Glass Sculpture by American Artist Syl Mathis Migrates to Norway

Congratulations to former WGS Artist-In-Residence Syl Mathis! Sarah B Tanguy, curator of the Art in Embassies program, commissioned a piece from Syl to go in the new US Embassy in Oslo Norway. Ms. Tanguy selected artwork from US and Norwegian artists.

Syl Mathis; "Ice Boat" - 40"w x 11"h x 6"d, cast and carved broken tempered plate glass, on blued steel and cut weathered basalt rock base, 2018

Syl Mathis; “Ice Boat” – 40″w x 11″h x 6″d, cast and carved broken tempered plate glass, on blued steel and cut weathered basalt rock base, 2018

Syl Mathis’ New Work

Syl Mathis; "Mesa"; 24"w x 10"h x 4"d; cast and carved tempered plate glass; oxidized steel; local cut rock base

Syl Mathis; “Mesa”; 24″w x 10″h x 4″d; cast and carved tempered plate glass; oxidized steel; local cut rock base

Artist Syl Mathis was one of the Washington Glass School first students and later instructor. For 22 years, Syl was Director of the Voyageur Program at St. Albans School and the National Cathedral School. In 1996 Syl focused on his glass artwork as his alternate career, working in carved and cast glass. The pieces in his Boat Series were inspired by the shapes, colors, places and emotions that came from his adventures on the water.

In 2016, Syl retired from St. Albans and moved to the mountains of Colorado. Above is one of his latest glass sculptures, “Mesa”, currently on display at the Western Colorado Center For The Arts. This piece reflects the view Syl has from his studio of the Colorado National Monument and the beautiful rock formations. The artist said he formed the   top edge of the glass to echo the mesas of the monument.

Check Out Syl Mathis @ Bethesda Row Arts Festival Oct 15-16


Look for artist Syl Mathis’ cast glass and mixed media work at Booth: 5W

The 19th Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival offers an outdoor gallery displaying the works of more than 190 juried museum-quality artists. The Bethesda Row Arts Festival is one of the leading fine art and craft festivals in the mid-Atlantic. The Bethesda Row Arts Festival is “must visit” for area collectors.

The streets of Bethesda Row transform into an outdoor art gallery. Art collectors and lovers will find one of a kind top quality art. Glass artist Syl Mathis is a featured artist and he will be showing his mixed media sculpture – in Booth #5W.

Admission is free for the festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Syl Mathis @ Workhouse Fine Arts Festival


The Workhouse Arts Center in Lornton, VA, announces their 2nd annual Fine Arts Festival with more than 150 of the nation’s best artists. The fair is for 2 days only, at the Workhouse Arts Center in the heart of Northern Virginia – 20 minutes south of Washington D.C.

Syl Mathis, mixed media & cast glass sculpture, 2016

Look for exciting new cast glass/mixed media artworks by WGS artist Syl Mathis to be featured at the art fair!


On Saturday from 12-3p explore the annual education open house with a variety of demos, performances, and hands on activities. The festival will be held rain or shine.

Syl Mathis, cast glass and mixed media sculpture, 2016


September 10/11

11:00 am – 7:30 pm
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA, 22079


Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival @ Reston Town Center Features Glass By WGS Artist Syl Mathis


Syl Mathis, cast glass, mixed media, 2016

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival promises to brings artist and art lovers together on the streets of Reston Town Center to enjoy a wide range of art including hand crafted, one of a kind artwork, contemporary and original performances, artist demonstrations, acclaimed children’s activities, and live music. Over 200 master artisans in 16 different categories, including ceramics, digital and multi-media art, drawing, fiber/textiles, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood.

Dates: May 21-22, 2016

restonAdmission to the Festival is free, however there is a suggested voluntary donation of $5 to Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) at the event. Visitors will receive discount coupons to dine at participating Reston Town Center restaurants. Donation proceeds benefit year round educational and outreach programs produced by GRACE throughout the Northern Virginia area.

syl.mathis.reston2Syl Mathis will be showing some very strong work – his artwork at the recent Bethesda Fine Arts Festival was awarded “Best In Show” – and he will be showing his latest work at the Northern Virginia Festival.

