Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman celebrated 25 years of collaboration in 2018 with a comprehensive exhibition at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, “SYNCHRONICITY: Twenty-Five Years of Collaboration.” As seekers, they have undertaken six international two-month journeys to developing nations absorbing religious beliefs, political histories, current affairs, architecture, social structure and people’s personal stories. After lengthy incubation they morph their experiences into sculptural stories to share what they have learned about healing, self-empowerment, compassion, strength, grace, and the power of the human spirit through assemblages of sculpted glass and fabricated steel. Their intention is to create works that speak of our common humanity.
In 2000 Pohlman and Knowles established the Pohlman Knowles High School Scholarship at Pratt Fine Arts Center and continue to sponsor the scholarship annually. They served as trustees for the Bellevue Arts Museum 2009 -2012. Pohlman served as chair of Pratt Fine Art Center’s board 2016 – 2018 and finalizes her second term in Summer 2019. The duo support several local organizations annually through auction contributions.
Among their awards are Pratt Fine Arts Center’s Service in the Arts Award 2011 and Service in Education award 2000; Saxe Fellowship award, Bay Area Glass Institute, San Jose, 2009; in addition to residencies at Pilchuck Glass School, 2015, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, 2014, 2007 and 2003; and Wheaton Arts, 2004 and 1999.
Their work is in the collections of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Flint Art Institute, Henry Ford Museum, Lowe Museum of Art, Miami, Mobile Museum of Art, Museum of American Glass, Museum of Glass, National Liberty Museum, New Bedford Museum of Glass, Racine Art Museum and Tacoma Art Museum, and Imagine Museum among others.
Knowles’ and Pohlman’s work has been featured in exhibitions at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, WA; Museum of Northwest Art, La Connor, WA, Edmunds Museum, WA; Larsen Museum, Yakima, WA and the Pratt Gallery at the Center on Contemporary Art (1998). Their work has been included in group exhibitions at Allentown Art Museum, PA; Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, WA; Bellevue Arts Museum, WA; Coos Art Museum, OR, Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ; Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA; Muskegon Museum of Art, MI; Racine Art Museum, WI; and Tacoma Art Museum.
In addition to “Jenny Pohlman & Sabrina Knowles – SYNCHRONICITY: Twenty-Five Years of Collaboration” published by Trillium Press in 2018 in conjunction with their show of the same title at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, WA, their work has been published in Glass, Metalsmith, New Glass Review and the Seattle Times, featured in and on the cover of Glass Art magazine 2018, American Style magazine, 2004, and published in several books on glass art.
Homage Series, Untitled 2023
Off-hand blown, sculpted, polished glass; steel with patina
29h x 8w x 8d in
73.66h x 20.32w x 20.32d cm