"Therman Statom's primary medium is sheet glass. He cuts, paints and assembles the glass, adding found objects along the way, to create compelling sculptures. His artistic vocabulary includes simple but powerfully charged forms: houses, ladders, chairs."
Statom began his study of glass as an art medium at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, California in 1971. He was awarded the BFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design in 1974 and the MFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute of Art and Design in 1978. His twenty-five year professional career includes exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Cleveland Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Oakland Museum. He has exhibited internationally at the Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden; Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Japan and Centro Cultural de la Raza in Ensenada, Mexico.
Recent solo exhibitions have included the temporary installations Stories of the New World (2009), at the Orlando Museum of Art and Nascita (2008), at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska.
Statom's public commissions can be seen in Los Angeles at the Central Public Library and the International Airport, and in San Jose at the Ice Center. His work is included in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Fine Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian's American Art Museum in Washington D.C. Overseas, his work is in the Musee des Arts D'coratifs of the Palais du Louvre in Paris and the Musee de Design et d'Arts Appliques/Contemporain in Lausanne, Switzerland.