Anna Lee Chalos-McAleese
Born 1951, Terre Haute, IN
Married 1975 - Andrew McAleese B.S. Engineering-Purdue, M.F.A. Furniture Design
Children: Myra-1982 and Leslie-1984
1974 - Indiana State University, B.S. degree, Majors Sculpture and Art Education
1974-76 - Taught Art, 2 yrs., Clarkston H.S., Clarkston GA
1977-78 - Graduate Assistantship, worked under Leroy Lamis
1978 - Indiana State University- M.F.A. in Sculpture
1979 - Artist-In-Residence- St. Mary of the Woods College
1985-91 - Art Teacher at University School K-9, Indiana State University
1990 - Partners in Education Travel Grant - Brazil, South America
-Taught classes on "Interdisciplinary Approach to Art"
1991-2008 - Art Teacher - Vigo County School Corporation K-8
1993 - Vigo County Education Foundation - "Excellence in Teaching Award"
2004-5 - Glass Blowing Classes at the Indianapolis Art Center, studied under Lisa Pelo-McNiece
2005 - Lilly Creativity Fellowship Grant
2005 - Attended Corning Studio Class, Corning NY, worked with Martin Rosol and Jiri Harcuba
2005 - Attended Bullseye Glass “BeCon” convention
2006 - Attended the Glass Art Society Convention-St Louis
2007 - Corning Studio Class, Corning, NY, worked with Martin Rosol
2007 - “Extending Teacher Creativity” – Workshop – Lilly Endowment
2010 - Attended Glass Art Society Conference - Louisville, KY
2012 - Lectured at the Halcyon Gallery,
"Starting with Constructivism and Moving into the 21st Century with Scultpure"

Exhibitions and Shows:

August 2005- Solo Show @ Indianapolis Art Center
September 2005- Exhibition-Rose Hulman Institute of Technology-Hatfield Hall
September 2006-Indiana State University Alumni Show
2005-6 Prism Contemporary Glass Gallery- Chicago, Illinois- lead crystal pieces
2007 - "Fragile-Hot Silica" - Group show at the Dean Johnson Gallery - Indianapolis, IN
2007 – Minnetrista Annual Juried Art Show - Muncie, IN - "Shento"-3D Award
2008 – “Rock Paper Scissors”-Three Women Sculptors-The Swope Art Museum – Terre Haute, IN
2008 – Hoosier Salon Show – Indiana State Museum
2009 – “Art for the New Century” – Greater Lafayette Museum of Art – Lafayette, IN
2009 - Invitational Indiana Glass Artists Exhibition-Artsgarden - Indianapolis, IN
2010 - "Spring Exhibition of Glass" at The Indianapolis Art Center
2010 - "Seesaw" Joint Exhibition with Andrew McAleese at the Halcyon Gallery, Terre Haute, IN
2011 - "Making It in Crafts"-A Nat'l Invitational: The Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, IN
2012 - "Above and Beyond" - An Invitational Exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery, Terre Haute, IN
2012 - April- 45ºN 95ºW-Solo Exhibition 924 Gallery, Indianapolis Indiana
2012 - June- Arti Awards Commission 2012 for the Arts Council of Indianapolis, six sculptures
2012 - July- “City Way” Project, Commission for signage via Buckingham Reality
2012-Indiana Glass Artist Alliance:  Emerging Artist, Arts Garden, Indianapolis, IN
2013 - American Craft Council Show - Baltimore, MD

Selected Collections:


Arts Council of Indianapolis
Arts Illiana
Glass Art Society
Indiana Glass Art Society
Indianapolis Art Center
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Swope Art Museum - Board of Managers

Future Plans:

2012 - pursuing studies of cast glass
      2013- American Craft Council Show-Baltimore, MD

      Continuing to work with Buckingham’s on the City Way Project

- Continue working in newly finished glass studio
- Continue teaching in the Vigo County School Corporation


Indiana Statesman Article

"Swope Museum Features Women Sculptors"

"Petra de ora" sandstone from the St. Meinard quarry, wood and glass are combined to create sensuous, defined, sculptural forms that feed off of instinct. Clear blown glass balls, central to all the pieces, spur an inborn attraction with their water-like shine from catching the light. They're also the perfect size to fit comfortably into a hand like an ancient pestle or tool, which only stimulates an innate tactile yearning. Further feeding on primordial senses is the placement of these vulnerable and slightly oblong looking balls between squarely cut stone as in "Bon Ami." Looking like a large raindrop or bubble, the glass defies its seeming flimsiness to hold the unlikely weight of the perfect stone. The implausibility is not an outright or harsh illusion, but rather a subconscious subtlety. The contrast of time trapped in the striation of the stone's gritty texture, with the free sense of movement and weightlessness exerted from the glass, is present though the two meld into a comfortably soft aesthetic. Eight children filtering through the gallery, captivated, exclaimed "wows" as their testament to this work's success. It tinkers with the laws of attraction. Chalos-McAleese, an art teacher of 20 years, received a Lilly Renewal Fellowship that enabled her to build this exceptional body of work. - Mary Lee Pappas

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