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Marvin Bentley Lipofsky, American art educator. Named California Living Treasure, 1985, Honorary Member, Hungarian Glass Art Society, 1996, Honorary Inspiration award California Glass Exchange, 2002; named to College Fellows, American Craft Council, 1991; National Education Association fellow, 1974, 76.


Lipofsky, Marvin Bentley was born on September 1, 1938 in Elgin, Illinois, United States. Son of Henry and Mildred (Hyman) Lipofsky.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design, University of Illinois, 1961;Master of Science, Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, University of Wisconsin, 1964.


Instructor design, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1964;assistant professor design, University of California, Berkeley, 1964-1972;professor, chairman glass department, California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, 1967-1987;president faculty assembly, California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, 1984-1987. Guest instructor Haystack Mountain School, Deer Isla, Maine, 1967, 73, 87, San Francisco The Art Institute of Chicago, 1968, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, New Jersey, 1973, Pilchuck School Glass, Stanwood, Washington, 1974, 77, 81, 84, 88. Visiting professor Bazalel Academy Art and Design, Jerusalem, 1971.

President faculty assembly, 1984-1987.


  • Other Work

    • One-man shows include Richmond (California) Art Center, 1965, Anneberg Gallery, San Francisco, 1966, Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, 1967, San Francisco Museum Art, 1967, Museum Contemporary Crafts, New York City, 1969, University Georgia, Athens, 1969, Utah Museum Fine Arts, University Utah, Salt Lake City, 1969, California College Arts and Crafts, 1970, Stedelijke Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1970, Galerie de Enndt, Amsterdam, 1970, Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1974, Yaw Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, 1976, 78, Gallery Marionie, Kyoto, Japan, 1979, 87, University Delaware, Newark, 1979, Greenwood Gallery, Washington, 1980, Master of Science Gallerie, Frankfurt, Federal Republic Germany, 1981, Galerie L. Hamburg, Federal Republic Germany, 1981, Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, 1982, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, 1984, Holsten Galleries, Palm Beach, Florida, Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, Union Bulgarian Artists, Sofia, 1991, Marvin Lipofsky: A World of Glass, 1994, Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California, 1994, Marvin Lipofsky's World of Glass Show: A History Retrospective, 1996, Kennedy Art Center Gallery, 1996, Holy Names College, Oakland, California, 1996, Marvin Lipofsky: A Glass Odyssey, Retrospective, Oakland Museum California, 2003, Fresno Art Museum, 2005-2005, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, 2006. Visiting artist, critic Gerriet Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Visiting artist Atheneium School Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland, 1970, University of California at Los Angeles, 1973, Sommervail, Battle Mountain Glass Symposium, Vail, Colorado, Miasa (Japan) Bunka Center, 1987, International Glass Sumposium, Novy Bor, Czech Republic, 1982, 85, 88, 91.


Trustee California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, 1984-1987. Member Glass Art Society (honorary life, president 1978-1980, journal editor 1976-1980, advisor since 1980), American Craft Council (trustee 1986-1990, trustee emeritus since 1998), Bay Area Studio Art Glass (president since 1993). M C.


1 child, Lisa Beth; Married Ruth Okimoto, 1990.

Henry Lipofsky

Mildred (Hyman) Lipofsky

Ruth Okimoto

Lisa Beth Lipofsky