Contemporary glass artist Jonathan Capps received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Centre College located in Danville, Kentucky in the spring of 2005 . After working closely with professor and contemporary glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell, Capps finished his Graduate Fellowship in Centre College’s Department of Art the following year.
In 2006 he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania after having been chosen for The Pittsburgh Glass Center’s Technical Internship Program. During the next several years, the city of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center, provided Capps with a supportive and creative community to begin developing his professional contemporary glass artwork, which included his glass sculptural series “Specimens,” “Crescents,” and some early development of his “Kindred” series.
In 2008 Capps moved to Louisville Kentucky after he was awarded an artist in residency at the Flame Run Glass Studio. While in Louisville, he collaborated and worked with other contemporary glass and mixed media artists, continued to refine his “Kindred” body of glass works, and developed an interest in mixed media sculpture and site-specific installation. In addition, he was offered a position at The University of Louisville assisting professor and contemporary artist Che Rhodes in his glass program.
Jonathan Capps was selected for an International Artist in Residency Program (2009) co-hosted by Lasikomppania and Iittala Glassworks in Nuutajarvi, Finland. While in Finland he collaborated with contemporary Finnish designers and glass artists to develop a body of glass sculpture—two of which were retained for the Lasikomppania Contemporary Glass Museum’s permanent collection.
In the summer of 2010, Capps was invited back to Finland to assist in teaching Finnish glass students and factory workers nontraditional and contemporary glass sculpting techniques. Between 2010 and 2012 Jonathan Capps was invited to be a visiting artist and guest lecturer in glass programs at a variety of colleges and universities including Bowling Green State University, The University of Wisconsin: Stevens Point, Illinois State University, Centre College, and The University of Louisville.
Capps moved to Columbus, Ohio (2013) after he was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program at The Ohio State University. At Ohio State he focused his artistic research in contemporary and historical glass art, mixed media sculpture, and site-specific installation art. Capps was fortunate to work closely with Professor Richard Harned, Chair of the Glass Program and prominent artist/scholar in the American Glass Movement. Capps was awarded his Master of Fine Arts degree in the summer of 2016 and recently completed a three-year tenure as a lecturer in the Department of Art.
Building on his previous international glass making experience, Capps cultivated his interest in Finnish glass making and continued connecting with the glass community in Nuutajarvi, Finland. In the spring of 2018 Capps was awarded a Fulbright Arts Grant to Finland. His Fulbright research focuses on assisting the Nuutajarvi Glass Village Cultural Foundation, and exploring Finnish glass tradition and transition by making collaborative works of art with local Finnish glass artists. As part of the Fulbright experience, Capps has proposed a 24-piece art show of contemporary collaborative glass works with local artists, “The Integrated Cross-Cultural Series,” to show in the Nuutajarvi Glass Museum. He hopes to bring the collection to the glass museum in Helsinki, Finland, and then to the United States before making the collection a permanent collection back in Finland.