Misty Long

About Me

Misty Long is a multi-media artist residing in Peoria, Illinois. She is the Studio Manager at J Draper Glass LLC, where she assists, instructs classes, performs demonstrations, and narrates. Misty received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Glass from Illinois State University in 2013. She discovered glass as an elective during her studies and since then glass has been a major material in the creation of her works.

Misty creates work that is joyful. She does that by incorporating games, imagination, and other things that are often considered childish into her work. Essentially she is trying to create moments of joy that can add up to create an overall feeling of happiness. She uses humor, imagination, curiosity, and whimsy as vehicles of joyful expression. As you get older, you are surrounded with more responsibilities that can take away from the things that used to give you joy, such as playing, games, drawing, watching cartoons, humor, being imaginative, etc. Keeping the things that give you joy in your life, whatever those things may be for you, is important and it is a major component of her work.

Another fundamental element to Misty’s art is the desire to create work that pushes against the traditional ideas of fine art. To accomplish this, she uses vending machines, faux kiosks, and unconventional building materials as environments and components for her work. She believes that art does not have to be a serious subject matter, political, or ultra conceptual in order for it to be taken seriously.

Misty combines these two concepts of joy and the untraditional to create work that is imaginative, humorous, and whimsical.

Job Experience

2013 — current    JDraper Glass; Peoria, IL

Studio Manager, Assistant, Instructor, Gallery Attendant, and Narrator

2013 — 2012 Illinois State University; Normal IL

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant; Glass 2: John Moran

2013 — 2012   Illinois State University; Normal IL

Undergraduate Lab Technician; Sculpture and Wood studios

Education

2013 Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
Bachelors of Fine Arts

2009 Spoon River CollegeCanton, IL
Associates in Art

2007 Havana High SchoolHavana, IL
High School Diploma

Exhibitions

2018 —ART P.O.P, Billboard Exhibition, Peoria, IL

2018 —Hot C.I.A.O, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL

2017 —SOFA Chicago, Hive Contemporary Gallery, Chicago Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

2017 — Gather: An ISU Alumni Glass Exhibition, Ramp-Arts Gallery, Bloomington, IL

2017 — Women in Glass- Phase 2: Women in Glass, Studios of Sheridan; Main Gallery, Peoria, IL

2017 — Women in Glass- Phase 1: Women in Glass, Studios of Sheridan; Main Gallery, Peoria, IL

2013 — disPlay, Illinois State University; University Galleries, Normal, IL

2013 — Student Annual, Illinois State University; University Galleries, Normal, IL

2013 — Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL

2012 — Next Wave Art Salon 2012 Summer Exhibition, Next Wave Art Salon, Elgin, IL

2012 — Illinois State Chicago Show, Echt Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012 — Student Annual, Illinois State University; University Galleries, Normal, IL

2012 — 27 Degrees, Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL

2011 — Illinois State Chicago Show, Echt Gallery, Chicago, IL

2011 — Student Annual, Illinois State University; University Galleries, Normal, IL

2010 — Illinois State Chicago Show, Echt Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010 — Student Annual, Illinois State University; University Galleries, Normal, IL

2013 — disPlay, Illinois State University; University Galleries, Normal, IL

2009 — The Art of Misty Long, Spoon River College, Canton, IL

2017 — Gather: An ISU Alumni Glass Exhibition, Ramp-Arts Gallery, Bloomington, IL

2017 — Women in Glass- Phase 2: Women in Glass, Studios of Sheridan; Main Gallery, Peoria, IL

2017 — Women in Glass- Phase 1: Women in Glass, Studios of Sheridan; Main Gallery, Peoria, IL

2013 — disPlay, Illinois State University; University Galleries, Normal, IL

2013 — Student Annual, Illinois State University; University Galleries, Normal, IL

2013 — Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL

2012 — Next Wave Art Salon 2012 Summer Exhibition, Next Wave Art Salon, Elgin, IL

2012 — Illinois State Chicago Show, Echt Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012 — Student Annual, Illinois State University; University Galleries, Normal, IL

2012 — 27 Degrees, Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL

2011 — Illinois State Chicago Show, Echt Gallery, Chicago, IL

2011 — Student Annual, Illinois State University; University Galleries, Normal, IL

2010 — Illinois State Chicago Show, Echt Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010 — Student Annual, Illinois State University; University Galleries, Normal, IL

2013 — disPlay, Illinois State University; University Galleries, Normal, IL

2009 — The Art of Misty Long, Spoon River College, Canton, IL

Awards

2018 — Summer Scholarship, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Half Tuition Waiver

2013 — Student Annual, Illinois State University, Irving S. Tick Scholarship

2013 — Friends of the Arts Grant, Materials Grant

2012 — Illinois State University, Grant-In-Aid

2010 — Student Annual, Illinois State University, Best In Show

2009 — Spoon River College, Portfolio Scholarship

2008 — Spoon River College, Portfolio Scholarship

2007 — Spoon River College, Portfolio Scholarship

2013 — Student Annual, Illinois State University, Irving S. Tick Scholarship

2013 — Friends of the Arts Grant, Materials Grant

2012 — Illinois State University, Grant-In-Aid

2010 — Student Annual, Illinois State University, Best In Show

2009 — Spoon River College, Portfolio Scholarship

2008 — Spoon River College, Portfolio Scholarship

2007 — Spoon River College, Portfolio Scholarship

Workshops Taken

2018 — Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

“Fictional Sculpting”  Instructor: Danny White

2011 — Pilchuck Glass School, Standwood, WA

“Painting in the Space of Glass” Instructor: Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend