December 18th, 2015

The OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI) was honored to receive a gift of art from the renowned glass art collection of Sonia and Isaac Luski. The piece, Blue Jewel, by Stephen Dee Edwards was placed in the OrthoCarolina Hip & Knee Center patient waiting room for all to enjoy.. The piece is in honor of Dr. Walter Beaver and Hugh McColl.

About the donors
Sonia and Isaac Luski, are among Charlotte’s premier arts patrons and philanthropists. The couple has donated hundreds of pieces, mostly glass, from their extensive art collection to institutions in North Carolina and beyond.

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About the artist
Stephen Dee Edwards (1954- ) was born in Santa Monica, California. He is a glass artist who strongly believes that, as an artist, he must remain both vital and creative. In 1976 he studied at the Pilchuck Glass Center in Virginia, where he stayed until 1977. From 1976 until 1980, Edwards took courses at the Penland School of Crafts. He earned a B.A. from San Jose State University in California in 1978, and an M.F.A. from Illinois State University in 1980. Edwards has taught at various institutions from the Penland School of Crafts to the University of Kansas. Edwards is a Professor of Glass at Alfred University and the Chair of Three Dimensional Studies. In 1991 he was the President of the Glass Art Society’s Board of Directors. He has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. His work is in the permanent collections of the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Japan), the Cevider Museum (Valencia, Spain), the Kestner Museum (Hanover, Germany), and the Oberglas Museum (Bamback, Austria).