USA Simon Fellow 2009

Mary Shaffer is recognized as one of the founding artists of the American Studio Glass Movement. She studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1960s. In the 1970s, she developed a unique technique adapted from the auto industry, which she calls “mid-air slumping.” It allows her to use gravity to soften plate glass into a form, which she often combines with metal tools. Her sculptures range in scale from small objects to room-size installations and public works.

– United States Artists web site

With Susan and Leonard Nimoy at the ceremony.
With Susan and Leonard Nimoy at the United States Artist award ceremony
with Leonard Nimoy
with Leonard Nimoy
Rahim AlHai, Mary Shaffer, and Richard T. Notkin
Musician & USA Ford Fellow, Rahim AlHai, Mary Shaffer, and Artist &
USA Hoi Fellow Richard T. Notkin

These two images by Brant Brogan



  • 2012-Melissa Zink Award of Excellence,  Taos Festival of the Arts, Taos, NM
  • 2012-Juror, for Artists Awards, Rasmuson Foundation Anchorage AK  
  • 2010-Artist In Residence Award, US Artists & Rasmussen Foundation, UAF Fairbanks AK
  • 2009–USA Simon Award, USA Artist, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2008–Award of Excellence, Art Critic Award, Habatat International, Royal Oak, MI
  • 2007–Award of Excellence, Corning Museum Curator award, Habatat International Royal Oak, MI
  • 1996–Innovative Use of Glass in Sculpture, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1995–Visionary,  Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY
  • 1994–Fellowship for Individual Artists, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • 1988–Visiting Artist, Wheaton Village, Millville NJ
  • 1987–Fellowship for Individual Artists,  D.C. Commission of Arts and Humanities
  • 1981–Glaspris ’81,  Kassel Competition, West Germany
  • 1979–Huber Grant,  Wellesley College.  Funded study of art in Czechoslovakia.
  • 1979–Artist in Residence, Pilchuck School, Stanwood, WA
  • 1977–Glass in Architecture Award,  National Endowment for the Arts through the RISD
  • 1974–Fellowship for Individual Artists,  National Endowment for the Arts
  • 1972–Citation of Excellence,  U.S. Labor Department.  For directing manpower program