Sidney Hutter was born to Samuel and Harriett S. Hutter in Champaign, Illinois, on September 17, 1954. He received fine art, art education, drafting training and degrees from the following schools and institutions:
1975 The Pilchuck Glass Center, Stanwood, WA
1972-1977 BS in Art, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
1980 Lowell Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lowell, MA - Drafting Training
1977-1979 Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA - MFA in Sculpture & Glass
1980-1981 Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA - Fifth Year Certificate in Art Education
Post graduation, Sidney became an instructor at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston University and in Boston Public Schools and a consultant for a lighting design company.
In 1980 he founded Sidney Hutter Glass & Light in Boston, MA. He later moved his studio to its current location in Newton, MA. He has spent the last 35 years creating sculptures which combine fine art and glass craft with commercial processes used in architectural glass, adhesive and pigment industries.
He has won numerous awards for his art including:
2000 The University High School Alumni Pioneer Hall of Fame Award
1989 Merit Award, American Craft Awards
1988 Merit Award, American Craft Awards
1985 Massachusetts Artist Fellowship in Crafts
Finalist, Art Quest, Los Angeles, CA
1982 Honorable Mention, Glass Gallery, Bethesda, MD
1980 Boston Art Week, Open Studio (juried)
1979 Academic Honors, Massachusetts College of Art (MCA) (1977-1979)
Art School Associates Award, MCA
1978 Graduate Assistantship, MCA
1977 First Prize, Normal Art Fair
First Prize, Bloomington Normal Art Association
With the growth of the Contemporary Art Glass Movement, Sidney's art and unique cold-working style began to play an important and exciting role. His developed style became popular with collectors in both the fine art and craft fields.
During this time his art and process also became increasingly more technical. In response, he co-designed and fabricated machines to help make his work more efficient. His interests in glass, ultraviolet light and adhesive technology, and pigment applications have taken him around the country - attending conferences and researching the latest advancements in glass, adhesive and pigments. Through conversations with industry leaders he has been able to adapt commercial processes to his studio practice and create landscapes of color between the layers of glass.
His work is included in numerous private and public collections as well as major museums in the US, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. In 1993, White House Vase #1 became part of the White House Craft Collection and he has created projects for the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong, the Hyatt on Collins in Melbourne, Australia, as well as for the Pittsburgh Gateway Hilton and the Righa Royal Hotel in Osaka, Japan, to name just a few.
Sidney is the father of two beautiful children. They enjoy traveling together, going to music concerts and fishing! He is an avid fisherman and can often be found off the Cape near Martha’s Vineyard in his Triton, casting off the stern. He also enjoys gardening and watching his favorite New England sports teams soar to victory and continue to win championships!