, Process and Technique
  • ANT


Bruno Andrus is currently a PhD candidate in the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Art History at Concordia University. His research interests encompass various aspects of North American and international glass art and glassblowing, and more precisely the hybrid and shifting status of glass as craft, decorative art, design, or art.  His master's thesis (2010) proposes the first coherent history of artistic glassblowing in Québec.  His PhD dissertation titled Luminous Encounters: The Impact of Expo 67 on the Development of 20th Century Glass Art sets out to explore the importance of the 1967 world's fair held in Montréal (Expo 67) on the development of 20th century glass art.  In addition to his doctoral research, he is also active as a curator and writer; he has given numerous conferences and has published several articles. For instance, he recently directed the fall 2013 issue of Métiers d'Art - Craft Journal on the topic of modern glass art in Canada. Other publications include: It's Hot! The Dawn of Glass Art in Québec (Exhibition Catalogue 2010); "In the Spectacle: Canadian artistic glassblowing at Expo67" (2013); "Michèle Lapointe: Silent Tales and Unspoken Words Under Glass" (2013); "Galerie Elena Lee: 35 Years of Glass Art in Canada" (2012); "The Birth and Development of Glassblowing in the Roman Empire" (2008); "Russelbechers" (2008). Bruno has combined his passion for glassmaking processes with his academic interests in history, analysis and theory; he is also a glassblower and artist. His art work, which has been exhibited in Quebec, Canada and internationally, mostly consists of series of objects which both celebrate and question the function and decoration of glass vessels. He has received awards and distinctions in the spheres of art, craft and design and his work is part of major institutional collections in Québec. While his practice has primarily been Montreal-based, he has also worked at the Leerdam Glascentum in Holland on several occasions as an invited artist. Bruno Andrus has been teaching glassblowing at Espace Verre since 2000 and is a member of its Board of Administrators since 2006.

Teaching – Undergraduate Courses
  • ARTH 200 Perspectives of Art History
  • ARTH 283T The Life and Work of Chihuly
  • ARTH 354 The Shifting Identity of Modern Objects


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