Karl H. Schantz

Artist & Designer: Glass Art, Sculpture, Custom Commissions Toronto, Canada


Karl Schantz, born in Rochester New York, has lived in Toronto, Canada since 1974 where he has been a master fine art sculptor in glass and mixed media, and has been producing artworks for exhibitions, international collections, commissioned design, and the built environment. His works have been published in over 19 books and numerous art magazines and catalogs, and has been involved with several media productions that have featured his work and unique techniques.

He has contributed to the Canadian artistic and cultural community through the development and direction of colleges and public arts programming. He was the Glass Master and Head of the Glass Art Department at the School of Arts and Crafts at Sheridan College where he assisted in the expansion of the glass studio facilities and programming. He then became Studio and Program Developer & Director of the Glass Art Department at Ontario College of Art and Design. He also was adviser to the development of the Glass Studios at Harbourfront Centre, and participated on the Awards Committee for the Ontario Crafts Council. He was on the Board of Directors for Artists in Stained Glass, and Committee Member for the development of the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. In addition, Schantz was a US delegate for the World Craft Council Council at the Ontario Science Center where he was instrumental in bringing new awareness of the glass arts and technology to Canada. Prior to residing in Canada, Schantz helped found and develop the first Glass Arts Department at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Schantz studied fine art and design as well as advertising design and communications where he discovered the amazing potential of the glass medium. His undergraduate studies at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 1964 was followed by his studies at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) School of Art and Design, where he earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) 1967, and Masters in Fine Art (MFA)1969, and was Resident Artist at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), School of American Craftsmen, Glass Department, 1972-1973.

Schantz works in collaboration with private and corporate representatives, architects, landscape architects, engineers, artists, interior designers and donor committees.
Professional areas of involvement include site specific creative solutions for the built interior and exterior environment, commissioned design, consulting, project management, fabrication, and installation.
He designs, fabricates and installs large scale, architecturally integrated artworks, and offers full service donor-client, and employee achievement and recognition awards. He is involved in industrial design, towards product design, prototyping, and material science.

His work has been sought after by major museums around the world including Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal), National Museum of Civilization (Ottawa), Broadview House Glass Museum (England), Museum of Decorative Arts (Switzerland), Rochester Institute of Technology (New York), Liberty Museum (Philadelphia), Austrian Glass Museum (Austria), Corning Museum of Glass (New York), Steirsches Glasmusem (Austria), and National Museum of Modern Art (Japan).

His work is also found in major international private and corporate collections such as Claridge Collection, David Mirvish, Imperial Oil, General Foods Canada, Dow Chemical, Cadillac Fairview, Maclean Hunter Publishing, Baton Broadcasting System, Cohon Fine Art Collection , Northwater Capitol, Borowsky/ Wagman Art Collection, Ben Heineman, Abramson Fine Art Collection, L.Singer, Hilbert Sosin, Mendel Collection, Government House Collection, Rochester Institute of Technology, North American Publishing, Firestone Fine Art collection, and many more.

Schantz specializes in the design and production of corporate recognition, and achievement awards for organizations such as ABC Life Literacy, Save the Children Canada, Canadian Tire, American Cancer Society, Bell Canada, Bank of Montreal, Ford Motor Co., Ontario Hydro, Mercedes Benz, LCBO, YMCA, Bank of Canada, Ryerson University,
Deaf Literacy Initiative,and the International Communication Association.

Evident in his work are far-reaching influences such as modern and contemporary art movements, and the architecture of ancient cultures. Hallmarks of his glass artistry include a treatment that privileges form over function, celebrating the architectural potential of the medium and the expressiveness and power of color.

“Extremes of city and desert meet in the architectonic sculpture of Karl Schantz. The vital opposites of high speed and enduring, timeless energy are present in his forms and his working techniques. Schantz works intensely; the sculpture is characterized by concentrated, restless and unpredictable series. In an effort to maintain the immediacy of his work, “to keep it honest, to keep it on the edge,” Schantz may find himself working on several projects simultaneously. Keeping things at a personal “boiling point” feeds the artistic need for transitional development.
Schantz’s own favorite sculptures are those that embody artistic advances. An experimentalist by nature, these transitional works punctuate the highly personal route Schantz follows as a recognized sculptor. He affirms, “I directly follow my own selfish instincts: my aesthetics.” - Glass State of the Art II, compiled and edited by Ferdinand Hampson, c.Elliott Johnston Publishers Huntington Woods, Michigan, 1989. Quote from Gloria Hickey, New Work Magazine, Spring 1987.

Bio-Thermal Inc., Vice President, product research, design, and development, 2003-2007
Midian International (USA) Inc., product research, design, and development, 1998-2005
Bambusa Pacific; Bambusa Inc., product research, design, and development (sustainable building materials), 2000-03
Ontario College of Art, Studio and Program Developer& Director Glass Art Department 1980-1997
Sheridan College, School of Craft and Design, Head of Glass Department 1975-1979
Harbourfront Corporation, Adviser 1976-1988
Ontario Crafts Council, Awards Committee, 1988-91
Artists in Stained Glass, Board of Directors, 1982-1989.