Reston Town Center 

12001 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190


SATURDAY    MAY 21, 2016    10AM – 6PM

SUNDAY        MAY 22, 2016    10AM – 5PM

Syl Mathis @ Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

BethesdaFineArtsFestivalLogoGlass sculptor Syl Mathis again will be one of the featured artists at the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. Look for Syl at booth #121!

Syl Mathis, "Blue Flame" cast glass, mixed media

Syl Mathis, “Blue Flame” cast glass, mixed media

The 13th annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival will be held on May 14 & 15, 2016 in downtown Bethesda, MD, a lively urban area renowned for restaurants, shopping, galleries and theaters. 

Syl Mathis "Blue Waves", cast glass, mixed media

Syl Mathis “Blue Waves”, cast glass, mixed media



Delight in fine art created by 130 of the nation’s best artists, live entertainment and Bethesda restaurants.

Located in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn & Del Ray Avenues.
Admission to the festival is free and free parking is available in the public parking garage on Auburn Avenue. Show Dates: 5/14/16 – 5/15/16 – This event is held rain or shine.

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Syl Mathis Cast Glass Featured @ Bethesda Row

bethesda.header.logoBethesda Row Arts Festival

4841 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD

The Bethesda Row neighborhood is located one block west of Wisconsin Avenue (within easy walking distance of the Bethesda Metro station) on block framed by Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street -east of Arlington Road.

October 17-18, 2015, Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

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Syl Mathis’ mixed media sculpture

The Bethesda Row Arts Festival is one of the leading fine art and craft festivals in the mid-Atlantic. Featuring 190 juried museum quality artists, the streets of Bethesda Row transform into an outdoor art gallery. Art collectors and lovers will find one of a kind top quality: ceramics, drawing, pastels, fiber, decorative, fiber, wearables, glass, graphics/printmaking, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, oil/acrylic painting, photography, digital art, sculpture, watercolor, and wood. WGS artist Syl Mathis is one of the featured artists exhibiting.

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Syl Mathis Ends Up In The Lorton Workhouse

Sculptor Syl Mathis will be one of the featured artists in the Workhouse Fall Arts Festival, to be held September 26 & 27, 2015. Over 100 of the nation’s best artists will exhibit their original fine art and unique fine crafts at the Workhouse Arts Center. The two-day outdoor festival will include work by artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region, showcasing paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, hand crafted furniture and much more.

Highlights of the festival (besides Syl Mathis’ work) include:

Free admission and parking
Local gourmet food vendors and food trucks organized by Frontier Kitchen
Indoor and outdoor exhibition venues
Local beer and wine for purchase
Live music



The Workhouse Arts Center, a program of the Lorton Arts Foundation, provides visual and performing arts studio and exhibition space as well as arts education programs. The Workhouse is located in Lorton, VA, in the Occoquan Workhouse portion of the historic DC Department of Corrections Lorton Reformatory.

9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA 22079

Syl Mathis’ New Work

SmallCloudBoat.syl_mathis.glassSculptor Syl Mathis has been casting at the Glass School, creating new works. He checks in with a photo of his latest artwork divested from the plaster: “Cloud Boat” – 8.5″ x 1.25″x 0.8″ (glass without base) – cast and cold-worked copper blue Gaffer glass.

We love Syl’s work!

Syl Mathis on the Telly

Syl’s episode will be airing on MPT-HD on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 8:30pm, repeats Sunday, April 19th at 12:30pm

Maryland Public Television is in its third season of Artworks, MPT’s weekly arts series, and this week will be featuring WGS’ Syl Mathis. The series is hosted by Rhea Feikin, a cultural icon in her own right. The show features intriguing profiles of established and emerging artists from across the country working in all creative categories: musicians, performers, visual artists, writers, designers, artisans – and experimental others who defy definition. Each program gives viewers insider access to outstanding artists they would never see otherwise.

Syl Mathis “Ancient Totem Boat “, cast and carved amber glass, slate box base – 22″w x 8″h x 4.5″d

MPT has been sourcing the Washington Glass School and the Gateway Arts District for features on the incredible artwork coming from this corner of the greater DC area. Syl’s work is well deserving its time on the TV. We are thinking of it as a preview to a future-cast of “Antiques Roadshow”!