Richard Glazer-Danay - Archive of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2008 (click on images to enlarge)
Image from Ric Glazer-Danay's Hart Hat Series. (click on image to enlarge)
Brother Richard Glazer was born on August 12th. 1942. He is a 1960 graduate of Reseda High School. Ric was initiated into the Beta Chapter of the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity in the Fall of 1962. His pledge name was PreHeat 475. Prior to attending Los Angeles Pierce College, Rick served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1962. He served in the Army Reserves from 1962 to 1965.
Ric Glazer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Northridge in 1970, a Masters of Arts from California State University Chico in 1972 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California Davis in 1978.
Ric is an accomplished, world-renowned artist. He taught painting for sometime at California State University, Chico. In 2004 Brother Glazer is a Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies at California State University at Long Beach. He was the chairman of the American Indian Studies Program at the University.
A certified member of the Caughnawaga-Turtle Clan of the Kahnawake Band of Native Americans, Richard Glazer-Danay is a world famous artist. " His art is derived from both pop and postmodernist art movements, and he employs a wry and ironic sense of humor in his interpretation of Indian themes and the status of women in modern American life. He is both a painter and a sculptor who can combine these media in the same work. Inspired by his ironworking family, Danay is best known for his hard hat art."
He has been a consultant for the U.S. Office of Education, Office of Indian Education, U.S. Forest Service, Civil Rights compliance, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Glazer-Danay is a member of the National Indian Education Association, College Art Association, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Education Committee, and the board of directors for Educational Opportunity Center, Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin. He has been a lecturer and conference/panel participant on curriculum, art, and opportunity issues; instructor/coordinator, American Indian Studies, California State University, Chico; instructor, Native American studies and acting director, C. N. Gorman Museum, University of California, Davis; coordinator, American-Intercultural Programs/American Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay; California State University, Long Beach; commissioner, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior.
“Richard Glazer Danay comes from a dual heritage in that he is a Mohawk from the Caughnawaga Reserve near Montreal, and Jewish. His art is derived from both "Pop" and postmodernist art movements, and he employs a wry and ironic sense of humor in his interpretation of Indian themes and the status of women in modern American life. He is both a painter and a sculptor who can combine these media in the same work. In the words of University of California/Riverside Professor of Art, William Bradshaw, Glazer Danay can create "constructions of outstanding boldness and power. The work is bright, witty, satirical, and very strong in form and content." In a word, he is unique: no one is doing work quite like his. Glazer Danay is influential in the American art world for his art as well as for his role as a prominent educator and as a member of the U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Board.”
Glazer-Danay has exhibited widely in the United States and in Europe. His works are widely included in publications across the world. His works are in the collections of the British Museum, Vienna's Museum fur Vokerkunde, the Heard Museum in Phoenix and the Philbrook Museum. He has donated several cartoon works for the Phi Delta Psi reunions.
Ric and Gayle were married on the 5th of September 1970. They share two children: a son Brant and a daughter Brooke .