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.”
Two decades 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 awarded 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.
2008 - Invited to be an exhibiting artist for the NBAF 20th anniversary Artist Market.
Commissioned Pieces in Permanent Collections