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artist , educator

Elizabeth Ryland Mears, American artist, educator. Recipient 1st place glass award Biennial Juried Craft Exhibition, 1994, Best in Show award Signature Galleries, 1996, NICHE award, 1999; The Corning Museum of Glass scholar, 1996; scholar Pichuck Glass School, 1999. Member National Capital Art Glass Guild (president 1993-1995), Glass Art Society.


Mears, Elizabeth Ryland was born on April 26, 1944 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States. Daughter of James Robert and Betsy (Johnson) Ryland.


Bachelor of Science, Purdue University, 1966;student, numerous workshops, 1976-1998.


Artist, owner Windy Hill Glassworks, Fairfax Station, Virginia, since 1986. Member faculty Art League School, Alexandria, Virginia, since 1991, resident associate program Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1991-1995, National Building Museum, Washington, 1994-1995.


  • Avocations: gardening, hiking, biking. F C.


  • Other Work

    • Group exhibition include Dadian Gallery Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, 1996, Portia Gallery, Chicago, 1996, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina, 1996, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan, 1996, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Atlanta, 1997, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, 1997, Gallery 500, Miami, Florida, 1997, Arts Afire Glass Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia, 1997, Signature Gallery, Boston, 1997, The Gallery of America Craft, Millville, New Jersey, 1997, The Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, North Carolina, 1997. Numerous commissioned works include Design for Altar Kneelers St. Andrews Episcopal, Burke, Virginia, 1995, Chapel Windows Fourth Presbyterian, Bethesda, Maryland, 1996, Fertile Emptiness John Calvin Presbyterian, Annendale, Virginia, 1997, corporation presentation National National Restaurant Association, Washington, 1997, St. Mary's Catholic School, Alexandria, 1999, St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Springfield, Virginia, 1999.


Member National Capital Art Glass Guild (president 1993-1995), Glass Art Society.


  • Other Interests

    Gardening, hiking, biking.


Married Michael Lawson Mears, December 28, 1966. Children: Michael Laine, 'Lizbeth Lindsey.

James Robert Ryland

Betsy (Johnson) Ryland

Michael Lawson Mears

Michael Laine Mears

'Lizbeth Lindsey Mears