Shattered Dreams


In 1971 I created a series of sculptures based upon the shooting of 4 students on the campus of Kent State University. That series metaphorically referenced the inability of the political establishment to understand or see the futility of the Viet Nam war which resulted in the death of 4 students at the hands of the National Guard.
This new series of castings reawakens a similar imagery of blindness but this time it’s about the worlds blindness to the destruction of the earth itself.
The works incorporate a white opaque glass signifying a colorless world.

All the works are wall hung.
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If you are interested in any of these works contact the artist.

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Wall Display
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Title: Shattered Dream 1
Date: 2023
Media: Opaque White Glass
Dimension: 14" X 18"
At Habatat Gallery
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Title: Shattered Dream 3 (Sold)
Date: 2023
Media: Opaque White Glass
Dimension: 9" X 16"
Possession of the Artist
Collection: David and Shari Hopper
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Title: Shattered Dream 4
Date: 2023
Media: Opaque White Glass
Dimension: 9" X 9"
Possession of the Artist
Collection The Artist
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Title: Shattered Dream 2
Date: 2023
Media: Opaque White Glass
Dimension: 9" X 16"
At Habatat Gallery
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Title: Shattered Dream 5
Date: 2023
Media: Opaque White Glass
Dimension: 15" x 14"
Collection: The Artist
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Title: Tiffany Meets Pollack
Date: 2024.
Media: Glass Shards, Paint.
Dimension: 12" x 17".
Collection: The Artist.

Blown Form

The 70's

The 80's
Painted Cup

The 90's
Yellow House

Works in Series
Deco Image

The Present

Brief Bio

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Henry Halem has been working in glass since 1968. He holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from George Washington University and did post graduate work at the University of Wisconsin. Halem came to Kent State University to start their glass program in 1969. He retired from teaching glass at KSU in 1998 after 29 yrs. He now devotes himself to working full time in his studio as well as trying to lower his golf handicap. Halem, along with a few other artists, founded the Glass Art Society and served as its first president.

In 2008 he received the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Glass Art Society at its annual meeting in Portland, Oregon. Henry is a Fellow of The American Crafts Council and in 1994 Received the Governor’s Award from the State of Ohio. In 1998 Halem received the President’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement from KSU. He has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. His work can be found in important major collections in both the private and public sector. In 1997 the Cleveland Museum of Art acquired two of Halem’s works which are now included in their permanent collection. Other major museums where his work is collected include the Corning Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery, Toledo Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and internationally at the Hokkaido & Niijima Museums in Japan and the Museum of Decorative Arts in the Czech Republic.
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